Foreign Language Advice – Spanish

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  • Vanessa


    I’m interested in my 8 and 11 year old learning Spanish. I read in the SCM blog (Homeschooling One Step at a Time: Getting Started, Part 5), “If you want to teach a foreign language, remember to teach it the same way as our native language: hear and speak it first, then read and write it.”

    Do you have any recommendations for resources that allow the child to learn Spanish in this manner? BTW my parents are originally from Panama (they live in the US) and one thing I thought about is when we visit them (or vice versa) is having them speak to my children in Spanish .  Since we don’t live close to each other, we don’t get to see them often which will limit how often they will get to interact with them in Spanish. I am looking for other alternatives in addition to this.

    Also, this year will be our first year fully implementing CM method into our homeschool. I’m still reading and researching information on SCM blogs and Learning Library…I’ve been learning some great and helpful information. I did use a little CM method (copywork, dictation, and narration) last year (our 1st year homeschooling), but not fully…when should I introduce a foreign language into our transition?


    Sandra Wade

    This is our first year adding a foreign language. We have completed two weeks of Speaking Spanish with Miss Mason and Francois. This was a resource recommend to me at one of Mrs. Shafer’s classes. So far it is a winner.


    Thank you SandraK! I checked it out. I’m going to contact them to see if they can email me a sample of the lessons.

    Thanks again!


    We’ve always loved “La Clase Divertida,” which is taught on DVD with CDs, crafts, and more in the kit. My kids learned so much and it really was “The Fun Class.” My oldest completed three years of it and knows a lot of Spanish

    I felt like they needed to work with a native speaker for fluency so this year we are trying “Homeschool Spanish Academy.” It is a little pricey for us but I felt like it was time for my older ones to get that conversation time in and that doesn’t come free. It has been great, they like their teacher and the schedule is pretty flexible to fit in classes with him through Skype. HSLDA members get a discount.

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