I haven't been very active lately, mostly because I've been super busy and I haven't really had any issues or questions in regards to our bilingual journey.
I had my second baby girl, Ella, on 13th July. My big girl, Klara, will be 4 next month and is 100% fluent in both ml and ML and we have slowly started practicing ml letters and sounds.
We now also have a ml speaking au pair living with us, so I don't need to stress about getting enough ml into the day, as there's lots of ml spoken in our house. However, because of this and because my oldest is already fluent, I've become a bit slack lately and I need to get back in here for motivation and to read up on all the good ideas and advice. I want to make sure that my oldest's language skills keep improving and to eventually help my youngest achieve the same ml level as her sister (without as many long visits to ml country as my oldest has been fortunate enough to get).
Hope to talk to lots of you in here again soon, I'll definitely be looking through all the recent threads now, so that I can hopefully get back up to speed and improve my ml efforts in the near future.
Jo, congratulations! That's a lovely photo of your two sweet girls!
I'm glad to hear that things are going so well. The fact that you've nurtured a firm, early foundation in the minority language will help sustain your success as the majority language becomes a bigger part of their lives. Just keep at it, day by day!
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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