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Pulling your child from French Immersion

Postby Annikki on Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:09 pm

Our grade three student is struggling at school. We are contemplating moving her from FI to English stream.

If you have pulled your child from FI please share the pros and cons?

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Re: Pulling your child from French Immersion

Postby Keely on Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:53 pm

My dd has just switched from FI to English but she did so starting high school ( we have no middle school over here where we live on the mainland)..she had been struggling for a while, since half way through grade 6, but I convinced her to stick with it until finishing elementary school, the big reason being a trip to Quebec in grade 7, and also thought she might as well stick with the same peers until finishing grade 7. She had such a hard time with french comprehension though so now that she is in learning in english school is much easier for her. I do know people who's children switched earlier, in grade 2/3 and it was a great decision for them. If your child is really struggling there probably aren't any cons. They adapt very well at that age and it will make learning much easier!
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Re: Pulling your child from French Immersion

Postby Annikki on Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:47 am

Thank you Keely!

She speaks french fluently but is having a difficult time reading it and it's impact many subjects. Yet she is reading english chapter books at home.

We will connect with the teacher today.

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Re: Pulling your child from French Immersion

Postby s5 on Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:38 pm

we pulled at the end of Grade 7 for one and will pull the other at end of Grade 6. For both, FI was a great fit - good teachers, good classmates, lots of great experience. Both have learning difficulties - a bit of reading and lots of written output problems. For the first one, the English class was a big let down. I do think it had to do with the teacher - he wasn't as engaged as previous teachers. However, the rest of his high school English classes were good and he enjoyed them.

For the second, it is because there just isn't enough learning support in the Fi side - it is all in the English side. Have you asked at the school if there are some resources for your child? You might also consider getting her tested to see if there are some LD that are rearing their head (for our two, between Gr 3 and 5 was where we narrowed down how they learned and what the impediments were).

Could it also be that the teacher isn't a good fit for her?

The kids transition so easily at this age that I don't think switching will be a problem for your child. I also think the administration have done this enough that they are skilled in making the move easy for the child. Good luck with your decision - it's nice to have options.
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Re: Pulling your child from French Immersion

Postby Annikki on Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:25 am

We chatted with the Vice and it's going to the school committee as a high priority. The plan is for testing and setting her up for her learning style.

the teacher is great, so that's not a concern. We think she has a LD. Unfortunately it could take 6 months to get a designation.

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Re: Pulling your child from French Immersion

Postby s5 on Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:19 pm

we ended up paying for a private pysch-ed assessment for the first child - for the second, he got it through the school quite easily
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Re: Pulling your child from French Immersion

Postby Annikki on Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:14 am

Thank you S5! We will see how quickly things move with the school. Can I ask who you went through for the private assessment?

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Re: Pulling your child from French Immersion

Postby s5 on Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:33 pm

Dorothy Edgell in Sidney. We liked her a great deal.
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