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  1. Hi, everyone: I am looking for a Spanish program to start with my first grade and pre-K boys next year. This past year, I taught them just the basics based on my own years of Spanish training, so they know the alphabet, colors, and some common words. But this year I want something more formal. Should I invest in Rosetta Stone, or go with La Clase Divertida? Any advice from those who have used these programs with young kids?
  2. I am looking for picture flashcards for spanish. I prefer to have more cards rather than less (1000 ideally). I love the eeboo spanish flashcards but there are only 26 in the set. I would love to have cards with a picture on the front and the word on the back. Any suggestions? :bigear:
  3. My DS is 8. We are about to start our 3rd year homeschooling. 1st year he did Rosetta Stone Spanish. He did it, but didn't love it. 2nd year he studied Latin in a co-op setting. Teacher was awesome, but even she didn't like the book they used. Now DS says he wants to drop Latin [i was thinking about getting Lively Latin or another friend loaned me "Getting Started with Latin"]. I told him--truthfully--that I don't really care if he drops Latin [we'll still study it some indirectly though MCT LA], but that I do want him to study A foreign language. My thinking is that he has plenty of time to pick a language and browsing them at this age is a good way to decide which he'd like to pick long-term. I figure by about the middle school years, he should decide on a language he'd like to study in-depth. If he does choose to drop Latin, I was thinking about trying him on Chinese. We're planning a trip to Taiwan next spring, so it seems like a good time. I have Rosetta Stone Chinese [that I bought for myself, but haven't been rigorous about using], but it's not the most exciting way to learn a language, is it? I think part of the problem to date has just been the dull instruction [as I said, his Latin teacher is EXCELLENT, just my son didn't like the book]. I read my younger DS a Kai Lan book last night. It seems like it's geared to younger kids. Is there anything like Kai Lan that would help my 8yo learn a little Chinese? Something both my 3yo and the 8yo could enjoy together?
  4. Japanese, specifically…but advice would be welcome from those who have done other languages. I want to focus more on providing my 4 y/o DS with a strong base for Japanese while it is still easier for him to absorb the language. Our priorities will be the 3Rs in English and Japanese (with all else being extra). I do have experience with the language (2 years in high school and 3 in college), but at this point I am very rusty and nowhere near fluent enough to provide an immersion environment. Nor can I afford to pay a tutor. My plan is to do something like this: 1) Daily children’s song from Sing ‘n Learn Japanese 2) Daily read aloud picture book in Japanese 3) Daily Let’s Learn Japanese Picture Dictionary page of DSs choice 4) Daily Little Pim Japanese alternating between watching DVD and doing a lesson 5) Watching children’s programming or movie in Japanese and listening to Japanese music (daily?) 6) Labeling household objects in Japanese I am also planning to work on regaining/improving my own Japanese using the Genki Textbooks, workbooks, CDs, and various other resources. Thoughts? Suggestions? Any favorite resources for teaching/learning Japanese? Thanks :001_smile:
  5. As you probably just saw I posted a question about Latin I've been thinking about a foreign language. What age would you recommend starting something like Spanish? What programs have you tried for your kids that worked really well? And what age did you start them?
  6. Can anyone recommend a great program for teaching kids Italian (DD is 6yrs old). Thanks xxx
  7. Ok, I am considering 2 FREE language programs provided by my local library: Mango Language and Power Speak. Does anyone have any experience with either one of these language programs? I am wanting to use this for my son (5) and I to learn spanish together. Which one would you use? Should I use both? Comments...
  8. Need advice on this one. Tried using Rosetta Stone and other CD type curriculum, my girls just get bored with it just after a few lessons. Thinking about trying an online course. But a friend of mine said she plans on having her son go through a community college when they are in 11th grade and get a 2yr credit for HS plus college credit/s. Anyone done this? Pros/Cons?
  9. I am trying to introduce my children to the basics of several different languages, at the level of learning the alphabet and some simple words or phrases. Two that I have struggled to find good resources for are Hebrew and Arabic. I need materials that do not assume a teacher or parent with knowledge of the language. For Hebrew, either Biblical or modern would be fine; I don't mind using Jewish resources. Some kind of pronunciation help (audio files, or even youtube lessons) would be fabulous. Does anyone have suggestions? --Sarah
  10. What are your expectations for your kids, concerning foreign languages? What are your kids' actual accomplishments/skills? What do you think is the bare minimum for foreign language studies? What are your thoughts on when to start foreign language study? How important do you think foreign language studies are? How do you select which language(s) your kid(s) will study? What degree of fluency do you expect/aim for? I think you get the idea :D. Thanks, Hadassah ETA: Please don't feel obligated to answer every single question. I'm just interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks!
  11. I'm thinking about writing a Spanish curriculum. OK, I'm already writing it. If it were to be a full year's curriculum for elementary students, and each lesson were short, how many lessons would it need?
