My daughter recently announced she wanted to learn Spanish, so I’ve been wrestling with figuring out the best way to teach her. Not everyone is lucky enough to have an Italian grandmother at home to teach them Italian, or Russian immigrants a couple of doors down who love the idea of sharing their language and culture with neighborhood kids. How about the rest of us who want our young children to learn a foreign language, and in particular, the homeschooling families who don’t have public school resources to take advantage of?
There are several options for parents seeking to teach their homeschooled kids a foreign language, but they do require some research first to find the best fit for your family. The best way to develop fluency is for the child to speak and hear the language daily, but that isn’t always possible. If relatives of yours speak Spanish, then obviously this is an easier choice to teach your child over French, which the child would never have a chance to practice.