View Poll Results: What is your foreign language experience during the elementary years?

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  • My kids learned fine through a good program a few times a week.

    2 15.38%
  • My kids learned through a program and interacting with a fluent speaker ("immersion")

    4 30.77%
  • My kids are raised bilingual, no formal program needed for the most part.

    2 15.38%
  • We did a couple years, but it didnt stick once we stopped.

    0 0%
  • We tried for a while, then decided to revisit when theyre a bit older.

    5 38.46%
  • My darling(s) have expressed no interest (or opposition), and I have bigger fish to fry.

    0 0%
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  1. #11


    I came into homeschooling with a huge collection of my college books and other materials I got for the joy of Japanese, and still some Russian stuff, too.
    But they don't have the passion, and I don't have the time, not if I want to do a really good job on the 3 R's for the littler ones, and still manage the very different needs and issues of my two older ones with even marginal success. Learning a second language when you have no one to speak it with, also bites... I mean we could try to have everyone speak Japanese (or Spanish or French for that matter) at home, but I would need to start out fully fluent for that to happen, and I'm rusty. It's been 20 years!

    So that one just has to wait for whenever, and if any of our kids are like me, waiting won't hurt them any, and if any are like their dad (who never managed to even roll an r despite years of Spanish class, and can't remember any of it), taking a second language might never amount to more than a formality to fulfill a requirement. In either case, no harm in waiting.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

  2. T4L In Forum Nov19
  3. #12


    I know this is an old post but wanted to comment on our experience.

    We found a native French speaker, who also was an elementary school teacher in France, who meets with a small group of us homeschoolers at a local library weekly. They sing songs, play games, role play, create art and put on plays all in French. We'll be starting our third year with her in September for our third grader. My daughter looks forward to this class every week and I surprised how much has stuck over the summer when she strikes up conversations or busts into a song in French

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Elementary-Aged foreign language experiences