  12. My biggest problem with homeschooling has been wanting to study everything; I know I'm not the only one out there who finds the freedom of being able to teach my children whatever I want to teach a bit overwhelming. I've been wrestling with this issue for a long time, and the biggest sticking point for me was languages: I come from something of an international family, I have siblings and cousins who speak German, Swedish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Ukrainian, and Romanian, in addition to the Spanish, French, and Japanese I speak (all this comes from living overseas, not studying in school). I really want my children to feel comfortable with people from all over the world, and to have at least a taste of the vast richness of the world's languages and cultures. But obviously I can't teach all that, nor would my students have time to study it all! Here's what I finally settled on: Our "core" subjects to study daily will be math, music (yes, this is core to me), and our primary languages, Spanish and French (I'm thinking Spanish on MWF, French on TTh). English skills will also be practiced daily, through copywork and literature. History and Science can alternate days. This gives me 5 subjects a day, and lessons need not be long. Everything else I get excited about, including all those other languages I would like to expose my kids to, will be integrated into memory work. For example, I found an audio version of the Bible in Mandarin, and from that we have memorized John 1:1. We have also memorized songs for the Greek and Hebrew alphabets. I'm planning to start map drawing, also as part of our memory time. It's not a way to study a subject in depth, but together with wide-ranging reading outside of school time it satisfies my desire to provide an education with both depth and breadth, without driving myself or my kids crazy with schedules that have to fit everything in.
  13. Did you know that all Disney Junior Shows can be listened to in spanish? My kiddos are watching Mickey Mouse in spanish downstairs. You just need to change your options on your menu guide to listen! http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2010/05/26/disneyabc-television-replacing-soapnet-channel-with-disney-junior/52530:)
  14. I was re-reading parts of WTM last night (which I always enjoy) and reading the chapter about Latin in the Grammar stage. My girls are in second and fourth grade, and I have never done Latin with them. I have never done any FL with them, other then casually telling them simple Spanish (ie, they probably know "Gracias" is thank you, etc) I don't know a thing about Latin. Not a thing. And the idea of spending 3-4 hours a week, plus whatever prep time it takes for me to actually learn Latin myself ... well, that sounds pretty overwhelming. But if it's very important, and worth it, then maybe I should. I have been increasing following WTM recommendations, and am glad when I do. So having said all that, my questions are: 1) If you do -- or do not have your kids do Latin, what are your thoughts on it? Why or why not? What is your "case" for either Latin or no Latin? 2) Should I start both girls now, or just the fourth grader? 3) Can I wait another year or two, or would that just make it harder for everybody? 4) What about Spanish? For a year now, I've been saying, "I want to start teaching them some Spanish" because I'm familiar with Spanish, like it, and it seems potentially very useful. But I've never been able to fit it in (mainly because I've never found materials that I liked and that didn't break the bank.) So now I also have to worry about doing Latin?? Do most people do two languages at this age? At a later age? Never? If I have to choose one, which one should I start with? 5) WTM recommends Prima Latina and The Big Book of Lively Latin. Any thoughts on these, pro or con? Something else you would recommend? (Oh, and if anyone has any suggestions for good materials/curriculum that aren't a fortune for Spanish for a fourth or second grader -- I would love that too, thanks!)
  15. Thought this might be an interesting thread. What are your favorite apps to reinforce learning in home school/after school? Do you use a great app for foreign language? math? language arts? memory work etc?
  16. Do you know of any great podcasts for kids for beginning spanish? Any suggestions for beginner spanish podcasts for adults? Just wanted to get recommendations :)
  17. I am looking for picture flashcards for spanish. I prefer to have more cards rather than less (1000 ideally). I love the eeboo spanish flashcards but there are only 26 in the set. I would love to have cards with a picture on the front and the word on the back. Any suggestions? :bigear:
  18. What do you plan to use after GSWS? I am considering this program, but the only drawback I see is that there is no second book in this series for spanish. Any suggestions?
  19. A missionary friend just introduced us to this program. He is very pleased with it, and I thought I'd pass it along. It sounds similar to Rosetta Stone, in that it's on the computer, there are lessons, audio clips, visuals, written work, along with voice/accent corrections (although this program utilizes the knowledge of peers ~ others who speak that language.) Sounds promising, so I'm hoping it will be a help to someone! :001_smile:
  20. Do you know of an enjoyable spanish program for 5-6 year olds? FYI They are exposed to spanish since my extended family is Puerto Rican. Family talks to them in spanish...it is helpful but not enough. The answer I always get is *have them speak to them in spanish.* I know that is good advice, but please post an enjoyable program recommendation for my dc. :)
  21. Did you start a foreign language that early? If so, which one, and was it a language you already knew? How did you do it?
  22. Is anyone using this program, Spanishdict, for high school Spanish? Is it enough to count for high school credit, and if so, how many? What are your thoughts on it? Thanks so much!
  23. Hooked on Spanish 3-Level Prgm, Grs. K-5 -- $55. New. Interactive Computer CDs, Bks, Flashcrds, Wkbks- Original price $100
  24. I thought that it might be useful to make a list of movies with foreign language tracks that are widely available in the US. You can find more and more dvds with Spanish and French tracks. But what about German, Russian, Japanese, etc. I'd especially like comments about the appropriateness of the movie for different ages. If we organize replies for different languages, it might make it even easier to comb through.
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