BIANCA My daughter is the youngest. For her, everything is new. But if I compare that with my son, when he was learning in person at the same age as her, I feel like he was learning so much more.
We all speak Spanish at home – it is the first language of my two children. The school is bilingual, so much of the learning at the moment is also in Spanish.
But with distance learning, my kids read less in English and have much less contact with their friends – most of whom speak English – so they miss that socialization. I have a feeling that maybe they are not learning as much English as they would have been and that they are forgetting a few words in English. In person, there were more opportunities to read English books, hear the pronunciation of words, and recognize new words in English. I hope they will pick it up quickly.
From a distance, their learning in general worries me, especially since I watch my daughter pick things up quite slowly from home.
With English on my side, it hasn’t been too complicated yet since the two children are in the younger classes. But there will definitely come a time when I won’t be able to help them so much because of this communication barrier.
I have friends whose main language is English, but they also speak Spanish. So we support each other. When I have doubts about understanding something, or if I don’t know how to do something, or if I don’t know what something means, I ask them and they help me. So I find support with other moms, and of course with Google and YouTube videos.
There are occasions where my 6 year old corrects us on English pronunciation or things like that. It is he who will tell us how we should say something. Sometimes he has to do projects in English, and in those situations it gets a little more difficult for both of us.
And at a distance, he has trouble writing in English, since he only speaks it. He still has a lot of spelling mistakes or doubts about how to say certain words.
I think to learn in both languages it is clear that it is much better in person.
In the early days of distance learning, I was more frustrated when trying to figure out how to navigate it. Now that half of the school year has passed, I think we definitely have a better work dynamic.
But it’s tiring because you have to take on so many different roles around the house. It’s not just about being a mother – you also need to be the teacher in a way, take care of things around the house, and be aware that it’s harder for your children to learn from a distance. I feel like my daughter would have made so much progress if she had learned in person.
Anyway, I think you’re just adjusting to the situation. You have no choice but to adapt.