Schmoo, age 1
Schmoo, age 9
Pan-Pan, age 1
Pan-Pan, age 6
While attending a French school has been absolutely key, I have also put in hours of time and energy into this project, not to mention hard cash at times (employing French students to play with them, reading to them in French at every spare moment, playing French stories in the car when I'd rather be listening to music, buying them French books, CDs and films, setting up playdates with French-speaking friends, and most of all only speaking with them in French for around 6 years, from when they were babies until they were safely ensconced in a native French school).
The effort has been so very worthwhile and my heart sings whenever I hear them running around with their school friends, chattering away like French natives! I will keep pushing French at every opportunity, because to succeed at their school they need to keep expanding their vocabularies. Luckily they do a lot of the work themselves now without even realising it, by reading to themselves :)
I feel sure they will retain their bilingualism into adulthood now and hope the whole experience has helped them become more sensitive, culturally aware, individuals.
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