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  1. I got my first professional job because I spoke French. It's a major world language, and many companies need French speakers. There is relatively little competition for those jobs in the US, which is absolutely *not* the case for Spanish-speaking jobs (where there is a TON of competition, as there are so many Spanish speakers). Now, I would have the opposite problem if we lived back in Canada (where I grew up), but in the US it has definitely been an asset!
  2. Thanks! Really good to know!
  3. I am interested in SSL for DS too, next year. What are the components that are actually needed? Do I need the full $82 set, or can I skip some of it? Thanks!
  4. I got most of them through Inter Library Loan. It took a few weeks, but was worth it (particularly for Jenny's Surprise Summer, which was a favorite).
  5. dmmettler -- that is such a helpful perspective! Thank you so much!
  6. Hi Everyone, You were all so helpful with my earlier thread (here) that I wonder if you might humor me with one other question regarding pre-school and an HG/PG child. We work through a lot of math, puzzle books, LoE, etc. at home. He has been going to a play-based nursery program two mornings per week, mainly for socialization and to give me a break (plus he gets a chance to get messy and I don't have to clean!). We are considering options for next year, though. We still want to send him to a morning preschool program a few mornings per week, and then homeschool on his off days / after school in the afternoons. We definitely intend on HS'ing full time once he gets to K age (he is currently 3, so two more years given our state's age cutoff). We are pretty much done with the current nursery school -- they just aren't meeting our needs socially (he is by far the oldest in the class), and certainly not academically, and there are a lot of very active boys in the group that easily overwhelm the teacher, which leads to sensory overload for my little guy. Two options we are considering instead: A) A Reggio-Emilia preschool, with a big focus on hands-on art and sensory activities. No academic subjects per se, but they centre on "project-based learning" where the class decides what they want to do/study/learn and academic subjects get built into the projects. The kids in his class would be clustered closer to his age (his birthday would fall more or less in the middle of the group, and all are within a few months him). B) A Montessori school, which follows the traditions *very* closely. They do teach academics along with "life skills", and with mixed-age classrooms (he would be among the youngest, with 3-6 year olds in the class) they claim to teach individually or in small groups to the level of each child in each subject, without regard to "grade" or age. This appeals to me not only because he's currently doing grade 1-2 math, but also because he tends to favour playing with older children and he does need to work on his fine motor skills. I'm on the fence mainly because I think the academics would be the easier thing for me to do at home, and I could tailor every subject to his level probably better than a teacher who also has 20 other students. I do like the Montessori approach (we use RightStart and have some manipulatives), and it would probably be more challenging for him as a school environment than the Reggio school. Reggio seems harder to implement at home, and I will admit to that partially being because of the mess! But I also know how deeply he can engage with a topic that interests him, so I think Reggio could be a great thing, too. If any of you are familiar with these two schools of pedagogy and/or have first-hand experience in terms of how your AL fared with them, I would greatly appreciate any thoughts or wisdom you could throw my way!
  7. Ah, sorry -- I misread your question (I was thinking 3 lines, rather than 3 sections)!
  8. My son (3yo) currently spends about 10hrs/wk with a German-speaking babysitter, who has taught him a few basics (Hello/Goodbye, Goodnight, Sleep well, etc.) and a song. He is very eager, so I am wondering if there is a curriculum out there that would help him to be more organized (knowing what to teach). It would have to be mostly oral, rather than written. I'm thinking something like Tatou le Matou, but for German, if that helps anyone. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  9. From LoE, their cursive sample: https://www.logicofenglish.com/images/Products/Handwriting/RhythmOfHandwriting-CursiveSample.pdf
  10. I think that's fairly standard handwriting practice paper. LoE uses it. There is some here: http://www.donnayoung.org/penmanship/handwriting-paper-bw.htm http://www.printablepaper.net/category/penmanship If you want a booklet, there's also something like this: http://www.amazon.fr/Serpodile-9791090155060-Mon-cahier-reliure/dp/1090155069/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1453794695&sr=8-7&keywords=cahier+écriture+reliure+cursive
  11. Also, the fonts that are used in the boutdegomme website linked above are all here: http://maternellecolor.free.fr/ldivers/Index.html
  12. I am a French speaker -- watching the video you linked, the *method* reminds me a lot of the way LoE teaches cursive handwriting, even if the script/font is slightly different. I expect you could use LoE method adapted to the French font Monica in Switzerland has linked to.
  13. Mine will be PK4ish (turning 4 past the cutoff, but only by a couple months), and nothing is definite yet, but here's what we're thinking: Math: RSB, Mathematical Reasoning Level B, Miquon and maybe starting LoF and/or Singapore Reading: LoE Foundations C+D Fine Motor/Handwriting: Kumon Tracing and Maze books Logic: Building Thinking Skills Level 1, Mind Benders, (actively looking for others) Literature: We're going to try FIAR and/or Wee Folk Art, Poetry for Young People series Music: Suzuki violin or piano (he wants to do both, we're trying to decide between them) Art: Ivy Kids, Bento Box French: conversations with me, and I'm looking to see if there is a curriculum that would fit a non-handwriter his age German: with our babysitter/tutor Nature class at the local nature centre Gymnastics Swimming Ice Skating We're considering a morning Montessori preschool program, both for social reasons and to work on fine motor skills.
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