I have been wanting to bring Spanish into our homeschool for a couple of years, but I wasn’t sure how well I would be able to teach the subject or if it would be worth the time. Why is that? When I was in school, foreign language wasn’t required, so I chose not to take it. My girls did have it in high school and I remember how frustrated they would get trying to learn a different language. They completed their course, but neither one of them can speak a word of Spanish. So watching my girls having such a hard time when they took the class, mixed with my fears that I wouldn’t be able to teach it is why I have been putting it off.
However, that all changed recently when our family was given the opportunity to review the Starter Set 1 from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids. The Starter Set that we received for our review includes the following:
• 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
What is Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids?
Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids was created by Kit Strauss after she was unable to find a solid foreign language program for her sons. This amazing program is not only for kids, but adults can learn along with it as well. The program is taught using words and phrases that occur in every day life and it combines immersion with visuals.
How does the program work
Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids is designed for ages 3-14, but even adults can learn by watching the videos. The program is very easy to use, but I do recommend that you start out by reading the “How to get Started” section that is located in the Spanish Level 1 guide. This section will give you an overview of the program, along with explaining how to use the program. While only the videos and Rapid Review Games are recommended as mandatory, we have seen wonderful success with using using the entire program. The activities are wonderful in giving the more practice using the words and in turn they are learning Spanish with ease.
Once you have read the “How to get Started” section, it’s now time to move on with the lessons. The first video lesson is titled “Basketballs Aren’t for Breakfast,” and you only watch the first 5 minutes. In this video you follow three brothers: Andy, Eli and Parker as they are gather around the breakfast table while their mom is preparing breakfast. You will also be introduced to the family dog as well.
For the most part, we watch the video and completed an activity, but on occasion you’ll find that the kids will be encouraged to do an activity without the video. The activities aren’t long and include tasks such as: completing workbook pages, playing games, using flashcards, or simply placing the included stickers around the house.
Our overall thoughts
Honestly, I can’t say enough wonderful things about this program. I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t sure if this program would work for our family. I also wasn’t sure if my boys would even have any interest at all in learning a foreign language since they are 9 & 5, but goodness I have been blown away by their response. They look forward to us doing this program daily and even after our first 5 minute lesson, I was amazed at how many words they actually learned and were able to pronounce.
It was pretty funny when the video started and everything was in Spanish. The boys at first look confused but within a few seconds they were catching on and really learning these words. Not only where they learning, but having fun doing it. The videos are hilarious and really keep their attention.
Would I recommend this program to other families?
I would highly recommend this program to other families and I say that because we have personally seen success with it. Remember when I said that I have no background in foreign language? I can now say that I have been learning along with the boys. So, if you have a background in foreign language or not, and want to start your littles off with Spanish, then do check out this series.
Unboxing and initial thoughts: