Military – Time4Learning https://www.time4learning.com Homeschool, Afterschool, Skill Building Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:31:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Show Your Support for Military Children This Month https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/show-your-support-for-military-children-this-month/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/show-your-support-for-military-children-this-month/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:24:37 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=9885 There’s quite a bit going on this month in the way of celebrations and holidays. One in particular honors and supports military children everywhere. April is Month of the Military Child. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, this month celebrates military children of all ages by supporting and honoring them […]]]>

There’s quite a bit going on this month in the way of celebrations and holidays. One in particular honors and supports military children everywhere. April is Month of the Military Child. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, this month celebrates military children of all ages by supporting and honoring them for the sacrifices they make.

Military children have a lot of challenges to overcome and stress to bear. Being the child of a parent in the military usually means having to deal with change on a regular basis, which can prove difficult for both younger and older children. There’s frequent moves and relocations, which often means having to start a new school, make new friends, and get accustomed to a new state or country, and perhaps even a new language. When a parent is deployed, these brave children have to go months on end without one or both parents. There is also the added anxiety and concern for a parent’s safety, especially if he or she is deployed to a country in turmoil.

This can be a lot for a child to take in, and by letting them know that we support them, they’ll know that they are never alone in their journey as a military child.

Purple Up! For Military Kids

Show your support and celebrate military child appreciation day on April 21st by wearing purple. In doing so, you’ll be letting the sons and daughters of service members know that you stand by them and thank them for their strength and sacrifices. Why purple? The color symbolizes the combined colors of all the branches of the military, so be sure to purple up on April 21st!

There are many other ways to show your support during military child month. If you or your spouse are not in the military but have friends or family members who are, offer to give them a hand with the kids. You can cook a meal for the family, offer to watch the kids for a few hours, or help with a particular household chore like laundry.

How Can Time4Learning Help Military Families?

If you’re a military family, we’d like to say thank you for everything you do and all that you sacrifice. Know that you have the support of those around you, and if you ever need a hand, rest assured we are here to help. All you have to do is ask.

We take pride in knowing that Time4Learning’s award-winning, comprehensive curriculum offers military families tons of flexibility. The web-based format means that you can bring Time4Learning wherever your orders take you, eliminating the need to start a new school with each move. Our engaging PreK-12th grade curriculum teaches math, language arts, science, social studies, and even foreign languages. Time4Learning also includes printable worksheets, lesson plans, and automated reports for parents.

More importantly, Time4Learning helps military children thrive in an environment that is often changing. Student-paced lessons allow children to move quickly through their strongest subjects and dedicate additional time to subjects that are more challenging. The latter can be particularly important for children who have had gaps in their academic school year for one reason or another. The online curriculum caters to today’s students, who are primarily visual learners, and helps them gain confidence in an independent learning environment. Time4Learning brings concepts to life with animated, fun characters rather than traditional lectured instruction, which can quickly cause students to lose their attention and focus. Time4Learning combines the technology kids crave, with the education they need to make learning fun.

Time4Learning is excited to support and celebrate military child month and we encourage you to do the same. Learn more about how Time4Learning can help military families.

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3 Ways to Grow Your Child’s Foreign Language Skills https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/3-ways-to-grow-your-childs-foreign-language-skills/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/3-ways-to-grow-your-childs-foreign-language-skills/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:34:44 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=9109 The time had finally come and we were ready for our family vacation to Mexico. After the 6-hour flight, we finally landed and made our way to baggage claim to collect our belongings. As we stepped outside to catch a ride to our hotel, I saw a man yell, “Necesitas que te lleven?” I didn’t […]]]>

The time had finally come and we were ready for our family vacation to Mexico. After the 6-hour flight, we finally landed and made our way to baggage claim to collect our belongings. As we stepped outside to catch a ride to our hotel, I saw a man yell, “Necesitas que te lleven?” I didn’t know what he was saying so I just shook my head and politely said, “No, that’s alright.” Little did I know that the man was asking if we needed a ride. Instead of quickly getting to our hotel, I passed on the offer and delayed our transportation all because I didn’t speak or understand Spanish. After that week long trip, my children made me promise that before our next vacation, we would make an effort to learn the country’s native language.

Travel is just one of the many reasons families choose to learn a second language. Learning an additional language improves one’s native language skills, memory, and academics. Many school-aged children pick language as an elective. And still, there are families who relocate to other countries because of work or military obligations. Whatever your reason is for learning a foreign language, consider incorporating these three tips to grow your children’s foreign language skills.

How to Grow Your Child’s Foreign Language Skills

  1. Sign Up for a Foreign Language Program
  2. Take a Mock Vacation
  3. Practice your New Language in Creative Ways

Sign Up for a Foreign Language Program

There are in-person classes, tutors, homeschool co-ops, foreign language clubs, and even apps that can be great resources for teaching your child a foreign language.

We found the best fit for our family was to add Time4Languages on to our Time4Learning membership. These online interactive courses can be accessed on a desktop, mobile, or tablet 24/7. We chose German, but they also have courses in Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish (Latin American), French, Chinese (Mandarin), Latin, and English (American). The program is great because it helps my children think and speak in German. They are also talking into a microphone to perfect their pronunciation of the words.

Take A Mock Vacation

Taking a trip to the country in which the language originates in or studying abroad are great ways to learn your foreign language. However, if you’re like my family, taking a trip once a year is all that fits in our budget. Since Germany was the next country we would be visiting, we held a mock vacation day at home, where my children and I immersed ourselves in the German culture all from our home. We dressed up in lederhosen, which is the German word for trousers, we baked pretzels, and cooked bratwurst on the grill. We also spoke German all day. This really put our knowledge to the test. If we didn’t know how to say a specific word or phrase we would write it down so we could do some research on it later.

Practice your New Language in Creative Ways

Learning a new language is exciting, but you definitely have to practice to help it stick. We have found fun and creative ways to keep up our family’s newfound skills before our trip. Here are a few that you and your family can also try:

  • Change all your settings on your phone/computer to the specific language you are learning. Surprisingly enough, you will catch on very quickly and be able to maneuver around your device sooner than later.
  • Rent a foreign movie but try to hold off on the subtitles as long as possible.
  • Fun Fact: Wikipedia pages have been created in over 200 languages, get ready to read lots and lots of foreign content.
  • Visit a restaurant specializing in the country for the language you are learning. Not only can you practice reading the menu and order in the language, but also get a feel for the culture.
  • Find a penpal in a country that speaks the language you are learning. You can either write letters to practice your writing or Skype to practice your pronunciations.
  • Join a foreign language club. It’s a great way to make friends with common interests.

Today, we live in such a diverse world, where approximately 350 different languages are spoken throughout the U.S. and 43% of the world’s population is bilingual. If you are ready to help your children become multilingual, consider an online program such as Time4Languages, which can easily fit into your daily schedule. And don’t forget to practice those newfound skills with reading, writing, and pronunciation activities inside and outside of the house. I can’t wait to see how this extra effort pays off when we visit Germany in the summer.

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