How’s your dream classical homeschool coming along? We’re almost to the finish line! It’s now time to add a modern foreign language.
You don’t have to though! If your kids are young, there’s no need for a modern language on top of Latin or Greek. In fact if your kids are young, you might have skipped Latin and Greek all together.
It’s a subject for a later date.
Modern Foreign Language
Latin and Greek aside, it’s time to consider adding a modern foreign language into your week. Young children more easily learn to be fluent than their adult counterparts.
If you’re living in another county, speak another language yourself, or have an easy method to expose your children to another language… go for it!
Another reason to strongly consider adding a modern foreign language to your school day is if your children are in middle or high school. Not all universities accept Latin as the foreign language requirement.
Take a look at the schools your children might be interested in attending or are in your state. What do they require? If one wants a language other than Latin, you should strongly consider adding a modern foreign language to your school day.
Also a classical education is about communication. In ages past, the more educated a person was, the more languages they spoke. We learn Latin and ancient Greek to communicate with people in the past. We can read what they had to say without the need of a translator.
The same goes for modern languages. We’re learning to speak with people from other cultures and places, not just people in our own time, our own town, and in our own language.
How can you chat with people if you can’t communicate? How can you understand their needs, their wants, their particular way of looking at the world?
While we can’t learn every language under the sun, we can pick up one or two.
Which foreign language will you learn?
So far we’ve:
- Taken a week off and inspired ourselves
- Started an hour of daily reading
- Picked up math lessons
- Added writing
- Started Morning Time
- Begun Latin or Greek
- Pondered the next 7 weeks
- Filled Out Language Arts
- Begun Science
- Started History
- Added Literature
- Started Fine Arts