Post by Abbi Gutierrez on Apr 26, 2018 21:03:34 GMT 9
I'm just starting to establish a homework routine with my 5.5 year old. He's at school full-time in the ML (English) and our ml is Spanish.
As well as reading to me, I have a few colouring books, workbooks etc but it would be great to hear what you use for this age. He's starting to read and write in Spanish and can write/read short simple sentences.
Here's my latest blog post on trying to establish a homework routine.
Are you familiar with the Spanish Playground website? It offers a lot of activity ideas and could inspire you.
I don't have a set homework routine. My 5.5 y.o daughter used to like her exercise book last summer/autumn, but has since lost the interest.
However, at the beginning of this year, her interest moved on to reading. She started reading on her own, using the reading "tools" learnt at ML school to prepare her class for Year 1 next year, when they will be taught reading. When I discovered she could read, I decided to feed her curiosity and got her a pre-reader's book collection in our ml2 (English) and since then, she reads to me every night before going to bed.
She likes children's Sudokus and crosswords. Some are available online for free. I also made my own crosswords (though extremely time consuming). She loves dot-to-dots and mazes too.
My husband and I recently decided on having Family Saturday Boardgames nights, as a plan to spend more one-to-one time with our 5 year old (when 2 year old sister sleeps), improve her language skills and foster family bonding. This could be a nice and fun way for your child to do "homework", and if you choose to do this on a weekend night like we did, it will give your son more exposure time and he'll be less tired than on a normal weekday.
Hope these suggestions can be food for thought!
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