It sounds like the arrival of summer is making your life a bit easier, Tatyana.
I'm glad your youngest isn't bothered by your requests for her to speak in the ml. As far as your oldest goes, I'm not surprised she feels more comfortable using ML words for things that took place in ML. Doesn't that happen to you? I'm better at explaining things that I always do in a certain language in that language, not the other. I see this happening to my sister too. She has a tendency to name school material (scissors, markers...) in the ML, because she doesn't remember in the ml. I don't know whether working on that vocabulary at home is realistic. If you have any ideas on how to tackle this, please let me know.
1. Language police for the little one - I still work on it. I still try to call out every non-Russian thing directed at me. At this point I can't tell if it's working. She switches, but it feels like she's not initiating,
2. Bedtime reading - we went back to picture books. Chapter books just don't work because even with summer break, the swim/work schedule makes us be home later than normal school year. But for reasons mentioned below under "new obstacles", we now have added a Spanish book to the mix. This week it's Peppa Pig in 2 languages! The little one thinks it's hilarious to bring me the same book in two different languages. I think I need to get more Peppa Pig.
3. Middle school for the oldest - she has shown a preference for the more academically challenging school with less Spanish. I'm inclined to honor that choice, although I still have a few months to make the final decision
4. ML writing - Oh my lordy! How heavens open up if you only switch to an ML activity! It's easy to find resources, the kids are waaay more inclined to participate. A few weeks in and they're doing extra, cause they want to. I'm actually really proud of the progress they are both making and I love to see my older daughter actually enjoying writing again.
She's been just trying to do the bare minimum without a second thought for so long, that I think she forgot how much she enjoyed writing when she was smaller. I totally love the curriculum (it's a separate post in the resources section) and it forces her to do a rough draft and a final draft and it's great to see her adding her own editing on top of my corrections because the rewrite forces her to take a new look at her work. Plus she's picking up the more advanced vocabulary. I know it's not in any of the ml's but I think it'll help her finally jump to slightly more advanced reading material, so she can once again maintain her own ML language development through pleasure reading and an appropriately high level.
The little one is also very much onboard with this and we get to work on learning cursive, which is great because it'll make Russian cursive that much easier later. Plus her reading/writing material has given us lots of new discussions about things we see in our community, and I make sure that we discuss it in Russian too so she gets to know what things like "cement" and "gravel" are in ml as well as ML.
5. ml through game apps - as mentioned in an earlier post, my oldest wanted a flashcard course just for herself in the app that I use. I'm working on it, but it's taking a little bit longer than I hoped. In the meantime she downloaded the app to her iPod and has started some random Spanish vocabulary course. So I guess that's a win either way, even if I don't finish the Russian one specifically for her.
And now for new obstacles...
Summer school homework - The kids in our program are supposed to get a Seal of Biliteracy when they finish school. Next year when they graduate elementary school they will get some sort of midway certificate. However to get it, they must demonstrate that they have read Spanish books. So my oldest is supposed to read several Spanish chapter books over the summer. This has not gone over well AT ALL. She hates it, she doesn't want to do it, and it's a huge fight every time I mention it.
Somehow, it hasn't dawned on me to actually check her Spanish reading comprehension until midway through the summer. Just yesterday I made her read 200-300 words of several chapter books at different levels to see exactly how much she understands. Supposedly 97% is the magic number that allows you to encounter new words and understand them from context, but at the same time still allows you to enjoy the overall story without losing too much detail. Well, 95% is where she is at, even with the easiest chapter book we have. Having experienced 95% myself when I started reading in Swedish a few years ago, I can definitely understand now why she has been so dead set against Spanish reading. It takes a lot of will power to get past the portions where the meaning is actually lost. So now we switched to the easiest book, because she picked a more difficult one that they started in class. Then she resolved to read a chapter a day, and underline all the words she doesn't know. Then I'll load them into a flashcard app, which I now conveniently have practice in, and she'll be able to practice those words in a game based format. Then hopefully I can get the little one to do the course *before* she reads the same book in a few years when it's her turn to go through this.
So all that being said, my goal right now is to continue the things we are doing right now for a while. I do want to start looking for books and stories that might emulate the ML workbook we have now. It would be great if they could take the ML writing habit and transfer it to their ml's.
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Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9
Mayken: It's our last night in Canada. We've said goodbye to our English-speaking and bilingual English/French friends but we have lots of memories and souvenirs. Let's see how I can keep up the momentum back home.
Aug 21, 2019 9:06:07 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful trip, Mayken! Safe travels home!
Aug 22, 2019 10:33:45 GMT 9