I agree with Mayken. My kids, always choose ML words and sentences after school and kindergarten when I ask them how their days were, I sometimes let them (I gave up in this case). I think they sometimes just are very eager to tell the story and choose the easiest route and end up using the ML words instead. That does not mean they forgot the words or the ml's.
We had a lovely gathering in a Paris park with Mayken and her daughter, Nellie and her children and Adam Beck . We had a lovely time and it was great for the kids to be immersed in ml2. My youngest picked up on Adam speaking ml2 only and asked me how come he doesn’t speak the ML. I thought that was so cute
This week, my eldest made me smile. I can’t remember how German came up in our conversation over breakfast, but she asked me to teach her the little I know. I asked if she didn’t have enough with ml1 and ml2 and she said she wanted to learn all the languages. I thought it was very cute. I delighted her with a couple of German sentences (“my name is…”, “I am 7 years old”). But obviously, we’ll stop at ml1 and ml2 for the time being… 2 minority languages is already a handful!
This year, her weekly hour of ml2 at school involves choir-singing with the native headteacher of the International Sections in her school! How ironic. The representative of the very body who rejected her at their Wednesday ml2 school.
Today, our eldest surprised an acquaintance who picked her up from school. They went to pick up that acquaintance’s daughter from an after-school British Council English class. Upon hearing one of the teachers speaking in English, my eldest went up to her to have a chat and tried to sneak into one of the classes!!
Our youngest continues to amaze us with great sentences in both mls. She is so talkative about her day, it is a pleasure to chat with her. Yesterday, we came across a ml1 mum and her daughter in a local park (the probability was near 0!!). My youngest wouldn’t go and speak to the little girl who was about her age. By the time I plucked up my courage to go up to the mother, they were leaving.
We are slowly sinking back into our routines. Reading over dinner, captive reading on bathroom mirror (though I’m not sure how much she actually reads) and loo (that one is a hit: British Council short texts with reading comprehension quiz), activity book. I still need to get down to the breakfast reading though. I am trying to follow Undraa 's great example of getting our eldest to read on her own 10mins every night. On Tuesday night, we did our Weekly Family Reading Night, except my eldest and husband decided to do a two-voice reading of a brand new ml1 comic I had just purchased (thank you Abbi Gutierrez !). I couldn’t read with all that reading aloud so I ended up doing something else but they had a great time. We are currently looking for a ml1 or ml2 student to pick the girls up from school. Please keep all your fingers crossed for us. We seem to be having a lot of bad luck with nobody being interested in working in our area (not centric enough), whether ml or ML. :’( Wednesdays I still have to find our organisation to be able to work with my eldest on her ml activity books and have her little sister entertained. She is so jealous she won’t let me work with my eldest. Maybe I should prepare “activities” for her too, though basic. But just so she gets the impression of being a big one too.
I will have Adam in my country just in a few days ... it's been so fast. We've been planning this visit for so long and now the time has come! I am terrified
But to be honest, Adam will have the chance to size my daughter up. I have never had the chance to compare her language ability with peers and I just cannot say what level she represents.
Lucy was 18 months old when everything started... now she is six year old girl. Anyway I do really think that next week it will be the time to summarize all the efforts, and I hope Adam will give me a feedback
Mayken: It's our last night in Canada. We've said goodbye to our English-speaking and bilingual English/French friends but we have lots of memories and souvenirs. Let's see how I can keep up the momentum back home.
Aug 21, 2019 9:06:07 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful trip, Mayken! Safe travels home!
Aug 22, 2019 10:33:45 GMT 9
Mayken: Calling all Paris-area Zookeepers - if you're free in the afternoon of September 14 and want to meet our Head Keeper Adam and other Paris-area zookeepers, get in touch with me via private message!
Aug 29, 2019 23:10:50 GMT 9
Wojtek: My daughter said today that on 20$ bill there is Adam
Sept 8, 2019 7:05:01 GMT 9
Wojtek: Is that Andrew Jackson?
Sept 8, 2019 7:07:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, see you both in Poland very soon!
Sept 9, 2019 15:26:31 GMT 9