Good to hear a lot of us parents become bookworms when it comes to our kids!
When I'm reading my son's favorite book, he's glued to the pages, and when we turn to the final page (the caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly!), he opens his mouth and moves his feet madly, so I guess he's enjoying it! (OK, I admit I just wanted to say our son is so cute when he's doing that.)
Setting a monthly budget is a great idea! And looking at everyone's comments, it seems like if the book is engaging my son, reading it until he moves on could be the way to go! After all, making story time fun is the first step to encouraging your kid to become a bookworm, isn't it?
In addition, as Mayken suggested, I will carefully look into other Eric Carle books as well. Hope we could dig in his interests!
I guess it's too obvious to debate about how many books you should have in your home library.
But what about babies just starting the journey? Should you be... A. reading the same book over and over again or B. Introducing her/him to as many books as possible? C. Or maybe just trying both
Currently I have about ten ml books for our baby boy, and three especially seem to appeal to him including his favorite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. So right now I'm reading this book three (or maybe four...or maybe five) times a day plus the other two books.
We're pretty sure that ten books are not enough, even if it's for a baby, and plan on expanding our home library soon.
But do you guys think at this stage reading the same book a thousand times until you can memorize the pages might be better for his development of the ml?
Maybe there's no correct answer, but just curious to know everyone's cases!
Everyone, thank you so much for giving your incredible insights right from the beginning!
It's so stimulating to know so many parents who are in the same path, and it makes me confident that I'm doing the best thing for our baby boy.
As all of you say the first years might be the hardest and I feel that. Our baby boy somehow became scared of a popular Japanese book called Peekaboo, and complains by screaming and moaning when his grandpa/grandma/daddy starts reading. I'm guessing (and hoping) it's a good sign that he's getting more used to listening to English! And yes, Chinese may be his second ml; I know that my husband is secretly speaking to him in Chinese in the bath.
About the public education of Japan... Currently I'm afraid Japanese society is not in the phase of enriching preschool education. To tell the truth we're way behind that. The government is trying to provide as much day care as possible because lots of mothers started working, but still so many children can't enter. This is a serious problem for mothers in Japan, especially urban areas. I guess many countries face similar problems!
My name is Tomo, living in Japan. Feels like I finally found the place I've been looking for.
While ordering the book from Amazon (pretty sure I can't find it here), I'm reading posts and blogs around the website, finding all the journeys amazing. Way to go everyone!
I myself am a bilingual monkey, living in California as a kid and learning English first, and then moving back to Japan and facing a whole new reality. Right now my major language is Japanese, although I'm pretty comfortable in writing/speaking English.
And so the problem is: What should I do with my baby boy?
Yes, I started speaking to him in English from day 0 (before he was even born) and continued speaking to him solely in English. I read to him every day (his absolute favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar), and sing him Disney songs, as well as the movies.
But everyone else is a Japanese native, and he goes to a Japanese day care for 2, 3 times/week. We don't have any plans to live in the US/UK, so placing him in an international school doesn't seem like a good idea.
I can obviously see he will not feel the need to speak English, especially if his mom is speaking in Japanese with other people.
I'm sure we're facing a long and winding road, but it's good to feel you're not alone.
First I'll start by reading your book, Adam. Thank you for offering us a great platform!
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Angela: So sorry for your loss. She was a great woman. I hope you feel a bit better. Kisses from Spain.
Apr 22, 2018 23:34:43 GMT 9
Mayken: We visited a Loire Valley château yesterday. Our daughter got a kids' activity booklet and we parents got the regular tour booklet in French. She asked for one in German (our ml). When I later asked her why, she said "Because I'm a German-speaker!"
Apr 23, 2018 23:23:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Haha love it Mayken! The best thing is - she is right!
Apr 24, 2018 5:45:09 GMT 9
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
Flir: Adam, uh oh. Time waits for no one. I'm very sorry to hear that. Stay strong man, your kids are looking up to you to give them as much as your parents gave you once. Best wishes.
May 24, 2018 20:11:03 GMT 9