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Paris with kids

This winter we holidayed in Europe and we had a fantastic time. My children (3 and 4) loved it as much as we did.

We spent some time with my family in Paris and it was amazing to see Paris through my children’s eyes.

We had so much fun that we decided to share a few tips with you. Our post was published on the cultured kid’s blog.

Click on the below link for the full article.

https://www.theculturedkid.com.au/blog/ultimate-paris-kids-guide/

THE ULTIMATE ‘PARIS WITH KIDS’ GUIDE

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International Read to me Day

“It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a child to inspire a village”, Emma Mactaggart

Today we are celebrating ‘International Read to me Day”, this is an international campaign to empower and encourage children to be more proactive in their own literacy by asking the adults surrounding them to read to them and how important it is to be read regularly.

Let’s read every day to our children even when they already know how to read. Let’s share activities that promote literacy and the love of reading.

“No matter what else we tested for the results show that being read to remains an important factor that is not explained away by other factors such as the parents’ education. Children of 4 – 5 years old who are read to 3-4 times a week have reading ages 6 months ahead of children read to once or twice a week. Reading to children nearly every day almost doubles their progress to one year ahead of the group.”

Professor Guyonne Kalb of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research 

So what are you going to read to your child today?

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International Mother Language Day (IMLD)

“IMLD promotes awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism”. Australia is a multicultural society and as such understands the significance of the diversity of its population. It is celebrated on 21st February.

The Australian government through his Early Learning Language Australia (ELLA) program has already made a step in the right direction. The childcares which have applied will be able to use the app on an iPad.

It is far from being perfect, children learn better with interaction and through play and do not need screen time so young. However, as mentioned previously, it is recognises a gap and it is still some exposure to another language.

This year we have chosen the story of ‘the three little piggies’ which is a favourite of my children. We will read it in their three languages.

Which story have you chosen to read to your little ones today?

 

 

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2017 Read aloud Day

Read aloud everyday to your children, even when they are old enough to read by themselves.

A young reader understands better when he is listening to a story than when he is reading.

When you read aloud it is not just about the text inside a book, it is about the time you spend with your child, the emotions you are transmitting, the additional information you are giving, the interaction and exchange you are having.

When your child does not seem to show any interest in the books, show and read to her/him stories on topics he/she likes. It might be pirates, dinosaurs, princesses and fairies, mysteries to solve, animals….

Click on the below link to watch our suggestions to get all children to love books.

 

Happy reading!

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Scavenger hunt at Naturescape in Kings Park

Savenger hunts and ‘I spy’ games are among our favourite ways to teach new words to a child while having fun.

It is easy to put organise it just requires a little bit of time.

For our first session of this term we went to Naturescape in Kings Park for a scavenger hunt. I went a few days prior to take pictures and see what the children could collect.

It is the same principle with the “I spy” activity, take a few pictures and add a fun and short comment to make it easy for the children to memorise. You can either do a monolingual version or a bilingual. Since not all the parents do not speak French or Spanish, I tend to produce bilingual worksheets.

Once the pictures are taken, paste them onto a word document and add a comment or in this case I just wrote the names in Spanish next to the pictures.

Then you give the children each a bag and explain that they are little explorers on a mission, they have to find all the items of the list and put them inside the bag.

I like collaborative games rather than competitive, so I encourage them to help each other. You can give them a prize but it is not necessary, they are so happy going on a hunt!

Be mindful of always keeping safety in mind first and do not produce a list too long, you do not want them to lose interest half way through the game.

You can always ask questions about what they have found when you all get together and give them a chance to practise the language they are learning.

Questions such as:

Where did you find this? What is it? Is it heavy or light? Is it big or small? Where does it come from? (a feather from a bird, a leaf from a tree)…. Can you tell me about the colours or the shape? etc…

Click here for a sample of our worksheet so you can get some inspiration and make your own.

Below are the items collected by one of our little explorers.

Never forget that children learn best when they have fun. You can organise and ‘I spy” at home, in your backyard, in your child’s bedroom or toy room. No need to make it really hard.

Children get tired quickly, so keep it short and interesting.

