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:) recently our son was born.
As I took challenge 1 and 2 ( and they were really cool and helping, I came here to discover what was challenge 3 about...and I think it's not something I'm going to do for now to be truly honest. Here is the thing: I'm convinced in Montessori pedagogy (the scientific one as she used to call it). And the thing is that I don't really want to make my kids sit down every day and do exercises. I'm sure it can work for some people, it's just that I don't feel comfortable to be a teacher for them. So what I do is just observe what interests them at the moment and take this opportunity to create interaction there. Maybe it's not clear so here is an example:
My elder one asks me a lot of questions about bugs. So we catch them in the garden, put them in a box, then observe and describe them. Then we can draw them. We also went to the library and picked a book about bugs. I spent the night translating it in Polish as I didn't know any name of bugs in Polish...and the next day we would find out the name of the bugs we draw. And he would copy the name next to his drawing, etc.
So I think I'll just keep doing that type of "work" which is a game actually. I really don't feel like sitting at a table with my boys (I just can't stay still myself). We'll keep gardening, cooking, cleaning, building things and visiting places in Polish.
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