It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to the first of 4 families who will be journeying with us via our blog this year!
Benjamin and Cara Wickstra live in Holland. Benjamin practices dentistry at their family offices in Hamilton, Cara manages the active home life of their four children. Owen, 7; Alina, 5; Emmett, 3; and Gabriel, 1 keep her on her toes. Owen and Alina are both enrolled in school at Zeeland Christian School in Zeeland, MI in the Mandarin Chinese immersion program. Owen is a 1st grade and Alina is a preschooler. Ben and Cara have graciously agreed to share some of their experiences with language immersion education over the course of this next year, and we are thrilled to bring their stories to you.
We had the pleasure of sitting down at a park with Ben and Cara to record a podcast about their journey so far. Sit back and listen in as they talk through: the deciding factors that influenced their decision to enroll in a program (and to enroll specifically in Mandarin Chinese), the challenges and surprises of having children educated in a language they don’t speak, and how all of this has combined to shape the culture of their family!
We trust you’ll find this a fascinating (and personal) look inside why families are cherishing this experience.