2017 Challenge – Day 3: Hello 2017!

  • January 12, 2017 at 12:14 am #12891

    What do you want your 2017 to look like?

    Let’s visualize it together so that you can make it happen!

    Head over to today’s daily task here and  share your reflection with the group!

    I am originally from Venezuela and live in Washington DC with my two bilingual kids and husband. My daughter, Juliet, is 4.5 and my son, Adrian, is 2.5! They keep me on my toes.

    January 12, 2017 at 12:45 am #12893
    Laura
    Participant

    2017 is going to be a great year! Abner Phillip will turn 4 and Carolina will turn 2. This is the last full year I will have AP at home with me, since he’ll start Kindergarten in the fall of 2018. I want to do everything I can to have him be excited and prepared to start school.

    In 2017, Abner Phillip will start reading simple books in Spanish, be able to retell stories (both languages), and add & subtract (1-10) learning the terminology in both languages. Carolina will learn how to sign 50 words, start speaking short phrases, and be able to identify 5 colors.

    How we will make it happen: for Abner Phillip, we will work our way through the “A” book and the “E” book. I will start modeling how to retell a story after about 50% of the books we read together, then he will practice this skill, maybe telling the story to Carolina or his bear so it seems more meaningful. For the math aspect, we will play games like “Addition/Subtraction War.” To work on Carolina’s goals, the whole family will ramp up using sign language to communicate with her, maintain high expectations for her using them, and use lots of positive reinforcement! Right now she can sign “more” and “cold,” so I think adding 48 more signs in a year is realistic. I’m going to be more intentional about identifying colors when we’re playing with blocks or other objects and I will use the color signs as another way to reinforce the concept.
    By the end of 2017, Abner Phillip’s pronunciation will be much clearer, his vocabulary in both languages will grow. Carolina will be speaking intelligible words and signing to communicate when she can’t say the words.
    I need to learn good strategies for teaching the skill of summarizing stories and continue to work on my own Spanish, especially in the area of using future tenses. I am going to learn about summarizing stories by researching ideas for how to introduce this skill to preschoolers. I’m going to continue seeing my friend Gaby and be intentional about using her as a resource to improve my Spanish.
    January 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm #12898
    ladylauramal
    Participant

    My kids will achieve: In 2017 Dax achieved the ability to have a simple conversation entirely in Spanish, form sentences and comprehensive thoughts. He feels more comfortable answering native Spanish speakers in Spanish (with more than one or two word sentences).  Most imprtantly, he still retains his language skills even though his teacher in the older class primarily speaks in English.

    Paige really flourished in school, learning vocabulary quickly and forming complete sentences and conversations. She even teaches me new words!

     

    How??

    I continued to add vocabulary to our daily routines, I spoke in more complete sentences and dedicated more time to speaking in Spanish myself.  We also played games and practiced with native speakers more.
    We used the games we have and the ideas from Bilingual Avenue.
    More post its around the house!
    But a big one was continuing our language practice over the summer when we traveled back to the States.

    What I did:

    I learned more vocabulary, but really focused on thinking in Spanish and speaking without having to think as much.  This way, I could speak more fluidly and rapidly with my kids.  Because if I think too much or take to much time to talk to them in Spanish either they stop listening to me or I get frustrated and switch to English.

    I continued to meet with my tutor every week.  I used my recorded audios for my solo car rides to practice.  Two or three times a month I met with a native Spanish speaking friend to practice (asking them ahead of time to speak only Spanish).

    January 12, 2017 at 5:33 pm #12910

    2017 is going to be a great year! Abner Phillip will turn 4 and Carolina will turn 2. This is the last full year I will have AP at home with me, since he’ll start Kindergarten in the fall of 2018. I want to do everything I can to have him be excited and prepared to start school. In 2017, Abner Phillip will start reading simple books in Spanish, be able to retell stories (both languages), and add & subtract (1-10) learning the terminology in both languages. Carolina will learn how to sign 50 words, start speaking short phrases, and be able to identify 5 colors.

