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Do you have much Greek writing around? If you are living in an english speaking country, he sees english leters all the time, but hardly will ever see Greek letters. Just have your DH read him childrens books in Greek. Tell DH to use his finger under the words as he reads. Explain to DH that it's important to keep the learning process fun.
that's really tough. I think the answer is moving to Greece (and you'll be closer to me so we can meet for coffee, but we'll have to do it there cause the most readily available coffee here...isn't (no offense to anyone who considers Nescafe sold in Israel AUTHENTIC coffee)
There ARE parents who have gone before in teaching their children multiple languages. I don't think there is one right way. We all just muddle through!
your post is really about bigger issues than the writing the name in Greek thing, teaching two (or 3) alphabets to bilingual children is a big issue - but i'm just going to address that one little name issue -
could you make a picture (like draw the outline of the greek letters) and let your ds color or paint it in, of his name in Greek? and hang it on the door to his room, or in his room, over his bed?
and when he does artwork or writing, write his name on it in english and his name on it in greek, right there together? i know that since you are homeschooling you don't have to do that to keep straight who did what, but I know that seeing the names all the time on just artwork has helped my ds recognize his friends' names in his class.
You could even go so far as to do the big wooden letters you hang on the wall - or paint on the wall - with his name in Greek.
I think the more exposure he gets to seeing his name in Greek everywhere, the easier it will be for him to write it when he is ready. And your dh seeing it everywhere will show him that you are working on it!
forgive me if you are already doing this...
I never HSed at the preschool level, but my kids were all in Jewish preschools where they were taught the Hebrew Aleph-Beis at the same time as the English alphabet.
IIRC, they would do a "letter of the week"- and either they did one English letter and one Hebrew letter a week, or they'd go through one alphabet and then go through the other one, covering both alphabets throughout the entire year.
I think it's reasonable to teach him how to recognize his name in both languages at this age, although I wouldn't insist on writing just yet. If you're going to do a "letter of the week" in Greek, I'd start with the letters in his name, even if it means going out of alphabetical order. Also, if you have Greek storybooks, he should get read to frequently, so he can see the words on the page and start to connect them with the words he hears.
My son was taught to read two languages in kindergarten (focus on English the first half of the year and then they focused on Hebrew the second half) and I think he was overwhelmed. He really doesn't enjoy reading in either language, and I'm seriously considering pulling him out of school next year so he can learn without pressure and hopefully rediscover the joy of reading.
Mom to DS(8), DS(6), DD(4), and DS(1). "Kids do as well as they can."
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