We did sightseeing today with the boys. Everything was fine, Daddy and Ákos were riding their scooters while I and Ádám took turns pushing the stroller. I was hoping to bump into some English speaking families at the playground, but it didn’t happen.
But what happened was that the boys got tired by noon, and the good old English nursery rhymes saved our day. Again. We sang a lot on the way back to our house and the boys kept using phrases from many songs.
Why do we, RT Mommies, believe in the power of singing nursery rhymes? Well, first of all,because you can find a song for ANY situation. But also because the melodies help the children recalling vocabulary! And they make us stay in English even if we lost our last braincell 10 minutes ago.
In the afternoon, Ádám was eating and something and on his plate he had the shape of a pumpkin. He said “Mommy, look, pumpkin!” I said “Oh great, let’s sing a pumpkin song” and I asked him if he remembered any. He started to sing “Where is Thumbkin?”
We laughed and pretended that his little thumbkin was a pumpkin!
Ákos still doesn’t talk much in English but in the evening he asked me if he could get two cups of cocoa drink in the morning IF he spoke a little English with me…
So, do we reward our kids for using the second language? Not really, at least not this way… but I just couldn’t resist, he was so cute.
Can’t wait to spend my next morning with him and his two cups, in English, again.