My name is Alex. I am a Russian polyglot living in Moscow with my wife and 2.5-year-old son. We are a bit unusual bilingual family because I and my wife are native Russian speakers and I speak only English with my son.
Languages are my big passion so I want to share my knowledge with my kids as much as I can. These days I've been introducing my kid to Mandarin and plan to do it on a regular basis. And now I want to ask some help from Chinese natives on this forum. I want to provide my kid with deep cultural immersion and I usually do this through books, music, and cartoons. Please, share with me some classical resources you use to raise your kids.
You know, these days you can find a lot of different cartoons, stories, and songs for kids but some of them are so weird and silly so I don’t want to show them to my son. For example, in Russian, we have some really good fairy tales, real classics. When talking about music and cartoons – the best were made in the Soviet Union and contemporary industry lacks something, I don’t even know what.
That is why I am asking you to share the very best in your mother tongue for a 3 year old:
1) Books (10 - 15)
2) Songs (100+)
3) Cartoons (10 - 15)
Please, write as many names as you can, I think I’ll order them from Amazon or find it elsewhere.
P.S. I asked only about books, music, and cartoons, but if you can share some other effective ways of interacting with kids – I would be super grateful.
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