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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Apr 22, 2018 23:34:43 GMT 9
Mayken: We visited a Loire Valley château yesterday. Our daughter got a kids' activity booklet and we parents got the regular tour booklet in French. She asked for one in German (our ml). When I later asked her why, she said "Because I'm a German-speaker!"
Apr 23, 2018 23:23:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Haha love it Mayken! The best thing is - she is right!
Apr 24, 2018 5:45:09 GMT 9
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
Flir: Adam, uh oh. Time waits for no one. I'm very sorry to hear that. Stay strong man, your kids are looking up to you to give them as much as your parents gave you once. Best wishes.
May 24, 2018 20:11:03 GMT 9