Language Immersion Challenge

If you want to help your child gain some familiarity with a language, have a chance to practice their speaking of one, or just make it more fun, here’s a simple way to add it to your daily life. All you need is a pen and some sticky notes!

Take about a week for this project, and invite the whole family to join. The object is to start replacing English words with that of your chosen language of study, but you can set it up in different ways. You could focus on a certain set of words/phrases for the duration, or try different areas every day. You could start by labeling various things in your house; rooms, if you like, or items such as beds, chairs, tables, etc. As everyone goes through their regular day, they get 1 point every time they use the foreign word rather than the English one. Another day you could move it outside, label food, have a list of common expressions (maybe 10 phrases, like greetings and such), replace numbers, and so on. At the end of the week tally up points and let the winner have a reward, like picking dinner or choosing a family outing.

Extra Credit ideas:

  • Go to a restaurant that corresponds with the language being studied, bring a dictionary, and challenge each other to use the most words. Winner picks dessert!
  • Try a foreign language version of the game where you have to come up with a word that starts with the last letter of the word said before it until no one can think of one.
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Who am I? Foremost, the lucky momma of an amazing boy. To be perfectly honest, I am less his teacher than he is my inspiration - I have learned at least as much from him in the last seven years as he has from me. I am an old-timer at heart; I'd rather live on a farm, garden, crochet, and raise my kid out in the sun than anything else. I'm a bit of a technological dinosaur, more geared toward life where you can get your hands dirty and have some fun exploring, learning, and growing. I'm a homeschooled, homeschooling single parent with a passion for my son, nature, and the simple life. I am not here to pretend I know it all or lay out the research or provide a step-by-step game plan. I hope to encourage and inspire families to join in the journey of learning together - and have the fun that life is supposed to be made of along the way. Happy exploring!

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