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May 15th, 2009, 06:37 PM
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I am thinking about starting Chyanne on a foreign language. I have been learning latin using rosetta stone, and I am tossing around the idea of teaching it to Chy and Hope too.

What do you think? What do you teach your kiddos?
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May 15th, 2009, 06:43 PM
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We haven't done a formal program. Mostly because I'd like to use RS, but can't afford it right now. We have played around with Spanish here and there, but nothing formal, and a little with sign language because I know a little.

I would like to focus more on sign language (I know this isn't exactly the same thing) and if we don't get to it sooner, then she will do foreign language for high school.

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May 15th, 2009, 08:47 PM
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I haven't started yet, but I'm planning on Latin as well.
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May 15th, 2009, 11:37 PM
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David will start spanish next year. I will learn with him. Living in So Cal with most of the jobs requiring bi-lingual in spanish I feel this is really important.
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May 16th, 2009, 03:23 AM
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We did Song School Latin last year. This year we're starting a sort of survey of foreign languages course to teach them just a few (I didn't count, but at least 100) words in various languages just to introduce them to what the languages are like so they can make an educated decision in choosing the language they ultimately focus on to learn around high school age. Each language lasts 12 weeks (I wrote the course). We've done 3 weeks of Romanian so far. Next is Spanish and then German. We started with Romanian because my sister's family is living over there right now and they can "practice" by talking on Skype with their almost 6 year old cousin who is pretty much fluent in Romanian now.
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We are currently teaching them German through RS. Not doing it as often as we should bc they are picking up from their Omi too. They will be going to German in July for a month so immersion is going to help too.

We are going to start them on Latin next year, and then when they are maybe 6th grade I want them to learn Spanish. From there they can take any FL they want but I think Latin and Spanish are VERY important to at least be exposed to.
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awesome! I thought latin because every language is based on it. And so much of english and medical language is based on it. The medical field is VERY popular around here due to the 20 hospitals in the area :-P. So chances are high they will get into it, so it will be doog to know. In fact Chyanne wants to be an EMS tech.
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We've been doing Latin and French here with the older kids. We speak some conversational Spanish because I know quite a bit and I also casually teach them ASL because I know a bit of that too.
I haven't decided when to start formal foreign language lessons for the younger ones. I think for now I'd like to keep it casual and use more of an immersion approach for them.
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May 16th, 2009, 11:49 AM
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Miguel learns Spanish from everyone around him. He has a DS Spanish and Japaneses games. He is taking sign language at his Co-op next semester and Latin when he's nine. We do nothing formal yet at home.
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Yep. Scotty is starting Song School Latin this year and Bryce is starting Spanish.
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We'll do Spanish when the time comes, although I'm liking Heather's approach to expose them and allow them to make the decision. Hmmmm....now I'll have to think on it.
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May 17th, 2009, 06:15 AM
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We don't do any foreign language formally. I know a little bit of a few languages & we just play around with it. (ie: kids ask, "How do you say ____ in...?" And sometimes they'll ask me a question & I'll answer them in some other language.) I figure this way, they'll be able to decide which language intrigues them the most & we'll focus on it later on.
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I'm going to try to teach them Arabic. I'm still trying to learn myself though so it could get interesting!
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May 17th, 2009, 11:38 AM
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Learning together is more fun anyway! :-)
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May 20th, 2009, 03:20 PM
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I wanted to start with Latin....but it is going to be Spanish. I took 2 years of french in school and can only remember a tiny bit of it.
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