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.

8/13/2015, 7:13:09 PM


That would be awesome! I myself am not a homeschooling mom quite yet, but being a homeschooler, I think that would be really great! :)

8/13/2015, 7:19:35 PM

I'm a homeschooling mom and am trying to create my classroom now. My 13 year old has been using it for a while now and we really love it. Hoping to start my 7 year old on it soon. It works great for us and is free! We use Khan Academy for math. U heard of it?

8/13/2015, 8:05:13 PM

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...)!

8/14/2015, 3:43:43 AM
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This is awesome! We'd love to know about how homeschool parents are using Duolingo. Hopefully, it will help us create even more useful features for homeschoolers in the future! =]

8/17/2015, 10:51:17 PM

We are homeschoolers!!! We just started with this, even though I have known about it since it started... Duolingo was created by a Guatemalan, like me! We live in Guatemala. How do you add students to your classroom?? I am on my computer, and my son is logged in a tablet.

8/13/2015, 8:49:07 PM

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.

8/15/2015, 2:02:42 AM

This will be our first year using Duolingo-Spanish for homeschooling. Since my son is in 9th grade, I'll need to generate a grade for him on his work. Any suggestions on how to assign a grade?

8/14/2015, 1:47:15 PM

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.

8/15/2015, 1:42:09 AM

I'm a home educator. I'm just trying to set up a classroom for my two as well :)

8/14/2015, 9:00:57 PM
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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.

8/14/2015, 11:01:25 PM

We homeschool our 7 year old twins and use Duolingo ourselves as well. It's a great resource!

8/16/2015, 12:00:43 PM

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

9/11/2015, 3:27:50 PM

I was just adding them to start this! I'm glad to see other parents doing this too

8/14/2015, 9:53:17 PM

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.

8/18/2015, 4:35:06 PM

I feel bad for your kids.

9/2/2015, 8:37:37 AM

I can completely understand this sentiment. I often feel so sorry for my homeschooled children, when they've finished all of their school work by noon and there's nothing left for them to do but play video games, work on hobbies, or go outside and play with their friends for the rest of the day. (But only their homeschooled friends. Because those lucky public-school kids get to stay inside at their nifty little desks and work in all that peace and quiet. Not like my kids, who are forced to go outside where their friends are laughing, screaming, and playing. Ugh.) And I know that when my kids' friends come home from public school, and they get to go right into their houses to do homework straight after school, my poor kids are so jealous.

Whenever I read all the studies about how homeschooled kids outperform kids who go to public school on every metric, and I think about how homeschoolers get better results with less time, effort, and money, I just wonder why we can't be more like the public schools. They really know what they're doing!

9/11/2015, 4:40:58 PM

I honestly see more advantages in public schooling if you have the money and can see that kids would want to get away from the house.. My aunt was home schooled and has social problems and can't get a steady job. To each their own, and I'm sure some people do it very efficiently.

9/14/2015, 1:14:24 PM

I was public schooled and have serious social anxiety disorder. It took me years to learn how to function in a social settings, and I still struggle with basic things like making phone calls. My husband was homeschooled, and is extremely charismatic and outgoing, the life of the party.

Correlation != causation

9/15/2015, 6:03:12 PM

(PS, I just noticed a slight miscommunication. I'm American, and here "public school" means the free, government-run schools. So that's what I meant when I referred to my kids' public-schooled friends, and in saying that I went to public schools.)

9/15/2015, 6:06:12 PM

Ah well ok. I see that you have had a bad experience. I can understand that home schooling it can work better for some people.

9/17/2015, 8:16:02 AM

My adult daughter survived homeschooling and is now helping her co-workers do their college home work. Stuff like Anatomy and Physiology, Pre-Algebra, writing and composition. Most of her co-workers are surprised she was homeschooled--she's so NORMAL.

10/12/2015, 12:40:33 AM

How do you invite your kids to your classroom? Mine don't have email addresses yet, but they'd LOVE this app!

9/9/2015, 7:44:29 PM
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You'd have to create email addresses for them.

9/9/2015, 8:11:45 PM

They're not yet 13. I guess I could make multiple email accounts for myself.

9/9/2015, 8:32:05 PM
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My three are all under 10 and have had email accounts since... well, shoot, since they were in the womb, lol. They're controlled by myself and my husband, but yeah... our kids have always had email accounts. :-P

9/9/2015, 11:47:55 PM

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).

9/11/2015, 3:25:19 PM
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I agree. This is what we do.

9/11/2015, 3:35:10 PM

Homeschoolers here too! We are starting Greek this year.

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