Mini E was born on August 15, and he is not so mini since his weight was a good 4.1 kg (9 lb 1oz).
The girls started school on Monday, with C1 entering first grade (equivalent CP) and C2 preK 3 (equivalent to petite section maternelle).
Not much to report on the bilingual journey. C1 needs to read in ML for 15 minutes every day and it has taken over my ml reading time, so I need to find another way to add the ml reading to her routine. Also I have been feeding mini E during our former reading time, so that's not helpful. Of course, this is only the beginning and we will eventually fall into a better routine.
I need to continue with the homework routine, which seems a little easier because we do it right after school and next week I'll be able to come pick them up earlier than when I am working. I am also hopeful that the novelty of their new grade homework notebook will help. I am sure it will with C2, but I worry about C1 because the CP workbook is definitely much harder than the ones she had for the maternelle classes. And C1 does not like not knowing how to do things, to put it lightly. I'm not currently feeling armed for the challenge... So I might focus more on C2 for now, until I regain my full strength!
I am also being realistic right now and the goal is not to push myself too hard. I'm just taking notes of my future goals here so that I can come back to them when things start settling down.
On a very positive note, mini E was crying the other day and C2 came to see him and said, in ml, "Don't cry, little baby."
Welcome to the world, Mini E! And congratulations to you, Elise, and to your husband and your daughters!
Yes, be gentle with yourself as you regain your strength and settle into new routines. I have no doubt you'll soon adjust your efforts in effective ways for the next stage of your bilingual journey. And I'm happy to hear that your girls have already begun using French with the baby!
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Tomorrow, mini E will celebrate his first month amongst us! So I am reflecting on this past month and I am not proud of myself. I have let the ML invade our home. C2 is barely saying anything in ml anymore and C1 needs a constant reminder to switch to ml. I am at least happy that she switches easily and now does not seem to bother doing so (a year ago, I would have got a lot of eye rolling when I was asking her to speak ml). For some reason, I was imagining myself talking a lot in ml with E but I must have forgotten how much a baby sleeps at the beginning (I am not complaining that my baby sleeps, though!!!). I don't speak much all day long since I just stay home. When my husband finally gets home, I am eager to talk but I do so in ML!!!! ARGH!!!!! I'm so frustrated with myself! I even fell into a pit of darkness (metaphorically) where I considered abandoning the whole bilingualism goal. I think it was due to lack of sleep and hormonal shift so I climbed out of it but I am struggling.
Regarding the homework routine: things are going well with C2 who loves her workbook and actually asks to use it. She is very motivated by the reward system so that's a win! It's not working as well with C1. I'm not happy with the workbook I got her. It's probably very good as an additional learning source for a child who goes to school in ml , but not for her situation. It covers things too fast. For example, the second lesson was about the sound "o", which in ml can be spelled "o", "au" and "eau". Only two pages cover it and then the workbook moves on to the next thing. That's way too fast for her. So I'll have to rethink her homework routine. She is starting her saturday ml classes this week. I expect her to have homework so I may use that for now and finish her workbook from last year instead of the new one. It's a learning process for me too!
Some good news: my sister is arriving today and will stay 2.5 weeks with us. That should be the boost I need to speak ml with my husband.
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
Mayken: Calling all Paris-area Zookeepers - if you're free in the afternoon of September 14 and want to meet our Head Keeper Adam and other Paris-area zookeepers, get in touch with me via private message!
Aug 29, 2019 23:10:50 GMT 9
Wojtek: My daughter said today that on 20$ bill there is Adam
Sept 8, 2019 7:05:01 GMT 9
Wojtek: Is that Andrew Jackson?
Sept 8, 2019 7:07:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, see you both in Poland very soon!
Sept 9, 2019 15:26:31 GMT 9