Paul is four years old. His dad is British and his mum is Spanish. They live in Marbella, in a lovely beach area that’s popular among expats; Paul has neighbours from Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. Paul’s dad works as a manager for a British hotel chain.
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My kids aren’t too enthusiastic about so-called therapeutic stories for children. There’s a separate shelf for that kind of literaturę in our library, decorated with paper flowers; Andrés and Michał find it “girly” and “boring”.
Facebook groups and forums for parents of bilingual children are full of questions about child-friendly websites, apps and other language learning resources. And while I’m not a big fan of screen time for children, I can definitely recommend you a great multilingual app I’ve got to review from Mini Poliglotini; The Fairytale of Luna.
The Fairytale of Luna is a heart-warming story of the smallest pony in a horse riding club, who dreams of becoming big. This app is designed for children aged 2-10 years old and is narrated in 7 languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Slovene.
Are you a parent or a teacher of a sporty child who loves competition, the one that “just gotta win”? Are you searching for a book that teaches children the values of determination, reaching their goals and above all a great value of friendship? Finally, are you looking for a book that incorporates multicultural characters? Then, you’re going to enjoy The Quickest Kid in Clarksville as much as we did!
If you ask my kids what’s the worst part of multicultural upbringing, they will probably complain about “funny” food from different countries; it’s not fair when Babcia makes you eat a beetroot soup and Abuelita puts a huge plate of caraotas on the same day! Yuck! Or all those exercise books in three languages when all you want to do is play with your new Lego set!
However, there’s a HUGE bonus to all that suffering: they literally get the best of both worlds when it comes to celebrations and presents. They celebrate their name day (like all Polish kids) with a huge piñata (like all Venezuelan kids). They get visits from Ratoncito Pérez (Perez the Mouse) AND Tooth Fairy….and if they’re lucky, these visits happen when we travel, so the kiddos get their teeth attractive foreign currency.
My kids are incredibly street smart when it comes to life in the city. They give travel advice to strangers regarding trams they need to take to different places in Poznań, they know which supermarkets offer their favourite candy or cereal and where to stand on a tram stop to be placed right in front of the door when the tram arrives and get a free seat.
Yet they have no more knowledge of countryside and nature than Kim Kardashian has of world problems. When I asked Michał (3 back then) where milk comes from, he happily answered “from Netto”. And where is milk before it arrives to Netto? “I don’t know Mummy, maybe in other Netto”. They both also used to think that strawberries grow on the trees. Sigh.
My son is starting Primary School this week (Yay! Time is flying!) and we’re not working on numbers or letters before the big day; we’re working on his self-esteem that I find a crucial value for children.
Why? Because developing self-esteem is one of the most important factors when it comes to bullying prevention.
Bullying statistics are alarming; according to a recent infographics by Michigan Personal Injury Law Firm 77% of Students in the U.S. are bullied mentally, verbally and physically and every 7 minutes a child is bullied at the playground.