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 girl and I are going to see her ml grandma in our ml country for the Easter weekend. (And buy more books!)
Apr 13, 2017 4:35:53 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, I hope you two have a fun, book-happy weekend!
Apr 13, 2017 5:23:08 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Paris to Cologne we sat next to another ml mother and daughter from our school! Only noticed when almost in Cologne. It's a small ML-ml world!
Apr 13, 2017 21:40:37 GMT 9
Amy: Got fleeting impression during Skype call with daughter on holiday at grandparents' in ml1 country, that her ml1 pronunciation has improved! She even seemed more confident speaking in ml2!
Apr 14, 2017 23:12:48 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Amy, you and your kids are both doing so well! Keep up your wonderful efforts!
Apr 15, 2017 21:26:50 GMT 9
Mayken: During the traditional German Easter fire, my daughter met her friend from her school day in the ml school! So many birds with one stone! (Sorry for the birds ;))
Apr 16, 2017 18:51:11 GMT 9