I have 15 days off work with my 20 month old here in France while my husband works a lot...he's a pastry chef making the Yule logs at this time of the year! Rather than feeling sorry for myself I'm trying to make this time really count with my daughter. Perhaps we can share tips and ideas for holidays one on one in ml, but in the ML country.
Some ideas: -meeting up at least twice with our ml playgroup (1 hour away so normally harder when I'm working) -singing and listening to music daily while cooking and cleaning -minimum 1 hour reading throughout the day...have done 40 min so far today! -drawing together -skyping with ml family more frequently
I admit to feeling a bit burnt out lately so I'm trying to a positive spin on things. Let's inspire each other!
English speaking Canadian Mom, French speaking Dad, transitioning to minority language at home (English) with our daughter in France. Our daughter is doing great with English:) recently our son was born.
What about making keepsake Christmas decorations (crafts) that capture your daughter's age? Making a mold of her hand in clay, picture frame decorated with her thumb print dipped in paint, recording her singing Christmas songs in the ml. These would enrich her language, make memories, and gifts for ml grandparents in Canada.
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9