Now that we’ve gotten home from China and our family is all together now, it’s time to really start planning our school year. Well, I probably should have gotten a bit more planning done before we went to China, but here I am, and it’s time to get down to business.
I’d like to ask all of you who have walked this path before to share your wisdom.
What are your favorite English as a second language curriculums? What have you used before, and what did you like about it?
I would like to use a computer program that would be user friendly and the girls could progress through as they mastered the material. I need something that gives them a sufficient amount of drill because there’s so much to pack into our days that I’m afraid if it has to be left up to me to carry it all out, I won’t be able to keep up.
The second question is what can I do for math? Can I use any math curriculum or will I have difficulty teaching them that without a common language? They are fourteen, but do I start simple? Like maybe even fourth or fifth grade?
My last question is about their Bible. While we were in China, we bought the girls Mandarin English Bibles. There are Mandarin and English columns side by side. I thought I would have them read the chapter in Mandarin and then copy the chapter in English. What do you think about that? Good? Not so good? Why?
My sister is a middle school teacher in the public school. She has explained to me that in school, the children who do not speak English have a couple hours of English as a second language and then just audit the rest of the courses until they learn the language. They just pick up what they can, and are not penalized for what they don’t know.
I’m really hoping many of you share your wisdom on this one!