We use Dear Photograph by choosing 1-2 photos, explaining how we interpret the message, and then attempting to translate the caption into another language (in our case Mandarin) using a trusty dictionary. Mom, Dad and/or the language teacher can then help provide some edits on the translation. What makes this activity so meaningful for children is that they are learning about real stories from real people, not just an irrelevant textbook. It also transforms them from just passively consuming language instruction to actively trying to apply it. Once they’ve got a great passage, encourage them to post it in the comments beginning with: “I loved this photograph so much I wanted to translate it so others can hear the message. Here is the translation in XYZ: “.
The internet is a pretty powerful connector, put it to use as a facilitator and motivator for language learning. Good luck and have fun!