To help expand my eldest daughter’s vocabulary in the minority language (ml) when we just switched to the ml@home strategy, I designed a fun shopping list she could fill out for our weekly shopping at the supermarket.
Throughout the week, I would ask her to find the tag for items we needed to purchase, and she would add it to the list that was at disposition on our fridge. Then before hitting the supermarket, I would take a picture of the list with my smartphone (note: no more lost list or rummaging through your bag to find it!).
My little one (2) is still a bit too little but I do intend to have her using it too when she grows a little older.
- Word or similar word-processing software
- Colour printer
- A pair of scissors
- Clear plastic film to cover books
- 1 sheet of coloured paper
- 1 clear plastic sleeve
- 1 little box
- In a word document, make a list of all items you buy regularly (bread, water, strawberries, cotton-wool, chicken, kitchen roll…)
- Space out your list to leave enough room to add a clip-art to illustrate your item.
- Search the web for appealing clip-arts for each item you listed.
- Copy and paste each clip-art to its matching item in the list.
- Colour print.
- Cover your print with clear plastic film for books.
- Cut out each item and its clip-art to make a little rectangular tag.
- To make the backdrop to the list on which to stick your items on, use a colourful sheet of paper and using felt-tips as “Shoping list” as a header.
- Slip the sheet and, for example, put it up on your fridge using magnets.
- Store the tags in a little box to avoid loosing them, with some sticky-tack on the ready to be used to stick the tags on the list.
- For items you do not purchase regularly, leave a few spare white tags (without plastic cover) that you can write on the item’s name in pencil. You can rub it off and re-use.
- Instead of using felt-tips for your backdrop you can also type-up the header with bright colours in a word document and print it out.
- Another way to use the list is to jot down your items with good old pen and paper and the day before going to the supermarket, sit down with your child and ask them to search and stick the items on your list. It is doing the list twice but the idea is to get your child to pick-up the day-to-day vocabulary. And it is the opportunity to double-check you did not forget anything on the list!