Post by Abbi Gutierrez on Apr 26, 2018 20:59:58 GMT 9
Thanks for your comments Raquel and Undraa. I tried adding in an activity to our routine yesterday - just a Spanish colouring book after our reading. I'm thinking of adding one page of an activity each day assuming that all reading has been completed and we have time. I don't think I want to go over 30 mins with the total amount as he's only 5.5. I've written a new blog post about my aim to establish a homework routine too. I'll also be asking for suggestions in another part of the forum on what type of activities/tasks to use. Thanks!
Post by Abbi Gutierrez on Apr 27, 2018 3:04:26 GMT 9
I tried to incorporate an additional activity on top of reading today for ml homework. He read his school reading book more or less willingly, moaned through the short Spanish mini book and then didn't want to do any more. He's only 5.5. I like the idea of getting into a routine for when they're older but I don't want to force it. Perhaps I shouldn't try to do it all together? Anyone have kids this age? Are they willing? Thanks!
My son will soon be 5. He tends to not want it when things get a bit harder or a bit serious. Then I switch to something else which is more playful, something which he is good at, then he gets into it.
Posts: 6 Country (residing now): United States Country (originally from): United States Children, Ages: Asher, 4 years and Jude, 2 years Majority Language: American English Minority Language(s): Afrikaans
We just ordered our first big batch of books/workbooks to help in our beginning homework aims this year! In the ML our 4 year old is already reading short 3-letter words, but other than learning the alphabet and now beginning phonics in the ml, I’m not sure if our focus should be on reading or just more general interest like story books? A lot of “school” topics learned in 1 language can easily transfer to the other, so I don’t want to make the homework time seem boring at such a young age.
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Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion!
Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter met some inversed ML/ml kids today who live in our ml country. Their parents probably weren't thrilled they found n ML (for them) friend in their ml country. I'm sorry...a little bit.
Aug 7, 2018 2:07:34 GMT 9
Amy: Looks like the 3 weeks in ml1 country paid off: my ML mother reports my youngest would only speak ml1 to her! Lol Not sure ML childminder will be so happy when she returns... loool!
Aug 25, 2018 0:38:50 GMT 9
Mayken: Sounds like fun times ahead, Amy! Keep us posted.
Aug 27, 2018 23:15:08 GMT 9
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Aug 31, 2018 10:30:39 GMT 9
Amy: Happiest bilingual mum in the world : the new lady who conducts activities in ml2 with my eldest just assessed her level as pretty much equivalent to that of a native ml2 child! After that awful back-to-school start, this is like music to my ears.
Sept 6, 2018 0:00:13 GMT 9
Wojtek: I've been thinking for a long time to write an update and hopefully, I will do it one day. My brother married a Russian woman. That was nice to see that my 5-year-old daughter could play with her and speak English together!
Sept 7, 2018 21:37:25 GMT 9
Wojtek: After some time, she ran up and told me: "She is speaking English!"
Sept 7, 2018 21:38:31 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice to hear your happy news, Wojtek! And congratulations to your brother and his bride! It sounds like they may have a bilingual child in their future, too! Cheers to you all!
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