Even though Mandarin immersion seemed intimidating at first, I now view it as a breath of fresh air. It is so exciting to dream of the possibilities that await these kids whose accent sounds like they’re from China, but they look like they’re from the Netherlands. I am so glad I didn’t let my fears or need for control turn me away from this incredible opportunity.
The informed parent guide is full of resources that help address common questions and give parents a solid grasp of the goals of quality immersion education.
contributed by: Monica VanderZwaag When we started in Spanish Immersion, we were so excited but also hesitant about the process. Our kids started in preschool, where parent helpers were required, so every few weeks one of us would go in and participate in the class. … Read More
contributed by Cortney Housman Dan (my husband) and I, genuinely, wholeheartedly enjoy people; discovering more about their culture, upbringing, passions, character strengths/weaknesses, and their achievements. We delight in witnessing the pleasantness of people living together in unity; exuding love, compassion and humility despite different races… Read More
“In immersion, I have to step back and trust. Trust the teachers, trust the immersion process. And, I must be patient as I watch my child learn at a pace different than what I’m used to, but at exactly the right pace for immersion.”
By: Meghan Van Lente Learning to read has been a long, slow process for my older son Keean, and though he loves to talk, reading hasn’t come easily. Some people have asked if I wished I would have put Keean in an English classroom so… Read More
Iliana Vásquez-Ochoa is the principal of Holland Language Academy, in Holland, MI. She’s a leader who inspires us with her tenacity and perseverance, and her personal story is an inspiration on many levels.
There seems to be a similar theme of possibilities at the intersection of adventure and obedience emerging in the story of our new second-grade Spanish immersion teacher at Crown Point Christian School.
“Nosotros como padres estamos agradecidos con el program HLA porque hasta nosotros como padres hemos pasado muchos retos también. Pero ahora nos sentimos tranquilos porque si nuestro hijo es feliz nosotros como sus padres también estamos felices.”
The funny thing is, my kids don’t see Mandarin as a difficult language. We had to look up which language was the hardest for an English speaker to learn in order for my son to believe us. And even then, he still questions it. In case you’re wondering, Mandarin is the hardest language for a native English speaker to learn.