Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Foreign Language Study

Why do Americans shy away from foreign language study? I am not exactly sure, but I think that Americans - due to the fact that the major language of a very broad expanse of land mass is English - think that there really is no point to learn another language. Often, even the students who take a foreign language in high school, lose it before they are 30 because they never use it. Yet, I am here to say that foreign language study, increases your aptitude and enables you to think better in your own language. Have you ever met an ignorant person who knew many languages?

Most Europeans know several languages...not just 2 most often 3-5 different languages. Amazing really! Yet, these people because the countries are smaller in Europe find it necessary to learn several languages due to the fact that travel between these countries is often extensive. My goodness you can take the Chunnel from Britain to France and be there in just a few hours. Hop a flight to Italy from France in a couple more hours.

So have Americans used the fact that English is spoken over most of our continent as an excuse for not learning another language. I believe so. Learning a foreign language is probably one of the best courses of study. Don't be afraid to offer it to your homeschooled child. There are many really great programs out there that are either computer based, or online. Don't hesitate to get your sixth grader learning another language- you won't be sorry!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Making it Count...

You know, homeschoolers have a big advantage over the typical schooled family. The blessings are priceless...Can you guess what I am talking about?

Homeschool families have so much more time together. More time to bond - more time to make memories - more time to make the moments count. Homeschooling our children can leave an amazing impression with our little ones. The family unit becomes the most important thing in their little lives. It really is beyond compare.

Children grow up so quickly. It seems like years are actually weeks, at least to us adults. Do you remember how it felt when you were young. Time seemed to stand still. Now that we are older, we can't get it to slow down. Days tick by like minutes, and weeks like days. How can we make it count, when it moves so rapidly? Cherish each day, and each opportunity to invest in your child. Make it count today!