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EARLY LEARNING => Teaching Your Child to Read => Topic started by: aangeles on January 26, 2012, 04:24:49 AM



Title: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: aangeles on January 26, 2012, 04:24:49 AM
Every few months or so, we try to take videos of Ella reading (but only when she feels agreeable to it - more often than not, she likes to be left alone to read in peace.  :dry: ) so that we will have a sort of video diary of her reading progress - something we can look back on over the years and cherish. Here are some of her latest reading videos and updates on her progress.

In English, she is now tackling early chapter books. Nowadays, she likes reading to herself silently most of the time. We still have our reading time together, but she now only reads aloud when I ask her to. The book in this video is called Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark, which is a level 4 book in the Step Into Reading series. It is a new book for her and she read it to herself silently once before I asked her to pick a chapter and read it aloud for the camera.  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cavLiK5h6zU

In Chinese, she is reading at an approximately 2nd-3rd grade level. I find it much more difficult to estimate her reading level in Chinese than in English because we do a lot of learning from Chinese classical literature, so sometimes, she is able to recognize and read really obscure Chinese characters that are way beyond grade-school level. In this video, she is reading a Chinese science story book from the Reading Lads series graded for 6-8 year-olds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy-ELEp_sbw

In Spanish, she can sight read several hundred words and, sometime after she turned 3, figured out how to read phonetically by herself. We don't speak Spanish at home (nor French) so most of her Spanish (as well as French) exposure comes from DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, and Rosetta Stone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L3aO8qgIFo

And, finally, in French,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUa206MnKEQ

She is, basically, just sight reading and still gets confused between the different letter sounds in French and English, especially the silent French letters. I have not taught her French phonics, and frankly, I can't because I don't speak any French myself. Aside from DVDs and CDs, mostly I am just using the graded readers from the High Frequency Words series on the Reading A-Z site.  So any advice, tips, suggestions on how I should move forward with regard to French would be most appreciated. I suspect that the most beneficial thing for her at this point would be to get her into a French playgroup or hire a native French speaker to interact with her, but I haven't been able to find a suitable one where we are living right now.

Hope you enjoyed the videos!  :D


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: Maquenzie on January 26, 2012, 04:47:01 AM
Wow, just wow. 

I really wouldn't have dreamed it be possible that a little girl can do what Ella can do!


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: TeachingMyToddlers on January 26, 2012, 05:53:34 AM
No doubt, Ella is a superstar!! And by default, that makes Mommy one, too. :)


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: lelask on January 26, 2012, 07:01:21 AM
as always , great work. It is amazing to see that Ella really enjoys learning with you. My dd likes to watch your videos and I think it is inspiring to her same as it is to me.
I am also glad to see that it works to teach foreing language through dvd and cd.
When did you start using Rosetta ? When do you think a child is ready for it?


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: arvi on January 26, 2012, 09:55:10 AM
Wow, a great job Ella! Aangeles, your hard work is really paying off. Thanks for sharing.

I understand that Ella had some exposure to Spanish and French at her daycare. Do you think this has helped her to read the books now? How long was she exposed to Spanish and French at her daycare?

Or do you think only with the help of DVds and other software, any child can start to read a foreign language?


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: Krista G on January 26, 2012, 06:26:31 PM
What an amazing daughter you have.  Thanks for sharing your journey here.  It is really inspiring.


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: Mae_Jakob_Ka on January 26, 2012, 06:40:44 PM
aangeles---You are a gifted mother, and Ella is a gifted girl!
Ella and you are my inspirations. Keep up the good work and keep posted on Ella progress. Whenever I see her videos, I want to get up and do more teaching!!!


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: NadiaD on January 26, 2012, 08:27:58 PM
Aangeles,
I can sign my name under each comment in this thread!
So thankful that you share your progress and milestones with us!
So excited to see more to come!
Great Job, Ella and Mom!
You are true inspiration!


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: aangeles on January 27, 2012, 04:47:59 AM
Thank you for watching and for your comments!  :)

@ lelask: I think it would be premature to say that using DVDs/CDs alone works for teaching languages, although, for me, they are indeed indispensable especially since we don't have access to a native speaker at this time. I started Rosetta Stone when she was around 3 years old, but this was with a LOT of guidance from me since the software is not designed for this age group. I would typically work through a couple of lessons with her. Sometimes, if she is in the mood for it, we would do an entire unit. We DON'T do RS everyday or even every other day, maybe once or twice a week when we have time for it. We do listen to music and audiobooks everyday. RS is just something different that keeps language learning interesting for her.

