Saturday, February 20, 2010

Parlons Francais, Part Deux

So, we accepted the enrollment spot for french immersion in the Fall.

It took over a week to finally hash it out with my husband, the pros and cons. I was already set on it, having mulled it over while driving to and from work, during running, before drifting off to sleep each night, during commercials of Olympic coverage. I just needed to go through the formality of having actually having a discussion with the hubby before making a final decision.

Technically, we have until this Monday, Feb 22, 3pm, to inform them of our acceptance. I wanted to confirm before the weekend though, in case, through a slight oversight, should the school decide to rescind their offer, pulling a fast joke on us or having had placed their bets that we would never have called back in the first place.

Hubby was hesitant, of course, to agree with me, without so much of an argument, though. He's a brooding-kind of debater, if there was such a thing, and getting him to speak his mind succinctly is like arguing with the wall.

He was concerned with how he would learn to spell dog or cat if they weren't going to teach him that. We would have to help him, by continuing to read to him in English at home, I say. But we're so busy in the evenings as it is, he argues. We'll have to change that, I insist.

But, bottom-line, he just wants him to go to a good school, learn well, and be "more smarter than his father".

As I see it, since hubby hit the nail on the head by admitting out loud his education goals for his son, whatever decision we made is ultimately the best one.


  1. Hi Cheryl! Congrats on your decision :)

    I think it's worth a try. Fyi my husband was skeptical as well, but both my kids (son and daughter) are doing very well in French.

    Yes it is better if you spend time with them at home learning English, but realistically it doesn't take that much time - even ten minutes a day is enough exposure to English for him to not fall too far behind. The trick is consistency: I've found that ten minutes a day is better than an hour once a week. Start really really simple, and just go at his pace (this is the nice thing about teaching him the early English yourself - he can set the pace. He might surprise you and go faster than English kindergarten kids :)

    Good luck!

  2. Thanks for the promising encouragement! I'm sure we've made a wise decision, and I'm looking forward to learning along the way!