I haven't really been active lately. The main reason being my kids are still quite young and we're only starting out on our bilingual journey.
Our situation is we speak exclusively German (ml) at home while English (ML) in the community. My children are now 3yrs 8mths and 2yrs 4mths. They both have been attending daycare since they were infants. They both speak English perfectly fine for their age and are doing really well with their German too.
It was about 2 months ago that I suddenly realised that my son, who is the older one, told me all about his day in our home language, the ml and target language. Since then his German has improved beyond measure and I've noticed he's throwing less English into his German.
He's also just started at a new preschool and as it happens the director there is German, too. She was so impressed when she realised that my son was happily chatting to her in his ml just to turn around and talk to another teacher using the ML. And since his German has improved and he speaks less "Denglish" his little sister's vocabulary has improved, too.
So, I guess we are on the right track here! 😊
I am very much looking forward to taking the children to visit their grandparents in Germany later this year.
Vera, thanks for your update! Yes, it sounds like you and your kids are doing really well! Good for you, and good for them!
Keep up these productive efforts in 2018 and I'm sure you'll have more happy updates to share with us this year. I look forward to reading them!
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Sounds great, Vera!! It's great to hear their German is getting stronger and they're using less English with you. Switching that easily between languages at such a young age is something that still amazes me. Hope you can make that trip to Germany happen soon!!
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9