By Naomi Steiner MD, Steven Parker M.D., Susan L. Hayes
the easiest time to benefit a moment language is as a baby. in the course of formative years, the mind is extra receptive to language studying than at the other time in existence. acutely aware moment language can increase their childвЂ™s realizing of different cultures and convey destiny activity possibilities in an international drawn ever nearer via globalization, many fogeys this present day are stimulated to elevate their teenagers bilingual.
This e-book is helping mom and dad in either monolingual and multilingual households make certain and attain their bilingual ambitions for his or her baby, no matter if these pursuits are knowing others, the facility to talk a moment language, examining and/or writing in languages, or a few mixture of all of those. The authors clarify how the mind learns multiple language, explode universal myths, deal with commonly asked questions, and demonstrate an array of assets on hand to households. filled with insightful anecdotes and robust techniques, it is a special guidebook for these trying to offer their young children with a uniquely priceless adventure.
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To help narrow your language choices down, revisit the Language Questionnaire (Worksheet 1) that you filled out on page 29. Also, ask yourself: • Which language do I feel connected to? • Which language am I most proficient in? • Which language can I most easily find support for (such as extended family members who can speak to your child in that language)? But as difficult as the decision may be, try not to become paralyzed by it. Remember, that putting off bilingualism can mean never starting bilingualism.
Misinformation about the negative effects of bilingualism may lead your child’s teacher to recommend that your child use only English, particularly if your child doesn’t seem to be speaking as well as his peers. Resist this advice! The reality is that delayed speech or language development is the most common developmental challenge, affecting between 5 and 10 percent of all children, whether they’re bilingual or not. Language learning problems are four times more common in boys than girls. These numbers hold true for bilingual kids as well as monolingual kids, and it is imperative to underline the fact that bilingualism is not the cause of language learning difficulties.
But it began simply enough. When Jennifer returned to work a few months after the birth of her oldest daughter, she hired a babysitter who spoke Mandarin but hardly any English. “At the time, it never occurred to me that by hiring Mei Feng, I was making a life-altering decision for our daughter and her sisters who were not yet born, as well as for my husband and myself,” Jennifer says. But when her daughter started to pick up Mandarin, Jennifer decided to do everything she could to help her, and later her sisters, become bilingual.
7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child by Naomi Steiner MD, Steven Parker M.D., Susan L. Hayes