Carrie, well done!! It is very inspiring to read your progress.
What books are your 11-year old favorites in Spanish? If she enjoys fantasy, I recommend you books from Laura Gallego, an author for Spain who is really popular on fantasy books. My oldest has read most of her books. And I like that she always has strong female characters as main figures. I would recommend to start for example with the "Crónicas de la Torre" trilogy. And if she then likes to write, she can write Laura a letter. She always writes back to letters (they have to be real letters not email). My son wrote to her and she replied with two pages hand-written letter. She also has a web pages where she tells fun facts about each of her books.
I am very impressed with your 9 year old reading Lord of the Rings!!!
And what ml books does your 6 year old enjoys? Mine loves now the Polican series (Dog man in its original English)
The ml class sounds fantastic. I think it is always a really good idea if you can join with another family in a similar situation.
I remember you mentioned Laura Gallego to me a while ago, when my daughter might have been 9. She was too young then but thanks for the reminder That is very cool that the author writes back! I think that fantasy is not my daughter's favorite genre, but she does read some. Recently she read El jinete del dragon by Cornelia Funke and the first book in the series of Las cronicas de Mistmantle by M.I. McAllister. I have also recently gotten her several books that won Newberry Medals a while ago, for example El estanque de mirlo by Elizabeth George Speare (The Witch of Blackbird Pond in English) and Yo, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño. She enjoyed all of those.
My six-year-old likes books that are funny, for example Elefante y Cerdita books by Mo Willems. I just saw your blog post about books by David LaRochelle. These look PERFECT for my son, and I had never heard of them before. Thanks for the recommendation!
Carrie Laura Gallego has also some non fantasy books, she has a series "Sara y las Goleadoras" about a girl soccer team. I am currently reading the third book of the series to my 9 year old (who loves soccer and loves books about soccer, but I am not soccer fun and I also enjoy the books). Another book I can recommend is "Apestoso tio Muffin" from Pedro Mañas, a Roald Dahl style book. And Isabel Allende has also a trilogy for kids, which starts with "La ciudad de las bestias".
It has been eleven months since I updated our progress here on the zoo.
Carrie, your updates are always inspiring examples of smart, persistent efforts from day to day generating sustained and satisfying progress over the months and years. This long-running thread sharing your experience provides a very encouraging and practical account for other parents, and I suspect there are many of them out there who are benefiting from your story.
Adam Beck, the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, is the author of "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability"; "Bilingual Success Stories Around the World"; "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!"; "28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables"; the fun-filled wordless picture book "Bearded Dragon, Home Alone"; and the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear".
My goal with my four year old (that I started in earnest in March) is to do one spanish activity per day in addition to our read aloud time. I have not invested in her ml as much as I should, and I can tell her ml ability is suffering as a result. However, she loves our new ml activity time and cries if we miss it, so I think we will make a lot of progress as long as I stay consistent.
I've been having a read through your thread. It sound like you guys are doing really well. I was curious as to what type of activities you do with your four year old during these sessions?
I hope your ml playtimes are going well! The great thing about preschoolers is that you can really do absolutely any activity and make it an ml activity. Also, most games/toys that are made for preschoolers are not based on being able to read, so you can use them in any language. So we have a bunch of board games, crafts, playdoh, etc that I use. I also have a couple blogs that I follow specifically in my ml that suggest activities and might provide a printable activity in the ml. I also invite her to help me a lot, for example folding laundry, and she loves to be a big helper and then I have extra time to talk.
Caro C.: We are expecting our second one... just found out last Thursday... I created a new thread to talk about the inquiries that start to arise on this subject... please visit: bilingualzoo.com/thread/1286/baby-2-oven
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