IMAGINE LIVING DIFFERENTLY,
LEARNING, CREATING, GROWING ....
WITHOUT SCHOOLING.


Friday, 24 May 2013

Cette semaine, nous parlons en francais ....

I have sometimes imagined how great it would be for home educating families to be able to swap homes or stay with one another to enhance their children's education, enabling them to explore a different area of the country or the world, possibly exposing them to another language in a real life context. So it was with delight that I received an email from a home educator in France asking if anyone would be willing to host her family on a visit to our region of England. Her daughter (aged 4) had expressed an interest in learning English, so they were keen to visit and meet other home educators. I admired this woman for being bold enough to ask, and I was pleased to hear she had received several positive responses which enabled her visit this month. Her family have just spent a few days with us, and it was wonderful to see our boys interact with them and attempt to communicate. We have tried to introduce French to them before, and they have not been very interested. But faced with real people, and a real need to communicate and make themselves understood, the boys asked, "How do I say _____?" and were willing to have a go. The French children, also, had a great opportunity to stay in English families and to hear and speak English in a real life context. Maybe we will be able to take a similar "tour de France" someday ....

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