My kids are off skiing this week with my husband - I don't ski, so the dog and I are enjoying a staycation at home.
They sent me postcards -- in English! And they're adorable. Benjamin is 11, Noah is 8 (9 next month).
"Hi Mom, I am having a great time skiing! For now, I am doing great with my group, I ski pretty well. My skeacher (ski teacher) is named Silivay. It is sometimes hard to say his name. I like the cookman, he is nice and the food is delicious, just so good. As good as dady's food. Well, to write short, I'm having fun. Love, Benjamin."
"Dear mom, I am having fun, there isn't much snow but we are still skiing. My sky teacher is called robert, I love this center. The cook is called bruno. Love, Noah."
Benjamin loves to read in English and identifies as American (though he is both American & French), but it's much harder going with Noah, who prefers to read in French and speak French. So getting postcards from both in English is a great success and I'm very pleased!
Alisa, thanks for sharing this! It's a lovely idea that not only generates engagement in the target language, and a sample of current ability and further needs, but also creates an adorable keepsake of that moment in time. I'm sure you'll hold onto these cute postcards for years to come and that your sons will one day, as bilingual men, look at them and smile, remembering this ski trip with their father.
Good for you, and good for your kids!
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Mayken: My daughter's letter from her class trip arrived - she wrote one message in ML to Dad and another in ml to me. Her first letter in ml without a ml person to help her!
Jun 11, 2017 18:40:08 GMT 9
Nellie: Congrats Mayken, Amy and Joanna!
Jun 12, 2017 10:12:42 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wonderful, Mayken! Those letters are instant keepsakes that I'm sure will be read again many years from now...
Jun 12, 2017 14:57:15 GMT 9
Amy: Joanna, how did Saturday go? Mayken, enjoy this beautiful keepsake
Jun 12, 2017 20:36:29 GMT 9
Joanna: It went really well! I'll make a good post soon with details
Jun 15, 2017 14:04:30 GMT 9
Amy: Looking forward to it Joanna!
Jun 16, 2017 1:39:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My mom got a lovely postcard in ml too from my 6-year-old daughter on her field trip! Another precious keepsake! (OK, I prepared the card with address and stamp ahead of time, but she did the writing all by herself.)
Jun 19, 2017 23:28:01 GMT 9
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Jun 21, 2017 8:49:35 GMT 9
Mayken: Our ml section will have a flea market stand at the school fair with used books, games, DVDs and CDs for sale. I donated 2 games, promised my daughter she could choose something. (Proceeds are for the school's ml section.) Love the idea!
Jun 22, 2017 23:23:00 GMT 9
Amy: Am I to read something into the fact my toddler slammed Adam's book into my face...??
Jun 25, 2017 20:58:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: "Mommy, you better make me a polyglot...or else!"
Jun 26, 2017 6:40:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Ahaaaaaaaa Amy!!!
Jun 26, 2017 9:44:39 GMT 9
Joanna: I'm a member of a FB group Mums Space France and we're planning a weekend in September...taking over campgrounds in France , in English!
Jun 27, 2017 14:50:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter got her report card today from her grade 1 ml class. Almost straight A student. I'll make sure to practise reading aloud and spelling basic words with her over the summer. Very proud and happy.
Jun 29, 2017 5:09:33 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, congratulations to you both! Hope it's a fun, language-filled summer!
Jun 29, 2017 5:54:17 GMT 9