My kids have wanted to learn Spanish for some time, but it’s difficult to find resources geared especially for the younger ones or that help my uninterested preteen kids really dig in and love something. Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids has solved that problem! We received the Starter Set 1 for Spanish and have been having a blast with it!
We’ve all been enjoying this cute program, from my 5 year old twins, including my 12 and 13 year old middle school students, even my high school senior, and of course me! I took 2 years of Spanish in high school, but I’ve lost some of it. This program has helped me pick some of that back up, has been a great introduction for my oldest son as he seeks to include some foreign language in his education, and a fun and high-interest way to introduce foreign language to my middle kids.
It’s an easy program to implement. The videos are the main part of the program. You watch the DVD (or view the videos online if you’d prefer, as this is a purchase option) and then do the workbook activities as is age appropriate. I like that the videos are immersion-based. Nothing the kids say on these videos, except the introduction before the instruction begins, nothing is in English. The way the videos work is that there are very simple conversations going on, all in Spanish. You never will see an adult, except for hands and occasionally a voice – the parents are not “absent,” just not seen.
Each time there is a new vocabulary word introduced, there’s a segment that interrupts the story line to better demonstrate what that word or phrase means. For instance, when the boy is handed the milk and he says, “Gracias!” and the mother says, “De nada,” we are then taken to a scene outside of the story line. Each person hands a birthday gift to the birthday boy, and each time, he says “gracias” and they reply with “de nada.” The students receive their explanation and definition by way of more immersion. I love it!
The workbook is geared for a certain age group, but we mostly did the activities as a family. I don’t have any kids in the upper elementary age group specified, and my little kids are too little to read the books while the older ones… well, it’s just a little bit simple for them. The older kids could’ve worked through this program a little faster, and I think they’d have enjoyed it, but at the same time it was a great experience for us to actually use this together as a family.
The teacher books are great, as they give activity suggestions as well as instruction on how much of the video to watch each time. This lesson plan includes much repetition, but I’d expect that with an immersion program. That’s how language immersion works! The activities suggested are included in the set we received, including some fun Spanish stickers and a cute board game to play.
We are taking this slowly, not working on it every day, and so the video repetition is perfect for us as we need the review each time. The videos themselves have quizzes built in, and I love that they also put the words up on the screen so that we know how they are spelled. I think it’s important that as we learn to speak a foreign language, that we also recognize it in writing. Since we’re in south Texas, the Spanish is useful to us and we’ve already been able to recognize the flavors of some local sodas to try.
This one is a win for us, and we’ll keep plugging away at it all year. My oldest son, of course, just watched the whole program and is basically done with it, but he’ll participate in the activities with us still from time to time. He needs to move on to a high school level program, because this definitely doesn’t qualify, but it was a fun introduction and a good way to get enough vocabulary that an immersion program on his level wouldn’t scare him at this point.
You can connect with FLFK on Facebook, and don’t forget to check out the other Crew reviews!