|The Geek Bug, back in 2012 at age 8 years old, |
with Terry Snow with YWAM Haiti
Some years ago our family attended an international night to support missionaries. I expected an evening that would allow my children to learn, to explore, to find a great cause to support. Please note the word, support ... Not dive in, head first.
I did not expect that it would create a lifetime vision for one of my children. That meeting one particular missionary, from one particular place would change all the plans she had for her life.
The Geek Bug was then only 7 years old, and already possessed a ardent want to support missions and humanitarian aid to Haiti. She had already organized a little penny drive & "adopted" a little doll that she said was a Haitian orphan. She named him David.
But, that night after meeting the YWAM Haiti director, her fervor for the people of Haiti was ignited all the more.
We challenged the Geek Bug to utilize her new found passion into motivation.
We helped her to plan ways to support her vision. Like the photo below, where she made yarn dolls to support her missionary.
We encouraged her to learn French, instead of Creole, as she would easily be able to adjust when she was older. I began gathering resources and taught French to her, megerly, but consistently. In two short years, she has surpassed her instructor & longs for more.
The importance of learning French has not been a fly-by-night fancy for the Geek Bug. It is as important to her now as it was after that night exploring Haiti missions.
Mommy's enthusiasm, however; is wavering.
She was thrilled to begin utilizing this online class to help extend herself beyond her instructor's current state of understanding & lack of enthusiasm. (I am hanging my head, with a little shame)
We have been enjoying Middlebury Interactive Languages: French, level 6. Obviously, we needed a French course that was well-suited to our family's learning needs, and Middlebury has met them all.
• User Friendly
• Conversational Instruction
In addition to her formal courses, the Geek Bug has enjoyed utilizing the Middlebury app. The app provides her with a variety of enrichment activities that she enjoys using in between her lessons online.
• The Middlebury app includes an interactive French dictionary that includes audio pronunciation.
• Discover famous landmarks of France with some lovely photography.
• The app also has a lovely video on French Castles.
Now is an excellent time to be thinking about teaching foreign language and choosing something that suits your students needs. Middlebury is affordable and has an offer for home educators with a 10% discount, use code: HomeschoolFirst10.
Middlebury is also hosting a giveaway for homeschoolers right now! Enter to win an online course for learning a foreign language from Middlebury. You will have an opportunity to select the langauge and level of your choosing, a value of $119.
• Come and join the iHomeschool Bloggers as Middlebury is featured in a Twitter party on Oct. 9, 2014
• Middlebury Interactive Languages will also be featured at the iHomeschool Hangout on October 16th, with panelists discussing teaching foreign language in home education.
Joyfully Learning with You,
The Joyful Socks Mom
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