Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability: Ideas and inspiration for even greater success and joy raising bilingual kids 1st Edition
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"A pure gem! A truly wonderful and easily readable book that parents everywhere will enjoy and that bilingual families and children will benefit from." --Dr. Annick De Houwer, leading researcher of child bilingualism and author of Bilingual First Language Acquisition
“Who but Adam Beck can tie together the complexities of raising a bilingual child with such wisdom, warmth, and wit? He shows how fun speaking another language at home can be." --Christine Jernigan, PhD in foreign language education and author of Family Language Learning
“I have recommended it often to parents raising bilingual children. Without fail, their reaction is ‘Thank you. This is exactly what I need.’” --Jennifer Brunk, longtime educator and founder of the popular site Spanish Playground
“If books are food for thought and if continuing to learn about bilingualism is an essential part of a bilingual parent’s mental diet, Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability is nutritional superfood…the ideal guidebook for parents who are sure of their commitment to bilingual parenting but in need of ideas and ongoing inspiration.” --Michele Cherie, writer and founder of the blog Intentional Mama
From the Author
The reason I wrote this book is the same reason I write about raising bilingual kids at Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo: because this subject matters. As a longtime teacher and parent of bilingual children, I understand how deeply, how personally, the subject of raising bilingual kids matters to families everywhere, all across the world. And because I've been blessed to gain experience and knowledge in this area, I've grown to consider it a deep duty to share what I can with others who might benefit. After all, language lies at the heart of our lives, and the more successful we can be at fostering language ability in our children, the more our families--now and for years to come--will potentially experience greater joy and fulfillment. That, to me, is the larger purpose of my work.
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Paperback : 310 pages
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.78 x 9 inches
- ISBN-10 : 4908629013
- ISBN-13 : 978-4908629013
- Publisher : Bilingual Adventures; 1st Edition (April 17, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #272,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prior to this book I read the "Raising a Bilingual Child" by Barbara Zurer Pearson which I got from a friend.
While Pearson talks a lot about the research regarding bilingual children, Adam Beck actually talks about WHAT TO DO to make your child become bilingual.
The book is written in a very light and interesting way, and the love of Adam Beck to his two kids and also to his students is felt deeply throughout the entire book.
For me - it was the exact case needed: A dad (not mother) raising two kids, with the main caregiver (the mother) speaking only the majority language and the kids attending majority language school. Which represent pretty much the hardest available conditions to raise a bilingual child.
Of course the book refers to all sorts of different conditions, but this being the hardest one was very important to me.
The book includes lots of great ideas on how to engage in minority language activities with your kids, the importance of seizing opportunities to develop the minority language and also some general good parenting tips.
When I saw full 5 star review by more than 30 people, I knew I had to try this book, but I was a bit skeptical about the full 5 stars.
Now after reading this book - I can genuinely agree it deserves it's full satisfaction 5 star grade!!
Thank you very much Adam Beck!!
When I found out I was pregnant last year, I knew I needed to know more than just "being strict". I came across this book on Amazon and decided to give it a try after reading some of the reviews. It's well worth the money. It's an easy read and full of practical tips. I read one chapter every night to my belly baby. I intend to use it as a reference book later on should I need ideas or encouragement. Adam's admirable dedication to teaching his kids minority language is contagious.
You spend with your child , every day is an oportunity to teach them something. He is a very successful parent of 2 bilingual kids , and you can be too, just follow his book and you will be able to succeed. It really change the way I was looking at my bilingual journey.
I grew up only speaking my family’s minority language (ml) until I started school in the majority language (ML). With parents that only spoke ml at home, I should have been fluent as I got older. But this isn’t the case, and I always felt frustrated that I lost my ability to speak ml when it should have been so easy. Adam talks extensively about EXPOSURE and NEED to use the ml, and I clearly lost the NEED when my parents accepted my answers in the ML.
Now as a parent, I am taking the lessons from my past experience and encouragement from Adam's book (and his forum!) to help my children’s bilingual ability. I believe bilingual ability is so important to nurture, and I encourage anyone who agrees to pick up this book for their children’s sake. Adam writes that all children wish to be bilingual, even if they don’t realize it yet.
Top reviews from other countries
The first half of the book is about adjusting your mindset and attitudes towards the task, which is necessary but probably one touch too lengthy and repetitive. The second half is where the author offers solid ideas and advice - the part that really earned the stars for the book in my case. The author is very hard on the idea of training your kids from birth as that was what he did, which was distressing for me as i have already missed the crucial first years but still hoping that I would find some answers from this book. I did find them, through personal emails to the author, and if I look past what was said about teaching from birth, I can say most of his ideas are actually all applicable for bilingual teaching from later years too.
Adam was amazingly helpful and encouraging at a personal level. He replied to all my emails extremely promptly and I can't say all author can be that easily accessible or available. He makes a reader feel very welcome and included and probably will be one of those pioneers that you'd want to hold on to during the lonely years of bilingual battles.