Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

I've wanted to add a foreign language into my kids' school experience since Kaity was in Kindergarten! Well, this year, what with our extra little tax deduction, we finally had enough in our school budget to add it in. Our curriculum provider, Sonlight, offers Rosetta Stone for foreign language learning and it was on sale this spring. I had always said that I would start the kids off with Spanish, then move on to another language if they chose, but for some reason we all latched on to the idea of German. Since I was born there and lived there for 5 years of my life as a kid, I grew up using basic German around the house. (I'm telling myself it's that and has nothing to do with Dr. Doofenshmirtz.) Anyway, German is what we chose and I love that with Rosetta Stone we can all learn at our own pace. It's become something of a summer project for me, Jeff, and the big kids.

The program is on the computer, using total immersion.You read, speak, write and "click" completely in German. It's actually very similar to how babies/toddlers begin to learn language - not every word is defined, but they learn what things mean by context and inference.