I don't know if this has already been posted, but I found that creating audiobooks of your children's favourite books is a great way of increasing ml exposure.
When Maru was around 4 years old, I came up with this idea because I noticed her enthusiasm at trying to repeat some of the dialogues in her favourite books. She has always had a great ability to remember new words and the lines in the dialogues, so she would always be one step ahead of my reading and start acting out the dialogues before I got to them.
So, we decided to record our own audiobook. The first one was “The Shoemaker and the Elves”. She “read” all the lines of female characters and I read the male ones and the narrator. When we finished, she was delighted! She listened to it many many times and it gave way to many other similar activities, like creating her own stories and recording herself retelling them.
I think it's a great way to motivate children to read or have them have a closer approach to books and then listen to their moms, dads and even themselves in books. They love listening to their parents making funny voices and to themselves in stories they know or create.
I encourage you to try it out with your children! It's a lot of fun!
Pablo, this is a really fun, productive idea--thanks for sharing it!
The use of audio--and video--naturally takes some effort, but like you, I've found these experiences enormously rewarding. And activities like this are not only useful for language input, they also create lasting memories that will touch our children's lives for years to come.
Here are two examples of "lasting memories" made by me and my kids...
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Najwa: My eldest sings and verbalizes his figures/cars stories in an invented language that has English sounds and Italian accent. Is it his way to disconnect from his multilingual world?
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