I decided to write a coffee share even though the weekend is long gone. We do need coffee even though it is not the weekend, right?
I’ve been inventing different ways of encouraging my daughter to speak more Swedish every day. My inventive methods, I’ll get back to them in a minute, have kept me away from the computer. My daughter is making progress with her Swedish, but she often choose English because it is easier. A little too often. Of course it is OK for her to speak her native language, but it would be good for her to practice more Swedish so that she could start in a regular class, in a regular Swedish school close to where we live. Right now she is in a transitional school for people who only just came to Sweden (like her.) The transitional school is a little further from our house, but not terribly far. This temporary school is a stepping stone into the real school.
She attends an after school program close to our house, at the school where she is going to attend when she is more confident in her Swedish. She took some tests last week, and it is decided that she is going to attend an age appropriate class (many newly arrived children have to start classes below their age group.) She will start later this spring. We feel good about that.
My daughter loves to play different card games, and I agreed to play with her many hours this past weekend. I told her that I would play as long as she speaks only Swedish when we play. Her Swedish is much better than I thought! Playing long card games while speaking Swedish is a method I am going to keep using.
I’ve made a similar “deal” with her reading. She have asked me to crochet a blanket with the colors of the rainbow for her. I agreed to work on it for one hour every night, if she reads to me at the same time. We’ve done that for the past ten days. Now you know why I haven’t been at my computer so much..the day only have so many hours. I work full time, and after work my priority have been to help my daughter find her way here in Sweden. I know from my own experience of moving to California 8,5 years ago how confusing it can be to adjust to not only a new language but new food, a new culture, a different climate and new people.
I am planning some fun adventure traveling to other parts of Sweden this spring and summer, and I look forward to that. For now I am very happy with how things are progressing with our day-to-day life. I really enjoy my work, and my daughter is happy. We’ve made our new house our own now. We’ve started to grow alfalfa sprouts in the kitchen window like we always do, and we framed photos from our travels that we’ve put up around the house. Life is good. How are you doing? Would you like a refill on your coffee?