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Teaching A Foreign Language

Foreign language is a notoriously challenging subject for many Americans due to our relative isolation from the rest of the world. Even those who take a foreign language in high school or college rarely end up using it. In fact, only 26% of American’s speak a second language well enough to hold a conversation while more than 50% of Europeans are fluent in at least one additional language. So if you are one of the 74% of Americans that continue to struggle with a foreign language here are a few ideas that might make the process a little more enjoyable.

Experts agree that “immersion” substantially increase a student’s ability to retain foreign languages. Although trips to Mexico or Europe may be out of the question, there are other ways to create immersion opportunities for the whole

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Teaching the Catechism Through Song

Music is a great way to support your homeschool curriculum. There are music CD’s for math, science, history, government and more. Unfortunately, most of them tend to be marketed purely for the educational content rather than the quality of music. I can’t tell you the number of times I have had to listen to a high pitch squealing vocal on a keyboard driven education CD. The grating melodies immediately take me back to the days of watching Barney with my two year old. I do it because it really does help the kids remember important facts, but it’s hardly a pleasant experience.

Then I discovered The Westminster Shorter Catechism CD’s written and produced by Holly Dutton. To say that this educational CD set is a breath of fresh air would be an understatement.

This folksy accompaniment to

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Opal Wheeler Biographies

One of my favorite series of biographies was written in the 1930s and 40s by Opal Wheeler. For a long time, they were out of print and you could only find used copies. Now, they are back in print! 

Each book tells the story of a famous composer from his childhood to his death. Here are the titles in the series:

Simple, pen and ink illustrations add

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