Bilingualism in Young Children: Separating Fact from Fiction

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Here’s an interesting article that reviews some facts and myths about becoming bilingual.

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Against Redshirting: Why It Pays to Be the Youngest Kid in Class

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The popular practice known as redshirting, or waiting to put children in school, doesn’t necessarily given them a head start.

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An interesting article about how being the oldest or youngest in the class can affect a child’s learning – and not necessarily in the way you would think.

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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

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I was recently in a third grade classroom and was struck by the presence of rules that were posted for how to have a conversation. The poster said, “Each person must contribute to the discussion but

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Having a simple conversation is a learned skill that is becoming harder for our children to learn in today’s society with the prevalence of cell phones, computers, and tv.  This article gives good tips on how to encourage children in the art of conversation.

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Does Learning Languages Make Kids Smarter? Bialystok, Petitto and Gazzellone Share Their Thoughts | Multilingual Living

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Although we included this video in our May 1st Week in Review post, I wanted to create a separate post for it. Why? Because it is just that good! Watch it below

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"There is a myth… that children learn languages automatically and for free… but..it’s all they do for the first five years.  If adults had that opportunity, they would be very successful. The main difference between learning languages as a child and an adult is life."  Other ideas discussed include the importance of systematic, varied exposure over the number of minutes; that basic competence in multiple languages is part of our natural biological abilities; that bilingualism improves reading capabilities; and the differences between multi-lingual and mono-lingual children’s vocabulary.  The good news?  The ability to learn vocabulary is a capacity that does not diminish with age!  

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Fabius Visits a French-English Bilingual School in New York

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On Monday, September 23, Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Affairs Minister, visited PS 58 in Brooklyn, a bilingual French-English program that opened in 2007 and presently welcomes about 350 children…

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"The bilingual and bicultural children of today will be at the vanguard of crisis management in the years to come.”  – An interesting article about 8 French-English bilingual public schools in New York.

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