I am considering taking in 3 children I know who are in need of a temporary home. They would technically be my foster children, but under a special arrangement since I knew them before they were separated from their Mom. They would probably stay with me for 6 months to a year, and then go home with Mom when she is able to care for them again.
Anyway, I mostly speak English. The mom mostly speaks another language. The kids are fluent in both languages. One thing I fear is that if I take them, they'll lose their orignal language and communication will be hard when they go home. I don't want that to happen. I particularly worry about the youngest who is 3.
My question is, if your child was fluent in a language you didn't speak, how did/would you keep it up. Of course, I could ask the older children to speak the language to the littlest one. They also have classes 2 days a week for 1/2 an hour in our school. I also have friends who could speak the langauge to them, and could hire a babysitter who speaks the language once or twice a week.
What else should I be considering doing? How realistic is it for a child to hear English all day at school, and in the place where he/she is living, and not lose their native tongue?