Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Me Llamo Luke!

Last Friday,

while walking a student back to their classroom, 

I heard a tiny "hi, Mom!"




It was Luke.

In Spanish class!

And I don't think I've ever seen a cuter THREE YEAR OLD learning a foreign language!



He looked so tiny sitting in the "big kid" desks.

And he is tiny.  Although not compared to the average 3-year old! (Then, Luke is "super-sized".) *wink*

But on Fridays, he goes to Spanish class with the Four Year Olds as he is the only 3-year old in MWF preschool.  




He can barely hold a pencil…

…and I was so worried that there would be unreasonable expectations for him…

…but I couldn't have been more wrong.

Señora Escobar is the perfect blend of grandmother and teacher.  
A native of South America (I think…), she teachers all three of my kiddos!  *smile*

(You should hear Mary Catherine say the Sign of the Cross in Spanish…muy hermosa!)


I can't imagine how fluent my kiddos will be in Spanish if they continue to see Señora Escobar through the 8th Grade?!

Mary loves to show off her knowledge of Spanish buy reciting her Catholic prayers…

…Ben loves to tell me what color uniform shirt he wants to wear…blanco, rojo, or azul…

…and Luke amazes us with his counting skills.  If you say "cero" Luke says "uno".  If you say "dos" Luke says "tres", etc.
(Daddy likes to tease and ask if he can also count in English *wink*)


Now to find a French tutor…our Catholic high school does not offer French  (odd, non?!!!) and Mary Catherine and I have big plans to visit Paris for her high school graduation.  
No boys allowed!  *wink*  
Okay…we might allow the daddy and her brothers to go with us on our European vacation...




15 comments:

  1. Ohhhhh he is the cutest!!!!!

    Yay for Spanish! Peyton and Rhett are taking it now...as for me? German all the way!

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    1. Billie Jo, my dad took German! I always thought that made him so smart! :) And so when I learned that my husband also took German in high school, I just had to marry him. *wink* German was not an option where I went to high school, but French was! I took 3 years of it and loved even minute of French class…only my love for performing was greater and thus, senior year, I couldn't fit French class in. :(

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  2. He is just so adorable! And he couldn't look prouder to be sitting at that big boy desk! :)

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    1. I know, Kari! Seeing him just stopped me dead in my tracks and since I carry my phone with me everywhere b/c of the timer/stopwatch option, I had it on me and had to snap a picture!!!

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  3. I got this in email form from a homeschooling friend. We have not tried this site yet but I hear good things:
    "There is a really good FREE online language program that we have been using. Even my son, who is in college, uses it. My youngest, who is 9, is learning Spanish.
    They have Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portugese and more. We like it better than Rosetta Stone and it's Free.
    Check it out.
    www.duolingo.com "
    Like I said, not me writing that but a homeschooling girl friend. I hope it helps you get a little closer to your adventure in Paris.

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    1. Oui, oui, Neen! I will definitely check it out. Several women in my Catholic Women's group talked about creating a "Let's Learn French" group…but that whole mothering thing got in the way! LOL Someday we will have time, you and me…when we no longer have babies at home…around 60-something I suppose! *wink*

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    2. Where you in French class with me??? That's where I met Anne G. Can't remember that long ago!!!

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    3. Oui! I took 3 years of French and then 1 year of Spanish. Basically I had enough Spanish to screw up my knowledge of French. lol

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  4. He is a cutie!
    Learning Spanish, that is great.

    Having another language besides your native
    one is a good thing. I am not proficient in another
    language but I do know some Spanish and a lot
    of sign language.

    The weekend is coming!

    M :)

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    1. Melinda, at St. James Academy in Lenexa they offer the following "foreign languages"…Latin…Spanish…and American Sign Language. Odd to me.

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  5. Kids learn so quickly!! My kids are in French here in Louisiana. I guess it is a Cajun culture thing because a lot of older folks spoke French. Spanish seems like it would be more useful though!!

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    1. Hi Melanie!!! I'm certain that learning French and living in Louisiana go hand in hand!!! I've never been to New Orleans, but would love to visit. Growing up in St. Louis, where the French settled and influenced the development of the city, I've always had a thing for all things French! Thanks for dropping by!!!

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  6. Hola, Luke! Como esta, tu? (That's about it off the top of my head at the moments :)

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Valerie