I just wanted to post about some proud moments I've had with my 4 year old this week. We are a bit backwards here in that she learned ml first (English) and just started trying to learn ML German since starting kindergarten last year. She had 3 weeks off from kindergarten and I was struggling with if we should put more focus on English literacy at home those weeks, or if we should try to work on some German so she doesn't lose any progress she had made in school.
We ended up focusing on English only for those 3 weeks. Now she has been back at German kindergarten for 1 week and each of her 3 teachers have commented to me separately on how improved her German has gotten and how much more she is talking in class now! I am so proud of her. She is only in school for 2 weeks before we take a 3 week vacation to visit family in Canada. I am not going to worry about her German this time and will be happy to let her enjoy this trip to our ml home.
This is very good news, Patricia, and it confirms that emphasizing English in your efforts at home is the most productive approach for your daughter's bilingual development, since her ability in German will grow well, quite naturally, as she continues her schooling.
Have a fun, English-filled time in Canada! Happy travels to you all!
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Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9