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May 22nd, 2010, 11:53 AM
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Do any of you teach spanish to your children? In the state I live in, it is very beneficial to most careers to be bilingual. What age do you begin teaching your child another language? Do you know of any good curriculum for spanish teaching? Thank you!
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May 22nd, 2010, 12:50 PM
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We don't have kids yet, but plan on starting as early as possible. Even some as simple as counting with your 1 year old, or colors to start. Kids pick up a second language really easily. I did this with a friend's son and by four he was reading and translating simple books!
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May 22nd, 2010, 02:04 PM
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Ben knows a little Spanish just because we live in an area that is saturated with it. We're not formally teaching it yet, though. (We will.) We're starting with Latin and Greek first. They're the foundations for almost all of the western languages, so it helps with vocabulary and spelling as well. After you've learned Latin especially (also Greek), you'll have a working knowledge of most other languages. (Meaning... you can read a sign in France or hear a conversation in Mexico and figure out roughly what it means.)

We started with Song School Latin a couple of weeks ago (we'll finish in about 3 weeks ... doing 1-2 lessons per day rather than 1 per week... there are 30 lessons, but 7 of those are review). From there, we'll move on to Latin for Children (3 years) and Greek for Children (3 years). There is also a Spanish for Children in that series. We may or may not use it, depending on level when we get there. (All of the ___ for Children series is written with 3-6 graders in mind.) We'll probably condense the 3 year Latin and Greek ones, because they're 32 weeks long, but we HS year-round. It would be easy to do 3-4 years for Latin and Greek combined. It depends what I think of it once we actually get into it. I may use something else entirely.

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Rosetta Stone is good, but it doesn't work for younger children most of the time (it's an immersion program, but younger children aren't old enough to recognize some of the things they're seeing in English, let alone Spanish.) I'd stay away from Muzzy if I were you. Abeka has a high school level 2 year course for both Spanish and French. I haven't seen it, but I bet it's comparable to any high school course you'd take in public school. I'd trust Abeka.
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May 22nd, 2010, 02:35 PM
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Miguel is doing Powerspeak Spanish 1 @ the high school level (he doesn't deal with change well and their format does not stay the same for Elementary, Middle and High school.) He liked the high-school level and completed the demo week in about 2 hours @ 77%. I like powerspeak with Rosetta stone because Rosetta stone concentrate on speaking the language correctly but I feel powerspeak's a better program for him.

He also will be taking Latin after he finishes Spanish 4. Then He will have a choice of what language he wants to take from their. He needs to finish Spanish 4 before he can go on a month long trip to the Dominican Republic. So he's really excited to complete it.
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May 23rd, 2010, 01:11 AM
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Thank you all! Wow BensMom, that's exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!
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May 24th, 2010, 06:54 AM
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I have a workbook called Teach Them Spanish, which is a collection of worksheets, games and songs to integrate Spanish by teaching ordinary concepts. Like once week they learn their colors in Spanish, the next week they learn their letters, etc.
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May 24th, 2010, 08:38 AM
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I have HOP Spanish so we will be using that this year if they want to. I will start more spanish work after we have been homeschooling a while and are settled into a routine. Don't want to do much at first, I don't want to overwhelm myself.
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Im bilingual(rusty tho LOL) so they will learn it when they are older. Not right now.
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May 24th, 2010, 01:16 PM
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DH is bilingual and most of that side English is there second language but DH is horrible at teaching it. He helped me fail college Spanish 1.
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May 24th, 2010, 01:27 PM
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Thank you so much for all of your help!
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