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We have been following the one parent one language method with our two children. We currently live in London. I speak Spanish to them and my husband speaks Russian. When we are all together we continue this method since I understand enough Russian and my husband understands enough Spanish to follow the conversation.


Our older child is three and speaks both languages fluently. She is just starting school and her English is improving rapidly. Our youngest will hopefully follow in a similar path. We achieved this by hiring a Russian baby sitter who would help me and provide the language skills since my husband was at work.


When visiting schools we are often asked how we plan to help our children with their homework given our language approach. When they get older, is it okay to switch to another language to help them with their homework during a set time? For example every afternoon for an hour I could review their work in English? Some parents feel that the school will provide all the English they need but I think that is unrealistic. And the school she is  attending expects parents to participate and promote the classwork. What do you recommend?


luca cicalese

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you send this post few years ago, as i am in the same situation you used to be, can you tell me how things have developed.

Many thanks


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I would love to hear opinions about this too. How do parents who use the OPOL system help with schoolwork. I have read about one example where the mother began using the local language but the father stuck with it and with the help of dictionaries helped his kids in his native language (this of course excludes homework for classes in the local language :-)).
Please share!


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I think that at some point kids start to realize the different languages. When we are with English speaking people we do speak to the kids in English and they know this is not the language spoken at home. When I help my son doing homework, at Math we sometime use the English terms that he is using at school and sometime I use this opportunity to teach him new words in our language.
In other subject it varey, in spelling we learn with him new words in English and use that as an opprotunity to have joint research on words that are new to all of us.
To summary kids are versitile and understand that you know the “outside” language and use it when needed

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