Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Online Learning for 8th Grade

Eighth graders are amazing. They are a cross between a young person and a young adult. They want to appear grown up, yet they still love playing games. My own junior high age children struggle with these contradicting forces in their lives. They can't decide if they are grown or if they are still children. Sometimes it's amusing to watch, other times it is just pitiful.

That's where online education comes in, they enjoy fun and games - certain types of online education can supply this. Yet, I like to have a challenging homeschool curriculum that will adequately prepare them for their future. We have found the solution to both of our desires in an online curriculum. We use it daily, it is exciting, and challenging. Perfectly meeting the needs of my maturing, yet not so grown big kids!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Get a jump on Language

You typically don't see foreign languages as a course until your students get to high school. But would you say I was crazy if I liked to start mine in elementary or junior high school? Well, lets just say, I am a bit disgruntle with the "way we always do it" method. I took three years of Spanish in high school, and I cannot speakit fluently. It was a waste of time.
I don't want this to happen to my children. If we are going to learn spanish - we are going to speak it! We have invested in a great language program and found some foreign language games too.  I have started one of my children in 8th grade... I plan to start the others when they reach 7th grade.
The idea is that instead of cramming it all in to two or three years. You take 5-6 to learn the language thoroughly and be able to speak it fluently. What an asset that would be if they were able to finish high school and be fluent in a foreign language...