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 the progress we have made since then.
My 6th grader is studying 4 foreign languages and my other kids are studying 3. We had been using a loop schedule for all of our subjects. I moved our foreign language out of the loop schedule to first thing in the morning. Now my 4th grader and 6th grader spend 90 minutes on foreign language before we start our loop schedule. My Kindergartner spends maybe 30-40 minutes per day, but I fit her in when I’m not busy with one of the older two. We also watch foreign language videos during breakfast and lunch. I don’t count that time into the total.
Earlier this school year we were using a chronological list. Once something was mastered they would move on to the next thing on the list. Because I’m not a speaker of any of the languages we are studying, I tended to have them stick around on one exercise for awhile and make sure that they really learned it. This past month I changed to using an assignment list. It keeps them moving forward and they have made so much more progress in the last month covering about 3-4 times more material than before.
The assignment list must be completed by the end of the week. If the child is done early, then the child can do more informal foreign language activities with the extra time. This has been highly motivating for my 4th grader. If they don’t finish I just adjust the next week’s assignments (assuming this was not because of goofing around). I’m usually right there, so if there is any goofing off I remind them to get back on track.
Here is my Kindergartner’s schedule for the week:
Here is my 6th grader’s schedule: