Talkin ‘bout a Revolution

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Today we’re talking about revolutions and the importance of knowing our history. At the end of this article you’ll find ideas for any family, as well as links to resources in Portuguese because 25 April is the anniversary of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution. Having said that, the spirit of this article, of not letting distance from our home country let us …

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3 minute introduction to modern Portugal  

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  Since 1974, when it emerged from one of the longest lasting dictatorships in Europe, Portugal has come up in leaps and bounds. This post celebrates recent achievements and serves as an introduction to those who don’t know much about modern Portugal.   Quick run through 1975-2015 It rebuilt its democratic institutions, entered the EEC (European Economic Community) in 1986, …

Science resources in Portuguese

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We always aimed to encourage our girls to be interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. We have therefore aimed to expose them to books and other experiences around these subjects. CBeebies, for example, has great science programmes such as Nina and the Neurons, Do you know and The Lets Go Club. The problem is that, obviously, all of …

Radio stations for bilingual kids

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Listening to radio in the target language can provide another opportunity for exposure to the language and culture. Radio stations created for kids are perfect for this, as their content will be specifically created, or curated, for them. It can also be a learning opportunity for adults who’s mother tongue is not the target language. Our favourite radio station A few …

Arabic books, toys and other resources

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I’ve came across these ventures recently through contacts in the multilingual world.  I know from friends who speak Arabic that good books or activities (such as playgroups) in Arabic or their dialect is not always easily available. I hope this is helpful. Just a start, so let us know in the comments if you try these and your thoughts, or …

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17 things to do with the kids during half term

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“Not another school holiday!” most parents are thinking just as many schools in the UK start a two weeks Easter Holiday. Whether you’re a full time working parent or a stay at home parent, you may well be dreading it. “How am I going to entertain the kids over two weeks!!??”. Don’t fret, here are a few suggestions. *This post …