There are some things in my life that have been BURNED into my mind from the past.
Some things that affected ME so much that I am DETERMINED to make it different with MY CHILDREN.
One of those things is NOT BEING BI-LINGUAL.
There was a time when Jay and I were living in Costa Rica(the 1st time)and we were sitting around a table of travelers.
They were from everywhere:England,New Zealand, Germany, Brazil.
As I sat there listening to them ALL speak Spanish AND their native language, It was a real EYE-OPENER for me.
To be honest…they all spoke at least 3 language…FLUENTLY.
I was STUNNED and SHAMED that in AMERICA, the land of ALL PEOPLE, we were only taught OUR LANGUAGE.
As if it were the ONLY LANGUAGE.
I know, I know…we have Spanish and German as an ELECTIVE in High School.
BUT---We are not STUDYING THESE LANGUAGES for fluency.
We are not studying these languages from a YOUNG AGE.
In Texas we studied CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH in HS …mostly to communicate with the people around us.
But not for real fluency.
I sat there and was SAD and MAD all at the same time.
I decided right there…when we had NO KIDS, that my children would NEVER sit around THAT table again.
I never wanted them to feel THAT WAY.
BEHIND, NOT AS SMART, AT A DISADVANTAGE.
I felt all those and more sitting at that table.
Because of that experience I decided to make a change.
This summer we started KIDS SPANISH 101 with my friend Senorita Shawna.
It was awesome.
She taught them to introduce themselves and greetings and then she taught them colors.
After class we had a SPANISH LUNCH.
We will be alternating btwn Spanish and art this summer.
I love SECRET SUMMER SCHOOL!!!