Its so good to see just how much the kids languages skills have improved, even in this short time. I must say, that all of them have different language levels, and different goals. A few of my older boys adore foreign languages like I do..they crave meaningful input daily, and could literally immerse themselves in languages all day long. They love Skype, and they love using the video feature to speak with people in Bahia, Brazil and Cartegena, Colombia (with me in the background). You Tube videos in the chosen language are always a favorite; as well as the apps Duo lingo and Hello Talk.
On the flip side, my younger boys do enjoy languages, but to a lessor extent. And that’s OK too! Language learning is on their periphery. They enjoy football, basketball, rollerskating, and swimming. They love camping and bikes, fishing and fireworks. They love to eat, and they love to play XBox One. With them, its more living, than “teaching”. I find that when we do one of their favorite activities in the target language it really sticks with them. We also have certain things that we only do while speaking Brazilian Portuguese, or while speaking Spanish. For example, my soon to be 4 yr old Aaron absolutely loves to go swimming. So every time we swim, we only use our Portuguese. All of our swimming is done in Portuguese. From putting on our swim gear, until we have left the pool and came back inside. So now he is starting to realize that swimming means speaking Portuguese.
So it seems that these boys are each learning in their own way, and in their own time. And I’m just fine with that!