my hero zero

BC is worried. BC feels that she learned math and science all in spanish last year and that she doesn’t know the english words for things. she says she knows her times tables — but only in spanish. in short, three weeks til school starts at her new school, and BC is freaking out.

no one should be freaking out as they enter 3rd grade.

part of me kicks myself for sending her to the spanish immersion elementary school. i really thought i was doing a good thing. you always hear the cases of parents availing their families to opportunities that they never had; well, this was one of them. i very much loved the idea of the school. i loved the idea, too, that my kids would be with kids of all sorts of backgrounds, not just kids of backgrounds like their own.

but unless you are either native spanish speakers; are fluent spanish speakers; or are a parent so enthused by the idea of your child going to a school where they speak spanish for one half the day that you are willing to learn spanish; then this model is somewhat flawed. my kid was essentially dependent on one child at her table, one native speaker, who could help her understand what the hell the teacher was saying (since the teacher didn’t encourage interruptions). and if that child had the audacity (yes, i’m being sarcastic here) of wanting to learn herself rather than helping other kids at the table, well, the non-spanish-speaking kid essentially is screwed.

it probably didn’t help that her spanish teacher seemed more interested in being strict than in being understood.

so my kid, who was allegedly gifted in math in kindergarten, is now telling me that she really does well in english and social studies. which, of course, happen to be the subjects that were taught in english in her school and which she liked very much. she doesn’t feel like she’s very good in math. GRRRRRRR! and this global citizen i am trying to raise is pretty dismissive of spanish. “spanish is okay learning it just as spanish,” she says, “but i really don’t want to learn a subject in it any more.”

i can’t blame her.

so this morning, i did what any crazy parent who needed to calm things down (for both of us) did. i put on multiplication rock, including my fave my hero zero (a song i will definitely cover if i ever get the chance to be in a band ;-). we sat and watched it all. and i think we’re going to watch it again and again and again. anything to help her build up her confidence. after all, it’s how i learned to memorize my times tables. (i also made up songs to some of my chemistry formulae as well, but we won’t go there right now.) she said she didn’t care much for the song for 6s, but that’s ok. she’ll learn stuff after a time. she’ll sing them loud πŸ™‚

just like i do this in the car (another song i’d cover in my own band). yep. i can’t wait til we get back to the days when the worst thing in the world isn’t scary math but is the scary embarrassing mom who sings pearl jam at the top of her lungs. with the windows open.


4 Responses to “my hero zero”

  1. Sher—please tell Kira that her aunt Maren went to German schools (in Germany no less) from age 2 through 6. And, to a German school from age 6 through 12! And learned everything through 6th grade in German, incl math and science. And, I’m doing alright. πŸ™‚

  2. Hmm, interesting…. We had planned to try to get the kids into a French immersion school in our area. (Je parle francais, mais seul un petit peu et pas bien.) (Pardonnez-moi, mais ou est la guerre?) I hadn’t thought of what would happen if we wanted to switch schools. Maybe we should reconsider!

  3. BC is a bright little flower and she will most definitely figure it out! Maybe she’ll be a little quiet the first week or two of class, but she’ll get it. All kids freak out with changes, and this is a new school? There are probably a few more things going in her head than language issues. Will her friends be at her new school? I’m cheering her on! Go math! Go BC!

  4. m2k, kelly, and nylon — you have no idea how much you have all helped me today. know that you have — so much. its awfully nice when you’re navigating your kids’ childhoods and you have some grownup hands to hold yourself πŸ™‚

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