Bilingual By Choice: Raising Kids in Two (or more!) Languages

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Quercus, Dec 15, 2010 - Education - 228 pages
Includes 100 creative activities and strategies for the home and community!

More and more people-hundreds of millions around the world-are living in bilingual homes. In the U.S. alone, more than 54 million people over the age of 5 speak a language other than English at home. Yet once children enter school, the pull toward one language becomes stronger and maintaining the bilingual advantage requires a serious family commitment - a bilingual choice. The good news is it's worth it.

Research shows that bilingual children are known to have more social, cultural and economic opportunities as they grow to adulthood and that learning a second language from birth can even result in protection against Alzheimer's later in life. Bilingual By Choice provides families with specific activities, games and insights that will show them how to not only teach their kids more than one language but also to help their kids retain and develop those language skills.

For parents, educators, immigrants and expatriates, Bilingual by Choice deals directly with the obstacles to sustaining a second language, including unsupportive relatives, issues at school, frequent relocations and discrimination, countering each one with the author's firsthand experience with both sides of the growing-up-bilingual journey, as a child and as a parent. Commit to the choice, and help your children become bilingual - for life.

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Bilingual By Choice: The Family Guide for Raising Kids in Two (or More!) Languages

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Raguenaud, who is raising her twin daughters to speak both English and French, has tackled firsthand the challenges of raising bilingual children. She presents the research that supports early ... Read full review

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This is a wonderful book-packed with insight and knowledge. Bilingual by Choice is a long time coming and it is a must have on anyone's book shelf who has children or wants to. Thank you Virginie for this hard work!


01 Getting Past the Misconceptions About Bilingualism
02 The Logistics of Raising Bilingual Children
03 Introducing a Second Language to a SchoolAge Child
04 Challenges at Home
05 Schooling Options
06 Bilingual and Recommended for English Honors
07 The Benefits of Bilingualism
08 Listen Up
09 From Puppet Shows to Bilingual Scrabble
10 From Bilingual Storytime to Kids Language Clubs

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Born and raised in France, and educated in the United States, Canada and Russia, Virginie Raguenaud is currently raising bilingual twin girls with her husband in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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