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: School starts again tomorrow. This year, exceptionally, 7yo will have all of her ml classes in 2 half days, instead of 1h/day. We'll see how that goes. (She's in 2nd grade.)
Sept 3, 2017 17:58:36 GMT 9
Amy: "Bonne rentrée" Mayken! Hope this new schedule will work well for your daughter though I have no doubt she will keep up her already excellent bilingual level
Sept 3, 2017 18:57:33 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks Amy! Bonne rentrée to you too! My daughter has ml on Tuesday mornings (tomorrow!) and Thursday afternoons.
Sept 5, 2017 5:39:39 GMT 9
Amy: First Wednesday at home magic: ml2 bathed home and catching my 5 year old singing along her music player in ml2.... Bilingual bliss! Only you fellow bilingual parents could understand this
Sept 6, 2017 21:05:46 GMT 9
Mayken: Planning to send my daughter to ml school again during the next holidays. But it's ok, she's looking forward to it!
Sept 8, 2017 4:45:12 GMT 9
Mayken: We had our parents meetings with the ml teacher, my daughter will have a lot of work this year! One parent asked "which kids actually do speak ml at home?" Does that mean many of them don't???
Sept 13, 2017 5:02:26 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - my daughter is a lot younger than yours (just starting PS), but in her class there are two children with Spanish-speaking parents, but apparently neither of them actually speak it...disappointing!
Sept 13, 2017 6:28:10 GMT 9
Amy: Nellie, these 2 kids might simply be passive bilinguals, and as you know the penny might simply drop one day and they'll start using Spanish...
Sept 13, 2017 17:05:33 GMT 9
Mayken: In our ml class the kids are required to have a high level of ml. In class they only speak ml (this year there's a penalty for speaking ML!). I assumed they all speak ml with the ml parent at home. (I've known those kids for 2 years.)
Sept 13, 2017 23:42:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Yes I'm sure you're right and they are passive bilinguals! And they are young. I certainly hope by your daughter's age that my little one will be speaking ml1 with me - have already seen a lot of progress over the last week! The penny is dropping!
Sept 14, 2017 5:51:52 GMT 9
Patricia: Has anyone encountered studies, or personal accounts, of bilingualism (or multilingualism) playing a role in delayed speech?
Sept 15, 2017 1:31:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Patricia, please complete your Profile (see my "welcome message" for guidance), then post your questions to the forum boards. Thank you.
Sept 15, 2017 6:14:15 GMT 9