Not Your Average Classroom: Properly Implementing Your Homeschool Spanish CurriculumBrooks
Learning a foreign language is a difficult, but worthwhile, academic pursuit. What begins as classroom learning, when well cultivated, turns into something that translates (literally) to the world around you. Studies have proven that bilingual workers earn an average of 20% more per hour than their monolingual counterparts.
With advantages both professionally and personally, learning a foreign language is full of opportunity. But, the learning part is difficult. Couple that with the challenge of homeschooling, the process can be extra intimidating. Properly implementing your homeschool Spanish curriculum will ensure that your beginning Spanish curriculum will blossom your students into rising polyglots.
Your diligence is key
Teaching homeschool Spanish curriculum for children begins with you, the teacher/parent. Perhaps Spanish is just as foreign a language to you as it is for your child. How will you approach teaching the curriculum? What will your study habits be like? Because this process begins with you, it’s your responsibility to do due diligence before you begin teaching your homeschool Spanish curriculum. Use professional resources and reach out to those who teach or have taught it before. Create a language learning roadmap that’ll guide you and your students through the curriculum.
Language learning is a social practice
When learning a language, one can only learn so much from books, lectures, and quizzes. True language learning is in social practice. Speaking the language and practicing with other people will solidify curricular instruction and must not be neglected. However you go about doing this, use your learning network to bolster your homeschool Spanish curriculum with social language practice.
Diversity of experience
Jumping off language learning as a social practice, a well-rounded curriculum requires a diversity of experience. This means that your homeschool Spanish curriculum isn’t the be-all-end-all to language learning. Spanish storybook sets, language learning apps, video games, field trips, and anything else you can think of to further enrich language learning should be a part of your curriculum. Diverse experiential learning in foreign languages is key to providing meaningful learning experiences to that language.
Homeschooling isn’t without its challenges, but you have the resources and ability to make your curriculum meaningful and life-lasting. Remember that education is never an isolated experience. Reaching out to the existing network of educators is the wisest thing you can do as an educator in any facet. Learn, teach, explore, and continue learning.