English is our ml2 but we do not follow Key Stage 1. I did teach the alphabet letters and sounds and digraphs to my eldest daughter in case she might be asked about them during an entry test to a Wednesday English School (the school said they might) but that was it. Since then I have stopped as I prefer my daughter to learn from professional teachers in her ML school, and build from there since the ML knowledge is transferable to my daughter's 2 mls. What I do is that as soon as I see she has learnt something new in ML, I teach it to her in ml2; e.g: they are currently learning to count from 50 to 100 so I make her count from 50-100 in ml2 on the way to school.
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Yes, me! Although, since I'm not from the UK, I'm not exactly sure what exactly "Key Stage 1" includes. My oldest is 5 and will not be starting ML school until next fall when she is 6. So, we are taking advantage of her eagerness and readiness to learn this year and focusing on reading at the moment. I plan to continue working with her next year, as her ML school will only be in the mornings so we will have time in the afternoon to continue working in English. As I do live in Europe, UK teaching materials are most accessible to me, so I need to learn some of this 'education lingo'. I definitely have seen 'Key Stage 1' mentioned as I browse through resources.
Thanks for the info guys! I'd like to work on Key Stage 1 with my daughter as I know that her English reading and writing is behind that of a monolingual child's, although I'm sure this is normal. Although she does English at her minority language school, which has a bilingual programme, they are only just starting to read and write in English. However, as I am finding it a struggle to get my daughter to do extra English homework for her reading and writing, I probably wouldn't get very far teaching her Key Stage 1 either!!! I like Amy's idea of working on what she is learning at school in the minority language too!
Mayken: My 7-year-old, her ML dad and a ml family are going to the Christmas market at a ml school today - and I can't go with them! (Hope that ML dad's presence doesn't stop the kids from speaking ml together.)
Dec 2, 2017 22:12:04 GMT 9
Amy: I'm sure the language balance is heavily in favour of the ml. Don't you worry Mayken. And it's also good that your daughter sees that the ml exists beyond the Mummy sphere. It will give more weight to the ml to hear from another sphere.
Dec 2, 2017 22:51:42 GMT 9
Mayken: In the end, it was my daughter with ML dad and the other girl with ML mom (but who's fluent in ml). The other girl got tired of ml after a while but my girl chatted with people in ml and bought ml books and a snack, all in ml!
Dec 5, 2017 0:29:57 GMT 9
Amy: Not so bad after all then, Mayken
Dec 5, 2017 6:27:24 GMT 9
Mayken: Not bad at all, I just regret I wasn't there with them.
Dec 6, 2017 6:11:36 GMT 9
Amy: As the French have it Mayken: "ce n'est que partie remise!"
Dec 6, 2017 18:47:06 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter wrote her letter to Santa in the ml this weekend, and we'll send it to Santa's address in the ml country, that way she'll get an ml letter back from him! Last item on her wishlist reads "The second Harry Potter book, and more books."
Dec 11, 2017 23:59:38 GMT 9
Adam Beck: More books is always good!
Dec 12, 2017 8:15:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: For Christmas: The Most Beautiful Video You Might Ever See About a Bilingual Familybuff.ly/2nI2yrE
Dec 12, 2017 8:16:04 GMT 9