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6 Reasons Why We Are Learning Multiple Languages

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We have been on this foreign language journey for many years now.  I started exposure to Mandarin early on and when my oldest was in Kindergarten, we started to formally learn Mandarin.  Wanting to give my children the advantage of early exposure while their sound systems were still pliable, I …

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Thoughts on Foreign Language With a Visual-Spatial Learner

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My son recently said something to me that had me thinking. We have been studying several foreign languages in our homeschool for 4-5 years now. The other day my visual-spatial learner made a comment that he knows Greek best. He has devoted time and effort into studying Arabic, Mandarin, and …

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Memorization Strategies with a Visual-Spatial Learner

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Visual-spatial learners do not typically have very good memorization skills.  They tend to learn better by seeing and understanding relationships than memorizing.  I found that quite true in my educational experience.  Memorization took me lots more time than the average bear and it wasn’t until college that I began to …

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Scheduling Multiple Foreign Languages

Over the years I’ve changed our schedule many times and we have tried different ways to approach learning multiple languages.  Because our progress in languages was quite slow for the first part of this school year, I changed things up about a month ago and have been very pleased with …

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Foreign Language Lessons in Kindergarten

We start foreign language formally in Kindergarten.  By formally, I mean that we do formal lessons, but they don’t have to look like pencil and paper tasks at a desk.  My daughter is studying three foreign languages this year – Koine Greek, Mandarin, and Arabic.  Some days she may do …

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Ancient Greek Pictionary

Learning foreign language vocabulary can be done through rote memorization, but it isn’t very fun and at times it can be quite tedious.  We’ve had success learning individual words by association.  For instance the word for farmer in ancient Greek is αὐτουργός which sounds like owe – tore- gose. We …

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Grammar for Visual-Spatial Learners

Teaching grammar visually to visual-spatial learners can make the learning process a bit easier.  I had been working on a difficult grammatical concept with my visual-spatial learner in our foreign language curriculum recently and he wasn’t really connecting with the concept.  When I pulled out the cuisenaire rods and used …

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