Saturday, October 8, 2011

Ella's Class Party

Ella is part of an language immersion program at her elementary school. It is a public school, and there are schools in Utah which are paticipating in this program. The school we moved out of in South Ogden was starting up a Mandarin Chinese program which Micah would have been a part of if we hadn't moved. In this school's French immersion program, there are two classes. Ella is in Madame Sou's morning class, then moves to Mrs. Heinecke's English class for the afternoon. There is another class which does this in reverse. There are a total of about 50 students. We figure they'll be together for years to come, and we wanted to get a jump on getting to know each other, so we hosted a homeroom party (invited the 26 students in Mme Sou's morning class).
We had a great turnout: 17 lively 6 year-olds. We served up lots of junk food and they were loving it. (Above, you can see Ella on the left in purple. Mira in on the right in purple.) We had potato sack races and played "Sardines" (like hide and seek, but with a twist). Then we served up the soda and naughty treats and started up a movie, "The Bad News Bears." Well, we could have done without the movie, because kids were running around like wild banshees and no one really watched it.

The boys stuck together doing basketball, shooting guns, being noisy.

The happy hostess! Making stovetop popcorn. Honestly, should've not bothered because the kids were so full of sugar they didn't care.

Ella (right) with her little friends Abby and Victoria. The girls played outside and with Littlest Pet Shop.

I'm interested to see how these children develop, especially in French over their elementary years. I hear that, at first, they lag behind in other subjects, but catch up after a couple of years. I've gone in to volunteer a couple of times in the French class, and it's been pretty neat to see the teacher only speaking French and how much the kids participate. Ella heard that, come January, the students will not be allowed to speak English in that class. She is nervous about that, but I think it will work out. I think about places like Luxembourg, where the kids, by the time they're in high school, know at least 4 languages: Luxembourgish, French, German, and English. It can't hurt to learn.


Marsha said...

I think this is a really neat idea. I wish that I had learned a second language. I am also interested to see how this program works.

Maren and Blake said...

You are Ms. Party Planner. Honestly, how do you do it? Do other parents come and help? These are memories the kids won't forget. And I am excited to have a little niece who speaks French. Maybe she will serve in a French speaking mission.