Living in Arizona, it’s important for me that my kids learn a foreign language. Actually, my husband and I would like them to learn two foreign languages–Spanish, obviously, because of our location, and Japanese because much of my husband’s family still lives in Japan. Finding a Japanese foreign language for younger kids is difficult, but there are many for Spanish. The issue with Spanish is finding a GOOD foreign language program. We’ve found that in Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids.
We received Starter Set 1, which includes the following physical products:
- 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
This set is meant to be a 20 week curriculum.
About Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids
This fun curriculum is centered around the DVDs, which follow three brothers living in Lima, Peru. The first DVD shows the brothers at breakfast. Students learn words like desayuno, me gusta, no me gusta, libros, pelotas, dormir, pequeña, and grande. This program uses an immersion approach. The entire DVD is in Spanish, but thanks to reinforcement, students, even young ones, can easily figure out what the words mean.
After the entire 12 minute episode is watched, students can review the words that they learned and fill out the workbook pages.
This set also includes lesson plans for the three videos that are included, which I really appreciated.
How We Used Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids
I used this program with my two youngest students who are going into 1st and 2nd grade. We did the activities three to four times a week. As we became more familiar with the Spanish words (thanks to watching the videos many times), my kids started saying “desayuno” at breakfast time and expressing their likes and dislikes with “me gusta.” I enjoyed seeing them embrace the language.
What We Thought about Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids
This is not our first time using Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids. We also reviewed it once before. However, before we reviewed the digital, online version.
I’ll be honest, I’m a bit old fashioned. I like a book in my hands when I’m reading rather than reading on an electronic device. I also prefer that my curriculum is in hand rather than online. That bias holds true with this program. While I did enjoy the online version of this course, it just worked better for us in physical form.
We could watch the DVDs on the TV rather than huddled around the computer. I appreciated having the lesson plans in hand to look through. The girls loved using the stickers to label different items in our house in Spanish.
Overall, we love this program and will continue to use it until it’s completed. The girls never complain when it’s time to do Spanish.
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