When you homeschool five children, you are always looking for a good, inviting curriculum that will draw children in and help them learn what they need to learn. And one of the subjects I’m most excited to introduce to my children is a foreign language – for them, Spanish!
That’s why I’m so excited to have had the opportunity to review Whistlefritz – an immersion style language program that uses programs, videos, songs, and smart lessons to help children learn a foreign language.
Children learn so well at younger ages when language centers of the brain are developing so I love the idea of introducing them to a foreign language NOW before high school and college. The immersion style is exactly how children learn their first language. With Whistlefritz entertaining cartoons, movies, and CDs they get introduced to the new language in a fun, engaging way. Kids naturally begin to mimic what they see and with more than one child in our family, they begin to have actual conversations quite quickly.
If you are like me and want a little more structure, be sure to check out the Educator’s Collection – I have the Spanish Educator’s Collection. The 40 lessons will walk you through exactly how to begin developing conversational skills with your children. Unlike what I was used to you aren’t just hearing the Spanish, hearing the English, and then hearing the Spanish word again. You are immediately beginning full sentences and conversations in a way that establishes the context for the kids. It’s brilliant.
The teacher’s section of the workbook tells you exactly what to say. I found that my college Spanish classes and general knowledge were totally sufficient to implement the lessons with my children, however, if you are a homeschooling mom with no Spanish skills at all you could either connect with another mom as a co-op class or rely on the beautiful DVDs to help you learn alongside your children.
The Educator’s Collection is available in French or Spanish language. It comes with the Lesson Plans Workbook (teacher notes included!). 5 DVD videos, 3 song CDs, and matching cards for kinesthetic learning. It’s perfect for introducing these new language skills to your young learners. And now you can enter to win a collection of your own!