Austin started Grade 1 last Thursday. Overall everything went very well and Austin is adjusting to school nicely, he even likes to go! YAY! :) There was one subject though that brought him to tears because he was "scared" to be in the class, French. You see, in Québec even though Austin is in an English school, he must take French. They do not speak any English in the class as a rule, so Austin was terrified when he could not understand anything at all! Poor guy! I felt so badly for him. I had to do something...
I wrote a letter to his teacher explaining the problem and asked his aide at school to translate for him, if possible (she does not speak French fluently she told me ... sigh...). In the letter explained that Austin has receptive and expressive delays. This is a boy who just this summer has learned how to ask "why", "what", "where", "when", "who" and "how" questions on demand. (We never spoke French to Austin because we did not want to confuse him or take away from helping him with his speech development in English.)
There is good news to report, the aide is translating the words to Austin in English. (She said they are very simple so she can do that no problem, thank God! She is a really lovely lady. We are very grateful to have her with Austin.) I am also very happy that this situation was dealt with quickly and the French teacher has allowed Austin this courtesy so he may learn and be comfortable. My husband and I are also doing our part by teaching Austin new French words each day and have downloaded flash cards from iTunes to help him learn independently as well. (Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the iPad? FANTASTIC!) He was thrilled when I picked him up on Tuesday because he had learned new words in French class ... YAY! Well done buddy! :) Mommie is so PROUD of YOU! Je t'aime! ox :)
*HUGS* to all ... "Sweet Dreams" is coming up next!