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Multicultural children’s book day

Multicultural children’s book day became a national event in the USA on 27 January 2014 thanks to Valerie Budayr (www.jumpintoabook.com) and Mia Wenjen (www.pragmaticmom.com).

They are both children’s reading and play advocates and presented this day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books. Since then it has received an overwhelming support from authors, publishers, parents, teachers and librarians.

It has since become a multinational event.

Diversity means reading stories from all over the world, introducing other cultures, promote a variety of authors and story tellers, read whenever possible in different languages.

This year’s theme is “Be kind, be a hero”. Be kind to each other. We believe that the more we know about each other’s cultures, the more tolerant and understanding we become, the more likely we are to embrace diversity.

We love the idea and we would like to share a book with you that we think perfectly illustrates diversity in children literature.

“The Barefoot book of Earth tales”

Reading stories and doing craft activities are a great way to introduce other cultures.
This book relates beautiful stories from Australia, Bali, Nigeria, Wales, Kazakhstan, India and the American South West.

There is a craft activity related to the culture after each story. It is also a fun way to locate the countries on the world map.

For more information ?? http://bit.ly/2iHJ2Y7

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Back to school: educational books for language promotion

Children are back to school and this is a great opportunity to reinforce those language skills. Teaching children your language through themes they are interested in or expand their language skills through new topics, ideally subjects that they are studying at school. This way you get to kill two birds with one stone. They will learn new things and get to practice their minority language.

Here are our suggestions in the various languages we carry:

English

World Atlas + Memory game Cities of the world, match 2 cards with same landmark. One shows read the name of the landmark and the city where it is located and the second card reads the name of the landmark and the country where it is located. Great to introduce geography to young children.

French

Inventions et découvertes all about the major inventions and discoveries in French.

Les dinosaures – comes with a CD. All you wanted to know about the diplodocus, T-rex, triceratops…

Le systeme solaire – the solar system and an episode from the famous TV show ‘C’est pas sorcier’

L’histoire de France – The history of France for kids

La France – visit France with photographs, cultural and economic data for each region of France.

Les astronautes – find oud about how astronauts live in space.

L’espace – junior encyclopaedia on space.

Les romains – the Roman civilisation explained to children.

Les grecs – the Greek civilisation explained to children.

Spanish

Egipto – beautiful book on the Egyptian civilisation

El gran libro sobre Roma – the Roman civilisation presented in this beautiful book

El espacio – fun fact book with many stickers

Los conquistadores de los mares – Who were the great navigators? Where did they go?

16 inventos muy, muy, muy importantes – 16 very, very, very important inventions

16 dioses y heroes mitologicos – 16 most significant gods and heros from the Greek mythology

First words sticker book (bilingual) – when learning new vocabulary is made fun with stickers.

El cuerpo humano – great book to teach the human body with fun facts and quiz.

En los tiempos de los dinosaurios – interesting facts about dinosaurs. (14/08/18 update – out of print)

German

Sing & learn in German – learn German while singing on the days of the week, greetings…

Dinosaurier – All about dinosaurs in German

Insekten – go outside and identify the insects and learn fun facts about them with this book with flaps.

Italian

Como nasce pesci, anfibi, rettili – how are fish, amphibians and reptiles born?

Como nasce i mammiferi, how are the mammals born?

Como nasce i tissuti – how is fabric made?

Portuguese

Espreita o planeta terra – all about the Earth with this flap book

Espreita o mundo dos Dinossauros – discover fun facts on dinosaurs by lifting the flaps

Dicionario basico – great bilingual dictionary in a small format, perfect to fit in all backpacks

O fantástico livro do corpo humano – great book to learn about the human body in a fun way.

Arabic

Arabicubes – wooden blocks to learn the Arabic alphabet and how to spell words.

Arabicouples – matching card game, match couple from the Arabic speaking countries, find out about the flags and their traditional outfits.

Chkobba kids – learn how to count in Arabic while playing cards. The cards show the western and the Indian numbers.

Languages detail German/English/Spanish/Italian/Chinese/English

Rock and learn a language DVD – Great resources to introduce basic vocabulary such as clothing, house furniture, numbers…. in Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German and English. All in one DVD.