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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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!
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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.
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Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
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