We have made a few changes to our foreign language studies since I wrote about our choices in the Marvelous Mondays post. The reality is, I haven't been happy with our high school Spanish and French because in order to really get a foreign language, one has to be able to practice speaking it.
And that's a problem. I have the ability to converse in Spanish and French with my beginning students, but I just don't have the time. As a result, I feel I gave our oldest two a poor education when it came to fulfilling their high school foreign language requirements.
On the one hand, they'd both had so much Latin in the later elementary years and junior high that I really didn't care. On the other hand, they were supposed to be meeting a college prep requirement. This is just one of those areas in which we need to see the big picture and have some flexibility. In their case, I cut myself some slack but am going to approach foreign languages differently with my next two high schoolers.
Classes. Yep. That's how we're doing high school foreign languages for Jack (this will be his junior year) and Abby (her freshman year). Jack will take two years of American Sign Language and Abby is taking Spanish.
I have to tell you, I love outsourcing high school classes. This next year will bring a mix of online, at home, and classroom courses for my two high school students, and we're all quite excited about it.
I still love the Breaking the Barrier curriculum, and if my next up-and-coming high schooler prefers to take her foreign language at home (she's my real homebody), then that's what we'll go with.
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