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Thursday, January 24, 2013

I Don't Want My Child to Be a Monoglot

For years, my primary goal for learning Spanish was because I did not want my child to be a monoglot.  With all the advantages of speaking multiple languages, it would be an absolute shame for our child to know only one - especially with a bilingual individual in our household.

Advantages aside, the Spanish language is part of their heritage.  A part I want him/her to be able to identify with.  Oscar's mom and dad made quite certain that he could write extremely well in Spanish

While I know Oscar wants our child to be bilingual, I don't know if he could pull it off by himself.  I'm not sure.  A resolve may develop (but he sure has difficulty speaking to me in Spanish all the time.)  He needs me on his team!  Well, I want to be MVP.

Currently reading....

 Raising a Bilingual Child by Barbara Zurer Pearson

and

7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child  by Naomi Steiner 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Preparing for the SAT - From Birth

I've recently started tutoring a kiddo who needs some help on the SAT.  We are doing grammar work, but in going over the copy of his PSAT, I realized how difficult a lot of the vocabulary is.

Which led to my new goal.

- Use an SAT vocabulary in every day speech and particularly with the children I work with.
 
1) I want to be one of those people who has a large vocabulary.
2) I want to raise my child to have a large vocabulary.
3) I want to be preparing the kids I work with early on for succeeding in college.

I've realized that I tend to repeat the same phrases over and over and over again.  One thing I say is, "you worked so diligently!"  Most of my kids are in 2nd and 3rd grade. They didn't know that word before, but they do now.

I'm excited, this will be a new business practice. 

- talisman: lucky charm
EX: Tutor: "Is that your talisman?"
       Student: "Ummm, what's a talisman?"
       Tutor: "You know, your lucky charm.  My talisman is my wedding ring."

Then, they can choose a talisman if they want.  Or we could come up with something like, "do you need a talisman?? nope - because you're pure talent."  Or, "I really want you to do well, so I'm rubbing my talisman"

So many creative ways to teach them vocabulary in a natural way.

Words for this week: talisman, abhor, placid