Monthly Archives: Februar 2015

Einblick in das Leben einer anderen Grossfamilie

 

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Wir sind eine neunköpfige Familie aus Österreich. Seit ca. drei Jahren unterrichte ich (Susi) fünf meiner sieben Kinder zuhause. Drei davon sind im schulpflichtigen Alter und zwei noch Vorschüler. Die beiden älteren Kinder besuchen eine höhere Schule.

Homeschooling ist in Österreich nicht gerade eine gängige Schulalternative. Ich suchte daher andere Familien, die diesen Weg schon gegangen sind und kam mit vielen Freilernern in Kontakt. Doch das freie Lernen kam für mich nicht in Frage. Die Homeschooler waren in Österreich zu diesem Zeitpunkt noch nicht als Gruppe organisiert. So stieß ich auf die Schweizer Homeschooler und auf Hanniels Blog.

Mehr zu meinem Beitrag zu Hanniels Blogjubiläum findet ihr hier : http://hanniel.ch


 

Bücher als Vorratshäuser der Gedanken

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Müsste wohl Charlotte Mason auch heute noch um die geistige Ernährung unserer Kinder besorgt sein? Die Aussagen von Barbara Höfler in ihrem Artikel „Bei den braven Kerlen“ (NZZ, 27.7.2014) bejahen dies, zumindest was Kinderbücher anbelangt.

Laut Höfler werden Kinder mit Wimmel- und Emotionslernbüchern unterhalten oder mit vielen Problembüchern gespiesen. Protagonisten seien oftmals Helden aus der heilen, fantastischen Welt wie die gertenschlanke rosa Prinzessin Lillifee. Inhalte wie „Mama ist depressiv, Papa haut ab“ sind Themen, aber auch Anleitungen zum „Zähne putzen und Pipi machen“ würden geboten.

So viel Langeweile sei selbst für Eltern, die bei der Erziehung und Förderung ihres Kindes alles richtig machen wollten, nur noch schwer zu verkraften. Barbara Höfler stellt sich sogar die Frage: „Kann es sein, dass unsere Kinderbücher immer blöder werden? Oder unsere Kinder? Oder wir, die ihnen die Bücher kaufen?“

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Meet Miss Mason and François(4)

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Why Miss Mason and François Gouin?

 

If you use Gouin series, do you need to know Miss Mason? If you use Gouin series without Miss Mason’s methods and motives, your practice may look very different. For instance, you might try to study French for hours. Miss Mason taught that you can focus best in short lessons: 20 minutes for younger students and 40 minutes for older ones. Modern scientists who study the brain using CAT scans say she was right. In fact, we now know that even in a 40 minute class, you remember more if there are two 20 minute activities. Studying something for hours does not mean that you learn more.

 

Without knowing Miss Mason you might assume you should memorize lists of Gouin series. But Miss Mason said not all series are living series to all students, so you won’t remember every series you study; and you don’t have to stick with a series until you know it. Instead, focus on what you know; you may forget a few series, but you will remember many others.

 

Finally, Miss Mason wanted you and your family to learn languages so that you could be ambassadors for your country. That doesn’t mean you have to travel. I can speak French with my French neighbors in the U.S. or with Swiss in Switzerland—but in both cases I represent my nation in their eyes.  She wanted us to discuss good literature, poetry, politics, current events, and even matters of faith—to do much more than pay for a taxi or check into a hotel room.  She wanted each of us to use our language ability to connect with others—to serve them and our countries.  Miss Mason had great confidence in our ability to learn. If you are studying more than one language at school or at home, you should know that Miss Mason thought it was possible to do so. She often said that we need a feast for the mind; I hope the Gouin series in our language volumes provide part of that feast.

 

 

Allyson D. Adrian, PhD

AKA “Dr. A”

http://cherrydalepress.com/

(Die deutsche Übersetzung ist demnächst hier  verfügbar)


 

Meet Miss Mason and François(3)

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What can I do to learn a foreign language well?

