One of the biggest challenges for bilingual homeschooling families is the lack of resources and support systems. Today’s Ask an Expert question was sent by Monica, a Latina mom, blogger and entrepreneur who has taken on the challenge to homeschool her kindergartner
“I’m a Latina who started homeschooling my kindergartner this year. I would love, love, love to be able to incorporate more cultural lessons, but it has been a real struggle for me to find not only bilingual or bicultural lessons on-line, but to also find a source of support for being a homeschool Latina mom. Can you suggest ways or resources for supplementing my English curriculum? And are there any groups out there for Mamis like me?”
There are lots of wonderful resources for homeschool moms online. The problem is that there are SO many, it can often be an overwhelming experience to sift through all the rubble and find the gems! The best advice I would give to homeschool moms looking for great world language lesson ideas, materials and resources would be to sign up for the Ñandutí ListServ.
According to the official homepage, “Ñandutí is a comprehensive resource on foreign language teaching and learning in grades preK-8. Based on the premise that learning another language is beneficial and that students of all ages can learn a language, the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), in conjunction with the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center at Iowa State University, offers a variety of resources on this site for teachers and parents interested in children learning foreign languages.”
Nandu, as members like to call it, is an excellent clearinghouse for ideas, materials and resources. A post to Nandu with a query usually yields responses within minutes from experts from around the country (and around the world). I am always more apt to heed the advice of my Nandu compatriots regarding good materials than I would be simply Googling or searching for material on my own. Nandu is also just excellent support for educators, parents and language learners. Its members are enthusiastic supporters and practitioners of early language teaching and as such, can provide wonderful advice and encouragement to anyone with similar interests.
Hope this helps! ¡Buena suerte!