    How we will make it happen: for Abner Phillip, we will work our way through the “A” book and the “E” book. I will start modeling how to retell a story after about 50% of the books we read together, then he will practice this skill, maybe telling the story to Carolina or his bear so it seems more meaningful. For the math aspect, we will play games like “Addition/Subtraction War.” To work on Carolina’s goals, the whole family will ramp up using sign language to communicate with her, maintain high expectations for her using them, and use lots of positive reinforcement! Right now she can sign “more” and “cold,” so I think adding 48 more signs in a year is realistic. I’m going to be more intentional about identifying colors when we’re playing with blocks or other objects and I will use the color signs as another way to reinforce the concept.
    By the end of 2017, Abner Phillip’s pronunciation will be much clearer, his vocabulary in both languages will grow. Carolina will be speaking intelligible words and signing to communicate when she can’t say the words.
    I need to learn good strategies for teaching the skill of summarizing stories and continue to work on my own Spanish, especially in the area of using future tenses. I am going to learn about summarizing stories by researching ideas for how to introduce this skill to preschoolers. I’m going to continue seeing my friend Gaby and be intentional about using her as a resource to improve my Spanish.

    Laura, I have to start off by saying “Wow!’ You really do have some excellent goals for 2017! I love that they are age appropriate. They are things that are totally within your reach but ambitious at the same time. Now we will have to work into how to make it manageable for the next twelve months… spoiler alert.. we start that in Day 5 : )

    I am originally from Venezuela and live in Washington DC with my two bilingual kids and husband. My daughter, Juliet, is 4.5 and my son, Adrian, is 2.5! They keep me on my toes.

    January 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm #12911

    My kids will achieve: In 2017 Dax achieved the ability to have a simple conversation entirely in Spanish, form sentences and comprehensive thoughts. He feels more comfortable answering native Spanish speakers in Spanish (with more than one or two word sentences). Most imprtantly, he still retains his language skills even though his teacher in the older class primarily speaks in English. Paige really flourished in school, learning vocabulary quickly and forming complete sentences and conversations. She even teaches me new words! How?? I continued to add vocabulary to our daily routines, I spoke in more complete sentences and dedicated more time to speaking in Spanish myself. We also played games and practiced with native speakers more. We used the games we have and the ideas from Bilingual Avenue. More post its around the house! But a big one was continuing our language practice over the summer when we traveled back to the States. What I did: I learned more vocabulary, but really focused on thinking in Spanish and speaking without having to think as much. This way, I could speak more fluidly and rapidly with my kids. Because if I think too much or take to much time to talk to them in Spanish either they stop listening to me or I get frustrated and switch to English. I continued to meet with my tutor every week. I used my recorded audios for my solo car rides to practice. Two or three times a month I met with a native Spanish speaking friend to practice (asking them ahead of time to speak only Spanish).

    Laura, love that you totally embraced the spirit of today’s task. You have some really cool accomplishments for your kids in mind and for yourself. Make sure to keep these visible throughout the year so that you make an effort every month to work towards these. Great work!

    I am originally from Venezuela and live in Washington DC with my two bilingual kids and husband. My daughter, Juliet, is 4.5 and my son, Adrian, is 2.5! They keep me on my toes.

    January 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm #12917
    marietab
    Participant

    By the end of 2017, León (now 4) is able to hold little conversations in full sentences about topics he likes. His vocabulary keeps growing and can introduce the new words he learns into his sentences. In school he is starting to read, and at home we are working likewise in English. We have also been working on manners, and he uses the English version with us.

    Pablo, who is now 20 months old, is learning a lot, too. His listening comprehension is similar in both languages. His vocabulary is increasing by days.

    How?

    We organized the year in units, working on themes León enjoys or that have a relationship with the topics he learns at school or the season we are in. We go a lot to the library, read books theme-oriented, sing, play and do some crafts. We have also introduced a doll that plays with us, and both kids are familiar with her. As some members of BA suggested, we use the doll to check if the children are learning.

    Both Pablo and León go to an English academy for kids once a week, which is really fun! León has been attending since Pablo was born. They enjoy it a lot, know all the songs they sing there and are very active in the classroom.

    Both children have improved meaningfully. Pablo is learning both languages at the same time.

    What did I learn?

    Since I had to prepare the themes for our calender of activities, I learned and refreshed more specific vocabulary. I’m also keeping in touch more often with English speaking friends, and reading more books for me, too!

     

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    Hola! I'm María and I live in Salamanca (Spain) with my husband and three kids León (6), Pablo (4) and Bárbara (8 m.o.)

    January 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm #12920

    Maria,

    Wow, what a year you have planned ahead!! How exciting!

    You have some ambitious goals laid out here but I am impressed that you have also followed up how you are going to go about it.  You are committing to working really hard to get the outcomes you are looking for! Fantastic!

    I’m glad to see that you are getting some useful input from BA members! Dolls are a fantastic idea!

    I am originally from Venezuela and live in Washington DC with my two bilingual kids and husband. My daughter, Juliet, is 4.5 and my son, Adrian, is 2.5! They keep me on my toes.

    January 20, 2017 at 5:34 pm #12995
    Caro Mawdsley
    Participant

    Oh, it is the end of 2017 and I am reviewing the year’s progress and pleasantly surprised at how much the girls’ language skills have improved. Alice can say at least 2-5 word sentences clearly and confidently. She uses as much Spanish as she can on toddler Amber and this comes naturally to her. Amber responds entirely to our Spanish requests and can say a few Spanish words (50/50 with Spanish and English). Both girls love singing and dancing to Spanish rhymes we couldn’t understand mid 2016 when we started the bilingual journey. Throughout the year we continued to have a new Spanish weekly themes, routines, visiting the library, going for walks, doing crafts and cooking time and singing songs and rhymes- all in Spanish. I was able to do this by learning and teaching the girls new vocabulary, keeping up with Bilingual Avenue challenges and attending a Spanish course.

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    We live in Melbourne Australia, I have two daughters Alice (6.5 years) y Amber (3 years) and we are learning Spanish.

    January 22, 2017 at 4:38 pm #13060

    Caro,

    I love what you have here so much!  You reflect on 2016 and show the progress you and your girls will make (the nursery rhymes!), you now how you get it done and you commit to your own language development.  Remember all these great things and we are going to start plugging them into your 2017!  I am excited for you and your girls and what you are going to do this year!

    I am originally from Venezuela and live in Washington DC with my two bilingual kids and husband. My daughter, Juliet, is 4.5 and my son, Adrian, is 2.5! They keep me on my toes.

    January 30, 2017 at 8:28 am #13178
    Judichi
    Participant

    In December 2017 Felicity is able to read short words and phrases in Spanish, yaeh!! This year I was not afraid of teaching her to read and took advantage of the phonic sounds that she learnt in school. In this way I was able to teach her to read words  in Spanish that use vocals and consonants witn the same sound in English. As support material I used Nacho Lectura, letters in cards, wooden letters and the Love your Lingo poster. Felicity was very proud the first time that she read to her abuela in Spanish using Facetime.

    January 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm #13181

    In December 2017 Felicity is able to read short words and phrases in Spanish, yaeh!! This year I was not afraid of teaching her to read and took advantage of the phonic sounds that she learnt in school. In this way I was able to teach her to read words in Spanish that use vocals and consonants witn the same sound in English. As support material I used Nacho Lectura, letters in cards, wooden letters and the Love your Lingo poster. Felicity was very proud the first time that she read to her abuela in Spanish using Facetime.

    This is a wonderful and manageable goal for your family.  I like that you were specific to short words and phrases making it concrete to help you take the steps to achieve it, great work.

    I am originally from Venezuela and live in Washington DC with my two bilingual kids and husband. My daughter, Juliet, is 4.5 and my son, Adrian, is 2.5! They keep me on my toes.

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