If you’re like me, you’ve invested tons of time and money into teaching your child a second language. So, the question becomes, how will you document their progress?
After all you want to see that they are improving and mastering the language, right? When my son was a toddler, he would come home with fun crafts or coloring pages in Chinese. As any mom would do, I tried to save every little piece to help him practice the words and for me to keep an eye on what he was learning and mastering. After awhile, my house was overrun with papers – everywhere!
Now that he is in a Chinese immersion preschool, he gets “homework” (for the lack of a better word) and, luckily it’s just practicing words and phrases he has learned at school. The first time he came home with flashcards, I was shocked and amazed at how much he had learned in just a week. As the weeks flew by, I knew I had to find a way to track what he learned to be able to build on it with his Chinese tutor.
(Yes, my son also has a Chinese tutor, just to help him practice his tones and help him gain confidence with working through the extra practice his teacher sends home.)
I started taking videos and then my phone was overloaded with videos and I didn’t want to keep posting them on Facebook. So…here’s what I did and it is working great! I challenge you to do the same, here’s what you need to do…
This method has been working wonderfully for me and my son. It also is a big source of encouragement for me and him to go back and see just how far he has come.
As a monolingual mom, I know he is learning, but since I can’t practice Chinese with him at home, I’m never really sure how comfortable he is with speaking the language.
Being able to go back through what he has learned, even if in emails, helps remind me of the bigger picture and stay committed to this language journey.
What other ways are you using to track your child’s progress? I’d love to hear what is working for you and your family 😉