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2. After reading that post (which also spotlights the efforts of our fellow keeper Amy!), return right here and respond to this challenge...
How could you mindfully shape or reshape your home environment so that the space better promotes the development of your target language? What proactive steps will you now take so that your living space supports your bilingual or multilingual aim more effectively?
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.
I went with "a fair amount" because, although we made sure everything at home was in the ml, we don't really give it much thought on a daily basis, as we knew from the beginning what we wanted to do: only ml books at home, only ml speaking toys at home and only ml TV...to the point that commercials in the ML used to bother me.
Now that my daughter is learning letters at school and I see she'll be reading before I know it, I've bought some bilingual books that I always read in the ml, but will allow her to practice reading in the ML.
Also, whenever possible, I try to buy anything with words in the ml. We have a star chart in the ml that I hope to use one day. I need to find ml, magnetic, weekly and monthly planners for my fridge!
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