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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    You are in Alberta right? Curriculum in schools is provincially based, so I can only speak to BC, though they tend to be similar. Here the curriculum is the same in English and French except that up until grade 4 they only do French and no English at all (so all the things that would normally fall under the English Curriculum, they do in french), then in Grade 4 they start learning 'English' as a separate subject, similar to learning a second language at that grade. From that point on they do more and more subjects in English until by grade 12 they are completely working in English except for a French class or two.

    As a teacher I will say that French immersion tends to be a higher quality of education because children who struggle tend to be streamed back into the English program, so the teacher is able to teach to a narrower range of abilities then in a classic school setting.

    Not sure what you mean by 'slower', but perhaps it is the way the teacher teaches, or maybe your nephew would be bored in any school setting?
    They are in Ontario. I think that the curriculum is the same whether french or english there (or anywhere), but my SIL was saying that in certain subjects there's a bit of an initial barrier, say math, where you're also learning a whole subset of french specifically related to math terms, and then you have to learn the math itself, so for the kids who learn the terms easily they are often bored because the other kids are taking longer and they're behind their english curriculum peers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    They are in Ontario.
    Totally OT, but seeing the word Ontario makes me immediately starting singing the song for MarineLand. I grew up so close to Ontario that we got their TV commercials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Totally OT, but seeing the word Ontario makes me immediately starting singing the song for MarineLand. I grew up so close to Ontario that we got their TV commercials.
    Thanks Bonita. Now I have that song in my head. . Yeah, we have a ton of feeder channels and we get US commercials from all over - Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, NYC etc. I love the accents

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Thanks Bonita. Now I have that song in my head. . Yeah, we have a ton of feeder channels and we get US commercials from all over - Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, NYC etc. I love the accents
    Sorry

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    Now I have that song in my head too....Marineland and Game FARM...da da da da da DA!!!

    We used to get all Buffalo commercials, growing up in Toronto. I remember them all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    Now I have that song in my head too....Marineland and Game FARM...da da da da da DA!!!

    We used to get all Buffalo commercials, growing up in Toronto. I remember them all!
    How far is Ontario from Toronto. Now that you mention it I think Toronto is closer. I grew up about one hour South of Buffalo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    Now I have that song in my head too....Marineland and Game FARM...da da da da da DA!!!

    We used to get all Buffalo commercials, growing up in Toronto. I remember them all!
    Our most local US channel growing up was from Watertown NY. That is one strange accent....Watertown.

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    Bonita, Ontario is a province. Toronto is the capital of Ontario.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Bonita, Ontario is a province. Toronto is the capital of Ontario.
    Duh! I so would have known that if I had thought about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    In Texas it would be Spanish absolutely. Especially since my kids are half Mexican. It still irks me that their Dad never even attempts to teach them Spanish when he can speak it fluently. They teach it in school here but they don't really seem to learn much that way.
    My DH feels the same way. His dad is white but he's fluently bilingual in Spanish and never bothered to teach any Spanish to his kids. I used to be conversationally OK with Spanish but I've lost a lot of it from lack of use, although I can still read it pretty well. DH is the same way with French. Tiven learned a lot of Chinese at preschool and we considered putting her in Chinese immersion but the only schools with that program are across town. If there was a neighborhood school with any immersion program, we'd have applied. Having a second or third language is so helpful. Many of Tiven's friends are bilingual or even trilingual.
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