@ arvi: A few weeks after Ella turned 2, she moved from the infant class to the toddler class in her daycare, and we were very blessed to have gotten a teacher who was not only quadrilingual (Spanish, French, Italian, English) AND Montessori-trained, but also very very supportive of all my efforts in early learning (Yes, she was definitely overqualified to be working in that daycare!) It took her only a few days to discover that Ella can read and she proceeded to label everything in her classroom for Ella's benefit. I requested her to speak to Ella mainly in Spanish, and to work in as much French as she could. Obviously, she had to speak in English for the other children, but she would follow up all her English sentences with one in Spanish addressed to Ella. Ella routinely woke up 20-30 minutes earlier than the other kids at nap time, and she asked me to bring Ella's Fr and Sp children's books to daycare so she can read to her at this time. I also made a lot of Fr and Sp Montessori materials and they would work on those as well. Ella was in her classroom for about 8-9 months and she absolutely LOVED her teacher! She still talks a lot about her beloved Ms. Lizzie to this day.  :D


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: mum2tiger on January 27, 2012, 05:32:26 AM
Wow! Aaangeles, your daughter is definitely a gifted one. I don't think an average 7 year old can even read that well in native English. You guys are true inspiration to parents who doubted early learning or meeting little bumps along the way.

Keep the videos coming! I really enjoyed watching them, especially when she skipped a page and said "Sorry".  lol !  She is adorable and truly a gem.


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: iwini on January 28, 2012, 07:26:13 AM
Aaangeles,you are great.
simply mothering is  a tough job but a mother of a gifted child is the most tough job what i believe.
Really  you are an angel of an angel.
I inspired by Ella and you. :)
I hope all of us in this forum are motivated by your excellency.
Please share your personal experience in rising such a super kid. :)


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: bella on February 01, 2012, 03:50:37 PM
nothing to add to all the previous posts , Ella is really amazing , and you anna are an amazing mum . it will be very helpful if you could please share your routine with language learning with us . i do speak 4 languages , but still finding it hard to remember to fit them all or only just two in our daily routine . so how do you do it . do you do specific langaue on specific day , than if you do that like french on monday than you don't do english or chinese at all or what ??
how do you present your material and when , dvds  audio , so you decide now bedtime audio listening is in french , tomorrow in english , after tomorrow in spanish ???her bedtime story would be only in the language of the day .
also an advice tina is ok switching languages and is open to learning , matti is showing frustration from his inability to express himself in the new language i try to introduce , he even cried , and i find him having preferences , whenever i sit down with him to read a book if i choose a french book he is not happy closes it and choose an english one . any advice .


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: busyparent on February 07, 2012, 11:49:03 PM
WOW  ! you have inspired me . thank you for sharing.
let me introduce myself  ,my name is Gina and I am a mother of 5 beautiful girls and 1 boy. My boy is 8 months old and  i am really interested in early development. I feel very strong to teach him  how to read early. I am currently teaching him to read English,Spanish, Chinese.would introduce french soon. I  speak English and Spanish and with the help of little reader Chinese and my 2 oldest daughter(ages11,10, they go to a Chinese school) I am able to teach him Chinese.
would you please offer some advise on other materials  i could get for teaching him mandarin.
and french.  Do you know where i could get grade level Spanish books??


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: queriquita on February 10, 2012, 05:07:38 AM
aangeles, as everyone has already written: excellent job to you all :-)

to try and answer one of your questions regarding the french: we love youtube videos (hooked up to a large screen), especially some of les comptines with subtitles!   lot are by 'comptines' but there are many from so many other users too.  you can see some listed on one of our playlists here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL656FF7DBC8DB39B7&feature=mh_lolz. hope that helps!

looking forward to many more amazing videos of inspiration :-)


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: nadia0801 on February 10, 2012, 06:23:12 AM
Great job Anna & Ella! Inspired me to start teaching other languages as well.  :)


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: apapovich on February 27, 2012, 10:59:06 PM
Wow, I am amazed !! What a great job, little girl. Hats off to your mom :))


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: Shanksa on February 28, 2012, 02:57:25 AM
Great job to both mum and daughter...
4 languages in young age plus understanding + reading too!!!
Its really amazing ..

Am inspired a lott ..
Thanks for the video .


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: Nour El Azkeya on February 28, 2012, 03:06:38 PM
wow....both of you amazing...!!!

you have answered my doubts about teaching some foreign language for my kid...

Thanks for sharing...you really have inspired me...


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: lois1 on February 29, 2012, 04:53:50 AM
Hi aangeles - could you give me a bit more information about the French book that Ella is reading. Is it part of a series? Which French books (early readers) did you start her with, if any?

Thanks
Lois


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: aangeles on March 21, 2012, 09:41:45 AM
Hi Lois,

So sorry for the delayed reply. We have been traveling a lot over the past month and dealing with some family health issues in the short time we have been home.

