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: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9