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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Mayken: Follow-up on my daughter's visit at my old ml school: the headmistress suggested a penpal set-up between the class there and my daughter's class here. Let's see what my daughter's regular ml teacher says. I think that'd be cool. (The kids are in 2nd grade.
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