Don’t we just start at the beginning?
Maybe I totally don’t understand school, teaching and finally getting kids to be able to think for their own selves.
Quintus was to write an English spell test today. All fine and dandy where the words are short and easy. Where they really don’t need to spell and think but just recall the work. Sure then I suppose it’s all fine. I mean not much to think about when you are writing “me” “you” “him” and the likes. Then you can learn and recite words like a parakeet.
However when it gets to more complicated words, then the kids must surely be able to spell? Know the alphabet in the language they are supposed to be reading, writing and spelling? How on earth do I ask my Afrikaans speaking son to spell an English word and he turns around and start spelling it in Afrikaans? HUH? Is not right that! He will never learn to think in English if he tries to do it by thinking in Afrikaans first.
I don’t get it. It’s like trying to get kids to build a Toyota bakkie but only giving them the manual for building a Volkswagen Beetle. Yeah, both cars but you cannot build the one on the same manual as the other.
This weekend I will teach Quintus the alphabet in English. I will teach him that you cannot learn one language through another. They are all wonderfully and specially different.