Any other homeschool parents here?
I just created a duolingo "classroom" for my kids, two of whom (ages 8 and 6) have already been using duolingo for some time. Anyone else doing this? I have really enjoyed using duolingo myself, and I think it's a fun way to encourage language learning. I'm thinking about incorporating it more into our homeschool program, but haven't figured out how that will work yet. I'm curious what others may be doing.
I just looked at this program, and with all the issues my son is having with Rosetta Stone 2 to work consistently, I'm going to introduce this program to him. I am curious how it will be keep records for us (accountability). I really like what I see so far- especially the features for review. By the way, one of my homeschool graduates, now a college grad, engineer and married, sent this program to us (always learning...)!
I have several children, and we've really enjoyed Duolingo. I've decided to allow equal language play (sign language apps, Duolingo) and video game play. Similarly, I've decided to allow equal documentary and movie/show watching. They have tongue depressors with twenty minute increments for language, and thirty minute increments for viewing, and they put them in cups when used so they can keep the time more or less equal. Every day, we play a go fish, memory, or war game using words and phrases from the language programs. We also learn new Spanish songs, and add these words and phrases to our cards. Then they illustrate the song like a story, and we put it in Windows movie maker. They keep a computer entry making their own word and phrase bilingual dictionaries as they go, illustrated! With the games and projects, we're continually practicing and learning new words and phrases in a fun, relaxed fashion. With the equal screen time between learning and playing, they don't feel overwhelmed or pressured, and they choose how much time to commit.
If you are unable to find a language-placement test online, I suggest you visit a teacher supply store and check out their language books. Bring your kids and gauge what level they're working at by having them translate parts of the book, or read a small section and answer questions about it. Once you know their level, check again after several months. Have they moved on to another level yet? Did they do so following good study habits and easy effort? Then assign an A or B. Did they struggle? Assign a B. Are they still within the same level after trying honestly? Assign a C. Are they struggling? Don't assign a grade. Just keep practicing and when you see improvement, assign a C or B.
Yes, we are homeschooling. Our Duo classroom is for my son (8 and a half), who is learning Spanish, Swedish, Irish, and Esperanto; and my daughter (5 and a half), who is learning Irish and Esperanto. I do wish the Duo classroom will eventually allow the same students to be in multiple classes (I want to have a different classroom set up for each language they're learning, for the practice quiz to work).
The kids have been enjoying Duolingo a lot. My son has it scheduled in with his homework, while my daughter is allowed to be much more loose with it, and only practice when she feels up to it.
I have eight kids, and four of them are using Duolingo. The oldest three have it as part of their school work for high school, and one of my younger ones is learning Irish just for fun. I assign grades based on getting enough XP every day. The classroom feature is great because I can just click on a student in the dashboard and see how many XP they got on which day. And I can see that one of my sons is practicing the same lessons over and over rather than moving on to something new. :P
Haven't figured anything out yet, but exited to use this neat resource for language learning! We use Sonrisas Spanish for our daily curriculum, and Homeschool Spanish Academy (Skype video lesson with a native speaker in Guatemala) 3 times a week. I'm thinking we will use Duolingo when my son wants to play on the computer.
Use Gmail. You can create email accounts for your kids and then have them all checked by your Gmail account and filtered with different labels. Then when your kid hits 13, just disconnect the email from your account, change the password, and hand it over.
Also, using Google accounts allows you to set each kid up with their own profile in Chrome. Then they each have their own bookmarks (and their own history for you to check).