An anecdote from our multilingual experience that will reassure you
Why and how to introduce more languages in your kids’ life.
So many of you have been asking me how Oliver’s doing with the four languages, so today I thought I would answer just that, and I’ll do it through his own words.
In the first three years of his/her life, a child is a genius in learning languages. Our role as parents is to find opportunities for them to hear different languages.
Some of you have recently asked me what Oliver’s favourite books are, and as we have just updated his selection, today I’ll share with you the ones that were reading now that he’s two.
So today, I’d like to share with you an amazing tool that I absolutely loved as a teacher and even more as a mom: Super Simple Songs.
I’m not sure I mentioned before that we’re raising Oliver trilingual (the country we live in will take care of the fourth language, Spanish). I don’t yet have a magic formula for how to raise your children trilingual—maybe I will in a few more years of parenting and after two children—but I’d like to share with you the challenges that this decision has brought with it.
The last app that I’d like to show you is by Montessorium, whose slogan is, “Learning is a lifestyle”: how could I not like it? On top of that, the website is nice, fresh and clear (good sign) and the app is based on the method developed by Maria Montessori—who probably wouldn’t have used iPhone and iPad, but you know, times change 😉
This week, I’ll show you another app by Little Big Thinkers, the very first one I tried when I started integrating the iPad in my classes and one that my students never get tired of.
The first week we played with Phonics Match, a great app to learn the English phonemes; the second week, we used Car Factory, perfect to practice the spelling of the words your kids are studying in school.
This week, however, I’ll write about an app that always comes in handy with my students, as English—which you write in one way and read in another—has some words that you just have to learn by heart.
Last week I wrote about the Phonics Match app to learn the individual English sounds (phonemes) and promised that in the next five weeks I will show you my favorite apps for teaching children how to write and read in English.
This second week’s app is one that all my little students are crazy for. Here it is!
We all know it, English—and languages in general—is so important, a key skill for current and future generations. It opens doors and it’s one of the biggest gifts we can give our children.
So when it comes to English, I like to share all my secrets with my students’ parents. So for the next five weeks I’ll be sharing my digital ones: my five favourite apps to teach (how to write) English while playing.
In all my three languages, there are a few recurring words that people—and I’m talking about native people here—often confuse, misspell and/or they’re just not bothered enough to write well. Truth is, it takes as long to spell right or wrong, and just a few seconds longer to check before sending. Why not do it? Let’s write well!
I’m a big fan of Rocket Speller Plus by Little Big Thinkers.
When I heard they had a new game on the App Store, I bought it straight away.
And wow, it rocks! The game is fun, functional, nicely designed and well thought out. All my students love it and it’s exactly what I needed in order to add a little variety to our spelling practices.
I use it to study and review Jolly Phonics Tricky Words, to prepare kids for spelling tests, to teach them new words or even just to end the class with a fun, yet educational game.
Below you can read why I love it, why kids love it and what I don’t like about it. Hope you enjoy!
This is a special lesson I did with my young students on Saint Patrick’s week, which is a typical British holiday.
I used this lesson plan in all my classes on Valentine’s week and it was such a great success I’m considering establishing a Love Day every month!
Since I discovered Super Simple Learning a few years ago, I’m addicted to it. Their teaching methods, their simplicity, their games and their passion are inspiring.
I usually use this lesson plan with kids between 4 and 7, in small groups of two or three or even in a one-to-one class. I last used it early this week with two Spanish kids, Juan and Lola (6 and 4). As always, it was a great success! It covers an hour class and this is how it goes.