Salut, mes amis!

There is one mother and son who have been coming for almost a year now. I can remember how at first, she was very reluctant to participate (or attend, even!) Her son would sometimes appear alone, and we would have to send her back to their apartment to bring her down.

One week, I overheard her speaking French to her son. (She is from Guinea). This was my chance to make a connection! So I started to speak French with her before and after class. I ask her questions about how her days has been, etc, and she always asks how my wife is. She has really warmed up, and now she is one of the most passionate participants of the program. She’s often the first to arrive at class. She is the first to get on her feet to dance, and she always helps encourage the other mother’s to loosen up and get a little silly.

This week before class, she asked if we could sing some French songs in class. Absolutely! It’s great to get feedback and suggestions from the mothers, and I am happy to take requests.

Ici on parles français!

There is one mother and son who have been coming for almost a year now. I can remember how at first, she was very reluctant to participate (or attend, even!) Her son would sometimes appear alone, and we would have to send her back to their apartment to bring her down.

One week, I overheard her speaking French to her son. (She is from Guinea). This was my chance to make a connection! So I started to speak French with her before and after class. I ask her questions about how her days has been, etc, and she always asks how my wife is. She has really warmed up, and now she is one of the most passionate participants of the program. She’s often the first to arrive at class. She is the first to get on her feet to dance, and she always helps encourage the other mother’s to loosen up and get a little silly.

This week before class, she asked if we could sing some French songs in class. Absolutely! It’s great to get feedback and suggestions from the mothers, and I am happy to take requests.

Still Singing at Birkdale

Another fun, and well-attended day at Birkdale.  20 children and 7 adults laughed, clapped and sang through the morning session to songs such as “What Are You Wearing?”, “Little Green Frog”, “Johnny Works with One Hammer”, and “Sleeping Bunnies”.  8 of the children and 2 adults were new.  And 10 children and 4 of the adults have been there for all three sessions.  The gonkogui fascinated them, and of course, the parachute was a hit once again.

Music is an International Language

The second week got off to a great start with requests for “Sticky Bubblegum” and “The Wheels on the Bus” as soon as the “Hello” song was over.  And we had quite a group again with 22 mothers and children in attendance, singing, clapping and even a couple kids dancing.  Other numbers sung included “I Shut the Door”, “BINGO”, “Alice the Camel” and “Three Little Birds”.  I was also asked if I had brought my blanket – the parachute.  And to prove that music is the international language, one smiling mother watching her child dance informed me that her daughter only knew a few words of English.