Just yesterday someone told me about BBC Listen and Play podcasts. For 3-5’s they are a great tool for exposure, especially if you’re looking for something different but are still wary of “screen time” (as this is only audio). Each 15 min. episode has a theme, a story, a song... My 3 year old has already keenly sat through three at different periods of the day, and asked me questions too.
With school approaching in September I’m thinking about routines (ml of course!) so we’ve made a morning “get ready" chart. However, I’d also like to make a visual ml activity chart/calendar for myself and my husband to make sure we hit our minimum goals each day as the majority language giant looms in September. What daily activities would you include to tick off?
I’m thinking: 15 min. reading, 15 min. ml homework (workbooks, stickers...paper based), she listens to ml music or audiobook at bed every night. Maybe be more consistent with a Skype schedule to grandparents and aunt/uncle?
English speaking Canadian Mom, French speaking Dad, happily transitioning to minority language at home (English) with our baby daughter in France.
I wouldn't worry too much about a schedule. I like the reading. I only use ml homework to work on something specific, like reading or school stuff, but in the ml. Something I always do is play ml music when they're playing by themselves, so that if they aren't getting ml exposure from me, at least they're getting it from a different source. I also play ml music in the car. I know some people play audiobooks for longer rides, but I haven't tried that yet.
I think the main thing is: spend time with her when she's home; play and read.
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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.
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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!"
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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
Mayken: Victor's flashcards look amazing! I hope I'll win the giveaway - if not, I'll purchase a set for Christmas for sure. Thanks Adam for sharing these gems with us!
Sept 26, 2018 23:32:30 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, I second Mayken's enthusiasm and gratitude for your posting about Victor's flashcards, they look amazing, thank you so much for the post! I already bought one set
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