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 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
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Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9