Thankfully kids have returned to school full time. They are seeing friends and our new au pair is great! Our summer au pair wasn’t the best at getting them to talk or engaging them. But the current one is amazing with them. They speak loads of French. My son is also speaking a lot of French after school with his buddies. He tends to have more friends that prefer speaking French. For some reason in my daughter's year they seem to be heavy on English speaking preference. But at least she spends a bit more time playing and speaking to our au pair in French. She currently loves playing Lego in French. They create all sorts of scenarios. I’m a little worried about getting my son to read in French. My daughter was a lot more natural at it.
My son is now reading in French. Our youngest turned one a few weeks ago. She is being spoken to regularly in French by the au pairs we have had and the current one. She can say yes and mama and dada at the moment. I think she also says our dog's name as well. My au pair also says she says water in French. It will be interesting to see her progress in both languages. She is the only one who has had French exposure since birth. The au pairs read to her and play with her in French when the other two are with me. My eldest is doing well in French.
Marie, it sounds like all three kids are doing really well! Good for you, and good for them! I'm sure you'll continue to experience a lot of rewarding progress in 2021!
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Well, it looks like we are back to homeschooling. They will review in two weeks, but I suspect it will be two months at least! So so frustrating! I feel like it makes everyone fall behind in their minority language. Thank goodness we have an au pair or it would be terrible for our kids French progress. It does have a slight impact though because when they are at school they have added exposure.
Najwa: My eldest sings and verbalizes his figures/cars stories in an invented language that has English sounds and Italian accent. Is it his way to disconnect from his multilingual world?
Nov 27, 2020 18:27:01 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Najwa, it's hard to respond to your question without knowing the full details of the situation. I suggest starting a thread at a suitable board and offering as much information about these circumstances as you can.
Dec 1, 2020 20:54:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! And let us hope that 2021 is a much better year for the whole world!
Dec 24, 2020 9:00:27 GMT 9
Marisa: Merry Christmas to you, Adam, and to everyone! I also hope 2021 is better than this year we're about to end. It shouldn't be too difficult, right?
Dec 26, 2020 1:03:58 GMT 9
Amy: Happy Christmas Adam and Zoo Keepers! May you all enjoy some quality time with you loved ones. Stay safe.
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