What do you do in the bath? Recently, we have been mostly playing I spy. Things come and go. We sing songs or practice the alphabet, I tell stories or we just play with the rubber ducks. I spy became possible once my daughter became familiar with the formation of words. That happened when she learned to read.
Phonic I spy is great for young kids. “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ‘tuh’ (t). Toe? Tap? Towel? Give me a hint. It’s around here. It’s white.” Initial consonants and consonant blends (br – brush, sh – shampoo) are the point here. It all follows on from the other activities I have written about.
It’s a vocabulary builder if they don’t know it, it’s not overwhelming for young learners (there are only so many things in a bathroom) and it gets the mind working in English. Simple? Yes. Sadly with my late nights and her early bedtime we don’t spend nearly the amount of time I want to doing little things like this, but little things like this that can be done easily and simply wherever we are is the point. One form of educational/linguistic input is not enough for the bilingual child, and we need to find ways of bringing the language to them in chunks that fit with the life we lead.
Any good ideas? Please let me know.