Homeschooling is tough.
I know that, even as a teenager.
If you’ve been around my blog before, you probably know that when I went into the first grade, my parents decided that my mom would stay home and homeschool me. It wasn’t until halfway through my freshman year that I went to a private school, and then moved to public school my junior year.
However, all homeschool moms have the same starting ground: you aren’t sure how to homeschool, but you know that you want to do it. In your kiddos’ younger years, it isn’t very hard to find a good quality homeschool curriculum that would take your youngster from kindergarten to fifth grade, or even eighth.
But the trouble comes during the high school years. Now, it’s time to get serious about making sure your teen has all of those credits in, has a proper transcript, and is becoming college ready.
And learning a foreign language is one of those credits required on every student’s high school transcript.
Foreign language is often thought of as Spanish or French in terms of school. However, you’d be surprised how many options your student actually has as far as the foreign language requirements for college goes. Some colleges accept many more languages than your normal Spanish, French, and German.
All of this plays a huge role in determining how your teen is going to get those foreign language classes in before graduation. However, keep in mind that now that you are homeschooling, you have more options as far as which languages your teen can learn than the average public school student.
While there might not be many online homeschool programs that offer foreign language classes, there are a variety of resources you can use and ways to still get those credits on a high school student’s transcript. Additionally, there are countless benefits of learning a foreign language that can be more heavily embraced by homeschooling families.
So, without further ado, I present to you the ultimate ways to homeschool foreign language.
What Language Should You Homeschool?
First coming into reading this post, you were probably thinking that you would obviously be teaching your teenager a common language such as Spanish or French.
However, now you might be questioning yourself. What language should you really homeschool your high schooler?
The truth is, there really is no right or wrong answer. However, the tricky part is deciding which language is the most beneficial for your teen to learn.
Colleges across the country accept Spanish classes on transcripts, but as I mentioned earlier, you probably weren’t aware of the wide range of options you actually have to work with. For example, American Sign Language (ASL) is accepted by Texas A&M.
Additionally, more and more public high schools even are offering Mandarin Chinese classes.
The important thing to know is that a minimum of 2 years of the same language is required by any college in the United States. However, as to which language those two years should be spent learning all depends on the college your student will be attending and even your student’s interests.
Ask your teenager what language he or she would be most interested in learning. This is the perfect time to get their input as well as spending some quality time. It’s a great topic worthy of discussion, as more and more of the world’s population is becoming more multilingual and there are many more job opportunities for bilingual people. Also, the adventures that knowing another language can take you on is astounding, and it is worth your teen’s thoughts.
This is a great way for you to get to know your teen better as well as make the whole process of homeschool high school a lot more fun.
There are Many Choices out there for Homeschooling a Foreign Language.
There’s a lot we’ve covered, but a huge hole in the picture still remains: how exactly are you, as a mom, supposed to teach your kid a new language with courses recognized by colleges?
Well, just like with choosing which language, you’d be surprised by how much freedom most colleges give you.
If you speak another language yourself, you would make a great teacher, no other course required. And you’d still be able to put it on your teenager’s high school transcript.
But to give you a bigger picture of all the possibilities, here are all the different options you have for homeschooling two years of foreign language.
1. Use a Correspondence School.
Correspondence schools are like private schools that offer classes to homeschoolers. Regardless of whether your teen is currently taking all of their classes at home, private schools that offer classes for homeschoolers and homeschool co-ops are great options.
This works especially well when you don’t feel comfortable teaching a certain subject, like foreign language or advanced courses like chemistry.
2. Complete Course Curriculums.
As I mentioned briefly earlier, there are many large homeschool programs that do offer courses in every subject. These are commonly referred to as “complete course curriculums.”
Examples of these include Abeka, Alpha Omega, Accelerated Christian Education, Covenant Home Curriculum, and much more.
This means that these complete curriculums will offer foreign language classes. However, they are probably languages more common such as Spanish, and maybe French or German.
3. Take Advantage of AP Testing.
Something many homeschool parents forget about is AP testing, which stands for Advanced Placement. Public schools and private schools alike take advantage of these tests, and they are definitely open to homeschoolers as well.
When I was going to a private school my freshman year and part of my junior year, the administrators had me set up to take the AP Chinese Language & Culture test so I wouldn’t have to take two years of Spanish and still be recognized.
There are a wide variety of AP tests available, for language such as Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, German, and the like.
All your student will have to do is study in preparation for this test and then take it.
4. Use Common Courses.
Even course such as Rosetta Stone will get your student recognition on their transcript.
When I was in elementary school, my mom started me early and purchased a Rosetta Stone Spanish course for me, my sister, and even both of my parents (even though my dad could already speak Spanish!).
This is a fun way to get involved together as a family or have a simple option for your teen. It would also be enjoyable to let your teen help you pick out the courses that you will use.
Running a Full-Time Home School is all About the Planning.
Even I as a former homeschooled teen know that there’s a lot more that goes into homeschooling than giving your kid a book.
It’s about taking into consideration which courses you are going to use, creating a schedule for your student to use, and making sure that you all keep up with it.
Learning a foreign language requires daily practice, especially if it is going to be used in the long term. Regardless of what your teen’s normal schedule looks like, these two years of language learning should be used to the fullest if you want him or her to reap the full benefits of learning another language.
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Learning a foreign language is something that will last your teen longer than two years.
It will last them for a lifetime.
Knowing another language comes with a million new opportunities that the average monolingual person doesn’t have.
Higher pay, more job opportunities, travelling experiences, new friends, romance, better memory and focusing skills, and a longer, healthier life are all the positive side effects of being bilingual.
And who knows, mama, you might enjoy these benefits too! No one is ever too old or too young to learn another language.
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