The girls finished their once a week immersion Spanish class last week, and they miss it. I don’t speak Spanish beyond knowing a few vocabulary words, and, as this was their first drop-off class, I didn’t improve my language skills along with them. Heck, I couldn’t even really help them with their homework, as I didn’t know how to pronounce anything, and I don’t trust myself to be able to compare how I sound with some online pronunciation program.
Beara, in particular, seems to have a real gift for languages. She wants to learn both Spanish and Chinese, and I want to support her, obviously, but how can I best do that when she really needs immersion (not asking a five year old to conjugate verbs, sorry) and I simply don’t speak the language? I’m currently holding off on Rosetta Stone, since she seems a bit young for it, but maybe I’m wrong? Alternately, maybe I should find educational media for myself, and just try to stay ahead of her? (Did I mention that she most certainly did NOT get her aptitude for languages from me? Oi.)
Part of my issue is with drop-off classes in general, but especially with classes on things I don’t know myself. We like to integrate and circle back to what is happening in our not-facilitated-by-me homeschool activities, and I simply can’t do that if I wasn’t there and don’t personally know the content. A *family* Spanish class would be perfect, but I’ve never heard of such a thing. I wonder if I could find a Spanish-speaking family that would be interested in immersion playdates? Hm.
Anyway, I welcome your suggestions and input. Thank you!