Last week I sent out a survey to my mailing list, to find out about their experiences teaching language to young children — such as what challenges they face finding activities, getting customers, and how my team can help support them in these challenges.
We didn’t know what kind of response to expect, but we were gratified and happy to see so many replies!
Some of the responses were especially eye-opening. Most everyone agreed that the biggest challenge is finding good activities that matched their needs, despite the wide range of free materials available on the internet.
Many people said that searching for resources is incredibly time consuming.
That sparked an interesting conversation with my team, because we could relate to these experiences — we had the same challenges when we started!
If you haven’t met my team yet, they are mom-entrepreneurs as well. Doreen is a business owner, former homeschooler, scientist, and software engineer with two college-age daughters. (You can read about her experiences here.) Sarah is a web designer and marketing consultant with a preschooler and 2nd grader. We all share a passion for languages and teaching, so we had a lot to say about this topic.
You can see our lively conversation below. We talk about…
- Some of our biggest teaching mistakes when starting out, and why YOU may be repeating them
- How free materials may cost you more in the long run
- How to avoid spending thousands of dollars like we did
So, what do you think? What is YOUR teaching philosophy? Leave your comments below.