You hold within you the power to learn foreign languages well.  Miss Mason believed that you learn what you pay attention to; neuroscientists agree with her.  You don’t need to study a language for hours, but you do need to focus intensely.  Fifteen minutes of intense focus serves you better than an hour of loose study.

 

Listen to the series in the target language to train your ear to hear the sounds of the new language and to know how to pronounce new words. Once you are familiar with a series, read it—you remember more of what you both hear and see. Writing out a series will help you remember even more.

 

Also, act out what you are saying. When you do so, you create more connections in the brain to help you remember  the new phrases.  It is tempting to just say the series, but remember that little extra effort to act out the series helps you learn more quickly.

 

Finally, challenge yourself. After learning two or three series, create and act out new ones using the phrases you know. Use phrases from series in conversation. Sit with a friend and talk about what you do: “What do you do in the afternoon?” “I read an interesting book” or “I go visit a friend.” You need not include every sentence from the series, but use a few or even simply use the title, e.g., “What do you do?” “I play with a ball.”  When you can talk about what happened yesterday, tell stories to each other:  “Did I tell you what my dog did yesterday? First, he barked at himself in the mirror. Then he . . . ’’ Telling stories helps you remember the sentences in your new language that much more—and it is fun.

 

Allyson D. Adrian, PhD

AKA “Dr. A”

http://cherrydalepress.com/

(Die deutsche Übersetzung ist demnächst hier  verfügbar)


 

Meet Miss Mason and François(2)

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François opened language schools where people learned languages using these sets, which he called  “Gouin series.” His students learned to think and speak about all of life in other languages. Miss Mason used his method and had such success that many students were soon learning more than three languages at a time—and they were only studying each one for twenty to forty minutes two or three times a week.

 

Gouin saw that it is hard to remember lists, but easy to remember how to do things in a logical order. That is why in our volumes we are not learning lists of things in another language, but rather we are learning how to do things in another language. The first thing you learn in a Gouin series are the verbs.  Miss Mason called verbs the “king words.” Why? You cannot have a sentence without verbs. Repeat the verbs slowly until you know them, then learn the rest of the sentence. To speak foreign languages with others, you need to know verbs.

 

I studied German when I was young. My mother used to tell me that I would know German when I could think it—or, better yet, dream in it. To help you think in the language of your choice, our volumes contains Gouin series about the everyday things you do.  Most likely these are things you wouldn’t say in your own tongue, e.g., “I take a book, I open the book, I close the book.” But when you first learned to speak, you probably did narrate your actions, e.g., “I open the book! I’m reading it!” or “Watch me Mom! I kick the ball!”  Narrating what you do creates new connections in your brain; when you narrate the Gouin series you are making connections in a new language.

 

When you truly know something, you are able to remember it. Miss Mason knew that the best way for you to remember something was to narrate it back to someone—your teachers, mother, friends, etc.  Something about hearing or reading and then telling it back helps your mind retain knowledge. Modern science shows that Miss Mason was right.  We know now that we tend to remember only 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, and 30% of what we see. But if we both see and hear it, we remember 40%; if we discuss it, we remember 50% of it; if we teach it, we remember 90% of it. In a sense, narrating is teaching, because you are telling someone else “the story.”

 

Miss Mason knew, though, that we need good stories to narrate. You’ve probably read a fabulous book and told friends about it without having to refer to the book. Why? Good stories have a flow to them; they have a beginning, middle, and end or what we call a “narrative form.” Stories we can’t wait to tell, Miss Mason called “living” ones.  Gouin series, too, take a narrative form; living series should be easy to narrate.  In this method you learn each series in your own language and act it out. That way when you start learning the new language you know what you are saying and your mind translates each action into the new language. The words do not translate exactly, but the ideas do. The series teach the idea in a new language of opening the door or packing your backpack and so on.

 

Allyson D. Adrian, PhD

AKA “Dr. A”

http://cherrydalepress.com/

(Die deutsche Übersetzung ist demnächst hier  verfügbar