While I don't let my little ones play on my phone (I don't think they need the screen time) my mom is always texting me in Spanish and will text messages for me to read to the kids. My oldest just turned seven and can read in Spanish so she now reads the messages my mom sends her and loves to write to her Abuela. I think it is great because she gets to read and write in Spanish and also strengthens her relationship with my mom.
I have been missing from the forum for a while but hope to start posting more frequently again.
I do this a lot with my 13-year-old stepdaughter. (She has her own phone.) Whenever I text her (which is usually for transactional things like "are you eating with us tonight", or "we're on our way home"), I'll write it in Arabic, and she always answers back in Arabic. (She'll usually write Arabic in English letters instead of the Arabic script, so "ahlan" instead of "أهلا", but that's okay with me since oral skills are our focus.) We've had fairly in-depth little conversations, and I'm usually surprised with how well she's able to express herself. And I think she likes it, too, because it gives her more practice "talking", without the time pressure of a face-to-face conversation.
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