Well, after the crazy idea of kicking the ML language out of my home, I am working on another crazy idea of mine.
Now that my daughter is finally using ml2, I would like to help her to expand her vocabulary. I thought of one of those one-word-a-day dictionaries mentioned by Line G. in another post but in an English version (as this is our ml2) and ideally for children. Unfortunately no such thing seems to exist. So I had the crazy thought of making my own!
I have already started but what I find really difficult is the vocabulary itself. I'm a bit short of inspiration. What words would you recommend for a 4 year old?
My daughter is 4 and what I have been doing with her is flash cards that I have created myself to help with her vocabulary. She has already completed the flash cards set I found online and they would be the same basic stuff like apple in French, dog etc. So I create my own cards using magazine cut-outs, stickers and drawings if needed. I also found a nice site online for French and printed off some vocab lists. I cut out and tape onto index cards. These have helped her so much and helps me learn as well. As she is learning French and I only speak English. We have a nanny part-time to ensure she learns correct pronunciation. And she now goes to French bilingual school.
As for inspiration, that's easy. I go by themes and also use magazines for inspirations. I cut out words she doesn't know. For Christmas I made cards to teach words like Santa, Christmas tree, wreath, gift, candy, stocking, snowman, snow, etc. For Halloween we did words like pumpkin, bat, witch etc. But she was learning from scratch and now she knows over 200 words. If your daughter knows basic words, just look at magazines and get creative on words she doesn't know.
I am teaching English to two 7 year olds through my job, and am using the site ESL Kids Stuff. You can look at the lessons for free by clicking "Find out more details", there you will see the target vocab for each topic. Some words might be too easy, but you might find some inspiration... www.eslkidstuff.com/esl-kids-lesson-plans.html
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.
Marie Thank you so much for your feedback, it has inspired me a lot! At present, I prepared the whole month of January as cards in a Word document with illustrations of the words that I got from Google images. However, I find the calendar structure a bit tedious. So I thought to do a compromise between your flash cards and my calendar. I will print the words with an illustration as little cards, put them in a hat and every morning ask my daughter to pick a new card. She's a very playful little person and I think the hat picking will delight her. And as we build up the "used" cards, we can use them as flash cards and "revise" what was learnt.
Joanna Cheers for the link. It inspired me too! I used some of the words but it also gave me the idea to go and look up the vocabulary used in Phonics books for children (I peeped into them using preview option available on Amazon).
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