Raising kids is one of the greatest things I'll ever do with my life... but if I"m honest, it's probably also one of the hardest. We place so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect and to get it right ALL the time while constantly feeling like we're failing miserably... Or is that just me :/
We want the very best for our kids and I think are often expected to have all the answers immediately - which to be very honest, is completely unrealistic.
I remember when I first started teaching my kiddos French - I had NO idea what I was doing. Thankfully google taught me a little but I had to work out so many bits and pieces along the way. There was no roadmap - I just knew that FUN had to be in the priority, and if nothing else happened in our household (cleaning included), we would play and try and introduce some new words, somehow.
Fast forward a few years and my kids are now in school and if I'm honest, their French is a little rusty, but that's because they decided they really wanted to embrace the Italian language they're currently now learning at school. Who would have known that it would have been a great foundation to build their bilingual journey on!!! Who am I kidding... Of course, I did! :) haha
I think back to all those years ago, to how strong my kids French might have been if I'd been given the steps to walk and the tools to outwork them with.
This week, I took some time to stop and chat with some of the worlds leading experts when it comes to teaching little kids a language. Their advice would have been so helpful all those years ago, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that these tips will change many families worlds and hopefully empower their kids in their language journey to new levels.
We created 'The Bilingual Advantage: 10 Strategies Leading Langauge Experts are Teaching in 2018' which includes excerpts from interviews with:
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