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Mom to a teenager and a middle schooler.
|I would absolutely do French immersion. Early foreign language learning is such a gift for a kid.|
I'm not at all convinced that French Immersion is the ideal place for a very bright child. If you think about it, very bright children usually need interesting conversation, challenging tasks, and the opportunity to be creative and think outside the box. French Immersion takes it in the opposite direction, back to the very basics of language where they spend the first couple of years mostly learning vocabulary. Even as the years progress and the French level gets higher, the teachers are simply not able to have the same kind of in-depth discussions with their students that that teachers teaching English to mostly native English speakers can.
I'm not convinced he's gifted - he has many of the characteristics, but not all. Also, I'd hate for him to get in for grade one and two etc. and then at some point not qualify and be returned to "regular" track
but everything has pros and cons
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