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 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