Geo is a 4-year-old boy being raised bilingually in monocultural home.

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Stinky Comment Makes Mother’s Day

Many people were excited to hear about Geo’s recent hearing test and his 70% hearing capabilities. However, we were not happy with this news. Geo went in July 18th for his hearing test. We expected to learn that he was hearing at almost 100%. The news that he is only hearing at 70% and may now need additional surgery was a great disappointment to us.

We must remain positive, though. Geo used to hear at 50% in his bad ear…and now he’s hearing at 70% after two surgeries. The doctor will see Geo again in six months and if he is still at 70%, then we will schedule another surgery. Luckily, the follow-up surgery is less intrusive. There is a small metal implant in Geo’s ear and the surgery would simply shift the implant slightly to try to improve Geo’s hearing. The doctor’s goal is to bring him up to 85%.

Additionally, since his improved hearing, we have noticed that Geo is speaking a lot more! It’s not always well articulated, but he is definitely feeling more confident and is speaking much more. He still reports that he hears so much better and that it’s “really cool” to hear better. Also, Geo is more open to having me sing to him his lullabies! (Wonderful news to a mommy who loves to sing to her children!)

Finally, another positive point is that Geo has started speaking more French. He is spontaneously coming up with things to say en français! This is exciting, especially since Geo has often asked that we speak English and has not really latched onto French like his sister has. One reason he could be enjoying French more now (in addition to his improved hearing) is the fact that we’ve hosted several “Sunny Earth Camps” where many children from the community have come into our home to participate in a fun and active French lesson. I am using AIM Language Learning’s La Poule Maboule kit for the majority of the camp. In the video above, you’ll see him saying the words for “boy” (garçon) and “girl” (fille), while also doing his own version of the AIM gestures for the two words. Before starting the video camera, Geo had started saying and gesturing the words “fille” and “garçon” over and over again in his silly Geo-style. It took a little questioning to get him to reenact it…and that’s what you see in the video.

We recently went on a vacation to DC. While waiting to cross a street, there were several busses and cars. Out of the blue, after much whole-family English conversation, Geo blurted out “Ça pue!” (It reeks/stinks!)…and yes, it did indeed stink! I think this may be Geo’s first spontaneous complete sentence in French…short, not sweet due to its stinkyness, but ever so sweet to our ears! Go, Geo, go!!!!!

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More Exciting Geo News!

Tomorrow we finally go in to have Geo’s hearing tested. We are so excited to hear the good news! We totally believe Geo is hearing better! He has reported on several different occassions how cool it is to hear so well! He has also been more open to me singing to him, which is such a special treat! He used to always say “no” to a bedtime lullaby, but now he usually says “yes”!! This may be thanks to his successful surgeries…his two ears are now hearing the same and the sounds coming in are more “in harmony” if you will.

Tonight he asked for this one:

Another exciting thing happened tonight at story time. Geo’s older sister Soleil has taken an interest in reading French at bedtime. Tonight she did so again with a counting book. There were visuals of animals and quantities so really there wasn’t much “reading” involved…but nevertheless, we’ll take language output in L2 in any way, shape or form! So after Soleil’s turn, it was Geo’s. First he did 1-5 in English. One rooster, two goats, three cats, four dogs, five goats. Then came six…without prompting, he said “six canards, sept vaches, huit…(I helped him with the French word for geese: “oies”), neuf cochons, dix moutons (I helped him with the first syllable).

Geo is not usually too into speaking French…in fact he’s usually the one to ask me to speak English. Tonight, French story time took an exciting turn of events. We’ve got comprehensible output! I know that the input Geo has received from me since birth has been far from perfect…but it is working!