Age 5-7 notify me

Foreign Language

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Stephanie M
St. Augustine, FL
4/30/2009
I'm homeschooling my 5 year old daughter using moving beyond the page, and I'm looking to add a foreign language to her studies (preferably Spanish as we live in Florida, and she would have multiple opportunities to use it). Does anyone have any recommendations on a curriculum? I'm trying to avoid anything that is, in her words, "boring".

Thanks!
Stephanie
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Jill E
Dallas, TX
6/2/2009
We use Rosetta Stone (when I say "we" I mean our 7 & 9 year old as well as my husband and I). We all LOVE it!!! It is, in my opinion, the best out there :)
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Shauna S
Elgin, TX
6/19/2009
We use La Clase Divertida with my 5 year old and she loves it. The lesson is taught on DVD, and there are different activities to do each week, like making a pinata or fried ice cream. Level 1 covers Mexican culture and level 2 (which we started last month) is about Spain. She is really taking off with her Spanish and is having fun at the same time.
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Marla K
Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
7/5/2009
We live in Mexico, so Spanish instruction is very important to us. We tried Rosetta Stone with our 5 yo (he found it boring) and recently did a sample week of online instruction from Powerspeak/K12. He loved it! In fact, he wanted to do more than one unit each day. . . . . Their approach is to start with an English story and gradually add more Spanish words to each repetition. Assessments/practice take the form of online games. There are also different options for the courses, including teacher interaction or official transcripts, if desired. We plan to continue with this program. . . . .Note: our son is a very advanced reader ~ I'm not sure how well this program would work with a child who is just beginning reading, but try the sample.
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Tracy W
Grantsburg, WI
9/24/2009
We have La Clase Divertida also. My daughter will be turning 6 but I haven't quite started it with her (only because the workbook requires writing, and she doesn't really write yet). But, I have sang her a song from the program (my older children and myself still remember it from using the program years ago) and I just heard her singing it by herself today. So, I think I'll get it out for her and start it. I know that some like PowerGlide Children's Spanish. I tried that years ago but preferred La Clase Divertida. HTH
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Marla K
Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
10/5/2009
Update: our son has now completed all the elementary levels of Powerspeak Spanish. He loved it! In fact, it was the only subject that I did not have to fight with him to complete each day...he even wanted to do it on his days off.

He is now translating for his dad here in Mexico when they go shopping together.
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Tracy W
Grantsburg, WI
10/14/2009
Stephanie, I posted earlier about La Clasa Divertida. I totally forgot that we also have Hooked On Spanish by Hooked on Phonics. My daughter is 6 and just started it. It's on the computer, but there are also nonconsumable workbooks, flash cards, poster, a few readers. It's really fun. Just teaches basics (hello, goodbye, colors, counting, basic things like that). There are 3 levels, I got the boxed set of all three on eBay for a really reasonable price.