Well today was the day we knew was coming.
Oldest Son expressed strong sentiment about his 3rd grade Spanish class. Not positive. His complaint was he did not understand his teacher and his teacher did not understand him. Both fairly accurate statements. Oldest Son is still learning Spanish and his Spanish teacher does not speak English.
We started probing. Good news is all other areas of school are going fine.
So what prompted this today? The Spanish class was asked to write a story. For the first time in his entire life (all 8 1/2 years), he did not complete an assignment nor did he even discuss with his teacher. Oldest Son is a good student and a very compliant, "follow the rules" person so this was hard for him.
Husband and I went into parenting high gear. The three of us "brainstormed" by writing our ideas on post-its.
We did have to eliminate Oldest Son's ideas to go to the American School and for his teacher to learn more English :)
One idea all three of us shared was to get some extra Spanish tutoring after school. Husband will follow up on tutoring resources at the school and their ideas to make sure we are doing all we can.
We provided him with a small dictionary that can translate English to Spanish (his school dictionary only translates Spanish to English.)
Husband will help write out some key phrases for him to communicate with his teacher in these situations.
We did the assignment together to help him organize an approach to writing stories. Today's story is only two sentences. It is not elaborate or long. We want Oldest Son to know that we expect him to always try, do the best he can and it is okay if there are mistakes. Husband will go with Oldest Son in the morning to see if teacher will accept the story late.
All three of us shared a few tears and a big group hug. My head knows this will make him a stronger person but my heart hurts for him. I was so proud of him. It was difficult for him to express himself to us and stay calm throughout our discussion.
Oldest Son is now happily playing checkers with Youngest Son ...
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