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.
Amy: And to all other fellow zookeepers of course!
Nov 4, 2018 18:13:28 GMT 9
Wojtek: Yesterday my daughter used a Polish word in an English sentence. From time to time she does it (don't know if I should be happy about that), but anyway what was amusing about that, she said it with an English accent!
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:45 GMT 9
Wojtek: I feel the English accent in our monolingual family has seemed to be something unreachable but in that mixed sentence, I heard the difference. It surprised me slightly.
Nov 5, 2018 18:23:55 GMT 9
Amy: So cute Wojtek! And such a lovely piece of news!
Nov 7, 2018 6:29:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice Wojtek! Give that little girl a big hug from Uncle Adam!
Nov 7, 2018 10:16:33 GMT 9
Amy: Beautiful pictures Adam! The serenity of the place transpired in every pic. Thank you for sharing them
Nov 11, 2018 21:58:40 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, Amy, she got a lot of ml exposure but there's only so many times I can watch a Bibi & Tina DVD. Glad she's back at school today.
Nov 13, 2018 0:16:03 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's school had the annual lantern pageant yesterday. It always moves me to tears when I see the kids stand and belt out the songs in our ml. This year, the ml kids also recited a short poem on St Martin.
Nov 25, 2018 3:34:49 GMT 9