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Our Language Strategy

Our Language Strategy at Home

This whole situation that we are in right now with Covid-19 and confinement has had both a positive and a negative side for our bilingual / multilingual children. This in-home situation has made our ideal language strategy come to life but has also forced us to speak the majority language of French a little more than we usually do!

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Elisavet Arkolaki

Multicultural Books Review and Interview with Elisavet Arkolaki

The word multicultural may seem like a misunderstood word, but these two books “Where am I from?” and “How to Raise Confident Multicultural Children” by Elisavet Arkolaki may be just the key to understand it’s meaning. Since we are a multicultural family, I was asked to review these books in exchange for an interview with the author which you will find below.

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35 ways to keep kids busy at home

35 Activities to Do When Kids are at Home

Most schools around the world are officially closing next week due to the coronavirus epidemic. Ours here in France will be closed from Monday till next month. Some parents are trying to figure out childcare while they will have to go work or how they will be keeping their kids occupied throughout the day, so let me help make it easy for you. I asked some blogger friends of mine to share some of their favorite posts on how to keep kids busy when you have to stay home.

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How to encourage a child to pray salah

How to encourage your child to pray salah

I am sharing with you today, why parents should teach their children about salah and how to encourage them to pray. A free downloadable lesson plan is available at the end of the post to help you get started.

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Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See by Eric Carle

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Activities for little ones

I am sure you have heard of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see” a children’s book classic, written and illustrated by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle, making it a perfect read-aloud for young readers on World Book Day! It is even great for young bilingual readers and learners as it reviews vocabulary words and colors. This book has probably even been translated into your target language. In this post, I am going to share a few hands-on activities that your kids can do as you read them the book or after they have read it to you!

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How many books do we own in our house

Our Family’s Home Library

I have been writing a lot about books, reading and how to start a home library that I am sure you’ve asked our self how many books we have in…

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Favorite Book Lists By Language

Favorite Book Lists by Language

Earlier this month, I shared some tips on how to start a book collection at home and today I am going to share some popular book lists from other multilingual organized by language.

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Multilingual Family Interview

Multilingual Family Interview | English/Singaporean/Pakistani in Ireland

Multilingual Family Interview for January 2019⁠ ⁠ This month, we interviewed Khadijah (@thekidspart) and her trilingual (English, Arabic, and Sindhi) family who live in Ireland.⁠ ⁠ Khadijah who has a unique background, is half English/Irish/ Singaporean and her husband is Pakistani. They have three kids that they are currently homeschooling. ⁠ ⁠ One of their language challenges is the lack of reading materials available in Sindhi but a success is her son being able to read Arabic books from a young age. ⁠

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Starting a Home Library

How to Start a Home Library

Starting a book collection or home library in the minority language does not have to be difficult task. Some people may say it is expensive to purchase books but with…

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Book Review

Book Review : The Arabic Quilt, by Aya Khalil

Kanzi’s family has moved from Egypt to America, and on her first day in a new school, what she wants more than anything is to fit in. When Mama wears a hijab and calls her daughter Habibti (dear one). When she leaves, the teasing starts. Continue reading to find out what my kids and I thought of the book.

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Winter Crafts for Toddlers

Winter Crafts with Toddlers

Here are two winter crafts you can do with your toddler this year. that are easy to make and use craft supplies that are good for small hands. Toddlers can enjoy experimenting with paint by mixing the colors or swirling it around, clapping their hands in it. They may actually enjoy it more on their hands than painting on a piece of paper or canvas.

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Multilingual Family Interview

Multilingual Family Interview | British Spanish Family in Spain

Today, we interview Nina and her British/Spanish family. Her son is learning English, Castellano and Valencio Spanish. Nina’s son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum when he was younger and there may have been challenges along the way. But with the success of him going from being non-verbal to speaking three languages is really wonderful and awesome. One of his favorite activities is drawing in his sketchbook.

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5 Books that Every Bilingual Family Home Needs

Today, I am going to share five books that I think every bilingual family should have in their house. Recently, I have been reading more and more about bilingualism and multi-language learning in order to share more tips and activities with other multilingual families as well as my own.

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How to Read to a baby or toddler ?

Mr. M is about 20 months old and he really enjoys picking up books and bringing them over for us to read and look at together! I have previously shared this month why it is important to read to your child, today I am going to give you some tips on how to read to a baby or toddler.

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Reading List

How to Create a Reading List for Busy Muslim Moms?

In this post, I’m going to give you, a busy Muslim mom, some suggestions today on books to read and how to find time to read them. Also you will be able to download a book list for to make for yourself and a copy of my list when you sign up for my newsletter below.

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Story Telling for Kids

Encouraging children to storytell

Story telling fosters creative thinking, improves language skills and teaches presentation skills. It is very important that we encourage our children to story tell no matter how far fetched the tale may seem!

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Multilingual Family

Reflections on raising a Multilingual Family

I was recently reminded about our multilingual journey such as how far we have come and how far we still have to go. Therefore, today, I am going to briefly update you on our journey as well as share some reflections on how to raise a multilingual family.

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Family Islami Reading CHallenge

Family Islamic Reading Challenge

Yesterday, I shared about National Family Literacy Day and Month and I decided to create a reading challenge especially for Muslim families. Non-Muslim families can participate as well changing the…

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Family Literacy Month

Family Literacy Month

November 1st is National Family Literacy day and November is Family Literacy month. Come check out what we have planned to celebrate this month!

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Donuts

Pumpkin spice makes learning twice as nice! This fall break I wanted my kids to continue having fun learning at home. Therefore, I made up this activity pack with pumpkin…

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Why I blog

Why I started this blog ?

After reflecting these past few months about blogging and my presence on social media, I am ready to share my personal reasons for why I started this blog. Why I…

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Book review Eid at abuela's

Book Review : Eid Breakfast at Abuela’s

I am participating in the Multicultural Kid Blogs Hispanic Heritage Blog Hop and I am sharing my review of the book ” Eid Breakfast at Abuela’s ” written by Mariam Saad and illustrated by Chayma Sobby.

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Hajj-Inspired Art Projects

Welcome to our second Hajj for Kids blog hop! Hajj is the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca that takes place in the last month of the Muslim calendar, and that all…

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Moon activities for Pre-K

Moon Activities for Pre-K and K

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon and the astronauts walking around on the moon. I am sharing some moon inspired montessori activities based off this historical event!

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