Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids
Foreign Language for Kids by Kids is a homeschool Spanish program designed to teach Spanish by experiencing life with others and learning to understand the words through context in the same way we learned English when we were toddlers. We are reviewing the Starter Set which includes:
- DVD with videos for Levels 1-3
- Three Parent-Teacher Guides
- Flashcards and Card Games for Levels 1 to 3
- Workbooks for Levels 1-3
- Stickers for Levels 1-3
The Parent-Teacher Guides lay out the lesson plans for each day. Kids start out watching a small portion of the video, adding on more each day. In the movies you experience a segment in the life of three boys, where they speak everyday Spanish to each other. The first time you watch you are confused and trying to guess what is going on. Some words you figure out as you go but most of it sounds foreign. As you continue to watch the movies you begin to decode what is being said and what specific words mean. You continue to watch the movies for each lesson, adding on games, using flashcards, placing stickers around the room and completing pages in the workbook. At the end of the movie you are given a chance to shout out the words before they appear on screen. This of course improves each time you watch the movie until you are able to say them all and use them throughout your day as if you’ve known them forever. Looking back you wonder what the big deal was until you start all over again learning new words in the 2nd video. The 2nd video adds words on to the ones you have already learned in the same way, watching the three boys go throughout their day. There are three videos in the set, we are looking forward to the third one this school year.
I’m going to get this out in the open right away, we love it! Now I can tell you why, mostly because it was fun. My 13 year old son and I did this together. I looked forward to it each day. All I had to do was read over the lesson plan for the day (2 minutes), have the flashcards, stickers and workbook on hand and watch the movie with him. After the movie we completed some pages in the workbook, played games with the flashcards and had fun slapping stickers all over the house that had the rest of the family trying to guess what they meant. We looked forward to the movie trying to see what we could remember and who could figure out what the words meant first. Once we learned all the words in the first movie we were pretty excited to find out what would happen in the next movie and what new words we would learn.
It was helpful to hear the words spoken in regular everyday talking, this way we were assured in how to use them correctly. Actually, we try to be clever by using the words throughout the day attempting to use the same voice and manner as the boys in the movie. Again the rest of the family is a bit confused. 🙂
The workbook helped us to understand some of the things we weren’t able to pick up in the movie with grammar based activities. Games like Go Squish were fun and easy to learn, helping us to retain what we had learned.
I was happy to read through how this curriculum was developed and how much research went into putting it together. I think it is very well laid out and is definitely working to teach us Spanish.
The best part of Foreign Language for Kids by Kids was that my son is enjoying himself and will not be anxious about High School Spanish coming up in the future. He will have a strong base to build on. We plan to finish using Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids this coming school year. It is excellent for young children but also works very well as an introduction to Spanish before they began High School.