A Tale of Two Sisters

As most of you know, we’ve been working with Emma’s school to figure out how to best help her with some of the learning issues she’d been having.  The second dyslexia testing was recently concluded, and we were left with the same answers as before.  She reads too well and is too verbal to be considered dyslexic by the standards they test at this age.  “I’m not saying it won’t show itself later on,” the specialist told us, “but at this point, she doesn’t have enough indicators of dyslexia to qualify for the help.”

This leads us to conclude that the problems we’re seeing are all part of the ADD.  We’ve always been mindful of how the challenge of the dual language program could be too much for Emma, but until now, her teachers have assured us that she’s doing okay.  We’ve been hesitant to even consider pulling her out of the program because at this age and so far from fluency, it’ll make the years she spent in it all for nothing.  (There was benefit, obviously, but the goal was for her to be bilingual by middle school, which she won’t be.  We’re pretty sure she’ll lose everything she did retain.)  We asked again if dual language was too much for Emma, and they asked, “Have you asked her?”
No.  No, we hadn’t.
So we did, and Emma told us that school would be better if she could do everything in English.  She talked about what Spanish is like for her, even on her pill, and it sounds like she’s just got too much going on.  (For comparison sake, we asked Ana the same thing, and she told us that she likes Spanish and that she understands everything.  Which she demonstrated for us later on by telling Emma off in espanol.  Well, that’s reassuring.)
That said, it looks like we’ll be taking Emma out of the dual language program at the end of the year.  It also means that she’ll be switching to the school she’s zoned to attend, instead of the dual language campus.  This means that (sniff, sniff) she and Ana won’t be at the same school again until high school.  (I know.  This makes me so sad.)  I was worried that this would be a source of anxiety for both girls, but they think it’s totally awesome that Emma will be going to school close to our neighborhood.  “I’ll still see you every night!,” Ana told her.  To which Emma said, “I know!  We’ll still be sisters!”  Oh, my heart, y’all.
So, that’s where we’re at.  I’m eager to see how the switch to just one language helps Emma…

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