Archive for the ‘English’ category

My daughter (almost 11 now) and her friends from her school with a dual bilingual program (French-English and French-German) have managed to surprise me once more: at a recent birthday party, they sang Happy birthday not in their three school languages, not in four langauges as they already did five years ago, but in five […]

Ink Art

April 26th, 2020

I’ve been working on a project to create feather quills, and yesterday I reached the last and delicate step of cutting the nib. My daughter wanted to participate, and since I had a lot of feathers, we set to work together. Here are the writing feather quills we ended up with: My daughter is responsible […]

As we spend a lot of time at home right now, my daughter has been looking through her collection of books and handicraft/activity boxes for fun things to do. In the fantastic book Das Superlabor did she find an experiment that required only water, salt, food colour, and balloons: Also required: a freezer and some […]

Lightbox message

April 8th, 2020

Last October, my daughter won a lightbox at the funfair in my German hometown. It’s currently sitting on the shelf with her French books, but the message is resolutely German: (“Logo” is the daily evening news on the German kids’ tv channel KiKa.)

A bilingual French-English friend who is raising her daughter bilingual French-English too suggested the other day (we’re all in confinement at home during the pandemic right now) that my 9½-year-old daughter could read an English book to her 3½-year-old. My daughter was thrilled. She chose a book and read it about six or seven times […]

More writing in English

March 29th, 2020

After my 9½-year-old daughter brought home her first written English  exercise in January, a month later, she brought home this page of vocabulary:

Writing in English

January 11th, 2020

Two days ago, my daughter came home from her after-school English course with her first written exercise. (Please keep in mind they hardly did any writing during the first three years of her course and that I focused on speaking and oral comprehension with her when I temporarily took over her English education last year. […]

A little bit of German culture

January 10th, 2020

On Christmas Day, my daughter (currently 9½) got a chance to play around at a piano. She’s never had formal lessons, but a friend taught her Au clair de la lune a few years ago, and she picked up more beyond that. At one point, she surprised us with the opening notes of Beethoven’s Fifth […]

This school year (grade 4), my daughter’s German class renews last year’s project in which each of the kids writes a short essay on a subject they know something about into a big notebook. Last school year, my daughter wrote about primary school in Germany. This year, my daughter was the first to volunteer for […]

My daughter is very keen on learning English. Since she dropped the after-school English workshop after three years due to conflicting activity schedules, for the past 5½ months I’ve been doing a weekly “English night” with her, mainly playing games, watching singalong videos, and singing nursery rhymes. In order not to confuse her any further, […]

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