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How I Raise a Multilingual Child?

I raise a multilingual kid. Yes, it is not something to surprise, because nowadays most parents raise bilingual or multilingual kids. As our kid also learns few languages, I want to share my story of raising a multilingual child with some of the things I follow as these tips can be helpful for other moms too.

How I raise a multilingual child

How I raise a multilingual child?

Living in Singapore, we wanted our kid to learn English as his first language. So he grew up in an English speaking environment till his playgroup age and later we started to speak with him with our native language Sinhalese. As Sri Lankans, we want him to learn both speaking and writing in Sinhala language. At the same time, in his preschool he learns Chinese as a second language.

This sounds like too much for a kid. But, surprisingly kids learn so fast. Even though we talked with him in English only, I always used Sinhala language to talk to my husband or family members in Sri Lanka. Surprisingly, when the kid started talking, he talked English. But, he could easily understand Sinhala language. So, we didn’t have any communication problem in Sri Lanka, as kid started replying in English for anyone who talks in Sinhala.

How I raise a multilingual child

Learning Sinhala language is easy through colorful story books

When he reached 4 years old last year, I started talking with him in Sinhala. I also started teaching him reading and writing in Sinhala.

At the same time, his preschool teacher conducts Chinese lessons for him. It seems like he is good with Chinese language for his age. But, at home I don’t know the language, so we face difficulties in understanding him when the kid speaks in Chinese. This is where I want to learn Chinese as a new language to help the kid to improve his language skills as a multilingual kid.

Well, above is my story on how I raise a multilingual child.

Is it difficult to raise a multilingual child?

If you ask that question, my answer is ‘No’. Kids are fast learners and they grab the words so fast. With a proper plan, you can easily raise a child who speaks few languages. However, don’t get stressed. It needs time and patience. My kid still speaks well in English, but he can understand other 2 languages. I am confident that he will learn these other languages with time. So, I don’t worry.

If you want to raise a multilingual child, below are some of the things you can do. You don’t have to teach them new languages. But, you have to talk to them. Or create an environment which your kids have exposure to the other languages.

Below are some the things I do with my kid. Hope these are helpful for you too.
How I raise a multilingual child

Things to do if you want to raise a multilingual child

1. Know when to start and what to expect

Understand the learning milestones of your child. Start talking in one language and make it his major language. When your kid starts talking, he will use that major language to communicate.

At home, I talked with him in English only. But I allowed him to hear us talking in Sinhala. When he started talking, he was good in English. But, he could communicate in Sinhala too.

2. Decide how many languages

Usually multilingualism is helpful for kids to live and communicate within his community. In Singapore, it is essential to learn English to continue education. At the same time we also want him to learn his heritage language Sinhala. As he learns Chinese as a 2nd language in his preschool, now he learns 3 languages without any pressure.

So, think of your requirements and decide on the languages that your child will learn.

3. Decide on a suitable Language System

Don’t take this serious. But, if you talk in many languages with your infant before he reaches his language milestones, he may get confused. Instead, try to have a language system.

Decide who should speak which language with baby from his newborn age. One Person One Language (OPOL) and Minority Language at Home (ML@H) are the most common language systems which are popular nowadays as successful systems.

How I raise a multilingual child

He loves reading English books

4. Get relevant materials to learn the languages

Surround your kid with books, music and movies which are suitable for his age. These language materials will make it fun to learn.

We did the same at home. Although the kid learned English as his main language, we also bought books in Sinhala and Chinese languages. So, he is familiar with letters before he starts learning. In his preschool, he gets the chance of learning Chinese.

5. Establish a proper support network

You are lucky when you are surrounded with others who speak different languages. You can get their help to talk with the child if they talk a different language that you want your kid to learn.

For our kid, he learns Chinese by talking with school teacher and friends. But, with him I face the problem of not knowing the language.

My kid likes to talk with me in Chinese and he starts conversation. But, I do not know whether he speaks correctly or even I don’t know how to reply him to keep the conversation going. This is why I decided to find a way to learn Chinese. So, I can communicate with the kids while he learns Chinese. This will also beneficial for me as I work in Singapore which Chinese is one of the languages spoken by majority of people.

I have used TUTOROO to find a private Chinese tutor in Singapore. On their website ( I have easily found a Chinese language tutor who is now helping me learn Chinese. I hope I will soon be able to communicate with the kids in Chinese. TUTOROO is not only for adult learners, it connects people to private language tutors nearby and their private tutors also offer private lessons for kids.

How I raise a multilingual child

Wish I can read these Chinese books with the kid!

A platform such as TUTOROO is helpful for arranging a proper support network when raising a multilingual or bilingual child. It is a platform that connects students with tutors nearby. Therefore lessons are in person, not online. Learning a new language from native speaker is always helpful, so I am sure that we will have good experience in learning Chinese.

You can check the language tutors available by visiting only Chinese, you will find many language tutors including English, Spanish, Japanese and many more.

Finally, don’t get too stressed about raising a multilingual child. Let it happen with time. Set your goals with kid’s language milestones, but be flexible. For example, I started reading ‘Sinhala language’ to my kid when he reached 4 years old and when he is fine with English.

