As I’ve mentioned in my book, the German International School of Dallas, where my son attends, requires each family to volunteer ten hours every semester. So today I went to Northpark Mall in Dallas and represented German ISD at DFW Child’s Project Preschool, a preschool fair, for a couple of hours.
It’s easy for me to talk about German ISD because it holds such a special place in my heart. But it’s not so easy to catch–and hold–a busy parent’s attention in the middle of the mall to talk about the school. Fortunately, the German ISD director brought a craft activity to occupy the kids while we discussed the program with the parents.
A couple of themes emerged from my interactions with families:
“My [insert family member] is German, and they’d love if my child could speak German with them.”
“My family speaks [X] languages in the home already, and we’re looking to add another.”
So some people were excited about extending their cultural heritage, whereas other families just value language learning.
What I loved most about my time at Project Preschool today was getting to spend time with another German ISD parent–one who speaks German fluently and visits Germany often. We talked at length about our cultural differences, and she made me want to visit Germany more than ever. Someday…