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!
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Agnese: First words. What to expect? My son is 10 months old. He's still babbling, but I've noticed some different sounds depending on the situation. I wonder if he'll start saying his first words in the next weeks (or months, who knows?). What should I expect?
Jul 11, 2018 0:30:24 GMT 9
Amy: Don't expect anything Agnese. Just let it happen, and then what he says will hit you like a train. It's an amazing moment. Just live it and don't overthink it. Whatever he says, in whatever language it is, it is a magical moment.
Jul 11, 2018 5:11:14 GMT 9
Agnese: I've recently found a further (annoying) challenge: when I speak ml (Italian) to my child (10m) in front of ML acquaintances, they are making jokes about what I said (mostly accent, similar unrelated words...). What do you think is the best way to act?
Jul 15, 2018 13:04:11 GMT 9
Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
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Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion!
Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
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