Originally Posted by Raffaele
I am the father of two kids, Leonardo who will be 4 yo next August and Luca 10 months old. I am Italian and my wife is Russian. For professional reasons (I am a diplomat), we have been living in Gabon (Central Africa) for one year, where the official language is French. We are going to stay in this country for about 4 years.
Leonardo speaks and understands Italian. He only understands some Russian, as we lived in Italy before. Leonardo started the first class in kindergarten in Gabon about 9 months ago, without any knowledge of French but, at the end of the scholastic year in June, he already had a good French vocabulary, also thanks to the babysitter who speaks French with him. The teacher of Leonardo suggested keeping him another year in its class, due to the fact that his lack of knowledge of French (compared to other kids of the same age) could create him some obstacles in the coming middle class. I am in doubt whether keeping him one additional year in the same class or allowing him to stay with classmates of the same age. What would you recommend in this situation? I do not really know the best option for him. He’s very shy and takes long time to become familiar with the children.
Thank you for your suggestions.Raffaele