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Homeschool Foreign Language Program

Cindy asked, "Is there a particular Latin American Spanish curriculum that you recommend above others?  My children are 16,14,13 and 8.  We've been homeschooling for 10 years and I used to have a hard time learning a foreign language in school myself."

Dear Cindy,

Thank you for your question about Foreign Languages and Latin American Spanish!  The most common homeschool curriculum choices are Rosetta Stone, Power-Glide, and Aurolog.  You have a great opportunity with 4 students to have some quality practice!  It's important to work on foreign language for 15 minutes a day, so that the brain starts to "think" in Spanish.  If you miss a few days on a regular basis, then the brain needs to "reboot" and start over at a lower level.  You know how math books have a long review at the beginning of each year?  That's the same concept - when you don't use it regularly, you lose it.  So really, the curriculum isn't as important as the consistency.

We were very successful with Power-Glide French, but it probably depends on the learning style of your kids.  Try to compare the programs side by side.  Here are some links for you to compare high school Spanish:

Power Glide


Tell Me More



Rosetta Stone


There are lots of other choices as well.  These are just the three that I hear the most about.

You can do it, Cindy!  My children learned Latin, even though I don't know Latin, and they learned French, even though I only had one year of French in Junior High School.  It's all about consistency, and regular practice.  It's NOT about learning it perfectly, or knowing it ahead of time!  The great thing about Spanish is that you can practice with people every day.



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Comments 11

Guest - Lee (website) on Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:10

My husband teaches French and Russian through Currclick.com. I have free Spanish on my homeschool site, Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool. 6th and 7th have introductory Spanish and now Spanish 1 is ready for 8th (or any older student just starting). We plan to go through at least Spanish 3.

My husband teaches French and Russian through Currclick.com. I have free Spanish on my homeschool site, Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool. 6th and 7th have introductory Spanish and now Spanish 1 is ready for 8th (or any older student just starting). We plan to go through at least Spanish 3.
Guest - Julieanne (website) on Monday, 24 June 2013 11:21

MangoLanguages.com is another great option that we're going to use for our family this next school year.

MangoLanguages.com is another great option that we're going to use for our family this next school year.
Guest - Kris on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 10:32

We are using Pimsleur. It is the one used by the federal government when they quickly need to train an employee to work in a French (northern Maine) or Spanish speaking part of the country; it is also used by military and CIA employees to quickly learn a language. I think a lot of homeschoolers are missing out on this one and using programs that are not as successful.

We are using Pimsleur. It is the one used by the federal government when they quickly need to train an employee to work in a French (northern Maine) or Spanish speaking part of the country; it is also used by military and CIA employees to quickly learn a language. I think a lot of homeschoolers are missing out on this one and using programs that are not as successful.
Guest - Lee (website) on Friday, 17 August 2012 08:25

Jenn,
You can measure a high school credit either by BOOK or by HOURS. You don't have to measure both ways. So if they finish the book or level it's one high school credit. OR if they work 120-180 hours it's a credit.
Blessings,
Lee

Jenn, You can measure a high school credit either by BOOK or by HOURS. You don't have to measure both ways. So if they finish the book or level it's one high school credit. OR if they work 120-180 hours it's a credit. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Jenn on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 10:26

Hi Lee,

I'm wondering... can I still give a full credit for high school language if my high school student only works on his target language for 15 minutes a day? It seems that might not be enough time for a full credit, but if it is I can think of two high school students in my house who would like to know that!

Thanks for any advice you can offer,
Jenn
Jenn

Hi Lee, I'm wondering... can I still give a full credit for high school language if my high school student only works on his target language for 15 minutes a day? It seems that might not be enough time for a full credit, but if it is I can think of two high school students in my house who would like to know that! :) Thanks for any advice you can offer, Jenn Jenn
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar (website) on Friday, 17 August 2012 08:28

Hi Jen,
I think this article will be really help: Homeschool Credits: How to Calculate Partial Credit http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/homeschool-credits-how-to-calculate-partial-credit
Also, you will like Lee's FREE webinar: A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts http://www.thehomescholar.com/homeschool-transcripts-webinar.php
Blessings to you!
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Hi Jen, I think this article will be really help: Homeschool Credits: How to Calculate Partial Credit www.thehomescholar.com/blog/homeschool-credits-how-to-calculate-partial-credit Also, you will like Lee's FREE webinar: A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts http://www.thehomescholar.com/homeschool-transcripts-webinar.php Blessings to you! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Kim on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:17

We have Rosetta Stone and my oldest son loves it. He is in the 6th grade and has not been consistent with itso we will need to back up some. On the other hand, someone just gave us the Power Glide version so this summer we are going to compare side by side!

We have Rosetta Stone and my oldest son loves it. He is in the 6th grade and has not been consistent with itso we will need to back up some. On the other hand, someone just gave us the Power Glide version so this summer we are going to compare side by side!
Guest - Karen on Friday, 20 May 2011 20:38

We also love Fluenz. Pricey but worth it, in my opinion.

We also love Fluenz. Pricey but worth it, in my opinion.
Guest - Rene Johnson on Friday, 22 April 2011 06:33

We're on our second year using Rosetta Stone. My husband doesn't think it's 'working' but I think it just takes time to build up confidence and step out in a new language. Since our daughter is in 7th grade, I'm wondering if she should take a CLEP test to document her learning? Will a college expect her to remember Spanish she learned in 7th and 8th grade? Is using foreign language software enough to get high school credit or should our student do additional work like a report on a Spanish speaking country? During the summer we take Lee's advice and each day the kids watch 15 minutes of a fun DVD in Spanish. They love it!

We're on our second year using Rosetta Stone. My husband doesn't think it's 'working' but I think it just takes time to build up confidence and step out in a new language. Since our daughter is in 7th grade, I'm wondering if she should take a CLEP test to document her learning? Will a college expect her to remember Spanish she learned in 7th and 8th grade? Is using foreign language software enough to get high school credit or should our student do additional work like a report on a Spanish speaking country? During the summer we take Lee's advice and each day the kids watch 15 minutes of a fun DVD in Spanish. They love it!
Guest - Anne on Friday, 25 June 2010 18:58

We have loved Fluenz because we are visual learners!

We have loved Fluenz because we are visual learners!

[...] Me More and Power-Glide, and see if either of those might match your student better?  Here is my blog post that links them side by side.  Have your kids help you, and click on each sample one at a [...]

[...] Me More and Power-Glide, and see if either of those might match your student better?  Here is my blog post that links them side by side.  Have your kids help you, and click on each sample one at a [...]
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