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: 7 Country (residing now): United States Country (originally from): United States Children, Ages: Asher, 5 years and Jude, 3 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.
Hello all, long time no see (read/write...). I’m popping in to report great success with my daughter in France who has just turned 4. Choosing materials can be overwhelming, and what works for us is one big workbook which covers a variety of things. We’re working through Brainquest Workbook ages 4-5 (pre-K) (it’s purple). We sit down “to do the school book” at the table in the late afternoon or on weekend mornings. I set my timer for 15 minutes and we do whatever we can in that time. Before I hadn’t been sitting with her and of course that didn’t work. Now it really works and we are consistent, it’s a nice one-on-one time which she equates with my full attention. I write the date we do a section in the table of contents, so there’s little thinking needed, I just open it up to the next page with her.
I may add in the use of the Brainquest deck of cards, I don’t know...but I like that we’re adhering to 15 minutes of written work.
Also, when I drop her off at ML preschool I’m able to stay and help with little activities, so the past two days I’ve sat with her to help her practice writing her name. In days I do this we only set ten minutes on our timer for our workbook as I figure that time with her can count towards homework time.
English speaking Canadian Mom, French speaking Dad, transitioning to minority language at home (English) with our daughter in France. Our daughter is doing great with English:)
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Apr 6, 2019 2:51:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
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Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear)
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Amy: Cheer Alba and Adam Beck! . I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish <3
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Amy: Such a lovely feeling, isn't it? I miss that!
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Mayken: It is, Amy . I didn't realise how much I had missed it.
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Mayken: That must have been wonderful, Amy! I'm sorry she is leaving. I would love to find someone like that. We had an English intern last year who spoke German and French. We chatted a lot.
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Caro C.: Oh Amy I sort of feel related to what you are saying. Some months ago I made a friend from the US. She happens to be a neighbor with four kids. We’ve been sharing back and forth and I’d love my baby girl to eventually be able to share with her children
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Caro C.: Although maybe they will be a bit old for her, still we (I mean their mom = Sarah and me) both are very happy and grateful for each other as friends.
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Adam Beck: Nice, Mayken! Have a happy visit!
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Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
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