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When I first started this blog as a new mother, I wrote a few posts about my journey in bilingual parenting and learning the language of mothering, which for me is Spanish, my second language. Now, some three years later, I am learning a new, different kind, of language: sportscasting.
Sportscasting, or narrating, is a RIE concept developed by its founder, Magda Gerber.
In the same way that a sports announcer is trained to give an impartial, non-judgmental analysis of a tennis match or football game, parents are encouraged to sportscast, or describe, what they see when interacting with their children. Narrate, not judge. Reflect back for a child, rather than suggest or direct.
To give you a clearer idea of what sportscasting looks like in our home, I’d like to share when and why I sportscast. Continue reading