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.
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Amy: Cute code switching this morning when my 3 year old told me "I get my pótamo" (she meant her hippo soft toy). This mixing was music to my ears... It means she is truly growing trilingual.
Apr 6, 2019 2:51:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
Apr 7, 2019 10:32:37 GMT 9
Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear)
Apr 8, 2019 6:52:09 GMT 9
Amy: Cheer Alba and Adam Beck! . I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish <3
Apr 9, 2019 4:54:05 GMT 9
Mayken: Got home from a short trip to Zürich - heard German, French & Italian on the train, and both German and French in the tram. And everyone speaks English too. It was nice to be able to choose which of my languages I wanted to speak!
May 6, 2019 23:07:42 GMT 9
Amy: Such a lovely feeling, isn't it? I miss that!
May 7, 2019 16:33:19 GMT 9
Mayken: It is, Amy . I didn't realise how much I had missed it.
May 7, 2019 23:10:43 GMT 9
Amy: Last year, a new colleague joined my team. She's trilingual in the same languages as me. It was like magic. We change languages and even code-switch several time a day. I had missed that so much!! My monolingual colleagues must think we're freaks! lol
May 8, 2019 4:56:12 GMT 9
Amy: Unfortunately, she has resigned and is leaving shortly. I was so proud to introduce her to my eldest, one day that I had brought her to show her round my office. And to introduce other bi/multilingual colleagues. Show how important languages are.
May 8, 2019 4:58:26 GMT 9
Mayken: That must have been wonderful, Amy! I'm sorry she is leaving. I would love to find someone like that. We had an English intern last year who spoke German and French. We chatted a lot.
May 8, 2019 6:06:01 GMT 9
Caro C.: Oh Amy I sort of feel related to what you are saying. Some months ago I made a friend from the US. She happens to be a neighbor with four kids. We’ve been sharing back and forth and I’d love my baby girl to eventually be able to share with her children
May 13, 2019 12:55:09 GMT 9
Caro C.: Although maybe they will be a bit old for her, still we (I mean their mom = Sarah and me) both are very happy and grateful for each other as friends.
May 13, 2019 12:57:05 GMT 9
Mayken: As of yesterday, I am aunt to a baby girl who lives in our ml country with 2 ml parents, and I'm already planning to get them a nice nursery rhymes CD for our first visit.
May 16, 2019 20:03:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Mayken! Have a happy visit!
May 17, 2019 9:10:21 GMT 9
Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose
May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9