Posts Tagged ‘language’

Great Gifts for Preschoolers

Preschoolers are little people with big emotions. No one knows how to have fun like a preschooler. Their brilliant minds are exploding and their creativity drives everything they do. Give gifts to your preschoolers this year that will excite them, encourage them and maybe give their parents a few moments of peace! Anyone can walk into a superstore and grab some plastic cartoon character toy. However, these gifts for preschoolers are not your typical ones, and they are sure to surprise both child and parent in the best way!

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7 Easy Ways to Incorporate a Second Language into your Child’s Day

Improved problem solving, memory, creativity and critical thinking. Better social and communication skills. An increased appreciation for other cultures. The ability to learn additional languages later in life.

You may be aware of these and many more benefits of being raised bilingually. You may have experienced these benefits firsthand because you are multilingual yourself; and now you want to make sure to pass on multilingualism to your child. Or maybe you are monolingual but are interested in exposing your child to a second language. But where do you even begin?

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Why Do Kids Ask Why?

“Why is it raining?”

“Why is the garbage truck here?”

“Why is there only one sun?”

“Why is that a construction site?”

“Why can’t I see my eyes?”*

If you have a 3- or 4-year old, these questions probably look very familiar. Veerrrry familiar. Kids this age ask a lot of questions, which can be funny, interesting and, admittedly, incredibly irritating. So, we wondered: why do kids ask so many questions? Why?! Here’s what we found.

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DIY: Magnet Board

With school out for the summer, it’s always nice to have a few educational-but-still-fun tricks up your sleeve. Enter: the magnet board. It’s inexpensive, easy, fun, customizable and, best of all — removable! Here’s how to make and customize your own; plus, a some activities your kids can do once it’s up.

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10 Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child

10  Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child

The choice of raising your child bilingual can be intriguing, but daunting, for many reasons.  You may have read of the lifelong benefits of learning more than one language.  Maybe you are anxious to begin, yet, you also feel apprehensive about teaching a language yourself. Perhaps you favor one language over the other a little too much, or you may be concerned because both (or neither!) parents are bilingual. Even if both parents are multilingual, but in differing languages, you may wonder how many languages to teach and how much to involve each language in everyday life. Will your child be able to ‘sort’ the languages out in her head?  Is it really worth it to go though all the extra effort?  

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Yiddish for Mommies

Yiddish, a language once primarily used by Jews of Central and Eastern European descent, has become heard in more mainstream communities. Brought to many cultures via television shows like “Seinfeld,” Yiddish is a fun way to express unique feelings. Recently becoming more popular, schools like Columbia and Oxford have initiated Yiddish Studies departments. This language, passed verbally through generations is a wonderful means of expression, and a fun gift to give your children. So practice your “ch” sounds with a guttural throat clearing and read on.

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First 8 Signs to Teach Your Baby

Why teach your baby sign language?  Babies can understand verbal communication before they develop the skills required to verbally communicate themselves.  Teaching your baby how to sign can provide them with a valuable communication skill that will enhance, rather than delay, their overall language development.  Signing may also help you gain a better understanding of how your child views the world around them and in turn lead to less fussiness and fewer meltdowns due to communication misunderstandings.

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