I constantly watch my boys. They are so funny. This week my seven year old had an interesting day with his mouth. The housekeeper was cooking in the kitchen and a spark from the stove-top jump out and hit Thul-Qarnayn (my son) on his lips. Not longer after this, a bottle fell off of the window ledge and hit him in his mouth. He cried a bit, and then ran a long to play with his older brother, who is twelve years old. They decided that they were going to practice kung fu on each other. The older one did a butterfly kick and hit his brother in the mouth. So, after I tended to him and stopped the bleeding he looked up at me and said, "I know the problem with my mouth today. The problem is that I know two languages and everyone and everything is mad at me because of it!!!" He keeps us laughing. Now, in the back of my mind I began to question, "Does he really think there is a problem with being bilingual?"
So, in this next coming week, I am going to gently probe him about his feelings and thoughts on being bilingual and multicultural. I will keep you all posted.
For those who may be interested in reading about Charlotte Mason's concepts on homeschooling and forming character, this site has her 6 volume work online. If the old English is a problem for you , scroll to the bottom of the page and there is a link for her work in modern English.
Everyone loves the discipline and grace the soldier displays, but shutter at the thought of the training that brought him to this beautiful stance and so it is, the job of the parents in habit forming and discipline. The job is often uncomfortable and not well desired, but if done purposefully and methodically, bring about a child that will be a well groomed and equipped man with purpose and meaning.
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