Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids a TOS Review

We have been learning some Spanish in our homeschool the last few weeks with Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids and their Starter Set 1. I received a physical set.
This is a complete 20 week curriculum that is hands on and a lot of fun.
Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids and their Starter Set 1 includes the following materials for Levels 1-3:

DVD with videos for Levels 1-3
Guide for Teachers and Parents for Levels 1-3
Workbooks for Levels 1-3
Flashcards Levels 1 to 3
Stickers for Levels 1-3

For a limited time the Starter Set 1 comes with the Go Squish Cardgame!

DVD with videos for Levels 1-3

The DVD includes three videos for Level 1-3 Basketballs Aren’t for Breakfast, The Little Magic House Part I, and The Little Magic House Part II. Each level is set up as a Flight and takes you to a different country. Level 1 is Flight 101 and takes you to Peru. Level 2 is Flight 102 and you visit Columbia. Level 3 is Flight 103 and takes you to Costa Rica. 
This is the main part of the program. You don’t need any prior exposure to Spanish to teach this. The conversation on the videos is done in Spanish. No need to worry about that if you don’t know any Spanish. They are fun and engaging. The videos are designed to make the content easy to grasp with the vocabulary. You will easily pick up the vocabulary words in the video. You see the kids doing something that makes you know what the words mean and you see an object or action for that word. You won’t need to guess what the word means. The Spanish is spoken much slower so you can hear the pronunciation of each word clearly.
The videos have three brothers that are all different ages that you watch in their daily activities. You hear the parent in the background. You will also have other kids from youngsters to teens involved. 

The words are overlaid on the video for kids who do read. It’s also repetitive with the vocabulary. This is all done in everyday conversations that will make beginning Spanish practical as you can immediately start using what you learn in your day to day activities.

Guide for Teachers and Parents for Levels 1-3

The books are in full color and broken down for you to clearly see where each lesson begins and ends. Each book is a paperback book with the cover being a heavy duty glossy cardstock. Each book covers the intended videos. It starts out giving you an overview of the program and what the program goals are.
Each lesson and activity is broken down in an easy to understand format. It gives you an estimated time of each lesson. Along with a table of the vocabulary that will be gone over in the lesson in both English and Spanish. Each lesson varies from 5 minutes to 40 minutes. I would say the majority of the longer lessons are video.  At the end of the guide is a certificate to present to your child upon completion of each book. 

Three workbooks for Levels 1-3 

Each of the levels is in separate workbooks and are in full color. You have Basketballs Aren’t for Breakfast, The Little Magic House Part I, and The Little Magic House Part II that go with each of the DVDs. Answer keys are at the back of each book. All sorts of activities are included in the workbooks from fill in the blank to crosswords. A county is covered and you get a bit of a geography lesson on the region.

Flashcards Games for Levels 1 to 3

The cards are color coded for each level. Each level covers all the vocabulary taught on the three DVDs. The cards have ones that have pictures and one that have the vocabulary. The cards are light weight.

Sticker Set for Levels 1-3 

The stickers are larger stickers that have the vocabulary words for each level.They are also color coded for each level.

Go Squish Cardgame!

This is an instruction book on how to use the Flashcards for Level 1-3 to play the game. The game is easy to play with comprehensive instruction.

How did I use Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids in my homeschool?

I used this with my 10 year old son and 13 year old daughter special needs. My son has wanted to learn Spanish and he was excited to learn even during the summer time.

The kids began with watching the video for Level 1. The videos are fun and engaging. Both of my kids enjoyed learning from them. They are slow enough that you can clearly grasp the words without second guessing if you are saying it correctly. The videos are intended to watch several times until mastery is achieved in the level you are working with. The Teacher Guide is very helpful and guides you step by step throughout.
My son did the workbook and he would have his sister sit with him and tell her that, “he needed help”. He really didn’t but, he was trying to include her in the activities.

After a video segment we would work on the workbook, flashcards or play the card games. My kids are not big sticker fans. My daughter has sensory issues with the stickiness of any sticker. I ended up cutting out the stickers without taking the backing off and we put it next to the object. I plan on laminating them so the backing doesn’t come off. The stickers are very helpful and have brought on a lot of impromptu learning situations and reviews.

You know the best part is that I don’t have to do any planning! One less thing to worry about in our busy schedule! At the same time it’s an amazing way to teach Spanish. 

My kids have learned a lot of words. I noticed after a few weeks my kids knew a lot of vocabulary. I was surprised how quickly they caught on. My son retained a lot more vocabulary than his sister. She did have problems with pronouncing the words which is due to her speech issues. 

I plan on continue using Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids in the upcoming school year. I am very impressed at the ease of the program. It is well thought out and my kids are grasping some basic Spanish and having fun with it.

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