Ah, June… Summer is at our doorstep, the days are (almost all of them) seeming to get a little bit longer, and for the second year in a row I am partaking in my daily blogging exercise, marginally focused along a theme I’ve simply called Those 30 posts in June. No planning. No writing stuff days ahead. Just this: each day a meanderingly vague prompt drives a meanderingly vague post… and today that post just happens to be:
June 12th // Something You Are Learning
I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that Claire is now fully registered in kindergarten starting this September — insert obligatory “my, how time flies comment here” — and not only JUST kindergarten, but french immersion kindergarten to boot.
We’re doing the high achieving parent thing and putting her into a program that will hopefully give her a little leg up in life. I don’t know if there is any evidence-based reason — for or against — to push a kid through a language immersion school program, but we rationalized it like this: we live in a bilingual country, we have that option, and we’re willing to put in the extra-curricular effort to help her succeed.
What was that? Extra effort?
Yeah, that’s right. We were dutifully informed by the teachers at orientation night even before signing up that parents are going to be tasked with a generous dose of involvement. French immersion is no drop-and-go program: be prepared to be your kid’s second set of instructors.
Want your kid to learn all those fancy things like reading and basic math in the first couple years? That’s right. They don’t learn those things in this program — they spend the first couple years getting operationally fluent in their new second langauge.
So, we are about to become home-schooling teachers… sort of.
And to make it even more interesting on ourselves, we’ve decided to brush up on our own French language skills. After all, is it particularly fair that our daughter will quickly learn a language that we — thanks to a few years of high school level French nearly twenty years ago — are just able to get by with? I didn’t think so either. And thankfully we have tonnes of awesome resources, such as websites, books, audio programs, bilinugal television, Canadian food packaging, and — not least — some wonderful next door neighbors who used to live in Paris.
It’s going to be a process… but hey, I guess that’s what I signed up for with this fatherhood thing, eh?