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, happily transitioning to minority language at home (English) with our baby daughter in France.
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: 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