Originally Posted by LilyGrace
I don't believe homeschooling is the home teaching everything, but the home taking charge of the education. There's no way I'd be able to teach my child the way a native speaker could, or a professional player could. I'll draw on their talents to help get where he wants to go.
DS is 5-1/2yo and we tried some of the lower-age-targeted language programs (Hooked On Phonics is one of them) and he seriously just blew right through it (talk about a waste of money
. So we're now going to enroll him in a private children's language lesson program. Where I live there aren't a lot of options (I think 2-3) but I've investigated relocating and I now know that's actually a lot.
And we found a place that gives children's musical instrument lessons. It's an arts organization that also does drama and song (through adult) and has tie-ins to youth orchestras, etc. (I hate that I'm relocating... sorry... had to say it) and they do a special needs instrument lesson. My son is way ahead in some ways and way behind in others. He's taking violin and will act like he's not paying attention, but then will spit back what he was just taught dead-on. At the same time, he has fine motor issues that make fingering difficult. The lessons are done with the parent in the room as a "train the trainer" type lesson where *I* am taught how to work with him to practice all week... so it's awesome for a hser.
If you can find those free little parent magazines and directories around--seek them out for music and language resources. Call and ask them about their organizations and programs to see what fits you best and which ones have the most to offer in experiences and resources. Check the local YMCA's and your school district and community college's "enrichment" programs. Some of our community colleges run "college for kids" with some pretty cool programs.