How is your family coping with the coronavirus pandemic? Apr 25, 2020 1:19:26 GMT 9
Post by Judit on Apr 25, 2020 1:19:26 GMT 9
I guess I’m long overdue with an update...life has been hectic, but I did manage to visit the forum from time to time to see what’s going on.
Well, my boy has just turned 8 – he’s in second elementary - and his trilingual journey is on a good track. At least the spoken language...reading is coming along but I haven’t really managed to practise writing in ml1 or ml2 regulary so far.
He’s not keen on reading or writing in ML, getting him to do his Italian homework is quite a struggle sometimes, so to avoid further conflicts, I decided to wait another year (he’ll be more confident in writing in ML by then, hopefully) to start introducing ml written homework.
I did start something fun with him these last two months that we’ve been home, that he enjoys. I came up with the idea of treasure hunting, I hide a small toy, a bar of chocolate or a lollypop somewhere in the house, then write clues for him in ml1 or ml2 to find it. It helped to improve his reading a lot, and he actually asks for it. Yeah, I’m hoping he is doing it for the sake of reading not for the small gift he gets at the end.
These clues are like: “Go to the room where you have your shower in the evening and look inside the washing machine.” “Now go to the kitchen, get a chair, climb up to get your favourite cereal box from the cupboard, and see what’s inside.” He is really enjoying these hunts, and for a while it became his favourite part of the day during the lockdown.
He took it quite badly at first, here in Italy we’ve been having a rough time for 2 months, we’re getting used it now, but it was really frightening at first. We got separated from my husband because of the virus, he got stuck in Milan and we are down in the south. We haven’t seen him for these two months and it’s still unclear when he can actually travel back to us.
The first few weeks were really hard emotionally, my son was having these panic attacks, he said he couldn’t breath, his heart hurt and so on... I was so worried about him but had to show a brave face in front of him anyway… I never watched the news when he was around but inevitably he overheard phone conversations, people asking about my husband, saw people wearing masks etc. Then one day I had an idea, I started making fake phone calls, not in front of him (not to get him suspicious) but within earshot anyway, saying “Yeah, I heard, great news, it’s nearly over, they found the cure, everyone is celebrating, people are getting better etc..” and it worked! The next day he only asked me about 3 times (instead of 50) to look inside his throat to see if anything was blocked in there...so I made a few more fake phone calls that day, sounding really happy and relieved and he finally calmed down! No more panic attacks!
He got into the routine of doing school work online in the morning, which is great ‘cos he can actually see his teachers and schoolmates, and he phones his friends regularly in the afternoon. He celebrated his 8th birthday last week on zoom!!
We also came up with the idea of making videos for his classmates to repeat everything they’ve done (should have done!) in English this year. They weren’t doing much during the year, they’re doing even less once a week online now. Then we made them in ml1 too. You can check them out here:
Of course being at home just the two of us gives us the opportunity to speak in ml1 all the time, and watch TV in ml2, so it’s a plus linguistically.
I hope everyone is safe and well.
I also hope to be able to participate more around here with you fellow zookeepers, have a good weekend!!