Monday, February 18, 2013

Teaching another language to children using singing.

Have you ever realized how easy it is to learn a song.  Even as a young child, children pick up on songs so easy.

What about teaching your child another language using songs? 

Classical Academic Press has done just that with their Song School Curriculum

They offer Song School Spanish (which I am using) and Song School Latin and Song School Greek

Song School Spanish is designed for kids Kindergarten through 3rd grade level.  I am using it with my 2nd grader.

Let me tell you a little bit about the student book. ($24.95)

 

Each student book comes with a cd that has 42 songs on it, to help reinforce what is being taught in the book. 

The Student book is designed in a fun workbook format.  This makes it interactive and helps gets get involved in the learning process by making it multisensory.

Your child will learn over 100 vocabulary words throughout the 30 weekly lessons, including review chapters.

You will meet two friends, Tortuga and Conejo. A friendly turtle and a rabbit.  These two friends will help model conversations in Spanish, while making it fun.

Download a sample of the student book for free.

 

Let me share with you a little about the teachers manual.  ($24.95)

 

This book is similar to the student text as it has all the student activities in it as well as notes and activities outside the book to do, along with the answer keys to the student book.

There are often days where I don’t even look at the teachers manual.  I review it about once a week to see what types of things we will be doing that week and then I just have it for reference. 

See a sample of the Teacher’s Edition here.

There is also a free website Head Adventure Land where they can practice and review what they have been learning every couple of chapters.

They do offer Spanish Amigo Flashcards ($26.95) Which I do not have and did not use. 

They do sale everything (Teacher’s Edition, Student Edition and the Spanish Amigo Flashcards) in a bundle for ($66.95)

How we have been using Song School Spanish.

We have been doing Spanish about 5 days a week.  3 days a week, I have Katey do workbook pages and then listen and try to sing along with the CD. 

 

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The other 2 days I have her just listen and sing along to the songs. The songs use a mix between Spanish and English words so that the kids know what they are singing about.

Here is a sample of some songs.

She loves to get out our little basket of homemade instruments to play with while listening.

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She also loves to get up and dance to the songs. 

They are quite upbeat. 

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From my point of view

Song School Spanish is very easy to implement into our days.  Katey has been wanting to learn Spanish and I needed a simple, easy to implement, gentle curriculum.  I got just that with Song School Spanish.

From Katey’s point of view

I like the songs. They are my favorite.  It has very fun songs that you can sing along to.  It is fun to speak Spanish words to my family and friends and they don’t know what I am saying.  The book is fun and it teaches you and it is not hard. I like the review games on the computer.

 

To see what others think of this check out this post. To see a wide variety of reviews check out our crew blog.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

1 comment:

futureflyingsaucers said...

We enjoyed SSSpanish too. Stopping by from the crew!

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