My favorite educational podcast is the Read Aloud Revival. It is full of wonderful conversations with children’s authors and around making connections with your kids through healthy read aloud habits.
Personally, I have found myself becoming a big fan of storytelling podcasts and so I really enjoy shows by the podcast producing company called Gimlet Media. Each podcast episode is highly produced and they are a really fun listen. They currently have a long line of shows including Startup, Heavyweight, Reply All, Science Versus, Homecoming, Crime Town and several others.
Last but most certainly not least, I really enjoy the Membership Guys Podcast. I am always looking for tips and inspiration on how to make the Bilingual Avenue Members’ Club better and this podcast is all about it. It is targeted for membership site owners and so it is particularly helpful with the techy side of running a membership.
Exposure & Need
Exposure and need are critical for bilingual families. We must keep up with our children’s growing vocabulary needs. It is important that we continue to expose them to the target language so that they can acquire the language and ultimately use it.
We also have to create a need for them to use the language. Expectations have to be set and we as parents have to follow through with these expectations. Creating a need is the most difficult of the two but is just as important as exposure.
The issue of homework tends to trip up most bilingual families. Many are conflicted on what language to use when talking, helping and assisting with school assignments. Should they stick to the target language? Should the use the language of the school? Each choice has pros and cons. My recommendation for parents is to develop a plan and implement it. You can still make tweaks based on how everyone is reacting but make sure to plan ahead so it does not catch you off guard.
How about you? I would love to know if you have also come across these or other pitfalls for bilingual families!
Most bilingual families will often say that they have an easier time getting their hands on resources geared towards little ones that are fun and engaging.
However, as their kids get older it becomes more difficult to find tools that are also suitable for older children. My advice is to plan ahead and be on the lookout for things that will appeal to your child’s interest.
Laura & Abner hopped on the Autobahn and answered a few questions to help other families on their language journey:
What is your favorite resource for supplementing Spanish in your home?
Raz-kids.com – an award-winning teaching product that provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students.
What is the best advice you have received as a bilingual parent?
To listen to the Bilingual Avenue podcast! : )
What is one children’s book in Spanish that you recommend to other parents?
El Loro Tico Tango by Anna Witte
Vamos a cazar un oso by Micheal Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
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