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Learning a Language in Homeschool

How I learned a Language at Home

I was homeschooled as a kid, and I attribute some of my success in college to the education my parents were able to provide to me. My parents did an extraordinary amount of research on the best homeschool curriculums for all subjects, languages included.

 

1. Curriculum Strategy

While counterintuitive, research suggests that learning more than one language at once benefits vocabulary retention for both. My parents had me study both Latin and Spanish, which are both closely related. This means that a lot of the lessons I learned in one could, in some way, carry over to the other, and aid my grammar as well as vocabulary.

 

This holds true for all languages though, and it is more important that your child study more than one language as opposed to specifically two languages in the same family. Switch it up and pick ones that they are interested in!

 
2. Pod Strategy

The curriculum is important, but your child will never get fluent in another language through only schoolwork. The best way to get your child to learn another language is to immerse them in that other language.

 

For instance, if there are any local homeschool pods that are either mostly or entirely in Spanish, sending them to those would be the fastest and best way for them to pick up the language.

 

It can be a little scary putting your child in the care of people whose language neither you nor your child speak, but children are “programmed” to pick up languages from immersion alone far better than adults. It will be hard in the beginning, but after only a few months, they will catch up to everybody else and will go on to surpass their monolingual peers as they grow.