Today I was following my usual routine for the vacation: up at 5:30 am, tutoring and studying on LingQ, then at 10 pm babysitting for the following 3 hours.
As might be clear from the pictures that I posted here previously, I am the proud poppa of a baby boy, Eric. He has been a remarkable experience for my wife and I. He is quite alert, but he doesn't cry a lot. Maybe because we give him a lot of attention. For my babysitting duties, I generally put him into the Snugli front-carry bag and go for a walk around the neighbourhood until he falls asleep. He loves to look over the side of the Snugli and absorb all the sights and sounds which are all new to him. Between the ages of 2 and 3 months he would reliably fall asleep after about 20 minutes and then I would be free to sit down somewhere and even have a coffee and read! But now he stays awake he whole time. So I have started to take my mp3 player along and listen to the LingQ podcasts that I am studying. Not a bad way to spend time!
I usually make it home at about 1 when I am ready for lunch, which I usually pick up at the deli across from my apartment. Creamy soups are the usual choice.
Previously, I blogged about how teaching is technology-proof. That may raise a few eyebrows since I am such a proponent of LingQ, a language learning website. I think it is important to remember that technology is a tool, in the case of LingQ , a tool that is well adapted to the learning of languages. It also important to understand that languages are not at all complicated to teach yourself. In fact they are one of the most appropriate things in the world to teach yourself since language can be used to serve so many purposes and no one knows what purposes you will need language for better than you. So, my point is, LingQ does not take theplace of the teacher, it just allows you to teach yourself more easily.