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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Feb 1, 2019 10:12:14 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!)
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Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9
Alba: Streaming problems: I decided to play some cartoons in ml2 (Hindi) which I knew had been playing in ml2 the day before with his dad. I was studying my son's face to see if he understood, turns out the cartoon was in Polish, not sure why!
Apr 4, 2019 0:44:39 GMT 9
Amy: Cute code switching this morning when my 3 year old told me "I get my pótamo" (she meant her hippo soft toy). This mixing was music to my ears... It means she is truly growing trilingual.
Apr 6, 2019 2:51:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
Apr 7, 2019 10:32:37 GMT 9
Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear)
Apr 8, 2019 6:52:09 GMT 9
Amy: Cheer Alba and Adam Beck! . I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish <3
Apr 9, 2019 4:54:05 GMT 9