We listen to a few songs watching them on Youtube (I let them choose 3 of them usually). They get very interested and have a picture explaining what it talks about.
Then in the evening we take the song cards I made and sing them together. (By the way, if there are Polish speakers here, I can send you the files.)
Tonight my sons were fighting about who will sing the songs! I was amazed, they were singing mostly right. Sometimes they just invent a word that sounds like it and then I know they don't really get it. So I just talk and explain the word with mimes or with an example. It looks like a relief each time the secret word is explained for my elder one.
I also try to link the words I write with chalk on the bathroom mirror with the themes of the songs (when possible).
Lately they sang songs to their grandparents on Skype. They were very impressed. After the call my older one told me: "You know, I'm very proud of myself".
I'm very thankful you made me focus on this challenge. I wouldn't have done all of this I think.
You and your boys are making such happy progress, Stefania! I'm thrilled for all of you (including their grandparents, who I'm sure are thrilled, too)! Keep up your fun, productive efforts, day by day!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide. Please support The Bilingual Zoo through Adam's Patreon page www.patreon.com/bilingualmonkeys.
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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