Summer Skool Wiv Dad #6


Thursday 28 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

The last in the series about how we have tried to fill up young Cousin Spike Jnr‘s 92 days off school over our long hot summer.

With English being one of his two native languages, he has twice as much to cram between his ears compared to his peers. However, the advantage of bilingualism is that neither is a second language for him, and so he laps up whatever he comes across.

Hopefully he can start his third language, Spanish, this coming year at his new school…. watch this space.

So for now, he has been working on English spelling with me. Using some books for 2nd-3rd Grade we had sent over from the UK by friends (Aunty Viv, Cousin Katie for example). Having just finished 1st grade here in Turkey, the amount of English he does at school has obviously been limited (torture for the English teacher I’ll bet), so these more advanced books has enabled him to expand his English tremendously – something he seems to quite enjoy too.



Generally, one session (lesson) lasts for the duration of 2-3 pages (30-45 minutes), at which point we dive back into the Lego box and come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful inventions – mostly Star Wars related of course!




12 thoughts on “Summer Skool Wiv Dad #6

  1. […] over the summer. There has been plenty of home-schooling, mainly on math (his favourite), and English spelling (his second). Then there has been furniture assembly lessons, bicycle riding lessons (almost […]


  2. Mei-Mei says:

    What a lovely droid! But maybe lovely isn’t the right word…fierce?
    Buena suerte to Spike Jr with the Spanish; he seems like a really bright kid!


  3. I bought myself a French Disney Princess book last week in Paris, I figured if I’ve got to learn how to read French it should be something I enjoy reading about lol 🙂


  4. ballerina95 says:

    We are trilingual here 🙂 Filipino, English and Mandarin. In my time we also had Spanish – that makes 4!


  5. That’s great that you make Legos part of his life. Learning comes in many forms and smart games and toys are important.


  6. AnnetteM says:

    Great stuff! My granddaughter is lucky enough to be bilingual too, in Japanese and English. As she lives in Japan and has a Japanese mum, I took over some basic letter and number books in English last time I went over. She is only 3 but you can’t start too early in my opinion. They speak English in the home and of course Japanese is all around her so she should be equally comfortable with both languages. They do say you should teach a third language as well, but I don’t think that is likely at the moment. I hope your son manages to get Spanish too.


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