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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Mayken: School starts again tomorrow. This year, exceptionally, 7yo will have all of her ml classes in 2 half days, instead of 1h/day. We'll see how that goes. (She's in 2nd grade.)
Sept 3, 2017 17:58:36 GMT 9
Amy: "Bonne rentrée" Mayken! Hope this new schedule will work well for your daughter though I have no doubt she will keep up her already excellent bilingual level
Sept 3, 2017 18:57:33 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks Amy! Bonne rentrée to you too! My daughter has ml on Tuesday mornings (tomorrow!) and Thursday afternoons.
Sept 5, 2017 5:39:39 GMT 9
Amy: First Wednesday at home magic: ml2 bathed home and catching my 5 year old singing along her music player in ml2.... Bilingual bliss! Only you fellow bilingual parents could understand this
Sept 6, 2017 21:05:46 GMT 9
Mayken: Planning to send my daughter to ml school again during the next holidays. But it's ok, she's looking forward to it!
Sept 8, 2017 4:45:12 GMT 9
Mayken: We had our parents meetings with the ml teacher, my daughter will have a lot of work this year! One parent asked "which kids actually do speak ml at home?" Does that mean many of them don't???
Sept 13, 2017 5:02:26 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - my daughter is a lot younger than yours (just starting PS), but in her class there are two children with Spanish-speaking parents, but apparently neither of them actually speak it...disappointing!
Sept 13, 2017 6:28:10 GMT 9
Amy: Nellie, these 2 kids might simply be passive bilinguals, and as you know the penny might simply drop one day and they'll start using Spanish...
Sept 13, 2017 17:05:33 GMT 9
Mayken: In our ml class the kids are required to have a high level of ml. In class they only speak ml (this year there's a penalty for speaking ML!). I assumed they all speak ml with the ml parent at home. (I've known those kids for 2 years.)
Sept 13, 2017 23:42:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Yes I'm sure you're right and they are passive bilinguals! And they are young. I certainly hope by your daughter's age that my little one will be speaking ml1 with me - have already seen a lot of progress over the last week! The penny is dropping!
Sept 14, 2017 5:51:52 GMT 9
Patricia: Has anyone encountered studies, or personal accounts, of bilingualism (or multilingualism) playing a role in delayed speech?
Sept 15, 2017 1:31:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Patricia, please complete your Profile (see my "welcome message" for guidance), then post your questions to the forum boards. Thank you.
Sept 15, 2017 6:14:15 GMT 9