It’s likely, you have spent a lot of time considering and vetting your choice of language immersion schools/programs. You’ve heard the potential pros and cons in relation to this unique and effective learning style. Now it is time to trust your decision! Language immersion is a proven and rapidly expanding way of teaching. I will not pretend that it is for everyone, but that’s a whole different blog post. I will stress, however, that most programs require entrance in kindergarten or first-grade only. So, if you’ve made the leap, I am hoping you will have the same amazing experience we have!
One of the biggest pieces to your child’s education is, to be and stay involved! Be an advocate for your child by kindly asking for help or clarification where needed. Trust the teachers, administrators and staff. The process of learning via language immersion, is somewhat different for each individual language and programs are different by district. Research and understand the process at your child’s school, get insight into what is being taught and when. I can attest, there may come a time when it’s hard to sit back and trust the process, talk to your child’s teacher or school administrators. I would refrain from letting your child know your concern. It’s equally important for your child to trust the process as well! You don’t need to understand the language to communicate with your program administrators, teachers and other parents.
One thing my district has done this year, is to host an offsite meeting for immersion parents to come and ask questions of staff and other parents. This creates community and a strong support system for parents experiencing the same thing. I am looking forward to sharing the challenges we have faced and how we have overcome them. I am even more looking forward to sharing the amazing things I feel like we have accomplished in such a short few years of language learning.
Your duties at home as a parent are indeed a bit different than your traditional western educational parent peers. Speak positively about learning, talk about the practice needed to become good at something and help develop an inquisitive and curious mind. Most importantly, DO NOT get wrapped up in all the homework, take breaks, make it fun, ask questions and stay involved. We are here as a resource for you!