Challenge #11: Make Videos of Your Kids May 5, 2016 10:38:56 GMT 9
Post by Adam Beck on May 5, 2016 10:38:56 GMT 9
The value of making videos of your kids isn't limited to short-term fun and long-term posterity; in fact, video can be very useful for engaging your children in the minority language and observing their bilingual development over time.
I can't say that I've taken full advantage of the potential that video offers, but I have made helpful use of it in these ways...
Making birthday videos
From the time my kids were small, I've made a point of videotaping them on their birthdays and asking them questions (in English, our minority language) about their young lives. Not only are these videos entertaining, they clearly show the growth of their language ability from year to year, which can't be as easily seen from day to day.
Cloning myself (for more details, see The Busy Parent's Guide to Cloning Yourself)
For the first few years of my children's lives, I was working a busy full-time job at the newspaper in Hiroshima and struggled to provide them with sufficient language exposure. So I made short videos of myself reading picture books, singing songs, and just talking to the camera and asked my wife to play these videos for them in my absence each day.
Creating silly interviews (for full guidance, see VIDEO: Adam Beck Goes Bonkers in Interview, Reveals “Crazy Secret” for Bilingual Success)
This is a really fun activity and also quite effective for promoting use of the minority language. Watch these examples with my kids from 2015...
Creating a little movie
Short-term projects, like making a "dramatic" film, can be another fun and effective way to engage your children in the minority language--and create lifelong memories for future viewing. Here's the movie my kids and I made in the spring of 2016...
Okay, keepers, so here's your challenge...
Consider your use of video. How have you used video up to this point? What more could you do? Please tell us by posting a response! At the same time, feel free to share videos of your own kids by embedding them in your post (as I did by using the "Insert Video" button and adding the URL) or offering us the links to YouTube or elsewhere on the web.