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I am bringing up my children, Schmoo and Pan-Pan, to speak 3 languages: English, French (non-native) and a little bit of Twi. This blog catalogues my attempts to bring language and positive identity to our kids.

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  • Update (very long overdue!!!)
    on Apr 12, 2014
    Schmoo, age 1Schmoo, age 9Pan-Pan, age 1Pan-Pan, age 6Here are my ickle bilingual babes, all grown-up! My experiment of raising children in a language that is not my mother tongue and that I am, at best, only 'proficient' in, has worked a treat: Both...
  • REVIEW: Plushkies
    on Jul 21, 2013 in children's toys Mandarin
    Schmoo & Pan-Pan larking around with Mei MeiWhen children's website Plushkies asked me to review their clever educational soft toys, I was thrilled! I knew my kids would love them and since I am dead keen for them to learn about other countries,...
  • RESOURCES: 5 fascinating things I've learned about Mandarin
    on Jul 13, 2013 in Mandarin multicultural children
    1. Mandarin is spoken by an incredible 885 million people! That's more than double the 400 million people who speak English.2. If you speak both Mandarin & English, you can communicate with over half of the world's people! (Mandarin is the most w...
  • RAISING BILINGUAL CHILDREN: Get kids talking gameThe Alien game (or the 'get kids talking' game)The idea is to pick a word your kid knows very well, like 'the sun' or 'a tiger'. Then you pretend to be an alien, just arrived on planet earth, and they need to describe what that word actually means.&n...
  • RAISING MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN: Magic skinSchmoo feeling good in her 'magic' skinA few days ago on the school run, one of Schmoo's friends suddenly turned to her and announced, 'Your daddy's really dark, isn't he? He's almost black!' Schmoo seemed a bit surprised and quickly responded, 'So?'...
  • RESOURCES: Our Mandarin products & wishlist1. Learning to say charactersE-Readbook & penWe own this, although I needed to use Google translate to help me buy it! It's exactly like the LeapFrog Tag system, but for Mandarin, and my kids adore it. They play with it for hours, clicking on the...
  • RAISING BILINGUAL CHILDREN: Not that kind of mum!
    on Jun 15, 2013 in bilingual children
    Piano practiseYummy Mummy, the buzzword of the our time! It seems that women like me are meant to be running blue chip companies from our kitchen tables in between breastfeeding, making jam and growing our own herbs. It all seems like a long way away...
  • CRAFTS: Building a cardboard castle
    on Jun 8, 2013 in children's crafts
    First, we gathered all of our old cardboard boxes together to see how we could best design our castle. We decided our castle had to have a moat and a drawbridge, so we started there, by painting the inside of one of the larger boxes blue for wat...
  • RAISING MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN: French macaronsPerfect macarons in every flavour at LadurĂ©eToday I took the kids on an important French cultural outing... to the macaron shop LadurĂ©e in Covent Garden! I actually didn't know the shop, but was out with a friend who knew it from Paris. She said we...
    on May 25, 2013 in Mandarin multilingual products
    To help with the kids' burgeoning Mandarin, I bought one of those talking pens online, along with a few of the books. After a bit of research, we picked the e-Readbook system and it's great, has plenty of books to go with it and is super simple to us...
  • Black Children's Cartoons
    on May 14, 2013 in DVDs black cartoons
    Schmoo with two of our favourite cartoonsCartoons featuring Black heroes have traditionally been thin on the ground, but there are more & more springing up lately, filling a much-needed gap for our kids. I've gathered all the ones I've discovered...
  • Pushy parenting
    on May 5, 2013 in raising bilingual children
    Schmoo practises her violinThese days we see a lot of articles about the negative effect of pushing children too much. There's just so much on offer now, and it's tempting to enrol your kids in lots (and lots!) of classes. I have to hold up my hand a...
  • KID'S CRAFTS: Melting bead dice
    on Apr 29, 2013 in children's crafts
    This is a good craft for a rainy day. Teaches attention to detail!Step 1: Print the template from Pinterest >> MoonAtNoon websiteStep 2: CopyStep 3: Iron (over protective grease-proof paper)Step 4: Click the shapes together following the instru...
  • KID'S CRAFTS: Melting bead bowls
    on Apr 27, 2013 in children's crafts
    This is a wonderful craft that produces a very pretty bowl in moments! And because it's so easy, kids can most of the prep themselves. I have lost a glass bowl to melting beads before, so I've learnt to be very careful about greasing the bowl well, a...
  • RAISING BILINGUAL CHILDREN: Best postsMy most beautiful postRESOURCES: Should I speak a non-native language with my child?After being riddled with doubt & worry, we decided to go for it... shakily. My resolve was rocked many times along the way, but now it feels as though we have gon...
  • BILINGUAL MOMENTS: 'I love reading'!
    on Apr 13, 2013 in books reading language
    Today Pan-Pan said those magical words, 'I love reading'! This is after a year or so of him hating it, to the point where he would hide his reading books, so I'm thrilled! We had a breakthrough, when he suddenly realised he could easily read one of h...
  • Plushkies!
    on Apr 5, 2013 in global citizens
    I've just come across Plushkies, which are utterly huggable soft toys, each one in the shape of a country and so help even very young children understand a bit more about the world. It's an ingenious idea and so when they asked me to take part in the...
  • REVIEW: African Musical Instruments Book
    on Mar 30, 2013 in reviews books children's books
    I've been sent a PDF of a new book to review and as it is just wonderful, I wanted to share it with you! It's called African Musical Instruments Book.It has a nice multi-coloured cover to get you in the mood. Inside there is information about differe...
  • CRAFT ACTIVITIES: Make a book
    on Mar 22, 2013 in crafts children's crafts
    This craft activity was prompted by a competition to make a book of at least 4 pages long to celebrate Quentin Blake's 80th birthday. I loved this idea, as we all very much enjoy books in our house! And in the age of the Kindle, it was really special...
  • PROFILE: LJ (French, Portuguese & English in Germany)With LJGeneral backgroundWhat are the names and ages of your children?LJ is 34 months old.What languages do you speak and to what level (Basic/Intermediate/Advanced/Fluent)?I am a native French speaker. I speak English fluently. I am learning German,...
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