Hello again. I thought of another question and didn’t want to forget it by waiting to post. In the future do you plan to teach your kids your ml languages? This is something I wonder about with my own kids and I really hope they plan to teach their kids French. But I have seen a lot of people who don't teach a second language to their kids even though they could have.
Marie, I had them write their responses to this question, too! (Thanks for the ideal excuse to get them writing! )
Lulu I would like to teach my kids other languages because I think it's cool to speak more than one. But, for kids, it gets hard sometimes so I want to remember that!
Roy If I could teach them a lot of languages, maybe they could go to a lot of countries!
I certainly hope Lulu and Roy will hand down good English ability to their kids in the future! (And perhaps nurture other languages as well.) In fact, they already have help when it comes to English because of all the books and other resources I've collected over the years. And hopefully I'll still be around to provide some English input, too!
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And yes, if you are around, I'm sure your grandchildren will speak English for sure. I have seen kids learning second languages from grandparents. I learned Vietnamese when my grandmother was living with us. I lost it all though when she moved out though. She still lived close, but I only saw her 2-3 times a month versus every day.
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