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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Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion!
Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter met some inversed ML/ml kids today who live in our ml country. Their parents probably weren't thrilled they found n ML (for them) friend in their ml country. I'm sorry...a little bit.
Aug 7, 2018 2:07:34 GMT 9
Amy: Looks like the 3 weeks in ml1 country paid off: my ML mother reports my youngest would only speak ml1 to her! Lol Not sure ML childminder will be so happy when she returns... loool!
Aug 25, 2018 0:38:50 GMT 9
Mayken: Sounds like fun times ahead, Amy! Keep us posted.
Aug 27, 2018 23:15:08 GMT 9
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Aug 31, 2018 10:30:39 GMT 9
Amy: Happiest bilingual mum in the world : the new lady who conducts activities in ml2 with my eldest just assessed her level as pretty much equivalent to that of a native ml2 child! After that awful back-to-school start, this is like music to my ears.
Sept 6, 2018 0:00:13 GMT 9
Wojtek: I've been thinking for a long time to write an update and hopefully, I will do it one day. My brother married a Russian woman. That was nice to see that my 5-year-old daughter could play with her and speak English together!
Sept 7, 2018 21:37:25 GMT 9
Wojtek: After some time, she ran up and told me: "She is speaking English!"
Sept 7, 2018 21:38:31 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice to hear your happy news, Wojtek! And congratulations to your brother and his bride! It sounds like they may have a bilingual child in their future, too! Cheers to you all!
Sept 7, 2018 21:58:17 GMT 9