Today's 31 Days of Homeschool Spanish post: Tips for Learning Spanish Successfully is from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids. Their program is a video-based program that allows the children to learn in a way that small children learn their first language – first words, then phrases, then complete sentences.
Here are their 5 Tips for a Successful Homeschool Spanish Experience
1. Be Consistent
Just as you would with other subjects, plan ahead which days and times will be for Spanish lessons. Plan them at regular intervals and be consistent.
2. Be Realistic
Set aside an amount of time that you know will work with your schedule. Sticking to your schedule is more important than the quantity of time you allocate. We suggest Spanish lessons are done two or three times a week, but the most important thing is that you figure out a schedule that works well for your family.
3. Work at a Gradual Pace
Repetition is critical when learning a language. Children learn at different speeds, so fee free to adjust the pace for your students, but err on the side of moving slowly.
4. Learn with Your Children
Learning right along with your children sends a valuable message that you think learning a language is worthwhile. And children will love it when they learn faster than Mom and Dad.
5. Make a Commitment
Make a commitment to treat Spanish the same way you treat other subjects. Before starting, it is important that you decide that learning Spanish is a valuable skill that you want your child to have.
If you approach foreign language as an enrichment activity rather than a core subject, your child will pick up on that and may not take it seriously, wanting to give up as soon as it becomes difficult or less interesting. Just as you would not allow your child to quit math or English because it was hard or your child complained or didn't want to do it, it is important to have the same attitude here. If the message is conveyed that learning a foreign language is just as important as math and science, children are much more likely to value language learning as well.
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