by: Gelsey Brizo
Is Smart Coos a Language Learning Solution for Homeschooling Parents?
The monolingual culture of the United States can really make things tough on parents who want to help their children learn a second language. This can be especially frustrating if your children are homeschooled and you are their primary teacher. Joining co-ops or finding outside sources or tutors to teach your children can be time consuming and financially stressful.
In addition, if your child has a question about their foreign language homework it’s discouraging to be unable to provide them with any answers when you are usually the one with all the answers. Most parenting books on second language acquisition are directed at bilingual parents and leave monolingual parents in the dark, and most tutors and language learning programs are ridiculously expensive and sometimes even ineffective. When everyone is telling you language is about exposure but you are unable to speak another language, the task can be daunting. But, there is a solution. Kristy, a homeschooling mom of 4, helped her son, Levi, learn Mandarin Chinese with Smart Coos’ live language lessons, a language which Kristy does not speak herself. She is also using Smart Coos to teach her youngest daughter sign language, to make communicating with her little 2 year old easier on both of them. Smart Coos is an effective language learning program that is specially designed for child language learning regardless of the parent’s fluency in another language. And you want to know the best part? You and your kids will never have to leave home to attend a session.
Smart Coos offers live language learning sessions you can access from the comfort of your own home. No need to drive your children somewhere else, no need to spend days or even weeks looking for a proper tutor, and no need to stress yourself out by going to different learning centers to make sure you approve of the environment. These sessions can take place right at home, where the rest of your child’s learning takes place. Smart Coos’ online sessions are the first of its kind, in that, they’re not recordings you play over and over again with no interaction or feedback. A live instructor, who is a native speaker of the language being taught, is there for every session and can interact with your child under your watchful eye. If you or your child have any questions, the instructor can answer them for you right away. Without verbal communication to reinforce language learning, it is difficult for children to fully learn to communicate in that language. Kristy was especially concerned about this because she feared her son would not retain Mandarin if she could not practice speaking it with him. But with Smart Coos and it’s live instructors, this isn’t a problem any longer. Smart Coos also offers text nudges that help you reinforce the language learning even outside the online sessions.
With Smart Coos’ live language learning sessions you can be directly involved with their language learning, just as you are with the rest of their education. Even if you are unable to speak the second language, you have direct contact with the language guide through the online sessions and can help reinforce the language through Smart Coos’ text nudges. No wasting your time or money in vain, try something that really works and is beneficial for your little one. And who knows, you might even learn a thing or two yourself, cierto (right)?
About the Author:
Gelsey Brizo. A senior at the University of Florida pursuing a degree in English. Born and raised in Miami, Florida she speaks both English and Spanish fluently and loves to watch and play soccer. A book fanatic who enjoys to read and write, she can’t go a day without a cup of coffee, a good read or her favorite music.
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