As Christa and Heather (check out her books here!) launch the second series of BilingualWe chats, they look at language learning research for raising bilingual kids, and point you to the best online resources to build your village and support you in your journey. This week they focus on strategies for maintaining a second language in the home, especially when our kids aren’t wanting to speak the minority language. They posture that language learning must be purposeful in our homes because our children are smart and they know that we are bilingual. So feigning ignorance, while seemingly a great way to get our kids to speak a minority language, doesn’t work. But the educational theory of constructivism – the idea that learning should be individualized according to our children’s needs – does work. And as parents, we are in the beset possible position to determine what our own children’s individual needs are. (Please note that this post does contain affiliate links).
Enter Adam Beck, the man behind the book “Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability”, and a bilingual father who uses intentionality and purposefulness (constructivism!) to create individualized learning plans for his kids on their journey to bilingualism – despite being the only native English speaker in his immediate community.
Here’s what we chat about:
- Why bilingualism at home is so important – no matter what it looks like for your family!
- What research about constructivism and dual language programs in schools says about how you can support your bilingual child
- How Adam Beck of Bilingual Monkeys plans and executes purposeful interactions for his children in the minority language
- Christa and Heather get real about their own current struggles in raising their bilingual kids
- Constructivism in dual language schools from Language magazine
- FREE PREVIEW of Adam Beck’s Book “Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability”
- World Economic Forum – Being Bilingual Rewires Your Brain
- Diversity Learning resource site
- Follow #PositiveThinkingThursday on Twitter for your own inspirational quotes!
- Subscribe to Pura Vida Moms on You Tube and find the best Spanish language content for kids!
- Follow our Inspirational Quotes group board on Pinterest
- Please join the discussions in our Facebook group called BilingualWe Community– this week we will focus on methods of purposefulness in raising our bilingual kids. What ways can you be more purposeful?