Big Ambitions - Trilingual Education
Ever start a new school year with great plans? Then have those plans whittled down into reality? Did you know that is okay? Great!
If you didn't know, I'm letting you know now, it is okay.
We have been steadily plodding along with our bilingual homeschool in English and Spanish, while limping along in Chinese. Integrating the Chinese into our daily schedule helped a lot. So much so, I wrote a book about it! 28 Days to Family Language Learning has been a great help to me and others.
Then the pandemic hit. We still trucked along in our homeschool, but I was teaching more Spanish classes to students who were now not getting full immersion in their schools since they were home. This meant something had to give on our homeschooling, and that something was sometimes one or other of the languages. Thankfully, more classes went online, so she was able to maintain some exposure in Chinese. We also tried to keep up with our Mandarin Mornings. We even found a STEM class out of a school in Mexico, and she enjoyed talking to other students in Spanish, as she's usually just communicating with family.
If that wasn't enough, we had to move out of our home in May for apartment renovations, and everything was thrown into upheaval. Most of her Mandarin classes stopped since there wasn't reliable internet, and school had to be cut down to the bare basics that we could get by with and not fill the hotel room with a lot of books. We have been living in a hotel room for over 2 months now.
Talk about ideals being whittled down into reality.
So, here we are with another year of ideals. I plan to keep up with the blog on how these plans pan out for my daughter's 5th grade year.
In Spanish (Rod & Staff)
- Ciencia (2nd semester)
- Math - Teaching Textbooks
- All About Spelling
- Explorer’s Bible Study - Words of Wisdom (doubles as reading)
- Geography and science with MFW ECC, with Spanish supplements (1st semester)
- Math review class
- 1-1 with LingoBus (using the referral link gets you free classes)
- Group lessons (one social/conversation, one academic (math), and hopefully an extracurricular)
- Continue Mandarin Morning daily
- Art - The Great Courses, and/or How to Draw with Mark Kistler on YouTube