|a trilingual letter for me in February 2014: "I love you a lot mom thank you for leving me notes in my lunch box. gracias Love, Griffin P.S. Hope you have a graete day. je teme mamon." I think I'll leave this on the fridge until he graduates from high school!|
He can also communicate in writing in Spanish:
|"I like to play with my friends at recess. I like to watch Broncos games. I like to read with my family."|
(Griffin goes to a first grade class for literacy instruction each day--the school doesn't actually expect kindergarteners to do reading and writing homework!)
90% of his instruction is in Spanish--the school teaches the kids to read and write in Spanish first, English later--so I don't actually know what his English reading level is. But he devours books, both fiction and nonfiction, with the Magic Treehouse series being his hands-down favorite.
|Griffin's first chapter book! He picked it out as a prize at the library last summer and then started reading it to himself.|
|Brainstorming at book club before acting out a readers' theatre version of The Stinky Cheese Man|
In fact, it is fair to say that all his skills, except perhaps listening comprehension, are stronger in Spanish than in French at this point (and strongest in English, obviously). However, he does read in French too, and he has even attempted to write in French:
|a thank-you note to a francophone friend, February 2014|
English is where he excels, though:
|apology letter to a classmate, March 2014|
"All the other times I hit you"???!!!
This is why I haven't written much about his schooling this year; we have been too busy dealing with his unexpected behavior challenges. And this is why I can promise you that this post is not intended to brag about Griffin's school skills--because if he can't share markers with his classmates, chat with them in the lunch line, or ask to join their games at recess, it doesn't matter how many languages my son speaks.