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They play beauty salon and wear barrettes. (A pic of my husband and daughter from this weekend that makes me smile.)

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  1. Just checked out your photo- love it! So sweet. And they are pretty similar! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope more people shares theirs too!

  2. Great picture. As a father myself,I would be interested in some of the tips your husband has to raise kids bilingually. Some of the things that he does to make it fun for your children to learn Arabic. Maybe you already wrote a post about it?

  3. Hi Frank-thanks! (I also think I owe you an email from some time ago!) That would make a good post- I should write one…Arabic is definitely one we work hard for in the house, especially him, and the kids do not speak it fluently. We work at it though as it’s important to us both. And they do have 100% passive comprehension. The number one activity him and the kids do together is listen to Arabic music and TONS of it. They also play instruments while listening to music (kids tap on a drum or shake a tambourine) and sometimes dance. Music is a daily part of their routine (they listen to a few songs after books and before lights out; they also might listen to some music earlier in the day too depending on if there’s time) and as a result, the kids can sing a lot of songs in Arabic. I think it also helps their own attachment to the language and culture as its music they really love. He uses an ipad apps for writing Arabic. I thought it was cute that last weekend, the kids had a non-Arabic speaking friend over and they pulled up the ipad app to show her Arabic writing. The three of them practiced together. My husband and I always thought him speaking Arabic to them from birth would make our kids Arabic speakers, but we underestimated that one! I did write an article on that though if it helps: http://www.incultureparent.com/2012/06/how-bilingualism-can-fail-in-multilingual-families/

  4. Thank you! I like the idea of playing an instrument. I believe that singing and playing an instrument at the same time reinforces learning the lyrics. I will try that one at home!

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