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Posts Tagged ‘bilingual kids’

Aug
21
2009

Jabberu

 

There are many reasons why I miss living in Washington, DC.  When I stumbled upon Jabberu, I was extra-sorry that I moved.  What is it?  It’s a company that owns and operates play-based language learning centers throughout the greater DC area.  They have programs in Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese and Arabic for kids 6 months to 10 years – where kids are immersed in the language (and, perhaps more importantly, get to interact with other bilingual kids – which is a rarity in this country).  What a terrific concept!  Especially since experts agree that language skills are best learned and internalized before the age of 2.  They also stock an online store, have free at-home learning tools, and stage parties (where kids go on an imaginary trip to Paris, Latin America, or China).  How cool is that?

Maybe they’ll offer Indian languages soon.  Or expand beyond DC.  Until then, I’ll just sit here and sigh (not that my kids need to learn a 4th language, but still)…

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Aug
17
2009

 

I gave up trying to find quality bilingual Telugu books for babies and toddlers a long time ago.  So I resorted to reading English books in Telugu.  But some of the magic always gets lost.   And really, how can you compete with Monsieur Suess anyway?

Then, per chance, we discovered Barbara Lehman’s Museum Trip – a wordless picture book about a boy who goes on a class field trip to a museum and (literally) gets drawn into a display of old paper mazes.  My son was fascinated with the pictures and the mazes.  I was excited to be actually creating a Telugu story –  rather than merely translating.  The language was more pure, and I think my son caught on to that.  My efforts were validated by the fact that he wouldn’t let his dad (who reads to him in English) read it to him. 

It was such a hit, we then got The Red Book – a very clever story about a book-within-a-book.  We also discovered our local library has a whole section of “Wordless Books.”  Hooray!

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