Señora Gose's Homeschool Spanish Blog

Priorities.... What are yours, what are your children's?

Priorities.... What are yours, what are your children's?

This is a timely blog entry. It's the beginning of a new school year, and we're all looking at how much we can put on our plate, and actually partake of it in a meaningful way. I'm in a startling new position, as we're (for the first time ever) becoming a "SPORTS" family. When the children were younger, we left the house about twice a week - co-op & classes one day, and then church stuff another. It was wonderful. Here and there, maybe monthly, we enjoyed field trips, and of course play dates at friends' houses. But I stayed...

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What is their "Spanish Level," after using Flip Flop Spanish?

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What is their "Spanish Level," after using Flip Flop Spanish?

This is the second most asked question we get.  Honestly, I usually sort of hem and haw around this answer when we're at Homeschool Conventions, because the answer is so very dependent on so many aspects: ~ the Spanish learner~ the teacher/guide~ how often you do the lessons~ how motivated the students are~ how long you go between moving forward to the next lesson~ any preexisting attitudes toward learning languages, or learning in general.... So, I hem and haw. (Is that a phrase everywhere, or just in Texas?) But, happily, there are concrete ways to describe your language fluency level in...

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How often do I have to practice Spanish to learn it?

How often do I have to practice Spanish to learn it?

Learning a second language takes a LOT of practice.  Let's reason it out. When the objective is learning a new vocabulary word in a typical Language Arts Class (in our first language), we require a student to complete approximately five steps per word. 1) Read the word aloud (often repeating after a teacher as a class.) 2) Copy the word (paying close attention to spelling) 3) Read and copy the definition, including part of speech 4) Read and copy an example sentence 5) Use the new word in an original sentence (written and spoken, usually) Even then, if the student doesn't...

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What "type" of Spanish do you teach?

What "type" of Spanish do you teach?

I just returned from another GREAT convention in Arizona! One of the most oft asked questions about See it and Say it - and all Flip Flop Spanish Products was, "What type of Spanish is it?"  What they mean is, "In what countries will I be understood?"  I'm happy to report that I worked very hard after returning from Spain (years and years ago, we won't talk about how many years...) to adjust my vocabulary and accent after speaking with many of my Mexican, Colombian, and Puerto Rican friends. I researched for three years, (not for a curriculum's sake, but...

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Off Topic: Great Literature for boys

Off Topic: Great Literature for boys

I love Charlotte Mason's methodology and belong to several CM Facebook groups. In one of the threads, all the amazing CM mothers offered up fantastic literature titles that feature a male as the protagonist and from the comments, I made a list. Here it is, I hope it helps! I've put a little asterisk next to the ones that my boys recommend and a double star net to the ones that I loved as a read-aloud to the whole family. ~~~~ Charlotte Mason Boy Books for inspiring good. A list compiled by awesome CM moms on the FB page:  ...

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