Friday, December 30, 2011
We recently had an opportunity to review a new Spanish program specific to homeschooling families. Homeschool Spanish was created with the intent to get the whole family involved, which is always a plus to a homeschooling family.
About the Program
From the Author...
REAL Homeschool Spanish trains you and your child to be able to learn Spanish together and interact together in fun and interesting ways.
You can interact with your children in an immersion environment using REAL Homeschool Spanish's east to follow "Home Educator Tips" and our unique "idea" sections which give you literally pages of suggestions on how you and your child can use Spanish during your day and throughout the week in a home learning environment/lifestyle.
Learn how to continue your language-learning journey outside of the initial learning stage. Play games with your child...bingo, hangman, create albums, have your child design his/her own board game...These are just a few ways for you to be able to create a personalized language-learning environment in your home.
The curriculum is divided into ten learning units which cover: greetings, colors/numbers, food, family, anatomy, clothing/weather/seasons/months, places/transportation/days of the week/verbs/grammar, animals/nature, sports/grammar, and house/grammar. Each unit introduces new vocabulary using a conversational format, meant to be used throughout your daily life. Then you work through various activities in the activity book and more hands-on projects in the tips and ideas sections.
Wow! I'm not even sure what to say. My download included two "texts, in color and B&W, an activity book, audio files, an answer key, and a daily curriculum guide. This curriculum contains so much material. Pages, and pages, and pages of ideas. At first I was a bit overwhelmed with it. Then I noticed the curriculum guide, which had it all broken down for me. Shew! I don't speak a foreign language, I don't know how to plan for it, I need someone to tell me what to do.
We started off each unit working through the vocabulary using the handy-dandy audio files. They are totally awesome for a non-Spanish speaking mom like me. I have butchered many a foreign language in my time. We use the audio files everyday to help us review the correct pronunciation.
We would spend the rest of the on various activities in the activity guide, projects from the idea section, or visiting cultural websites. One of my daughter's favorite projects was making a comic strip in Spanish. I'm sure that one will be repeated. These are the activities that take the learning one step further and help cement it in their brains. Plus they're fun.
My favorite things: The curriculum guide, audio files, and the fact that I could load the texts on my iPad so I didn't have to read off of the computer. Woot!!
My cons: I need more structure. Sounds crazy since I've already mentioned how wonderful the curriculum guide is. However, a lot of the projects are more craft related. I am not a crafty or creative person and when someone tells me to make a board game or a puppet my eyes start to glaze over and I automatically envision hours of sweeping up glitter. Some of suggestions for extending the learning kind of intimidated me due to my aforementioned craft aversion. I think I'd probably fare better with a "kit" of everything I needed all ready to go for me. I need step by step directions on how to make the board game. Sad, I know. I realize that this is all MY issue and probably won't be a problem for most people.
Ages: For the entire family
Downloadable Book Bundle $49.95
Downloadable Book Bundle w/ Curriculum Guide $59.95
Book Bundle Hard Copy $89.95 + free shipping
Book Bundle Hard Copy w/ Curriculum Guide $99.95 + free shipping
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Homeschool Spanish for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Mackenzie has just been enjoying her free time. Kayleigh has done some tot school but I haven't gotten around to editing those photos so you'll just have to take my word for it. lol
Next week, we'll be back to the grind. We have a few changes in store for us and a lot of great things to review. I'll share more about that later. For now I'll share some more of my December Daily layouts.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Starting points and directions for strokes are clearly defined, graphically and by the audio that guides a child through all finger tracing and pronunciation.
Lastly they are given words to use in a sentence that they are to write with pencil and paper. I found this to be a very odd request. I would never ask a child who is just learning to form letters to write an entire sentence.
After using this app with my child, I see more as a supplement for a student needing extra help in handwriting rather than for a child learning to form letters. I don't think it offers enough correction for a student new to handwriting. Clearly, I had some frustrations with the method but I think those would be alleviated if the app were directed towards children who already able to write letters.
That being said, my daughter does like it. She enjoys attempting to trace the patterns, the teaching voice was pleasant, and she loves repeating the directions along with the voice. I also liked how the pattern tracing helped teach her to leave her pencil on the paper when forming letters. I can definitely see it coming in very handy in the future.
Letters Make Words is available on iTunes.
Pricing: Special $2.99 introductory offer.
Suggested Ages: 4+
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Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Review Crew I was given this app in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Somebody was asking me about about my December Daily book that I mentioned in my last post. It is the brain child of digital designer Ali Edwards. Basically it’s just a small photo/scrap book documenting the holidays. You can read about it on her site. Her books are a cross between traditional scrapping and digital. Plus they are absolutely fabulous. I try not to let her awesomeness sway me from attempting this. I’m not even in the same scrapbooking galaxy as she is.
I do mine entirely digitally. This year I am mainly using quick album pages with some tweaking to suit my needs. I just don’t have the time to do them from “scratch” this year.
Last year, I printed out the pages myself and made the cover. It was really cute considering I made it. lol I was also able to add in programs, letters from Santa, tickets, and such. This year I’m planning on printing it as a shutterfly photo book, so the doodads will have to go into my project life binder. I’m okay with that.
Here’s what I’ve done so far.
Almost halfway there. Woot!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
|Here she is working on a puzzle from one of our many tot packs.|
|I got this puzzle from Oriental Trading for $5. She loves it and has done it dozens of times. This is the first time she's done this type of jigsaw puzzle and I was pleasantly surprised at how well she did with it.|
|These navity finger puppets are also from Oriental Trading. They were a big hit too.|
Another Truth in the Tinsel craft. She was supposed to be paint a crown. As you can see below, the crown wasn't the only thing she painted. Yet she freaks out if we try and paint her nails with nail polish.