My eldest daughter having grown a little disinterested in the captive reading I put up with chalk-markers on our bathroom mirror, I had to put it aside for several months.
I have now resumed with brand new chalk-markers as the old ones had began to dry up and their attractive bright colours had faded; but also with a brand new idea… 🙂
As probably a lot of her bilingual peers, my eldest has a less dense vocabulary. I came to realise that through her school report but also as she increasingly asks questions on words she does not understand. She sometimes surprises me with questions I thought she already knew the answer to.
So I got the idea of writing everyday on our bathroom mirror a new word and its definition from my daughter’s children’s dictionary.
Over time, I have completed the definition with:
- An example she can relate to, such as “(cousin’s name) is Daddy’s nephew” to illustrate the word “nephew”.
- The Spanish translation of that word.
The experience has been very interesting. She liked learning something from her dictionary. She has a curious mind and a thirst to know things. Hence, this new idea seems to have been met with success for now.
The other day, as she was washing her hands with her dad, I heard her discuss the word with him, and her dad using the Spanish word and its personalised example.