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Username: dk Last Online: Jun 20, 2017 5:26:55 GMT 9
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Date Registered: May 29, 2017 5:36:42 GMT 9
Country (residing now): UK
Country (originally from): Russia
Children, Ages: D - 11/08/2016
Majority Language: English
Minority Language(s): Russian, attempting to teach myself and D BSL
Current Challenge in Your Bilingual Journey: As my daughter does not speak yet, the challenge comes from the decision on how to expose her to the two languages. Both my husband and I are native Russian speakers, so it makes sense to speak Russian between ourselves and at home. However I do not want my daughter to be behind on her English either, it is very important to me that she doesn't have communication barrier with her friends and doesn't feel like an immigrant. I also have concerns about her future academic proficiency at school. She still has about 2-3 naps a day, which divides it into 3-4 wakenings. What we've done is spend one of these wakenings (the one that we go outside and meet other English speakers) purely in English from the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes down for her next nap.I know that this is not ideal, but I cant come up with anything better, if you can - do contact me and share your thoughts on the subject!

I am also generally concerned about her language development, which I believe is slightly behind. As much as I would like to tell myself that this is because she is bilingual and just needs to take a little longer to catch up, I think there might be an actual problem. We are going to see our health visitor about it and hopefully get a referral to see a speech specialist.
Something Funny or Interesting About You: I always wanted to learn BSL (or any other sign language) and now seems to be a perfect time, so we are now trying to incorporate a couple of signs into our daily routine and hopefully go much further from there. Our town has quite a big school for deaf children, so the skill might actually come in handy if my daughter makes friends with some of the kids that will go there.
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D born 11/08/16
Majority - English
Minority - Russian
Both parents bilingual, both native in Russian

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Mayken: Yay Amy! - I'm curious about the letter my 6-year-old wrote us during her class trip (teacher-supervised activity). Will there be ml in it? I hope it arrives before she comes back! Jun 8, 2017 18:56:16 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: NEW! Recommended Resources: Great Books and Blogs for Nurturing a Child's Multicultural Spirit http://bilingualmonkeys.com/books-and-blogs-for-nurturing-a-childs-multicultural-spirit/ Jun 9, 2017 7:39:13 GMT 9
Joanna: My workshop is planned for Saturday, thanks for your replies...I'll post after. My daughter was singing along to our "theme song" so I have renewed hope :) Jun 9, 2017 14:18:39 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's letter from her class trip arrived - she wrote one message in ML to Dad and another in ml to me. Her first letter in ml without a ml person to help her! Jun 11, 2017 18:40:08 GMT 9 *
Nellie: Congrats Mayken, Amy and Joanna! Jun 12, 2017 10:12:42 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wonderful, Mayken! Those letters are instant keepsakes that I'm sure will be read again many years from now... :) Jun 12, 2017 14:57:15 GMT 9
Amy: Joanna, how did Saturday go? Mayken, enjoy this beautiful keepsake :) Jun 12, 2017 20:36:29 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! Guest Post: Creating a Little Bilingual Family—If Not Precisely By the Book http://bilingualmonkeys.com/creating-a-little-bilingual-family/ Jun 14, 2017 15:13:46 GMT 9
Joanna: It went really well! I'll make a good post soon with details :) Jun 15, 2017 14:04:30 GMT 9
Amy: Looking forward to it Joanna! :) Jun 16, 2017 1:39:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My mom got a lovely postcard in ml too from my 6-year-old daughter on her field trip! Another precious keepsake! (OK, I prepared the card with address and stamp ahead of time, but she did the writing all by herself.) Jun 19, 2017 23:28:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW VIDEO AT BILINGUAL MONKEYS TV! Your Child Wants to Be Bilingual https://youtu.be/C2uQhIZPp80 (And please subscribe to my growing YouTube channel!) Jun 21, 2017 8:49:35 GMT 9
Mayken: Our ml section will have a flea market stand at the school fair with used books, games, DVDs and CDs for sale. I donated 2 games, promised my daughter she could choose something. (Proceeds are for the school's ml section.) Love the idea! Jun 22, 2017 23:23:00 GMT 9 *
Amy: Am I to read something into the fact my toddler slammed Adam's book into my face...?? (rofl) Jun 25, 2017 20:58:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: "Mommy, you better make me a polyglot...or else!" Jun 26, 2017 6:40:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Ahaaaaaaaa Amy!!! Jun 26, 2017 9:44:39 GMT 9
Amy: Lol! (rofl) Jun 26, 2017 16:00:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Alternatively, the message could be: "Mommy, read this NOW!" Jun 26, 2017 22:57:58 GMT 9
Amy: With the hindsight of the ml2 school feedback, she might have been trying to tell me to read it again to find inspiration for alternative ideas! ;) Jun 27, 2017 2:24:39 GMT 9
Adam Beck: New video I think you'll like! Please watch and share! VIDEO: 20 Things to Love About Bilingual Children https://youtu.be/Ky8o1e5nsKs Jun 27, 2017 6:17:27 GMT 9