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15 70 Free Online Consulting for Parents Raising Bilingual Kids
by Adam Beck
Jun 10, 2020 17:52:25 GMT 9
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What do you think of The Bilingual Zoo and Bilingual Monkeys? Have some ideas for making them even better?

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by Andrea
Sept 22, 2017 1:04:49 GMT 9

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Tell us about you and your family. Where do you live? What are your languages? What's your bilingual journey been like so far? What do you hope to gain, and give, through your participation here? (Share your warm welcome with new members of this community, too!)

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by Amy
Jul 8, 2020 14:45:38 GMT 9
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What questions do you have about raising bilingual (or multilingual) kids? What challenges are you currently facing? Share them here, and lend support to others.

337 2,924 2.5 years old boy only babbles
by Adam Beck
Jul 12, 2020 10:29:26 GMT 9
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Share strategies, ideas, and resources that have worked for you. Ask for advice to find resources in your target language.

203 1,692 Resources available during coronavirus lockdown
by Carrie
Jul 9, 2020 23:56:23 GMT 9
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Share a photo of your beautiful bilingual-to-be baby with this community! We love babies! (If you're not sure how to post a large photo, just send Adam a private message for support.)

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by Carrie
Jun 11, 2020 5:43:01 GMT 9

Take Action

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Challenges are designed to empower your efforts and boost your children's bilingual development. Try one (or try them all!) and tell us what happened.

14 571 Challenge #14: Pursue a Creative Project
by Adam Beck
Jun 22, 2020 10:48:24 GMT 9
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You want accountability? Tell us about your aims and your efforts. Share what you're going to do, then do it and report back on your progress. Help others stay on track by offering encouragement.

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by Adam Beck
Jul 8, 2020 12:49:08 GMT 9
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Connect with others, near or far. Make new friends to exchange experiences, ideas, and support. Post your appeal to the world. Respond to requests.

24 92 Polish small penpal?
by Stefania
Aug 21, 2019 6:26:38 GMT 9

Time to Unwind

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Relax at the snack bar and talk about all things off-topic. Get to know one another a bit better. Free coffee and animal crackers.

51 284 FSI free language courses
by Marisa
May 10, 2020 6:51:27 GMT 9
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My two monkeys, Lulu and Roy (now 15 and 13), want to take part in our community, too! So feel free to ask them any questions you like--about their lives and their experience as bilingual children--and I'll have them respond. Your questions can be addressed to them as a pair, or individually.

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by Heather Broster
May 31, 2020 20:15:01 GMT 9

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Marisa: "Victory moment:" My almost 4-year-old daughter told me yesterday in the ml (rough translation): "mom, there's something wrong with the cartoons, can you fix it, please?"... she was accidentally watching TV in the ML! So I gladly obliged :) Jan 18, 2020 4:15:02 GMT 9
Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3 Jan 18, 2020 5:25:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me! :) Jan 18, 2020 8:04:49 GMT 9
Marisa: Will do! :) Jan 18, 2020 22:20:02 GMT 9
Adam Beck: In-depth guest post by Vivien Won: The Multilingual, Multicultural Life of a Third Culture Kid bilingualmonkeys.com/the-multilingual-multicultural-life-of-a-third-culture-kid/ Jan 29, 2020 12:18:06 GMT 9 *
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German! Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Adam Beck: My Daughter Hits the Biggest Milestone of Our Bilingual Journey Together bilingualmonkeys.com/my-daughter-hits-the-biggest-milestone-of-our-bilingual-journey-together/ Feb 10, 2020 14:04:03 GMT 9 *
Wojtek: www.kqed.org/mindshift/42177/what-parents-can-gain-from-learning-the-science-of-talking-to-kids Feb 10, 2020 21:41:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Big News About My Blog! :) bilingualmonkeys.com/big-news-about-my-blog/ Feb 20, 2020 11:09:26 GMT 9 *
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!! 8-) Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right? Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Can This Difficult Time Also Be an Opportunity for Your Family? bilingualmonkeys.com/can-this-difficult-time-also-be-an-opportunity-for-your-family/ Apr 2, 2020 14:09:46 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: Play This Great Indoor Game with Your Kids (And Get Them Eagerly Reading, Too)
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Adam Beck: WATCH! Video of my very first live chat! Bilingual Kid Chat: Tips for Success www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHnzq12GsDk :) May 25, 2020 14:48:33 GMT 9 *
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed. Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come! :) Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Chameleon Reader: The One Product I Wish I Could Gift to Every Parent and Teacher of Bilingual or Multilingual Children bilingualmonkeys.com/chameleon-reader/ Jun 10, 2020 14:58:17 GMT 9 *
Adam Beck: NEW! Use Coloring Books to Promote Language Exposure for Your Bilingual Kids bilingualmonkeys.com/use-coloring-books-to-promote-language-exposure-for-your-bilingual-kids/ Jun 23, 2020 12:09:22 GMT 9
Adam Beck: NEW! HaBilNet, an Empowering New Source of Support for Parents Raising Bilingual Kids bilingualmonkeys.com/habilnet-an-empowering-new-source-of-support-for-parents-raising-bilingual-kids/ Jun 29, 2020 14:11:40 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Did you miss my second Live Chat, about all-important language exposure? You can catch the video replay right here! www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wVEJiji-N8&t Jul 1, 2020 14:48:52 GMT 9