Happy to report we have a daily routine again! My daughter comes home with a quick 15 minutes or less of ML homework every day so we are eating lunch, doing the homework, and then having her read a book in English before she can watch a video or play in the afternoon.
Raquel: The books we have found to work for us are the Usborne Very First Reading series. The books start out with having the adult read one page and the child read the next page. This was helpful to move the stories along and have my daughter feel less intimidated I think. At the end of each book are a few puzzles about the story. She likes doing those, but often we'll save them for the next day because reading the book is sometimes enough for one sitting. What really helped her a lot though was the computer game that goes with the books: "Teach Your Monster to Read". The game is free when using a computer (apps for tablets or phones you have to pay for). My daughter loves playing it and it introduces the letter sounds and combinations in the order that the books introduce them.
I'm still pretty happy with my daughter's reading progression. She is starting to try to read the words that she sees in daily life...on the cereal box, etc. and is doing well with it. Today is Friday and she never has ML homework Friday-Sunday so we haven't been as consistent with sitting down to read our English books, but I am going to try to implement a "read 1 book before we can watch a video" rule for the weekends.
We forgot to read our book yesterday. I am sick with the cold that both children had last week so I was resting and it slipped my mind. The previous day we read an older book that we have had for a while but haven't been reading because it seemed too long for my daughter and she struggled with it. I know that she is much more advanced now so I pulled the book out and said "let's read as fast as we can" (we were short on time as we needed to go pick up her younger sister from kindergarten). She was quite proud of herself for reading fluidly and was happy that this book is now "easy".
Patricia, it sounds like your daughter is doing very well! Just keep up those daily efforts (once you're feeling better!) and you'll surely continue to experience good progress with both girls. I send my best bilingual wishes to you all, from Japan to Germany!
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My daughter has been off for Fall holidays these past few weeks and so of course we haven't been as consistent with reading our books, but we will be back to our routine next week. I was very impressed with her this week however when she announced to me that she wanted to write her own story. She has written the draft and is now copying it into a notebook and drawing illustrations.
I had such good news at my daughter's first parent-teacher meeting that I had to write it down somewhere. My daughter goes to ML school and although the teacher knows my daughter's first language is not the ML, she was genuinely surprised that the only place my daughter speaks ML is at school because her German is so good. She also said she could tell my daughter is already a good reader...we've only been reading in ml and not in ML and they haven't really started reading much in her class yet. So happy ML school is off to such a good start.
Veda L: A happy belated new year to all keepers! Any quick tips on how to edit profile (kids’ ages etc)? I’ve fumbled about with no luck. Thanks!
Jan 9, 2019 23:58:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Veda, when you go to your "Profile", there's a button at the top right that says "Edit Profile". Then click on the "Personal" tab (and other tabs) to edit the information. Hope that helps!
Jan 10, 2019 0:14:02 GMT 9
Veda L: Many thanks to Mayken for the tip. Finally changed my profile. To those who are celebrating Chinese New Year, a healthy and prosperous year of the pig in advance!
Jan 30, 2019 6:44:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Here's a lively list of 20 bloggers raising bilingual/multilingual children! (Recognize anyone?) buff.ly/2QT0eHL
Jan 31, 2019 9:01:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Hey Adam Beck, how come your photo on that list is bigger than everyone else's?
Jan 31, 2019 23:59:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, I don't know, but I wish I could say it's because I'm taller! My son (almost 12) is now nearly as tall as I am. Just yesterday I told him that I have to start growing again!
Feb 1, 2019 10:12:14 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!)
Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9