I didn’t choose to learn Spanish when I was in high school because I thought it would be too complicated. These days you see people speaking Spanish all around you. Countless times my son has seen a children’s program with Spanish being spoken. Since he can’t get away from hearing it he may as well learn it right? He even asked me if we would be learning this since we’ve learned some Latin and French.
Do you want your kids to learn Spanish but feel like it’s too hard to attempt? What if learning Spanish was more relaxed and laid back almost like when the kids pick up a little from their educational shows? They are having fun while doing so aren’t they? Well I hope you enjoy hearing about a homeschool Spanish program we got to review.
REAL Homeschool Spanish is written by Dr. Karyn Williamson-Coria a homeschooling mother of three boys. The REAL comes from their motto which is Relax, Enjoy, Aspire, & Learn Spanish. REAL Homeschool Spanish “trains you and your child to be able to learn Spanish together and interact together in fun and interesting ways”. The curriculum has 48 weeks worth of study but you can stretch it out as much as you need to. It is geared towards K-8th grades but you only do the parts you know your child is ready for.
There are different options for a bundle purchase of REAL Homeschool Spanish. For review we received their instant download version. For $49.95 you get a bundle book deal that has the book, an activity book, activities answer book, and audios. A curriculum guide is included with that bundle for $59.95. This download version comes as a big zip file. On it you will find a 105 page color and a black & white book, a 179 page activity book, a 45 page activities answer book, and the audio files for the book and activities. To use the download version there are some requirements. You will need an operating system (ex: Windows, OSX, Linux, ect.), an MP3 player (ex: Windows Media Player, Itunes, or similar), as well as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
If you like hard copies of your material they have the book bundle for $89.95. It comes as a book and two CDs. If you want the curriculum guide with your hard copy it will cost $99.95.
The audios are read by native speakers of Spanish from Mexico. This will help you be sure you’re pronouncing the words correctly.
The book is divided into 10 units. Each unit has a general theme. Some of those are: greetings, colors, numbers, foods, family, weather, places, animals, sports, ect. Within the units you’ll find vocabulary, phrases, tips to the home educator, ideas to continue using new vocabulary learned in fun ways throughout the week, and grammar tidbits. There is also a curriculum planning chart included before you get to the lessons.
The activity book has things like crossword puzzles, word searches, word scrambles, matching, ect.
The curriculum guide was written with different ages of children in mind. In the left column is a weekly prep of suggestions for things you can plan ahead (like making puppets, games, or checking their list of suggested websites) before moving forward with that weeks lessons. There’s even a small sections to jot down some notes if you need to.
I would also encourage you to check out the culture section on the website. There are many ideas to expand on what your kids will be learning. To get a visual of what to expect click here to see different samples that’s available on their website.
We have really enjoyed learning from REAL Homeschool Spanish. My son loves pronouncing new words he’s learning and doing finger puppets. The activities did not overwhelm him so that’s a plus. He also loves the part on the audio with the music where in a soothing tone the lady says the motto “Relax, Enjoy, Expire, Learn Spanish”. We plan to continue learning from this Spanish course each week to expand our vocabulary as we’re learning to speak a new language.
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Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. I was not paid to write this but received a complete curriculum download free of charge to review, and give my honest opinion.