Should 2nd graders begin learning a foreign langauge?

Not everyone is lucky enough to speak a second language at home, or to have close relatives and friends who do.  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 utilize?

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 in a foreign language 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.

Along those same lines, speaking the language with another person is much preferable over speaking it into a computer.  Many of the available computer programs are excellent, but reciting vocabulary words to yourself or the computer just doesn’t give the same quality of feedback as if you were speaking them to another person.

Learning a foreign language can be a difficult process, so look at the long-term benefits and the advantages your child will gain by speaking another language.  And remember, with learning a foreign language, persistence is key.

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