So, remember when I said you all need to think of this series as a conversation starter not as a "Liz knows oh so much about raising kids on the field?" Yeah...this is a perfect post to keep that disclaimer in mind.
Ok, so if you haven't figured out yet, we have three boys. One is our little professor, talked at a year (didn't walk until 17 months though!), he absorbs the world around him. He was 4 when we left for language school and he did well with the all Spanish preschool program.
Our middle guy is our engineer. This kid at a year was studying the baby gate to figure out how it worked and how he could get around it. If I don't know where he is, most likely he's trying to construct a zipline between our mango trees. He was 2 1/2 when we left for language school and struggled more with the all Spanish day care situation.
And then there is our baby, who I am pretty sure is say "Hiya" and "Hola" already at 13 months.
But our middle guy is the one who I am praying hard for these days in regards to the language. He is just flat out frustrated and doesn't want to have anything to do with Spanish. He is hating Sunday School right now because it's Spanish, he doesn't want to listen to Spanish music or TV and well, just pretty much shuts down.
So. Help!!! We aren't trying to pressure him into it, but the kid does need to go to Sunday School. And he needs to be able to function here because we live here and will for the foreseeable future.
So, how about you? Have your kids gone through this? What helped? What didn't? Thoughts on the issue of kids learning their host language?
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