It's been a while that I have this idea in mind. I would like to start a group, in Jena (Germany) where I live, for parents raising multilingual children.
The aim of the group would be to meet (in person) other parents who are on the same bilingual/multilingual journey, share strategies and resources, and ideally organize fun activities for our children.
Has anyone here already done anything of this kind? I guess it would be quite a lot of work, so any tips on where to start, what I should consider, etc, would be very much appreciated!
From what you write I understand you want to start a group for multilingual families that do not necessarily share the same language, right?
When my oldest one was about a year and a half I started a play group in our ml (Spanish) in the city in Germany where I live, since it was a group for small kids, the parents where always present during the meetings we also talked about the bilingual journey and exchanged resources & strategies, and organized activities for our children in the ml. I wrote a guest post about it on Adam's blog, you can read it here.
I know we served of inspiration to other ml parents in our city, I had for example a good friend from Hungary and when she became a mom, she started a similar group for her ml.
I think if you have enough ml speakers in your area, it has a bigger influence on the ml of your kids if you start an ml group, since then they will have a bigger chance to use the ml if you organize activities for them.
But of course I think we all can take advantage of the experience of other multilingual families, even if they don't share our ml, like we see here in this community. I would advise you to start small, maybe organize a meeting for the multilingual families you already know and then brainstorm with them how could the group.
I just realized you replied to my post. I do not know why I did not get notified, or probably I just missed the notification, sorry about that!
Thank you very much for your reply!
Yes, my idea would be to meet with other families that not necessarily share the same ml. So, the main goal would be share our experiences, strategies and resources.
I started talking to some Italian families I already knew that live in the area, but unfortunately I did not get any positive reaction. They did not seem very interested in the idea, and that demoralized me a bit, so I did not go on with the project.
I still think I should go for it and not lose hope after these first reactions, but as today I haven't made much progress unfortunately!
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