My daughter was no stranger to immersion. I started her out early. At age 3, she was exposed to a French music class once a week. At age 4, she enrolled at Ecole Bilingue on the East Bay for a year. She never had any meltdown, or negative experience at EB and picked up quite a lot of French by the end of the school year. Due to a change of circumstances, we moved to the City and got her in an English K class. I tried again to enroll her in an after school Italian class. That was when she started to dread learning a foreign language. A lot of stress, crying, fear,etc., which compelled me to drop her from the Italian class. This year, she just got into Spanish Immersion and as expected, total stress and fear for her. I believe she never cried this much, my brave and sweet little girl. My husband and I don't speak Spanish and we're literally ordering Rosetta Stone at the time of this writing to try to support her. Is there anything else we can do to help her relieve her stress level? School is supposed to be fun at this age!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Hot topic: Transitioning a child into immersion
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Labels: Language immersion
Posted by Kate