Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Homeschooling with Real Language Right Away


We have several home school families using our materials, so we wanted to post some information about how homeschoolers can use our materials.  Here are some answers to key questions:

It’s a communicative method for teaching French and Spanish.  The foundation of the program is a series of partner conversations, so children encounter the language within a context.  No vocabulary is presented in isolation, and children are given everything they need to practice!  The conversations are meant to be a starting point for encountering the language, and the activities in the Student Activity Book and the Teacher’s Guide help the student move toward ownership of the language, so that those expressions, structures, and vocabulary can be used spontaneously.

How much French or Spanish do I need to know to teach with this curriculum?
Of course, knowing the language well is ideal, but your high school French or Spanish will suffice.  This may be a great chance for you to learn along with your children!  For those parents who are less confident in their pronunciation, the Audio CD can guide you and your children. 

At what age can I start the curriculum?
As soon as your child is comfortable reading in English, you can start teaching them French or Spanish with Real Language right away.  Level I is appropriate for beginners ages 6 through 9, and Level II works well with children ages 10 through 13.  If you are starting at age 10 or above, you can start with Level II.

What should homeschooling families purchase?
Your children will enjoy practicing the conversations from the color Partner Conversations book.  The Student Activity Book will give your children a chance to complete written activities that will reinforce the language.  The Teacher’s Guide will give you many supplemental activities, important information about how to use the program, and oral and written evaluations to track your child’s progress.  If you need help with pronunciation, the Audio CD will be a helpful tool.

Questions?  Feel free to comment here or email us at hippocampepublications@gmail.com



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