This post was sponsored by Dawn Sign company. I was given product in exchange for an honest review and compensation. All opinions are my own.
Language is nearly the first thing we start to teach our babies--'say mama...say dada.' Teaching them how to speak comes naturally. We speak, they learn it. But when my oldest refused to speak until he was three, we chose to teach him a whole pile of signs to help us figure out what he needed--or even manners like please and thank you. Now in hindsight, I'm wondering if the sign language helped him to silently continue in his suborn ways, but that's ok. He eventually started talking, but the signs also stuck.
I cannot speak a foreign language, but it is high on my bucket list. Having this opportunity to learn at home with my kids gives be the perfect chance to knock that off my list sooner rather than later. The problem for me though is, having your child sit down with a workbook and some formal curriculum feels very forced and unnatural. Sort of like the opposite of the saying that if you want to learn a language you need to move to that country.
When Dawn Sign asked me to review their Once Upon a Sign DVD series, this just made sense to me. My kids are super receptive to learning through video, so I knew this would be beneficial for us. My kids started watching (and signing) right away. Some of those signs we taught Noah so long ago have never left our family vocabulary and the way that the signs in these videos are presented is really natural--like you're just having a conversation opposed to memorizing a list of words.
Dawn Sign offers a series of updated classic fairy tales and you can see a sneak peek here.
We complicate learning languagesLike so many things, we tend to complicate learning language--even something like grammar can be complicated by overinvolved curriculum or great products that take up half of our day. I'm all about the simple, the easy stuff that my kids will be receptive too, but not frustrated when they grow tired or their attention span runs out.
I really appreciated that with Dawn Sign, my kids could just pop it in the DVD player and watch a quick video while I did other things nearby.
The signs introduced in these videos were also to relevant to my kids that they were able to incorporate and use them right away--sad, happy, tired, etc.
Language variety for an array of learnersWith such a wide array of ages in our family, it's always nice to be able to include the little one. She watches and listens along with the big kids and uses her little brain in ways she doesn't normally use it. I love that.
This year, besides American Sign Language, we are also continuing to learn German this year. My kids love the DuoLingo app and we'll also be using Rosetta Stone. My kids love things that can be completed on their own--also anything involving technology.
Incorporating resources into our language regime that hits on all the different learning styles of my kids is something I'm always looking for. All three of the resources we're using hit different learning styles: the technical kid, the visual learner, the audio learner. Dawn Sign Press also offers a series for babies and one for a little older children or adults too that we'll be checking out as well.
What about you? Are you teaching foreign language in your homeschool this year? What resources are you using?