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Saturday 14 July 2012 at 09:11 am
Parents of multilingual children know how hard it is to find books designed for their unique circumstances. How do you explain to your child that "a" is for apple when mommy says it but "m" for mela when papa says it? If you are confused, imagine how your child feels! Enter Alison O'Dornan and her brainchild, Diglot Books.
Alison's personal experiences with languages led her to the creation of the company. Having attended international schools, she had plenty of friends who spoke more than one language. She watched their struggles with teaching their children the alphabet, did some research and discovered that the bilingual child market wasn't just underserved...it pretty much didn't even exist! She started working on her first book, an ABC book in English and Dutch built upon carefully selected words that started with the same letter in both languages.
Thursday 28 June 2012 at 9:46 pm
When people start talking about media, I think that our natural inclination is to think about TV. We forget about the original form of media: books! Books can be an amazing resource for expat parents. We can use them to share pieces of our own childhood and culture with our children. We can use them to encourage our children to dream and develop their own imaginations. We can also use them as a tool to teach languages.
SHARE YOUR MEMORIES
Books are truly timeless. You can pick up a classic that you read over and over as a child and all of those memories come rushing back. You can share it with your child and they will have no idea that it is 20 or 30 years old or even older. All of the things that made the story so special to you are still valid today for your children. For this reason, books can be a great way for expat parents to carry on family traditions. Next time ask family and friends to send over your favorite childhood story instead of a DVD.
Tuesday 19 June 2012 at 02:08 am
I have a three year old who speaks better Dutch than I do.
There, I said it, I have admitted a truth that many Nomad Parents know. If you move to the Netherlands with a child in tow, finding time for Dutch courses can be near impossible. Your child, on the other hand, seems to learn by osmosis - they set one foot down in the country and they already know 100 words.
What if you could find a tv program that was educational for your child AND let you learn Dutch, using simple, straight-forward language, at the same time? Enter SchoolTV.nl
Saturday 09 June 2012 at 08:57 am
New country = new language = new books, tv shows, music and movies. So how is a Nomad Parent to know which ones are right for their child? Enter Mediasmarties.nl
. This website is perfect for helping Nomad Parents sort through Dutch media and find recommended content for each age.
WHAT IS MEDIASMARTIES?
Mediasmarties.nl is a non-profit organization commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. It is completely independent and its recommendations are not driven by advertisers. Mediasmarties was created to help parents sort through the large and ever-changing volume of media choices available.