Posts: 973 Country (residing now): France Country (originally from): France Children, Ages: 6 and 2 year old girls Majority Language: French Minority Language(s): Spanish (ml1) & English (ml2) Member is Online
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!
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