I want to share with you a story that happened to me last week that clarified, once more, why knowing English is so important in this day and age: I have been vacationing in St. Petersburg with my mother. It has been an amazing, eye-opening experience. And not only because of the Hermitage's treasures. I have experienced, once again, how critical English is as a universal language. In this day and age of globalization, English is necessary for communication. When we waited in
Dear Gaila, What is the best way I can help my child improve his English reading? One of Many Mothers... Dear Mother, I have said it once or twice or maybe a million times but I will say it again - to improve their English, you need to get your child to READ, READ, READ. Now, your response will probably be - well yes, but how?!? Let's look at children who do read. Over the past few days several parents have come to me to ask for books for their children to read. I happily dum
Dear Gaila, My 3 year old son will be starting nursery school next month. When his teacher heard that he was bilingual, she was not excited, to say the least. She claims that the two languages come on the expense of one another. I've heard this before, when my son was a late talker. However, I wasn't convinced that this was true, because there were other, monolingual, children who started speaking just as late, if not later. I know what you think - but what does science say?