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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Raquel: I love it, Mayken! What a sweet lady. I would have listened in and not asked, hehe. Did you use it to show your daughter how useful the ml can be?
Dec 21, 2017 20:35:38 GMT 9
Mayken: Raquel, my daughter loved it - both the coincidence, and that this lady was learning our language!
Dec 24, 2017 22:25:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Happy New Year to you all! Let's make 2018 a really good year!
Dec 31, 2017 7:04:50 GMT 9
Joanna: Packing to go home from Canada...luggage scale reading 23 kg of minority language books!
Dec 31, 2017 23:48:06 GMT 9
Amy: Happy new year to all! . May 2018 bring you every success in your bilingual endeavours!
Jan 1, 2018 23:08:58 GMT 9
Mayken: Happy new year to everyone! I shared a little New Year's Eve story in the Snack Bar.
Jan 5, 2018 5:08:21 GMT 9
Mayken: 7yo wrote her Christmas letter in the ml and sent it to Santa's address in our ml country. This week she received his reply - and was somewhat offended that he replied in the ML
Jan 5, 2018 21:47:21 GMT 9
Adam Beck: That's very cute, Mayken!
Jan 6, 2018 7:57:09 GMT 9
Amy: Oh no Mayken!! I'd also feel very gutted in her shoes! Hope he made up for it by spoiling her on Xmas!
Jan 7, 2018 1:12:53 GMT 9
Mayken: He totally did, Amy! Especially her most important wish - the second illustrated Harry Potter (in ml, of course).
Jan 9, 2018 0:06:05 GMT 9
Raquel: Happy 2018!! How come Santa replied in the wrong language? That's weird.
Jan 9, 2018 19:26:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Raquel, he gets letters from all over the world at that German address, and I guess the reply is in the language that matches the country fo the child's return address. Next time she'll use my mom's address (if she still wants to write to Santa then).
Jan 10, 2018 0:38:19 GMT 9
Raquel: Mayken, I just was surprised that, reading a letter in a certain language, they would reply in a different one. But if it's an standarized letter, then it makes total sense.
Jan 10, 2018 21:42:23 GMT 9
Mayken: It is. Our local ML Santa, to whom my daughter wrote the year before (in ml) replied in ML too but started the letter with her name. But then he's serving a town of 37,000 people only.
Jan 10, 2018 23:18:32 GMT 9
Raquel: Makes sense, Mayken. Thanks for explaining.
Jan 11, 2018 22:31:51 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter called me out twice this week for using the wrong language with her. The second time it was only one work (number of a métro line).
Jan 12, 2018 0:16:39 GMT 9