I'm thinking about teaching Chinese to kids in my area as a way to get me started with home schooling before my child gets old enough for school.
Does anyone have any experience teaching a foreign language? Do people include foreign languages in their home schooling? Any issues I should worry about offering to teach kids after school?
You are Chinese?
My kids have had a Mexican mother's helper when they were small, 2 years of Rosetta Stone LA Spanish and have been going to a Columbian woman's half-day class once a week for this academic year. I did not choose Mandarin because it is a much bigger time investment mainly because of what it takes to read it at all.
It would be easy if you could create opportunities for them to interact with people speaking different languages.
My husband and I speak to my daughter in different languages (indian) and we have a helper at home who speaks a third indian language. Though shes not fully speaking but shes comfortably using words from all of them to communicate.
I am an American, but spent several years in China. I enjoy writing the Chinese characters - its so fun!
I think this is important, perhaps I just need to find some games or things to do and introduce words they can mix in with English instead of worrying about a curriculum and teaching everything properly. As long as they want to hang out together they'll start picking up pronunciation and words.
We are including Spanish and working with a tutor over Skype (she lives in Guatemala). I would love for my kids to learn Mandarin next but we'll have to find a tutor (over Skype or in person). I'm becoming increasingly convinced that a tutor is the only way to go (when it's feasible of course!).
Mama to DS (6/07) , DD (6/09) , and DD (07/12) ..
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