View Poll Results: What foreign language are you teaching this year?

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  • English

    1 1.37%
  • Spanish

    20 27.40%
  • Latin

    16 21.92%
  • Chinese

    4 5.48%
  • Japanese

    1 1.37%
  • French

    11 15.07%
  • Italian

    3 4.11%
  • Other

    17 23.29%
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    This is something that I had been meaning to do since the beginning BUT never went any further with it! There just didn't seem to be enough time for it all, ya know, especially in those first years. It seemed like all we were doing was catching up from what DS wasn't taught in school.
    Fast forward to oldest DS entering 9th grade over the summer (yes we homeschool year round and the new year for us starts about a week or so after we finish this year!) I wanted the foreign language that is required for high school to be something that he wanted to learn to make my job easier. For the past year, he was saying Japanese (because a lot of the kids in our homeschool group are learning that for their first year of high school- anime nuts like him!) but during our vacation (with no TV or video games) I sat down with him and laid out the languages that he could pick from to learn next year. Then I told him which ones I thought would be most helpful to him in the future- Spanish and Chinese. I encouraged him to think about it and let me know, I was willing to do any language he wanted to do. He came back with Spanish for next year with the possibility of learning Chinese the next! So we are going to make it a family affair and learn it together as a family. Already lined up a Spanish teacher, bought a HS Spanish book, and looking into an online program as well.
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    Latin with dd13. We're using Cambridge Latin after a year of Minimus and Minimus Secondus. We like CL but I feel it needs supplementing. Or maybe a tutor

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    Well, not really a foreign language since we live in Hawaii, but we are going to start learning Hawaiian this year. My son is going to be taking a dance class at one of the local immersion schools and only Hawaiian will be spoken, so we figure we would take the opportunity to teach him as much of the language as we can. When our son gets a bit older, we will start Japanese.

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    Spanish for us.

    DS has been wanting to learn French since he was 4, but somehow we just never got to it (we enrolled him in a French immersion school for K-8 but then moved; thought he'd get French where we live since it's a bilingual province but they cut the program right before we moved here; and then we just haven't gotten to it somehow). Since we have no intention of staying where we are longer than we have to, DH and I figured Spanish would be more helpful back home so we encouraged that instead. DS immediately took to the idea and is excited to get going. We're hoping an impending mail strike won't delay our Rosetta Stone shipment.
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    Both kids:
    ASL - Signing Time DVDs & various other DVDs
    Spanish - Tell Me more
    Latin - Oxford Latin for dd, Latin for Children for ds

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    I probably should have said this year or for next year OH well that's what happens when I type things at 430 in the morning You all rock more than one language! I was doing well just to get them to speak English those first couple years of homeschooling!! Oh well better late then NEVER AT ALL.
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    I require Spanish for the kids, but my daughter is also teaching herself Latin and French.
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    In our tenth year of homeschooling zanily creative dd (18) and programming-happy logical ds (17)

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    Spanish Rosetta Stone Homeschool Edition. We'll be continuing next year (4th grade) and probably the following year, too.
    Dad (39) to 2 DSs Hurricane (aka Nathan, 11) and Tornado (aka Trevor, 7)
    He likes to think he knows what he's doing. Please don't burst his bubble by telling him otherwise...

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    I'm teaching my daughter French and my husband is teaching Latin to our son.
    Mother of two monkeys...daughter age 9 and son age 10.5.

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    My 8 year old just finished her second year of Chinese. I was absolutely not equipped to teach her Chinese so she is taking it at a Chinese school once per week. She absolutely loves it.
    I started out helping my 11 yo work through Cambridge Latin, but we just didn't keep it up. I am going to enroll him in a Latin class in the fall.
    I know that the 9 yo is going to want to begin a language also, but I am much more hesitant with her. I think she will have a lot more problems with learning a language than the other two. She wants to learn German.

    I let them pick their languages. I did have to talk Joseph out of Greek because Greek is just very difficult to find instruction on (in person). He is using Latin to lead into Greek, so I am not off the hook yet.
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