A totally surreal moment happened to me this week. My daughter has been trying to advocate for changing after school daycare. She wants to go back to the one with her younger sister, and not the one right next to the school where all her friends go. Every few days I ask her what is wrong with the one she is in now, and I get a different answer every time. Well this week's answer was a moment of beauty:
"Mama, they speak Russian in Mila's daycare, I want to speak Russian."
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry or make a meme. "I want to speak my weaker language more - said no child ever." It's cute though how she has realized that her speaking Russian is important to me and has learned how to play on that desire.
So have any of you had moments where your child has used their minority language to get their way?
Tatyana, I can't think of a specific moment, but my children do take full advantage of the fact that they can plead for the same things in two languages, once to me in English and once to my wife in Japanese. Fortunately, though, we're usually on the same page and present a united front--and when we're not sure about the other's position, we just avoid a definite answer and pass the buck by saying, "Go ask Mommy/Daddy."
Anyway, I really enjoyed your story and I'm happy to hear you're having such success--despite some challenging circumstances--at fostering active ability in the minority language and an active desire to use it!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9