The problem is that I don't know which words they are going to test on. She gave me a link to all of the 5th and 6th grade words. I don't see my kid knowing all of them before the next pop quiz.
And we are not going to spend an hour a day doing random practice for a 45 minute per week class. FIrst of all we don't have the time most weekdays, secondly it isn't fair and my kid won't go for it. I will try to find a sensible way to practice on on weekends and maybe Tuesdays.
She won't know them before the next pop quiz...but your goal is not getting a grade, it's learning. You want her to be ready for the time when she takes Foreign Language as a daily class, and you want her to know her root words as its helpful in lit. When January rolls around, you want her to know enough that she starts picking out words in class, and learning a few new ones.
The teacher can prioritize the word list for you. Right now, just ask your dd what she'd like to learn. Colors, body parts, food, clothing? Pick a category and about ten words. Then add the verbs so she knows the ones she hears in class... yo soy, tu eres, el/ella es; same for gustar and decir.
No, its not fair. But the school is delivering the majority of students knowing this vocab to their first year of FL. Your dd will be at a disadvantage, because the teacher that year is asumming review of basics, not new learning. Your unprepared dd will be overwhelmed. I found this out the hard way...only it wasn't a level playing field, as those in the know were the teacher's children who took the class as afterschool enrichment, and of course the native speakers. Work now, work over the summer, or work later, but that is how it is when you don't have an auditory learner and most of the teaching is auditory.
Edited by Heigh Ho, 04 October 2017 - 09:07 AM.