It will take you through (among other things such as the 2 core principles of Exposure and Need) all the methods available (OPOL included). At the end of the day it will still be up to you to pick the method most suited to your family. The good news is that there is no right or wrong pick. You can even pick and mix (I do a mix of OPOL and ml@h). And above all, if the strategy you choose is not the most adequate, you can adapt/change it along the way.
My only advice is not to delay any longer and get started: the earlier you begin the better for the child (in my humble opinion).
In any case, be ready for a bumpy ride. It is a real challenge for us bilingual families; yet rest assured that with sustained efforts and unwavering commitment -and in spite of all frustrations met- you will eventually get there.
***"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Oscar Wilde***
Rossilyn, welcome! Since your daughter is now 2, it isn't clear to me how much Spanish input you've already been giving her and what sort of options are available to you in terms of Spanish input from the community, such as schooling or other speakers of the language.
Essentially, the more language exposure you can provide to her during these first few formative years, the more you'll raise the odds of fostering active ability in Spanish, alongside her growing fluency in English.
Along with this forum, you'll find a wealth of information and ideas--to help fortify your efforts and raise those odds of success--at my blog and in my book. One place to start might be the resource page at my blog called The Essentials, which offers a list of links to a range of useful articles.
Rossilyn, I wish you and your family all the best on your bilingual journey! Stay mindful and proactive, day by day, and you'll no doubt fuel a lot of progress in your daughter's Spanish ability over the months and years ahead!
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Angela: So sorry for your loss. She was a great woman. I hope you feel a bit better. Kisses from Spain.
Apr 22, 2018 23:34:43 GMT 9
Mayken: We visited a Loire Valley château yesterday. Our daughter got a kids' activity booklet and we parents got the regular tour booklet in French. She asked for one in German (our ml). When I later asked her why, she said "Because I'm a German-speaker!"
Apr 23, 2018 23:23:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Haha love it Mayken! The best thing is - she is right!
Apr 24, 2018 5:45:09 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9
Flir: Adam, uh oh. Time waits for no one. I'm very sorry to hear that. Stay strong man, your kids are looking up to you to give them as much as your parents gave you once. Best wishes.
May 24, 2018 20:11:03 GMT 9