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 author of the popular nonfiction books "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability" and "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!" (illustrated by Pavel Goldaev) as well as the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear" (illustrated by Simon Farrow).
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Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3
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Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me!
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