Language and Culture
I am thankful for a school district with such good experience with young English language learners. Since most of my ESL experience has been with older youth and young adults, I look forward to learning how such programs can support children at young ages. It is hard for me to know what language mistakes may be normal for a particular age vs. being a learning difficulty vs. the obstacle of language itself.
"The girl in the house playing." "The bunny eating 'that.'" What is that? "that."
And as far as sports, how can I encourage my son when I am certainly not unbiased and also find few opportunities for exposure. My husband remembers MK's returning to the US for Middle School after spending most of their childhood abroad. They did not know the rules to baseball or most sports for that matter. How out of it they felt. Now I feel that a bit and even more for my son whose friends are all into particular sports teams and watching pro-games on TV. Unlike most people where I live now, I really do not like American football at all and don't really get excited about watching baseball either. I love international football, but am now limited to reviewing stats online, something my son cannot get excited about yet.
He really enjoyed watching a volleyball tournament recently and we have watched some field hockey games/track meets/football games at the school nearby. I suppose he will catch on; he has many years to learn. But sports is definitely a magnet in this culture and I guess I need to adapt as a parent too! Someone just asked me the other day when we were going to start him on a T-ball team . . . hadn't even crossed my mind! Whether or not we decide to take the plunge into this cultural stream, we as parents still have so much to learn so that we can skillfully answer our son when he asks why he "can't do things like all this friends."