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!
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Azeem: Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum, and I'm so glad to be here. I came across this forum reading Adam's book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability.
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Azeem: I will be a father soonest, and I'm curious about nurturing my child's English and my local dialect 'Yoruba' speaking ability from the start. I live in Germany, where English is a minority language.
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Azeem: I look forward to hearing personal experiences, tips, etc., on making the journey for me fascinating. Thanks.
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Adam Beck: Azeem, welcome! We look forward to learning more about you and your family in your first post at the "Introduce Yourself" board.
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