Almost 3 years ago I convinced two friends – a married couple – to pull their two kids out of one of the best UK-curriculum schools in Asia and homeschool them.
Their kids, a boy and girl, were 9 and 7.
The boy was average in his school year for most subjects including maths, according to his parents. Looking at the school’s exam record that would mean he was heading for an A in his GCSE Maths at 16.
Fast forward to today.
He’s achieved an A* in his Maths GCSE. He’s 12, and thus one of the youngest in the world to have ever done this.
He didn’t work particularly hard and his family spent much of the year travelling enjoying their new-found freedom. Oh, and he’s learning 4 languages, and a really confident young boy.
This is what happens after you drop out of a top school, imagine the improvement in average schools…
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Hello Asim, whats the best way to introduce new languages to 7 and 10 year olds ?
Kamal, get them talking over Skype to a native.
Asim. Is that a starting point? You mentioned in an earlier post that you started to teach languages using text book exercises. Only later was the Skype convos added. I’d assume the kids would get more out of the convos once they have a limited vocabulary etc?
Thanks for sharing your story!
Andreas, I think it’s fine to learn languages just on Skype. To grasp the spoken language it can be done on Skype alone.