It will take time to raise a multilingual child. You will need patience. But, it will be a rewarding experience. So, try all above tips if you raise a multilingual or bilingual child.

Do you have experiences in raising multilingual kids? Please share your tips and experiences below.


What To Know About Tutors For Your Children

Worry about your child’s academic success is something that all parents face when the new school year starts.  Some good news is that you and your child will not have to face this alone.  A skilled tutor is able to help your child develop new skills and unlock abilities they did not know they had.  Tutors can make a world of difference in a child’s life, but you need to ensure that you choose the right tutor.  This can be a challenge, but there are some tips that can help you.

Does Your Child Really Need A Tutor?

Online Resources that Can Help Kids with their Schooling

There are many parents who find it hard to acknowledge that their child has an academic weakness, but this is not something to worry about.  Every person has their strengths as well as their weaknesses.  You should be glad that you are able to identify these trouble areas because you will be able to get your child help to overcome them.

A smart parent will not only hire a tutor to boost their child’s grades in a problem subject.  A good tutor will have the skills and ability to help your child in a range of ways.  The goal should be to boost more than grades and actually help your child achieve excellence in life and school.  This is something that a good tutor will be able to help with.

How Does A Tutor Help Your Child?

Struggling in school can be the start of a cycle.  When someone feels disappointed, they will start to feel more stress and start to lose confidence.  This will lead to a further decline in academic achievement which leads to the start of the cycle.

A good tutor will be able to break this cycle.  They will not only help with the academic problem areas, they will also teach your child how to overcome other obstacles they face.  By breaking the chain of insecurity which is created, your child will be empowered and become better equipped for lifelong success.

Tutors For Your Children

A dedicator tutor will also be able to offer more academic know-how.  This will not only help your child with the problem subjects, but will help them excel in all subjects.  This know-how could be something as simple as study tips to lifestyle changes or how to become better organized.

What To Do If Your Child Has An Exceptionality?

There are a lot of children that have learning exceptionalities such as dyslexia and ADHD.  Fortunately, society is moving away from the stigmas which were placed on children like this in the past.  There is also a growing body of knowledge that helps parents and students get the information they need to create a path to academic excellence.

A good tutor who has a full understanding of the exceptionality your child has will also help.  They will be able to offer coping mechanisms and study skills designed to take the exceptionality into account.  These skills will not only help your child get through school, they can be transferred to other parts of life.

What Should You Look For In A Tutor

When it comes to choosing a tutor, you need to be picky.  There are times when a high school student will be able to get the job done, but there are others times when more is needed.  In these situations, you need to find a tutor with more skills in the subject.  The ideal tutor is going to be someone who understands the overlapping aspects of student life and your child’s needs.  They need to be able to help your child with more than one subject and rather help them as a person.  This will require special training and experience.

How Important Is Personality?

You should never underestimate the importance of personality.  Your child and the tutor will need to connect because this will ensure that your child is relaxed while being tutored and they will be able to concentrate better.  Good tutoring is a 2-way street and your child needs to work with the tutor as a team.

5 Online Resources that Can Help Kids with their Schooling

Whether you want your kid to homeschool or you just want additional schooling materials for your kids, the internet never runs dry of tools to cater for the same. There are tons of websites that provide learning platforms for kids from kindergarten to higher education, offering information for all subjects and skills. Most of these sites offer free courses and if you have to pay for them, the charges are quite affordable. Here are some of these online resources;

Online Resources that Can Help Kids with their Schooling

Writing Samurai

This site offers free online courses for creative writing for students in primary, lower secondary, as well as upper secondary. With its mission to help students learn how to write top-notch compositions, Writing Samurai makes it easy for users to learn how to write excellent content naturally without the hassle of having to memorize big words. Apart from the online course, it also offers a free E-book rich in phrases, model compositions, and free test papers. Over 1000 enrolled students get to enjoy the simple, effective and fun approach to learning, what’s more, there are insightful tips from the site’s blog. An advantage of using this site is that the student can learn at their own pace and at any chosen time. Proof of positive results by previous students is also available on the site.

Calculation Nation

Calculation Nation revolves around math curriculum for middle grades and other upper elementary content. Once you become a Calculation Nation citizen, your kid will have online access to math strategy games that will enable them to learn about symmetry, multiples, and fractions, etc. The games are fun and also aid your kid perfect basic skills such as multiplication and much more.

Online Resources that Can Help Kids with their Schooling

Khan Academy

This free online learning site consists of an assortment of subjects; physics, math, finance, history, and biology. It has adaptive assessment exercises which allow users to practice their skills at their own pace. You will always have practice material at your disposal because every single problem is randomly generated. In steps, each problem is broken down in case you are stuck and need a hint. Khan Academy also provides short videos related to each subject to help students in case they need more help.

Spelling City

Here, you find crossword puzzles, 25 games to help learn alphabetical order (can also be printed), vocabulary tests, unscramble, and word search among other features. Spelling City is basically a website that consists of spelling words exceeding 42,000 as well as sentences and definitions that can be modified. Parents and teachers can save lists from the free home pages provided in the website. Also, you can get more information from the website’s free forum not to forget the newsletter that is sent to your inbox.

