My three year old is showing more recognition of the fact that he knows four languages, and he loves to do homework, which he gets from his (Spanish-speaking) preschool. He gets plenty of English exposure, so my husband and I thought we would start giving him homework in Finnish and Urdu as well. Any suggestions on how to go about this? Both languages every day? Alternating days?
And any good links or resources for assignments we could adapt for our languages?
He can read English some, and so of course can work out letters in Finnish too, and knows most Urdu letters as well, but not how to string them together, which is difficult.
Valpuri, I think some experimentation will suggest the best way of handling homework in multiple languages. In such situations, it's often best to just jump in and learn what works best for your particular circumstances.
Our circumstances are different, of course, but you might find food for thought in the two posts I've written about our daily homework routine, in which I describe our activities and resources in detail...
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What I found works best with my child is giving her the choice. I had a handful of workbooks and coloring books and she got to select them. To get over initial resistance we had three categories: "fun books" which were coloring books or workbooks that didn't have anything to do with language; writing books that at that age were mostly letter workbooks for the very youngest age; and practice books which were games that involved speaking (think Simon Says, or Bingo) or making a story from a picture. She got to pick a book/activity from each category, but because I established those boundaries, both writing and speech practice happened.
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