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    Hi there! We are former homeschoolers who are returning to the fold after two years of being in a charter school. We LOVE our school but with the pandemic knocking everything into a tizzy, I don't want to be stuck doing School At Home again when the second wave of the virus hits.

    ANYWAY, we are going to be using Build Your Library Level 1 this year and I wanted to connect with other parents using BYL. I'm also in a FB group but the more community the better! I have a 7yo and an autistic 12yo who is at a lower grade level in her core subjects, hence combining them in Level 1. I do have a question for your BYL parents. If you're learning a foreign language, which program do you use and why do you love it? I'm looking at Muzzy right now. I need something that's not going to break the bank but will still be effective.

    Thanks in advance, y'all. We're so happy to be back!

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    What are your goals for foreign language? Fluency? Exposure? Practice to maintain a second language? Muzzy is fun, my ds(7) likes watching them (we can use the entire Muzzy program through our library's internet services.) and there is a dinosaur themed one that he likes too that I can't remember the name of. Duolingo is a bit over his head right now but he is speech impaired and I'm just going for exposure so I don't need him to practice for fluency right now.

    Our main second language right now is American sign language. There isn't much in the way of homeschool programs for learning sign language so I do my own lessons and teach him what is pertinent for him to know. We chose ASL because we've been using it with him since he was a baby because of his speech impairment so we need at least a moderate amount of fluency. We do that by using the signs we know every day. We also chose ASL because it is very kid friendly and kinesthetic language to learn. Learning about deaf culture has been an unexpected bonus.

    We use Muzzy and stuff for French mostly because ds took an interest in French after seeing one of the Muzzy videos at the library. It is more just for exposure and fun for him.

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    I would love for them to become fluent but right now it's just for exposure. We tried Duolingo and it was great for me, but not so much for the kids. I think we'll proceed with Muzzy. Thanks!

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    We used Song School when the kids were younger and we enjoyed it.
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