My daughter's birthday is coming up and as usual I want to buy her a couple of books. However as she's not much of a reader at the moment and is still learning to read, I'm not sure whether to only buy one or two including a joke book plus an audio book. Not really sure as the books she got for Christmas weren't very successful (maybe they were too advanced/above her level) although she did enjoy the poetry book. In fact she has been known to say in the past...oh another book!! So I'm tempted not to buy too many. What do you think? I'd love her to enjoy reading as much as I do and I know it's important for her biliteracy.
I had a bit of this issue with my 4 year old and tried purchasing books slightly different from the classic storybooks I usually bought. You can find my post here if it can be of any help.
If you look for other ml gift ideas, why not look for ml games? That would provide the opportunity to spend time together in your ml. Adam suggests some in his book. I recently got Tell Tale Fairy Tales and since my daughter also seems to like learning to write and read, I got her Match & Spell. I have to get round to play them with my daughter but I'm pretty optimistic.
Hope it can give you a few ideas.
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Tracey, to me, both quantity and quality are important when it comes to minority language books. Quantity means, of course, getting a lot of books on a regular basis (as Mayken suggests); quality means books that are appropriate and appealing for the child's age, language level, and interests (not necessarily "quality" in the sense of well-made books).
The challenging part of this equation involves finding the "right" sort of quality books for each particular child. The truth is, the choices we make won't always be winners (and that's true for us all), but the more books we bring into our home, and the more thought and effort we put into choosing them, the more quality books we'll ultimately have: books that the child will enjoy and that will help promote language exposure, literacy development, and a love of reading.
In my opinion, when children "don't like" books, it's only because they haven't yet been connected to the "right" books. In fact, if the "right" books are present, children will not only like books, they'll love books. And when children come to love books in the minority language, a big part of this battle has been won since reading can then continue to provide key input for advancing their language ability, throughout the childhood years and beyond.
That's why, personally, I've spent so much time and energy (and money, I admit) maintaining a steady stream of fiction, non-fiction, comic books, joke/puzzle books, magazines, etc. into our home. Because I've been so keen on turning my kids into bookworms, at least to the extent possible! (My son is more of a natural bookworm than my daughter, but these persistent efforts have paid off and both kids are now reasonably eager and competent readers.)
So my best advice is: Just keep at it! Your daughter may roll her eyes at "more books" (my kids do, too!), but as this post stresses, the quantity (and quality) of our home library ultimately has a lot to do with our greater success.
P.S. If you're not already familiar with the books by Julia Donaldson (like The Gruffalo), these could well be winners with both you and your daughter.
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
Thanks for all your advice! I agree...it was just my mum putting me off buying too many books especially when it appears she doesn't always enjoy them! Unfortunately my daughter can be pretty difficult and doesn't seem to be too interested in board/card games. She got Guess Who? and Simon for Xmas and has only played with them about twice despite my efforts to interest her in them. (She quite likes Connect 4 and Hungry Hippos but in those games language learning is more minimal!)
I try to buy her books that I enjoyed when I was a child (I have read The Folk of the Faraway Tree and The Adventures of the Wishing Chair to her which she seemed to enjoy although tried The Naughtiest Girl In the Schoo l(also Enid Blyton) and she wasn't interested. We have many of Julia Donaldson's books including The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo's Child but I got her a slightly more "advanced" book by Julia Donaldson, Princess Mirrorbelle, and that wasn't very successful (maybe too above her level?). So I guess I will keep trying different books... Have yet to try Roald Dahl!
If you're not already familiar with the books by Julia Donaldson (like The Gruffalo), these could well be winners with both you and your daughter.
The Julia Donaldson books are the best books we've found for our girls! She's written quite a few now. We also have the CD's box set which contains all the stories as audio books and also a great CD of songs - VERY highly recommended, especially for car journeys!
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