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."
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.
MangoLanguages.com is another great option that we're going to use for our family this next school year.
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.
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.
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,
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!
Assistant to The HomeScholar
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'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!
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