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 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: For Christmas: The Most Beautiful Video You Might Ever See About a Bilingual Familybuff.ly/2nI2yrE
Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9