Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I opted to add a Foreign Language curriculum to our studies this year. Studying a foreign language is what the My Father’s World curriculum strongly suggests, but I’ve been dragging my grande zapatos.
I mean seriously, isn’t English enough? Teaching a child the difference between there, their, and they’re ought to encompass an entire year. At least it should. But as evidenced on Facebook, I’m guessing that the school system spends approximately 7 seconds covering that material.
But I digress.
I have often heard that teaching a young dog a new trick, such as a foreign language, is far easier than an older dog. Like say, a certain blonde high school student in the 1970’s who spent two years in Spanish but still can only count to 10 in Spanish. And order a burrito. Grande.
I was reading an article about how to implement a foreign language curriculum in the elementary level over at Mom’s Homeroom. The article reiterates the idea that everything from math skills to standardized test scores are enhanced when a child learns a foreign language. But they recommend starting as early as elementary school.
I could have used something like a Spanish class in my youth when we moved to a predominantly Hispanic school in San Antonio when I was starting Jr. High. As it was, I did receive a bit of a bilingual education as I learned all the really good Spanish curse words during lunch every day.
This did not come in handy at all when I began Spanish I in high school, by the way.
If there is no foreign language program in your school and you wished there was, this article goes on to give some great tips on how to garner support for one.
As a homeschooling family, all I needed to do was order the workbooks at the local homeschool convention this year. I decided on the family owned curriculum called La Clase Divertida, which is an early level Spanish Curriculum for kids aged Kindergarten through 6th grade. There is a bright and colorful DVD which guides the kids through each lesson, with workbook pages to fill in, and crafts to make which correspond with the lesson. My SIL, Trish, went through it last year with her kids and they loved it. I was able to borrow the DVDs from her.
Because it’s bright and colorful and most of all FUN, I thought it might appeal to my two youngest students, who typically have the attention span of a gnat.
Emme, who has entered 7th grade, will be off on her own learning LATIN with her Classical Conversations Challenge A class this year.
I know that there are a lot of wonderful foreign language curriculum out there geared to the homeschooling family. Have you all ever tackled teaching a foreign language, and is so, which one worked for you?
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