X-posted on General Ed board:
I want my younger kids to learn Spanish. I can read it, but I can't speak it fluently and despite having lived here my whole life, I can't understand it at a normal spoken pace. The. speaker. must. speak. very. slowly. Oldest learned some in private school, but we didn't reinforce at home, it so it disappeared shortly upon entering public school in elementary.
What I need is a book for parents on ways to encourage, motivate, and work with rather young children who are learning a foreign language while simultaneously learning to read/write in English as well. If there is such a book that deals with doing this in a homeschooling environment that would be even better. I don't care if it's Spanish specific- any language where I can borrow from the working examples will work. But I definitely work best off examples, and some regarding how to accomplish this would be great. Neither child is a solid reader yet and that has been part of the struggle- most material is either aimed higher, at kids who are good readers, or far too low where it's so babyish they don't want to do it, particularly my ds.
They have both started two lessons a week through Homeschool Spanish Academy, then we do YouTube videos, the suggested homework, etc. daily as well. The six year old thinks it's awesome- I think he might be a language nut- although he's still wiggling everywhere during the online live lesson. The five year old wants to think it's awesome, but has zero motivation to actually sit and participate so I need to be sneakier with her. That's pretty much the story of her life at the moment. "I want to do what brother is studying too!!!" (Insert piano, Spanish, or other lesson) Then we sign her up and she turns into the resistant limp rag at said lesson. I might transfer her remaining lessons to her brother, or I'm going to need to start drinking during their Spanish classes.
This is why I need some real life examples of how to help make this work before I lose my mind like I almost did with early piano lessons for these two. It is a lot dealing with two emerging readers, piano lessons, and now Spanish on top of other homeschool subjects, but I know it can be done. I don't want to burn out doing it though. Suggestions of extra reading for me with tips to sanely implement? Is there a Well Trained Mind for Grammar Stage Foreign Language Learners?