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When I have looked at foreign language learning materials, I have a few criteria in mind. First off, it needs to be teacher friendly. That means having things laid out pretty well so I can pick it up and run with it. Also, it can not surmise that I have a firm command of the language. Although I had 2 years of Spanish in high school, I need a lot of refreshing alongside the boys’ learning. Finally, it has to appeal to the kids and provide plenty to keep their interest.
I suspected that I (as the teacher as well as a student) would like Homeschool Spanish when I saw that R.E.A.L. stands for “relax, enjoy, aspire, learn Spanish.”
This curriculum could be used with just one child. However, it was written with the whole family in mind. After all, if you don’t use a language on a regular basis, you won’t really engrain it into your brain. Having the ability to hold conversations in Spanish as a family helps to form those connections. And, we are not talking about long, involved conversations from the get go. It could be as simple as the following exchange around the dinner table:
Me: “Buenas noches!”
Mr. O : “Buenas noches! ¿Cómo estás?”
Me: : “Muy Bien. ¿Y tú?”
Mr. O : “Estoy cansado.”
Me: “Lo siento. Hasta mañana.”
For the curious mind, here’s what you get with the program:
- A ‘text’ book that has vocabulary and phrases along with tips for the home educator.
- An activity book with a variety of puzzles and worksheet types of activities. (very helpful for those of us who need to turn in grades.)
- Audio Files to accompany the text.
- Audio Files to accompany some of the activities in the activity book.
- Answer key for the activities.
A daily curriculum guide for a 5 day week is an add on to the program ($10 more), but most likely worth the investment for many as it lays it all out at a nice pace for the novice student and teacher.
With all you receive, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy as needed and help reinforce learning the written language. The website also has links to learning about different Spanish speaking countries and their cultures.
Now, the one ‘complaint’ I heard from D was in regard to the audio files. There’s a bit of an echo sound in some of the ones we heard which can be a bit annoying for someone sensitive to sounds.
Otherwise, from our limited use of the program it appears to be a nice one that is reasonably priced considering you can potentially use it with several children in your family. I’m hoping that I can keep the family going even on a more scaled back approach to it to build vocabulary and conversation skills.
Homeschool Spanish,a R.E.A.L. Curriculum for the Whole Family is available in downloaded ($49.95)or print ($89.95) format with shipping included in the price of print materials. The curriculum guide is an additional $10 fee and is available separately should you decide it will be beneficial after purchasing the other materials. Residents of North Carolina have to add on 7.5% sales tax when purchasing.
Not sure if this will be a good fit for your family? Check out their print and audio samples beforehand.
Disclaimer ~ Our family was provided with a downloadable copy of Homeschool Spanish, a R.E.A.L. Curriculum for the Whole Family for the purpose of completing this review. No monetary compensation was provided and the opinions expressed are our own. You can read what the other TOS Homeschool Crewmates had to say about this title on the TOS Homeschool Crew blog.