The book Ella is reading is called Les Couleurs and is part of a 4-book series called Learn French with Max et Mathilde: http://www.maxetmathilde.com/colours.php

Here is our list of other French books that Ella has enjoyed reading:

Berlitz kids Adventures with Nicholas series (with CD)
Bali early reader books - Ella just loves the character Bali and the cartoon in French, so these books were a big hit.
Zoe et Theo early reader series
Ana Lomba Easy French Storybooks (with CD)
Plaisir de Lire series of fairy tales and fables (with CD) - These are her favorite.
http://www.earlylanguagelearner.com/products/french/plaisir-de-lire-serie-verte.html
http://www.earlylanguagelearner.com/products/french/plaisir-de-lire-les-plus-belles-fables.html
Reading a-z graded french readers

Most of these books are also available in Spanish and other languages and we have been using those as well.

Hope this helps!


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: aangeles on March 21, 2012, 10:19:51 AM

would you please offer some advise on other materials  i could get for teaching him mandarin.
and french.  Do you know where i could get grade level Spanish books??


Hi evad3,

Are you teaching them traditional or simplified Chinese? Also, where are you located? If you are in the US, you could check out these online sites for chinese books, dvds, and educational toys:

www.chinasprout.com
www.asianparent.com

I am teaching my daughter traditional Chinese and I have found it quite difficult to find books in traditional in the US (Most of the graded readers and content-based books I like are in simplified. We recently made a trip to Taiwan and we came back with 2 suitcases full of books and dvds!) If, however, you are teaching simplified Chinese and can read Chinese, then you should be able to find a lot of good stuff on those two sites I mentioned above.

There is also a subscription-based Chinese learning program called 巧虎 that I highly highly recommend. Basically, it is a monthly children's book that comes with a monthly DVD, educational toy, activity book and learning math book. The DVD features 巧虎 and children talking and singing in Chinese. It has several segments in the DVD each month - science segment and animal of the month, music and movement, storytime segment, math segment, good manners segment (like how to answer the phone,  saying I'm sorry, etc.), and good habits segment (like eating your veggies, hand washing, brushing teeth, using the potty, etc.) It comes in different levels for different ages and is probably the BEST investment in learning Chinese that I have made! Anyway, let me know if you are interested and I will give you the subscription details.

For Spanish, aside from LR, dvds, and music CDs, we have the following:

Me+Mi Spanish board books: http://www.memima.com/?page_id=5&category=13&product_id=8&pg=store&lang=en
easy readers from ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-10-Level-1-Spanish-Bilingual-readers-audio-CDs-/300682702751?_trksid=p4340.m185&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC.NPJS%26its%3DI%252BC%26itu%3DUA%26otn%3D5%26pmod%3D330542917262%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D7155023866434863536
I Can Read and Speak in Spanish
Spanish for Children program
Flip Flop Spanish
Berlitz kids Adventures with Nicholas series (with CD)
Ana Lomba Easy Spanish Storybooks (with CD)
Mis Primeros Cuentos fairy tale and fables series (with CD):
http://www.earlylanguagelearner.com/products/spanish/mis-primeros-cuentos-serie-verde.html
http://www.earlylanguagelearner.com/products/spanish/mis-primeros-cuentos-las-fabulas-fabulosas.html
Reading a-z graded spanish readers



Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: busyparent on March 22, 2012, 09:41:16 PM
Thank You!!
I live in the US , I decided to teach him simplified characters since is easier to get materials.
I wanted to ask if Ella ever got bored with ybcr dvds, my son is now 10 month old and he seem bored with the dvd ,he only like the songs. The samething is happening with wink to learn dvds and little reader.
I dont know what to do . He have become an expert at looking away when the word appear in the screen.
I stop showing him YBCR dvds and i am currently showing him only little reader, but the lessons have to be super fast.
please any advise ??? anyone??


Title: Re: Video updates of Ella's reading progress in 4 languages
Post by: aangeles on March 30, 2012, 11:21:31 PM
Hi evad3,

Yes, there came a point in time when Ella lost her interest in YBCR (around 13-14 months) and that was the time I started researching online about early education and came across this forum.  lol  The reason could be a lot of things or a combination of things - your son could have already learned all the words and is looking for new stimulation, he could still be in a very right-brained stage and prefers more rapid flashing, he could be working on a new developmental skill (e.g. crawling, walking, talking, etc.) ... Also, babies change so much and respond to different things at different stages. You could try to put away the dvds for 2 weeks or a month then bring them out again later to see how he responds.

Here are some previous threads on similar topics that may help you:

http://forum.brillkids.com/teaching-your-child-to-read/low-interest-in-lr-dvds/
http://forum.brillkids.com/little-reader/baby-not-overly-interested-in-lr/