Children who read regularly or are read to by their parents develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge, have higher test scores and better understand other cultures than children who do not read.
I am so thankful to have all the languages I do in my life along with some idea of phrases and words in other languages such as French, German and Japanese that I would have learnt at school. Languages are not a privilege and they are open to anyone and everyone.
Many bilingual families across the world find themselves in lockdown. And as a result, schools are closed and children are having to be taught online and/or by their parents. What would have been unheard of a year ago has now – unfortunately – become normal. But normal, of course, does not mean easy.
How many times did you think “I’m too tired, I will give up, this is not worth it”?
We are in the middle of one of the most challenging times for our society. Parents of young children, with the rollercoaster of school closures and limitations affecting relationships and community support, have not had an easy time during this pandemic.