SUNDAY - Prep Day.
I gathered my Go Dog Go book, some assorted toys, and my fully charged iPad mini. I asked Christine to help me film some videos for the week. She obliged. It took 20 minutes to film myself doing the Family script, Curtesy Script, and reading the book aloud in Hindi. The videos as you will see are unedited and were made in a single take. I'm doing it this way so you can make your own new mistakes and not the same ones I made! I used iMovie on my iPad to add titles to the movies for your reference. But the videos were so simple they definitely don't need any fancy titles.
I also had images to go with Go Dog Go and quickly made those into a coloring sheet on my laptop, then printed off a few copies.
Then I picked up M's favorite stuffed animal and did the song again (I know this song well, so I am able to sing it accurately) with the stuffed toy doing the hand motions. N just listened while he did his own thing. TIP: even when your toddler/son does not want to participate, just say "Ok, then you can play quietly and listen." The child is still receiving the language! Don't force participation.
After they watched the video, I opened the physical Go, Dog, Go book and they poured over each picture up close, while N kept exclaiming "Why do we have to do this in Hindi?" I just answered, "Just a couple more minutes" and continued describing the pictures in Hindi.
N asked me to read the book in English but I said "Right now, we are making this a book special for Hindi. I can read you a different book in English!" TIP: Keep your language learning tools separate and special so your children will always expect to interact with them in the new language instead of English.
Next post will be about my hour long Weekly Class! I'm excited to share how it went for the first time. Seeya then. -Alyssa