Thursday, August 18, 2016

Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids ~Spanish Review


Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review

Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids was a great learning experience for my 8 year old. The
Spanish Program Starter Set 1 was educational and fun. It utilizes the immersion method, and is based on an 8 part video series.

Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review
The Set includes:
  • DVD with videos for Levels 1-3
  • Three Parent-Teacher Guides which sets out a detailed lesson plan, with a suggested viewing schedule and a variety of fun, supplemental and hands on activities to choose from to reinforce the material taught in the videos.
  • Flashcards and Card Games for Levels 1 to 3
  • Workbooks for Levels 1-3
  • Stickers for Levels 1-3
We started in Level 1 as Maverick hasn't had any exposure to Spanish. The DVD caught his attention right away, even though he hadn't a clue what they were saying. As I sat down to write the review he says "Make sure you write that I love it, it is so much fun". Well there you go!

The DVD is the main portion of the set. I loved how it was a physical video, and didn't have to be watched online. This really helped with our having to utilize the internet in rotation so that the kids can get all of their school work done on our slow speed internet.

"Basketballs aren't for Breakfast", was the title of our first video. The entire video is 12 minutes in length. The teacher guide is wonderful. It is very detailed on what exactly I need to do. It starts with watching the DVD, and for how many minutes. It includes the Spanish words that are going to be used in the video. You work up to watching the entire video, and learning what each word or phrase they are saying means. My 8 year old loved watching the video over and over again. My older kids in the same room, not so much. I definitely find this best for elementary aged children.

Each lesson has additional activities that you can utilize as well. There are games that use the flashcards. The flashcards has actual photos of the video segment on them. It is easy to compare what they are getting across since it is consistent. If you haven't watched the video, the flashcards really won't make any sense. My 8 year old picked right up on seeing the scene from the video, and remembering what Spanish they were speaking at the time. I found that outstanding!

Additional activities include learning about Spanish speaking countries. We start off on a trip to Peru. The videos are made to simulate being 'in-flight entertainment' on your way to a Spanish speaking country. The workbooks with additional games and fun are like the on board magazine typical on flights. There is a consistent flight theme through out the Starter Set 1.

The Rapid Review game has the student calling out the Spanish words from the video, just prior to them saying it! It's like beating the actors to the punch, and memorizing what they are going to say  next. Young students find this funny that they can say it before the actor!

The books that come with the set, including the workbooks and the teacher book, are made of a high quality paper. Again the workbook uses actual photos from the video to help the kids learn the Spanish words.

The stickers have a Spanish word on them, and are great for placing around the house. Luckily for us we have a basketball player in the house and could put a sticker on his ball! Maverick went to church on weds night telling everyone that "Me Gusta Pizza"!

Great introduction to Spanish!
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