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.
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