I started put with a simple question this morning: What is your favorite color? My daughter was thrilled to discover the new activity. Her answer: red orange blue green 😀
I'm so jealous! It looks so cool, I can't wait to do something like that with my eldest!
Don't be too jealous just yet. The novelty of it might wear off fast. Also, I have to come up with a suitable question each day now... (But then I guess "what's your favorite X ?" can keep us busy for a while. )
Today I asked for her favorite animal. I got 3: cow, seahorse, and bat. All but cow are pretty long words in our ml, she spelled bat correctly and told me herself that she'd spelled seahorse wrong. So I separated it--in German it's sea+horse+diminuitive suffix, all of which she spelled correctly when I asked her.
Tomorrow's question is favorite sport. (I'm curious about the answers!)
I still need to find a new story to put up, and a non-fiction page to replace the "water/swimming rules" on the side wall.
Today I asked for her favorite animal. I got 3: cow, seahorse, and bat. All but cow are pretty long words in our ml, she spelled bat correctly
I love it Mayken! It looks like it's working great!
I learned how to say "bat" in our ml (Spanish) several years ago while reading a picture book to my kids. It's also a very long word in Spanish (murcielago) and I remember thinking, "Seriously! Mur-cie-la-go is bat???"
But all my kids rattle the whole word off like it's super easy. It's all what you grow up with!
Now that she is beginning to read, I have also decided to rewrite our house rules with easy words she can read so that next time she breaks one she can go and read them for herself. That should act like captive reading too.
I have finally found some time to rewrite those house rules with one set for each of my daughters (rules differ owing to their age). I deliberately tried to use easy-to-read vocabulary so my eldest -who is starting to read- can read them.
When we put the rules up, we asked my eldest to read her set of rules aloud, and read that of her sister's to her little sister.
Next time my eldest does something that is not within these rules, I'll send her to read them to refresh her memory.
Hopefully, this can count as captive reading too.
***"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Oscar Wilde***
It does count, Amy, of course! Good idea on the house rules. I had a page with playroom rules somewhere on my computer. I need to print them out and put them up, now that we have a playroom. I like the idea of having extra text around the apartment.
My daughter said the first questions I put up were like in her friendship book - all those "what's your favourite...?" But she still writes her answers every day, except for when I asked in which movie she'd like to be, and one day she had an answer but forgot to write it. I really want to keep this going the whole month, and keep finding interesting questions, so I guess I have to vary them a bit more.
I put up the first page of a new story, since she wasn't interested in the last one, and just now I replaced the "swim rules" with a map of Germany with its 16 states all labelled. That's the "non-fiction" captive reading.
I guess I should leave her more time when she goes to the bathroom...
Oh, and I take a picture of the whiteboard with her answer before I wipe it and write the next sentence. Love modern technology.
"How or with what would you fight a dragon?" - "With friendship."
Mayken, I love this! It's so sweet!
I've probably mentioned this before, but I used to get a lot of mileage out of silly, made-up riddles, like...
What's big and gray, has a long trunk, and flies around going buzz-buzz-buzz?
(Yes, an elephant-bee!)
I know it's dumb, but kids like dumb and the added benefit of riddles (whether or not you ask the child to write an answer), is that it engages them in further interaction, to confirm the answer, in the target language!
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I also loved her answer, Mayken. Your daughter is one sweet girl! Your handwriting and hers look very similar.
That's probably because I'm trying very hard to write cursive the way I learned it at school (except for z and r which I write the way my daughter learns them, since they are different in ml and ML country). My regular handwriting looks quite different, and is much harder to read.
Great idea Mayken! I have also started doing this with my daughter but so far she has mainly only written one word answers and I see just how much we need to work on writing in the minority language as she is spelling it as it is pronounced. She has also dropped marks at school in English so I am really trying to work on her reading and writing
Tracey, I mostly get two-word answers, and even so she manages to get wrong spelling sin there - but when I ask her "how do you spell [word she just wrote]?" she starts spelling it and then realises she forgot a letter. Maybe it's the writing on the "wall" as opposed to writing on paper that makes it harder for her to notice when the word she's written has something missing? Also, she hasn't picked up the habit or rereading what she wrote yet. I'll keep reminding her.
For next month I have some riddles ready, we'll see how she likes those.
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Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
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Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9
Alba: Streaming problems: I decided to play some cartoons in ml2 (Hindi) which I knew had been playing in ml2 the day before with his dad. I was studying my son's face to see if he understood, turns out the cartoon was in Polish, not sure why!
Apr 4, 2019 0:44:39 GMT 9
Amy: Cute code switching this morning when my 3 year old told me "I get my pótamo" (she meant her hippo soft toy). This mixing was music to my ears... It means she is truly growing trilingual.
Apr 6, 2019 2:51:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
Apr 7, 2019 10:32:37 GMT 9
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)
Apr 8, 2019 6:52:09 GMT 9
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
Apr 9, 2019 4:54:05 GMT 9