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Getting everyone involved
Volume 42, Program 24
1/16/2003
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Having more than one student of a foreign language in your home will be beneficial for all involved. Today on Home School Heartbeat we will talk about some of the advantages of homeschooling more than one child in the language.

    Mike:

    As a homeschool parent of multiple students, you can make foreign language lessons or homework more fun. Assign them a playtime where they can only speak the second language to each other. Round out their language training with lessons in that country's culture. Teach your students about the other culture's style of cooking, fine arts, and holidays. If possible, conduct these lessons with your children in the foreign language to provide exposure to a new application and social situation.

    As their teacher, it is important to recognize that each child's mastery of the second language will differ. Some children will just learn the language faster than others. For example, a child who is gifted in music or is studying music will have better tonal memory, thereby increasing his ability to master accents and speech patterns.

    It is important to make sure that each child is aware of his own progress in the language rather than comparing himself to a sibling. This is why it is helpful to periodically record the child's reading aloud or keep track of new words or phrases learned in a notebook. And until next time, I'm Mike Smith.

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