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.
Amy: And to all other fellow zookeepers of course!
Nov 4, 2018 18:13:28 GMT 9
Wojtek: Yesterday my daughter used a Polish word in an English sentence. From time to time she does it (don't know if I should be happy about that), but anyway what was amusing about that, she said it with an English accent!
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:45 GMT 9
Wojtek: I feel the English accent in our monolingual family has seemed to be something unreachable but in that mixed sentence, I heard the difference. It surprised me slightly.
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:55 GMT 9
Amy: So cute Wojtek! And such a lovely piece of news!
Nov 7, 2018 6:29:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice Wojtek! Give that little girl a big hug from Uncle Adam!
Nov 7, 2018 10:16:33 GMT 9