Parents Share Why Bilingual is Better #BilingualRisers
Since May, mamás poderosas have been participating in MomsRising's campaign, #BilingualRisers. Through their personal blogs, Instagram and MomsRising's blog, they have been sharing snippets of their lives: daily routines, books and other resources they use, challenges, triumphs and more on their language learning journey.
Chontelle Bonfiglio: Creating a Multilingual Lifestyle for our kids, inside our home and out
"We try to give our children exposure to both sides of their cultural
heritage so they grow up to appreciate their family background."
Natalia DuTeau: "10 ways we keep Spanish alive in our home."
Natalia shares 10 ways she is keeping Spanish alive in a world that is English all around her family.
Bethany Edwards: 8 free online language learning resources
Bethany shares how her kindergartener is trilingual and shares 8 free online language resources.
Diana shares 5 fun ways to get kids talking in the target language.
Linda Lopez-Stone: 3 reasons why we need more dual language programs.
Linda says "It is currently estimated that there are 2000 dual language programs in the United States. But we need more!"
Aileen Passariello-McAleer: A Bilingual Lifestyle has made us a better family
"Sometimes kids will challenge and fight you for things that you want them to embrace. At those times, you have to let them know that you understand their frustration. However, it’s also important to communicate the “why” behind your desire for them to learn, and as I’ve learned, to show them the “why.”
Sonia Smith-Kang Raising Dual-Language Learners in Today's Multicultural Climate
"Being multilingual in order to speak to family members and to have a cultural connection are not the only
benefits of being dual language programs.
myopic view of the world. They learn how to interact with other cultures and move in and out easily between the diverse groups. It's a a bit better now a days."
If you're interested in learning how parents can advocate for dual language programs, don't miss this interview with Dr. Fabrice Jaumont, Education Attaché of the French Embassy in NYC, who has been instrumental in helping parents advocate for DL programs in NYC.
For Instagram, you can check out the #BilingualRisers hashtag here to see all the posts!