When my children have good teachers, I wish they could have them longer. But I'm glad my daughter's first French teacher did not stay on. Also, I'm glad she didn't ruin French for her! She was very strict, scary, and a lot of the children were scared of her. Thank goodness, she moved to a different section, so my son didn't end up getting her next. I'm so happy that this year my daughter has a French teacher she's happy with. Last year, the French teacher was slightly better, but not by much. At least her English teacher was great. It makes such a big difference if the children like their teacher. My son has an amazing French and English teacher. I still remember some of my teachers fondly.
I definitely agree that having to say things a zillion times is normal. I'm always asking my daughter to "listen", because she lives in her own world and she's always thinking of playing and running around. I don't know how many times a day I count to three -at some point, I stop repeating things and start counting, lol-.
I agree that it looks like your daughter is paying more attention during French week than during the English one because of the teacher.
In Spain children usually have the same teacher in nursery school (0-2), then again the same teacher at school from age 3 to 5, and from 6 on (primary school), a different teacher each year.
I think having to ask your daughter to do things many times is totally normal!
At my daughter's school they change teachers every two years in the early years at least, because they do English half the time and French the other half. So the same teacher spends half their time in one class and half in the class of the year above (or below). I didn't realise that in some places they keep the same teacher for many years!
I wish they kept the same teachers at least two years, as I think it would help benefit the weaker language (some children it would be English and some French). The teacher would know the language ability and the children would feel comfortable with the teacher. Every year the children need to get comfortable with the teacher again. My daughter always starts off shy, but at least after a month or two she is comfortable and opens up to the teachers. But I guess it also has its benefits, if one year the teacher is not great or does not mesh well with the class etc it's nice to switch the next year!
It’s been a while. Let’s start with our holiday skiing. The children had some French exposure, as when skiing in the afternoon the instructors spoke French and luckily all the kids spoke French. Instructors are also required to be able to speak English, but since all the other children were French speaking they stuck with French. Also, the chef in the house we were staying at was French speaking so my son spoke French to him a lot. Everyone got a surprise, as extended family heard how fluent he has become for the first time.
One mom told me the other day that her daughter was telling her my son is French, lol. It’s because he speaks French and hangs out with the French children, lol.
We finally got another live in au pair. We were sad when our other au pair moved out, but lucky she still watched the kids a few times a week. But happy to have another live-in, which means more exposure. So far it’s going well and I hope it continues. I hope she doesn’t mind reading 6+ books a day! My children quite like being read to in French because we found a series they like.
Thanks Raquel 😀 things are going well. The children are getting read to loads and they have a new favourite series Mini Loup. I have bought several books including books with CDs so they have been enjoying these a lot. We are looking into a beach holiday and someone suggested club med beach holiday and the location we want is a Spanish speaking country. But as my good luck would have it - the hotel staff mainly speak French and English, but mainly French. 😀 This is at the kids club as well! And apparently most of the kids are from France. How lucky is this for me?? But we're not sure we'll go. There is another option. It depends on where we can get flights and hotel, as it’s so last minute.
That is lucky, Marie!! Finding a hotel where the staff speak French (and English, so that you can speak to them too) while being in a country where neither language is spoken is fantastic!! I hope it works out for you guys. Going to the beach sounds wonderful right now.
Veda L: A happy belated new year to all keepers! Any quick tips on how to edit profile (kids’ ages etc)? I’ve fumbled about with no luck. Thanks!
Jan 9, 2019 23:58:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Veda, when you go to your "Profile", there's a button at the top right that says "Edit Profile". Then click on the "Personal" tab (and other tabs) to edit the information. Hope that helps!
Jan 10, 2019 0:14:02 GMT 9
Veda L: Many thanks to Mayken for the tip. Finally changed my profile. To those who are celebrating Chinese New Year, a healthy and prosperous year of the pig in advance!
Jan 30, 2019 6:44:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Here's a lively list of 20 bloggers raising bilingual/multilingual children! (Recognize anyone?) buff.ly/2QT0eHL
Jan 31, 2019 9:01:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Hey Adam Beck, how come your photo on that list is bigger than everyone else's?
Jan 31, 2019 23:59:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, I don't know, but I wish I could say it's because I'm taller! My son (almost 12) is now nearly as tall as I am. Just yesterday I told him that I have to start growing again!
Feb 1, 2019 10:12:14 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for sharing the impressions of your trip to China! I love those duck boats and that doorway! And meeting those kids wanting to speak English with you is so amazing!(I won't enter the giveaway because I'm afraid of winning the chicken claws!)
Feb 6, 2019 0:24:50 GMT 9
Mayken: My friend S asked her bilingual 2.5-year-old daughter: What language do mommy & daddy speak? D: English! S: What language does Grandma speak? D: French! S: What language do the cats speak? D (*thinks, then answers*): Meow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:08:00 GMT 9
Amy: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
Feb 7, 2019 0:40:09 GMT 9
Alba: My son caught us by surprise when we said thank you (in English) to a waiter in a Mexican restaurant, and he said "gracias" (thank you) to him too in Spanish, also signing it! He was having a blast and there was some Spanish music in the background.
Feb 10, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Sounds like a wonderful moment, Alba!
Feb 11, 2019 11:57:53 GMT 9