Code Year

In just a year, students can learn computer programming basics through Code Year lessons. This resource tool recommends anyone to acquire more information about coding to be able to create and build their own apps. The lessons here are presented interactively to make it easy for students to understand and is far from the usual ‘dry’ programming books and lectures. Students will begin with JavaScript then progress to the other subsequent lessons.

Do Preschoolers Need Tuition?

Do preschoolers need tuition? This can be a scary question for any parent who has little kids. For us our little kids are still babies. That is why we don’t think of extra tuition for preschoolers.

However there are different ideas and thoughts about tuition for preschoolers. In few months ago I also was in the opinion that preschoolers do not want any tuition. At the time I was introduced for an extra English enrichment course, I refused it straight away. But after few months later I wanted the help of that enrichment course and I started sending the kid to learn English and phonics. This was due to our experience with his first preschool.

Do preschoolers need tuition?


Yes, I am a mom who believes in freedom for childhood. I always find opportunities for our kid to play actively and improve his self-confidence. However at the same time we also want him to train for future. We don’t want to see him struggling with pressure and stress once he is grown up or during his school years. This is where we need a balance between his studies and play activities from his early childhood. I believe in such pattern which he will slowly train to face the stressful future and he will know how to balance his life with lot of work load. It is true that we can’t expect a future with totally leisure activities. There will be a lot of hard work for him in office, family or with society. If the kid can get some pressure during his school days, he will know how to balance his life without failing. This is where I always want him to engage in both academic and extra activities as a kid.


Our Experience with extra enrichment class

Do preschoolers need tuition

Although my kid had learning experience during his playgroup year which included play activities, arts and crafts and basic pre-writing skills, his first months of preschool was not for our expectations. We found his behavior changes. He was more on play than onto other skills such as arts and crafts, reading and writing. I could find he was losing his interest on even holding a pencil.

I know experiences of some of my friends who have similar age kids. Now they worry about their kids who don’t have pencil control or they don’t have interest on reading or writing. Considering such I am happy that my kid has interest on reading, writing and drawing same as his interest for playing. But, all these because of the extra activities we did at home or thanks to the English enrichment class we sent him during the past few months. Till we find the new preschool, we sent him to an English program.

But now, his new preschool experience is really good and we see a balanced educational environment which includes different activities including play and at the same time writing or academic skills. So we don’t have worries about any extra lessons for him. However kid enjoys his English program. So we continue sending him once a week.

Do preschoolers need tuition?

Now, back to the topic! Do preschoolers need tuition? The answer can be both yes and no. As per my opinion this really depends on your experience with your kid. Remember, few months ago I didn’t want to send the kid to extra classes. However when we found the kid doesn’t do well in his preschool, we started sending him for an extra enrichment program. Thanks to this extra English class he could improve his writing, reading and listening skills and he could easily adjust to his new preschool. If I didn’t pay attention on his writing and reading skills during the first few months of the preschool, he may have difficulties in adjusting to the new preschool as the lesson schedule is different from the previous. So, it is always depending on your actual experiences and situations.

Also as I know nothing about Chinese language, I think of having some extra support for the kid to learn Chinese as one of his subjects in the preschool is Chinese language.I know they will study Chinese even in the Primary school. So it is better to give him extra support now than waiting for another few years till he loses his interest.

Some reasons for sending kids for tuition

Do preschoolers need tuition?

Do preschoolers need tuition?

If you consider giving some extra support for your preschooler, here are some reasons to consider as per my opinion.

If the kid is always playful and lose his interest on other skills such as drawing, arts and even writing, an extra support can be helpful for him to improve his skills. As a work from home mom I adjust my working schedule and find time to spend with my kid. So I know how he does at the school. If you are working full time and no much time for kids, having extra support can be beneficial. That will help the kids to face the future challenges.

However, I don’t want to send my kid for private tuition which need hours of travelling after his preschool. The English class I send him is less than 5 minutes walking distance which makes him so cheerful .He is always eager to attend the class. If I decide on having Chinese class for him I will find a center near to our home or I will contact a home tutor agency in Singapore such as SmileTutor to find a home tutor for him. I would like to introduce a home tutor for my kid for 1 – 1.5 hours than sending him for 2-3 hours group class which can make him tired.As a reliable home tuition agency in Singapore, SmileTutor provides recommendations of home tutors which is easier for parents to make the decision.So,I will use such service to find a suitable tutor for him.

Anyway, these are my thoughts. Although I also a mom who refused extra classes for my kid, I found that his extra class could help the kid to keep his knowledge up to standards till he change the previous preschool.

However don’t forget to listen to your kid. If the kid doesn’t enjoy any extra class, it is better not to send him. Don’t overload the kids with so many homework, activities and worksheets. Instead find a suitable teacher who can teach the kid in a way he improves interest on studies.

Do preschoolers need tuition? What is your idea?Please share your thoughts and experiences.



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