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The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language

It’s no secret that parents want their children to have the lifelong cultural and intellectual advantages that come from being bilingual. Parents spend millions of dollars every year on classes, computer programs, and toys, all of which promise to help children learn a second language. But many of their best efforts (and investments) end in disappointment.

In The Bilingual Edge, professors and parents King and Mackey wade through the hype and provide clear insights into what actually works. No matter what your language background is—whether you never passed Spanish in high school or you speak Mandarin fluently—King and Mackey will help you:

  • Select the language that will give your child the most benefits
  • Find materials and programs that will assist your child in achieving fluency
  • Identify and use your family’s unique traits to maximize learning

Fancy private schools and expensive materials aren’t needed. Instead, The Bilingual Edge translates the latest research into interactive strategies and quick tips that even the busiest parents can use.

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Informs parents about how to introduce a second language to children even if a second language is not spoken in a household, in a reference that makes language recommendations, counsels parents on how to prepare a long-term learning plan, and shares tips for real-world budget concerns. Original.

About the Authors:

Kendall King, Ph.D., and Alison Mackey, Ph.D. are linguistics professors at Georgetown University. Between them, they have written nearly a hundred research articles and books on bilingualism and language teaching methods. Also, they are both parents, teaching their children more than one language.

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Informs parents about how to introduce a second language to children even if a second language is not spoken in a household, in a reference that makes language recommendations, counsels parents on how to prepare a long-term learning plan, and shares tips for real-world budget concerns. Original.
About the Authors:
Kendall King, Ph.D., and Alison Mackey, Ph.D. are linguistics professors at Georgetown University. Between them, they have written nearly a hundred research articles and books on bilingualism and language teaching methods. Also, they are both parents, teaching their children more than one language.
Qori Inti's Amazing Journey is the story of Quechua boy in the Peruvian Andes and his journey to finish high school in Spanish, a language he doesn't speak. English & Spanish editions now available.From the father of modern Italian children’s literature, a guide to fairytales and folk tales and their great advantages in teaching creative storytelling. About the Author: Gianni Rodari: visionary author and storytellerDISCOVER HOW TO
  • Set up and organize your learning environment to support dual language learners
  • Create a diverse classroom community where children's challenges and needs are anticipated
  • Use culturally responsive classroom management practices that engage diverse learners
  • Strengthen social-emotional learning for dual language learners
  • Promote early academic skills and make learning activities accessible to children of all cultural backgrounds
  • Use music and movement to increase student engagement and boost language development
  • Partner with families and engage them in children's academic and social-emotional learning
PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Reinforce your learning with classroom activities; chapter quizzes; reflection questions; Spanish songs, vocabulary, and books for the classroom; lists of additional resources; and a glossary. Sample letters and forms help you communicate with families and evaluate student needs (all forms are photocopiable and available online).
ContentIt's no secret that parents want their children to have the lifelong cultural and intellectual advantages that come from being bilingual. Parents spend millions of dollars every year on classes, computer programs, and toys, all of which promise to help children learn a second language. But many of their best efforts (and investments) end in disappointment. In The Bilingual Edge, professors and parents King and Mackey wade through the hype and provide clear insights into what actually works. No matter what your language background is—whether you never passed Spanish in high school or you speak Mandarin fluently—King and Mackey will help you:
  • Select the language that will give your child the most benefits
  • Find materials and programs that will assist your child in achieving fluency
  • Identify and use your family's unique traits to maximize learning
Fancy private schools and expensive materials aren't needed. Instead, The Bilingual Edge translates the latest research into interactive strategies and quick tips that even the busiest parents can use.

Nobody Told Me This About Raising a Bilingual Child is an honest, revealing, & practical book about raising a bilingual child

Are you looking for REAL advice on raising bilingual children, the type you won't find in most bilingual parenting books? Look no further! In this book, you will learn about:
  • ✓ The importance of your language expectations
  • ✓ The benefits of bilingualism and different methods used in bilingual parenting
  • ✓ How to create a language plan and have the "language conversation" with your spouse
  • ✓ Practical tips to encourage language learning
  • ✓ How to create a budget for language learning
Written by Janny Perez a, multilingual parent and bilingual parenting educator, this book offers a wealth of practical advice and real-life experiences to help you navigate the world of bilingual parenting. Whether you're a bilingual family or just starting on your language learning journey, "Nobody Told Me This About Raising a Bilingual Child" is the essential guide to help you stay committed to raising bilingual children successfully.
This book is about a Quechua boy named Qori Inti and his journey to finish high school in Spanish a language he doesn't speak. A powerful story about the sacrifice he had to make to finish his education in a different language in the Peruvian Andes. ENGLISH AND SPANISH EDITIONS NOW AVAILABLEFrom the father of modern Italian children’s literature, a guide to fairytales and folk tales and their great advantages in teaching creative storytelling. A groundbreaking pedagogical work that is also a handbook for writers of all ages and kinds, The Grammar of Fantasy gives each of us a playful, practical path to finding our own voice through the power of storytelling. Full of ideas, glosses on fairytales, stories, and wide-ranging activities, including the fantastic binomial, this book changed how creative arts were taught in Italian schools. Gianni Rodari is widely regarded as the father of modern Italian children’s literature, but he is also remembered for his visionary pedagogy, and it is these two fields he combines in this revolutionary essay collection. Translated into English by acclaimed children’s historian Jack Zipes and illustrated for the first time ever by Matthew Forsythe, this edition of The Grammar of Fantasy is one to live with and return to for its humor, intelligence, and truly deep understanding of children. As a translator and esteemed fairytale scholar Jack Zipes puts it, “Rodari grasped children’s need to play with life’s rules by using the grammar of their own imaginations. They must be encouraged to question, challenge, destroy, mock, eliminate, generate, and reproduce their own language and meanings through stories that will enable them to narrate their own lives.” “I hope this small book,” writes Rodari, “can be useful for all those people who believe it is necessary for the imagination to have a place in education; for all those who trust in the creativity of children; and for all those who know the liberating value of the word.”The number of dual language learners in early childhood classrooms is expanding every year—and teachers often feel underprepared to bridge language barriers and effectively meet these students' learning needs. Help is here in this book! 45 Strategies That Support Young Dual Language Learners is a toolbox of today's best strategies for supporting children and families from diverse backgrounds and ensuring the academic and social success of young dual language learners. Early childhood educators will get an invaluable collection of 45 practical, developmentally appropriate strategies for teaching dual language learners (both Spanish speakers and children who speak other languages). Real-world guidance helps teachers apply each strategy in their own classrooms, and the activities, reflection questions, and resources in Spanish will support educators in strengthening their current teaching practices. A much-needed resource for in-service professional development and preservice courses, this timely book will help educators foster the success of inclusive early childhood classrooms and prevent achievement gaps for dual language learners.

Designed for English teachers of children all over the world.

The Teaching ESL/EFL to Children Collection consists of three books:
  • No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for Children
  • ESL Review Games and Activities for Kids
  • English Teacher Emergency (Last-minute, no-prep activity classroom ideas)
Jackie Bolen has fifteen years of experience teaching ESL/EFL to students in South Korea and Canada. With her help, you'll improve your English classes for kids in no time at all. This 3-book collection will help you . . .
  • Save tons of time when lesson planning
  • Have more interesting and engaging classes for children
  • Learn how to be a more effective language teacher
  • Pick up some ideas for creative lessons
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