How old was your child when he/she started at Prospect Academy? Nina was just turning 3 when we came to Prospect Academy (former CDNS )
What was your biggest fear/ concern at that time? Back than, she was the only Russian speaking child besides teachers among predominately German speaking kids. My fears were that there would not be enough “Russian time”, she would not have anybody to play with , she would start “loosing “ her sturdy Russian.
What was in your opinion the biggest surprise after your child started participating in our program? I was surprise to find that Nina began to understand German and had a great desire to learn more.
What is in your opinion your child's biggest accomplishment? Learning the impacts of words for better or for worst and with the help of teachers finding that the best place may not only be the first.
As a parent what have you learned during this time? It seems like I went through intensive training as a parent. One of the biggest surprises was that exposure to more languages only improves native language skill, it does not “take away” as we – adults envision it. Kids have minds for everything if presented in an interesting engaging form. Children pick friends regardless of their language affiliation, they tend to pick the language their play partner most comfortable with and as the play progresses teach each other “their own” languages. It was priceless to observe.