Join Date: Jan 2009
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I doubt you are going to keep you kids in a bubble. Go to the store, the library, field trips, play with friends, etc, etc.....they will learn English.
I'm not going to keep my kids in a bubble in fact DS is very social and loves to be with children. Most of our friends are Polish though so I may have to seek more contact with English speaking friends. I will have to think about new activities which will help me expose him to English on regular basis.
Any ideas anyone?
Do you speak English at home? Or could one of you speak English and the other Polish so they get both languages if it is important to you?
We do not speak English at home. It is very important to me that DS speaks his mother tongue, I want him to know our culture, homeschooling will certainly make it easier.
We tried to speak English at home but it feels very awkward and unnatural(DH is also Polish), we always go back to speaking our native language after a while.
And this is my main concern, if DS is homeschooled and exposed to English only few hours a day, maybe not even every day, will that be enough? Will he be able to carry on an interesting conversation and speak about anything he wants with anyone he wants, will he be understood and able to understand others, I don't want him to feel left out or rejected.
Gosh, I know it may seem like I'm overthinking things but I truly believe that people living in a certain culture may be detached from it without enough exposure and I'm afraid I won't be able to provide enough of quality exposure, going to the store and doing story time and the library is not enough in my opinion. Maybe I'm wrong, I certainly am confused