Summer School, 2009

We ‘do’ summer school. We take breaks enough year round that having school in the summer, especially the really hot part, just makes good sense. Our focus for this summer, early 2nd grade for Martina, will be foreign language and equine arts.

Foreign Language
For German we are relying heavily on this site. I read the English version aloud and we then listen to the German version several times. We don’t do this necessarily all in one sitting but over the course of a week we will focus on one song and one fairy tale and enjoy the sounds of the language.

Because we are Waldorf-focused while not being puritanical about it, this is the approach we use. We listen. We are also using the Springboard to German series which was a give away from a local home school cooperative’s freebie table. This approach is fun and active and Martina is having a great time with it.
For Italian we are searching. Springboard does not have an Italian course so I’m shopping. I’ll let you know when I settle and begin a course. We have used Pimsleur but I need visuals (read: I need the words written down, not just spoken) and it’s too adult focused for a 2nd grader to really enjoy. I in no way mean to devalue Pimsleur’s program, it’s good and very helpful if you want to learn spoken Italian for a trip. It just is not a good fit for our needs. I am considering using this curriculum, from Teach Me. It has gotten good reviews and seems like a good fit for what I’m shopping for: songs, stories, letters, numbers, all in a recorded version that we can listen to and play along with but which comes with a text.
If you have suggestions for a children’s Italian language program, please comment and leave the information.
Equine Arts:
Isn’t that a fancy title? What does it mean? It means that our pony is coming home from the lesson program he’s been in for the last few months and so we’re going to use his arrival as the impetus for Horse Camp 1-on-1. I printed this out for a guide. As long as we can get moving early in the day on this, it will be a great time and an opportunity to keep Wind working and Martina growing into a rider.
We are also doing some art work and plan on attending some fun activities over the summer. It’s school but it’s fun.

About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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