Hello Melissa! Thanks for your question! Yes, Lulu and Roy have a cousin in the U.S. (who's Lulu's age) so they're painfully aware of the long summer vacation about to begin in that part of the world. In Japan, the school year starts in April and ends in March, with a summer break of about six weeks which begins later in July.
What are some of your favorite activities, field trips, or other events that you do when you have school holidays to work on your English?
If you could do anything you wanted to to improve your English, next school holiday, what would it be?
Roy: Homestays! People from other countries come to our house and stay with us. I hope someone comes to our house this summer! Lulu: Going to America! It's fun to go to America and see Grandma and Grandpa. I want to go to America again! And I want my own suitcase!
[Adam's note: We've been a host family for 10 homestays so far, people from a variety of countries, which last from a weekend to a couple of weeks. In most cases these visitors speak English quite well--and so the experience is great for language exposure and global awareness--but not long ago we hosted a high school girl from Thailand who spoke no English or Japanese. That was tough! As for trips to America, I'm afraid we seldom have this chance (it's such a big and costly trip), but fortunately my children have been able to make some happy memories of their grandparents. ]
Melissa, we hope you and your kids have a fun summer that's full of your minority language!
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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