7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child by Naomi Steiner MD, Steven Parker M.D., Susan L. Hayes

By Naomi Steiner MD, Steven Parker M.D., Susan L. Hayes

the easiest time to profit a moment language is as a baby. in the course of early life, the mind is extra receptive to language studying than at the other time in lifestyles. conscious moment language can enhance their child’s figuring out of different cultures and convey destiny task possibilities in a global drawn ever nearer through globalization, many fogeys this day are prompted to elevate their little ones bilingual.

This ebook is helping mom and dad in either monolingual and multilingual households ensure and attain their bilingual targets for his or her baby, no matter if these pursuits are figuring out others, the power to talk a moment language, analyzing and/or writing in languages, or a few mix of all of those. The authors clarify how the mind learns a couple of language, explode universal myths, deal with commonly asked questions, and display an array of assets to be had to households. choked with insightful anecdotes and strong innovations, it is a specific guidebook for these looking to offer their kids with a uniquely invaluable event.

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For instance, if a child speaks Polish at home, she will likely learn words pertaining to the home—like pots, pans, pillow, remote control, bedroom, grandmother—in Polish. If she’s attending school in English, she’ll probably learn school-related words—bus, 11 7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child eraser, blackboard, desk—in English. Then there will be words that she uses in both environments, such as lunch, water, door, and paper. However, because she might not know how to say “broom” in English, this might stand out in the classroom.

At the same time, many people are now aware that English isn’t enough. They want their children to experience other cultures through 17 7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child other languages and view bilingualism as a way to explore the world and deepen one’s respect for the many different cultures surrounding their own. 1. 1 Myths and Facts about Bilingualism Myths Facts If a child is not very intelligent, then he cannot become bilingual. A baby’s brain is naturally made to learn multiple languages.

But beyond conferring language, academic, cognitive, and even economic advantages, being able to speak a second language opens up new avenues of cultural understanding and connection for your child within your family, your community, and our world. 3 on page 24). 3 Positive Points about Raising a Bilingual Child The child All kids can do it • Bilingualism is not dependent upon a certain level of intelligence Brain stimulation • Thinking about languages • Comparing languages • Problem solving All parents can do it • You don’t need to be a superparent • Bilingualism also works if you’re monolingual • Interest in others Language is communication • Special child-parent bond The community Communication between cultures • Proud of heritage language • Bridge between generations • Bridge between cultures • Cultural awareness The world Globalization • Opening a child’s mind to different facets of the world • “I can get around anywhere with English” is out of date • “I can communicate in different languages” is “in” • Being a citizen of the world The family 24 STEP 2 Making It Happen: Defining Your Goals J ennifer and John are native New Yorkers who never spoke a word of any language other than English until they had children.

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