This week, we chose to publish a testimonial by the Meunier family from Timmins. The Meunier family is an exogamous family, which is a two-parent family with children, in which only one of the spouses is Francophone.
In the Meunier family, Lori (the mother) is English-speaking, and Jay (the father) is Francophone. Jay attended French-language schools, which made it possible for Lori and Jay’s son, Owen, to attend a French school. Owen, who is currently in 5th grade, has attended École catholique Anicet-Morin since Grade 1. Owen had unfortunately not been exposed to the French language before school. At home, English is predominantly spoken.
I have submitted a series of questions to the Meuniers on French-language education in Ontario. Here are their answers.
How did you choose a French-language school?
We chose a French-language school for our son Owen after many family discussions and after having registered Owen in a school with a francization program in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten (a program which helped Owen integrate the French education system). Lori had some concerns in relation to not being able to help Owen with his homework and not being able to understand or appreciate the school activities. Read more…