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    Good day everyone.

    So, I have a 6 year old (7 in December) who is in the first grade. We recently moved from the US to Merida, Mexico. She has been enrolled in a private, bilingual school.
    Unfortunately, this isn't working out for us.

    My daughter, who is the most outgoing and happy child ever, isn't taking well to the move. She loves it here but the language barrier (currently I'm the only Spanish speaker in the house. But we're working on it - tutor, language school etc) at school is currently insurmountable.

    The school isn't quite as bilingual as advertised and there are no concessions for her. I understand they can't completely hold her hand but what was advertised is not being given.

    Which brings me to....here!

    We have decided to homeschool her for 1 year. Well, at least 1 year. Thing is, she LOVES public school and she's a very social animal(She actually had a decent school where we were living before). The plan is for her to learn Spanish over the course of the year/year and a half and be able to return to the private schools if she wants. If not, we will consider homeschooling forever.

    We're not completely new to homeschooling. We did it with my son from 10-12th grade. Due to VERY poor schools in our area and eventually, moving around. However, he was nearly grown and had some basics and building blocks. This feels like a different animal.

    We feel up to the task but.... even though I made a curriculum for my son, the thought of creating one for her terrifies me. We need to get her foundation right. Make it strong.

    She is a quick study. She can read and write. She loves math and is a little above grade level in that area. Due to my anxiety and scattered brain, I'm having trouble picking a curriculum.

    I need help. Yes, I have looked around this site. I have done some searches. I just figure I'll get everyone's up to date answers!
    I've come up with Oak Meadow. But after having read some reviews, I'm not sure if it'll be.... rigorous enough.

    What do you guys think?

    I'm very sorry for the novella. It just poured out once I got started. If I need to move this post elsewhere, I'll be glad to.

    Thanks in advance,
    Daniel

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    Welcome!

    You may want to look for curriculum individually, instead of a “complete”, especially since you may want to spend more time focused on language and giving her more social opportunities.
    She is young, foundations will be there! Once she tries reading Spanish, I would guess she will like it more because the spelling and pronunciation is so much simpler!
    I would imagine that developing her reading skills (no help with a reading program thats not in english, sorry!), a decent math curriculum, and then focusing on language and local culture would suffice. Arithmetic is arithmetic, I dont know that it would matter what language it is in. There are a lot of adequate programs, it really depends on how she learns and would respond. (Some kids want lots of math toys, some seem to act as if theyre remembering how to do this stuff from a past life, some are happy filling out worksheets.)
    I would suggest you find ways for her to get her social fix taken care of.

    Good luck! Ask if you have questions!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Not saying your should not homeschool, but the inconsistency/issue I noted in your post when I was reading it, is that you want her to learn Spanish but you are going to take her out of her Spanish speaking school to homeschool her with an English curriculum. That in my mind is not really going to help her with integration. As when she goes back to school, everyone in her class will be another year ahead in their Spanish curriculum. But then, you also sound like you may want to homeschool because you want to try homeschooling and the Spanish is an "in" (don't worry, I totally did this with my daughter because of a different reason).

    We have a lot of refugee immigrants in my home town and the kids come here mostly having very minimal English, but they learn very rapidly in school. Their parents—the ones who are not in that immersion environment five days a week where they have to learn to interact—they pick it up really slowly even with someone at home who either knows or is learning the native language (English in this case) faster than them. My mum does volunteer work with them, working with families and teaching English classes, and has observed this.

    If you do want her to go back to school, I would be wanting to look for curricula that were in Spanish and aligned with what she would encounter when she went back to school. But if you think you would be happy homeschooling her much longer, then you could look at English ones. I think it would be helpful to have math and everything in Spanish because then she will learn all the terms that she might encounter in school. I imagine math is similar to science, and that some terms would be unique to the language and not directly translate well in English. I edit science for non-native speakers and they come up with some funny phrases if they try to direct translate the terms they use for things; and my mum taught high school chemistry and often had international students, and it was her hobby to collect periodic tables in different languages because they are all different.

    From my experience, it is much easier to piece together a curriculum than to use an all in one.

    Good luck and have fun! Living in Mexico is something I would love to do.
    Last edited by NZ_Mama; 09-06-2019 at 02:45 AM.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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