Where to download free Ukrainian educational worksheets

Finding educational materials in Ukrainian is not easy. If you ever searched for Ukrainian Abetka books on Amazon or other Internet marketplaces, you have no doubt discovered that the selection is abysmal. But, many online sites now offer content for direct download such as childdevelop.com.ua. This site offers many worksheets in Ukrainian (also in EnglishContinue reading “Where to download free Ukrainian educational worksheets”

New publication – Ukrainian Alphabet coloring book

We are happy to announce the publication of Ukrainian Alphabet coloring book for kids (Українська Абетка – розмальовка для дітей). All 33 letters of the Ukrainian alphabet are paired with cute animals to provide visual learning (Aa – Akula/Aкула, Бб – Bilochka/Білочка, Вв – Vovk/ Вовк…). This is a great way to introduce fundamental learning conceptsContinue reading “New publication – Ukrainian Alphabet coloring book”

Scholarly research on bilingualism and multilingualism

So there I was…casually browsing scholarly literature on raising bi/multilingual children, when University of Ottawa’s Dr. Nikolay Slavkov‘s research caught my attention. In a peer-reviewed article published by International Journal of Multilingualism (Routledge), Slavkov concludes regarding three factors related to a child’s development as an active or passive bi/multilingual. Slavkov finds three factors to haveContinue reading “Scholarly research on bilingualism and multilingualism”

4 weeks of free online courses for children: reading, thinking, growing

Are you #stuckathome with school-age children? Scholastic is offering free online courses for children as part of its Scholastic Learn at Home program. Cost? Your email address. Otherwise, it’s free to use. According to The Hill, it offers “three hours of learning per day with up to four weeks of instruction. Users are asked toContinue reading “4 weeks of free online courses for children: reading, thinking, growing”

Can you learn a foreign language by watching cartoons?

Can you really learn another language by watching cartoons? Yes, there is some pedagogical value (with the right cartoons) when raising children bilingual, but the short answer is no — cartoons alone won’t cut it. Here’s the argument. In our experience, we found cartoons as positive teaching aids when used as: Creative breaks for parentsContinue reading “Can you learn a foreign language by watching cartoons?”

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to you all! Wishing you a wonderful day with those you love. Here is a book recommendation to go along to read in Ukrainian: Велике місто, маленький зайчик, або Мед для мами (ISBN 978-966-7047-54-2) Also available, though hard to find, in English: A Small Bunny in the Big City or HONEY for MOMMYContinue reading “Happy Mother’s Day!”

Free Ukrainian language virtual school

Publishing House Ranok (Видавництво «Ранок») is offering a free Ukrainian virtual school (Віртуальна школа «Ранок») k-11 during COVID-19 restrictions. Here is a class schedule. Also, past classes are available on Ranok’s YouTube channel. At first glance, it looks promising. What online resources do you use to help raise your kids bilingual?

A systematic way to raise bilingual children

If you decided to raise your children bilingual or multilingual then the next decision for you is what system should you choose. Olena Centeno of BilingualKidsRock.com argues that to succeed you must have a system, a structure, in place that will guide you (parents, grandparents, extended family, etc.) and your children through the years. HavingContinue reading “A systematic way to raise bilingual children”