Praise is an important factor and driver in education, whether mono or multilingual.
I was wondering what little praises you tell your bilingual monkeys about their ability to speak several languages? Children often dislike being different, and I think it’d be interesting to share our praises to help our monkeys value their linguistic capacities.
To get you started, here is what I said when my daughter got picked on at school for speaking ml: I told her she has a special gift, like the fairies in the books. She can speak several languages and can help others who can’t understand one of these languages, like Nanny Plum in one of Ben and Holly’s episodes. I saw my daughter smile at the idea of being like a fairy, and I think it cheered her up at a time she did not feel good about being different.
What do you say to your monkeys?
***"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Oscar Wilde***
What a lovely idea! I have just been telling my daughter how WELL she speaks ml2 (the other day she said that mamá and papa spoke ml1 and ml2, that grandma spoke ml2 and that she only spoke ML, so I've been working on making her realise that she does/can indeed speak the mls!), but maybe I need to get more creative!
My daughter also very much wants to be like other children, so this is definitely something where we need to help foster pride.
We are lucky that everyone in our area speaks 2 or 3 languages. So my daughter thinks this is the norm. However, at first when she would get reluctant sometimes or complain about learning French, I would say how lucky she is. How she would be so thankful later in life and how I wish I had the same opportunity as a child. I explained it's a lot more difficult to learn another language as a child. I think it helps that her best friend who moved to France also speaks French, and could potentially forget most of her English! She has been there a few months and she visited us a week ago and I could see she already forgot some of her English. My daughter and her spoke English and French together this time, so it was not a problem. I think if most kids speak only one language, I would emphasize the benefits of knowing more then one language. Traveling the world (you can show images of different places to travel that speak the language), communicating with others, etc.
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