Schooling often feels like a river. Sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes frustrating and if you follow it then it takes you were the river wants to take you, not where you might want to get to.

I was talking to Hawklad yesterday about school and homeschooling. It’s his call what happens going forward. He will be doing school at home until Christmas. Then it’s time to make another call. Currently he just can’t see himself returning to the classroom in January but he’s not yet ready to call time on school. So it looks like we will start 2021 still in home at school mode.

If that’s the case then it’s time to start making some adjustments to the teaching delivery. Starting with French. The time the school allocates to learning things like perfect and imperfect tenses is just currently a waste of effort for Hawklad. So that time will be spent on using an online language learning app. Probably Rosetta Stone. I’d rather him pick up a few words that he might be able to use in the future than to parrot learn stuff just for one exam in two years time.

42 thoughts on “Go again.

  1. I fully concur with your idea about the language, and Rosetta Stone is the best there is, albeit a bit pricey. Best of luck to you both! As a grandparent who home-schooled her granddaughter for 12 years, I can tell you that you will find yourself learning new things every week! It’s work, but it’s so rewarding.

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  2. I learned French too. When I went to school in Liechtenstein we had to learn French from 6 grade on due to the connection to Switzerland. English was an option. When my youngest son went to school, he was in the first class starting with English in first grade. Meanwhile, French is an option. And that is a very good thing… lol

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      1. French was a must back then. Italian and English were choices which I both made. Later in business school English was a must too.
        Today, English has to be learned, and French depends on what kind of profession you learn, otherwise it is a choice too. However, learning languages is always a a good thing and opens up possibilities but it can be a pain in the neck too… lol!

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      2. He needs a teacher who understands his way. That is what makes a good teacher. It is not to know a lot but to know how to share the knoweledge in order that it is understood!

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  3. What is the attraction of school? I don’t understand what keeps him from just saying forget it. Has he said? I’m just curious… I totally agree, it’s his call. It just seemed that he was miserable with the teaching and all the stuff he had to carry all the time. I’d think he’d be thrilled to homeschool and take the exams and be done.
    My 3 years of French has been useless! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I can read a little bit but I’d need to look up a lot if words. And living so close to Mexico, Spanish would’ve been smarter.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  4. I took French in my first year of high school but I totally sucked at it – last in the subject. Our family moved to a different city at the end of the school year and I switched to bookkeeping and accountancy. Came top of all 2nd year students by year’s end.

    Languages certainly helps one to see the world from different perspectives and I regret not having the opportunity to be more exposed to other languages in my formative years. Even though I’m not proficient in any language apart from English (and at times I’m not even sure about my proficiency in that), I continue to learn about the structure of language, how language and culture interact and how these affect how we perceive the world. In particular, I’m fascinated with Japanese as it’s the wife’s native tongue, and Mฤori as that culture is a source of some of what make this country unique, and as my grandchildren have Mฤori ancestry.

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  5. Home schooling is a blessing in my eyes. It’s definitely a challenging routine, but your son will learn a bunch more from you than a teacher. But, it’s not for everyone, so I applaud you one way or the other. Stay stellar out there!

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  6. That is a great idea! Hope you and Hawklad are having good day. Son has gone to remote learning. They said two weeks I say it won’t be until the New Year that they will be going back. We will see.


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