I was so sorry to hear this didn't work out, Amy. From what I'm reading in here, it looks like getting in is nearly impossible.
Don't we moms always blame ourselves for anything that goes wrong in our children's lives? I know I do! But of course you're not to blame for this, and don't you ever think such a thing. Your daughters are very fortunate to have parents like you and their dad who are going above and beyond to make sure they speak 3 languages, no less!! Think of all the ideas you're coming up with to get them to speak both mls and all the time, thought and effort you put into it. If anything, you're an inspiration for us all.
I know it's hard when something doesn't go the way we planned, but I know you'll come up with an alternative that will work even better for your family. Hang in there, Amy!!
Yes, I guess us parents always blame ourselves for failing our kids.
The disappointment phase is over now. I'm left with looking for 2nd rate alternatives. I've got to chase a couple of companies that provide ml home workshops for bilingual kids as they haven't got back to me. I'm also following that online course about young children learning English, to try and help me in improving my teaching, as next year I should normally look after my eldest on Wednesday afternoons. If I don't find any other alternative, I'll probably have to improvise my own home-designed workshops (in which case I'll turn to you guys for inspiration! ) to help my daughter improve her ml2. This alternative is the one I like least as it intimidates me to take on the "teacher" role.
Just a little update to let you know that we finally opted for home one-to-one workshops with an Anglophone tutor. Nellie , we had a closer look at that agency we talked about and turns out they provide those kind of services too. Looking forward to seeing the results.
Mayken: We're at Harry Potter Book Night at the English bookshop in Paris. The activities are all in French but my daughter teamed up for the treasure hunt with a girl who also speaks ouf ml German!
Feb 8, 2020 3:50:49 GMT 9
Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter found the secret stash of ml books I'd bought at the closure sale of the ml book store two months ago and hidden away for later. Guess it's a good time for new books now, right?
Mar 18, 2020 5:29:38 GMT 9
Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
Jun 8, 2020 15:12:21 GMT 9