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WHAT AGES IS YOUR PROGRAM FOR?Since the video series is based on learning the way we acquired our first languages, the videos are intended for children as young as 3 up to any age, including adults. We have many parents and grandparents tell us how much they are enjoying learning Spanish! The workbooks are for students can read well.
IS YOUR PROGRAM EASY TO USE?No matter how good a program, if it is hard to implement and use, parents and teachers will become frustrated and stop using it. Since most of us have too little time and too much stress in our lives, a successful program must be easy to use and implement. To that end, we have done our best to make a program that is truly easy to use for parents, teachers and students. The videos series is the heart of the program and students can use it on their own with no other reinforcements and learn very much. We offer a variety of supplemental products, such as coloring books, workbooks, card games, stickers and board games so parents and teachers can choose what works best and interests their students.
WHAT MAKES THIS PROGRAM DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?Our goal was to create a program that would teach children language in a way that developed their confidence and inspired them to enjoy learning foreign language. We worked for five years to create, develop and complete our video series to its full effectiveness. Many companies use still pictures or animation to sell their products in multiple languages. While more profitable, we believe that nothing is more authentic and effective than seeing real people using the language. In addition, using language in fun stories kids can relate to works very well with students. Finally, seeing and learning from other kids has an incredible appeal to children, engaging and motivating them in an uniquely effective way.
“In the past, we have used an online language program and were not terribly impressed with it. I did not feel that the children were learning or retaining anything from the lessons and honestly, if I were to ask them anything in regard to those lessons, they stare at me like I have a third eye. This Spanish program is different! It’s engaging, it keeps the kids interested and they are even using what they are learning outside of school time. In the few weeks that we have been using this program, I can say that I am VERY impressed. My oldest daughter has taken Spanish in public high school and I can honestly say that the kids have learned the language much faster and efficiently in a couple of months than that she has in a year of instruction.-Counting Pine Cones
WHY IMMERSION?We believe that immersion with visual cues and clear context is the best and most natural way to learn a new language successfully.
The video dialogue is 100% Spanish (except for the introduction) with an eight-episode sitcom-type series written and filmed specifically to teach practical conversational Spanish to beginners. It uses a gradual and progressive building block immersion which is reinforced by the context of the stories and ubiquitous visual cues. Featuring only kids, the series starts at breakfast at 8:00 a.m., proceeding through the day with events children relate to, such as birthday parties, soccer games, play dates, getting ready for bed, etc. and ends at bedtime at 8:00 p.m.By watching familiar situations in various scenarios, children pick up the meaning of the Spanish words and phrases through context not translation.
I HAVE CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT AGES. CAN THEY ALL DO THE PROGRAM?Absolutely. One of the wonderful benefits of this program is that your children can all do their lessons together, no matter what their ages. You may need to choose different supplements for your children depending on their ages, but the core video program will work for everyone. We have heard from some parents that their high school students resist doing the program at first, complaining it is too juvenile for them, but soon they realize how fast they are learning and that this is a fun way of learning.
“I had thought that the children that would get the most out of this curriculum would be my 9 and 11 year old boys and while they have learned a lot, my 5 and 7 year old girls have really taken off with it! I cannot believe how much they have learned and how quickly. I hear them talking in Spanish all the time, using the vocabulary they have learned so far. “ –The Happy Homeschool Mom Review
HOW DO I TEACH SPANISH IF I DON’T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE?This program was specifically created for parents who do not speak Spanish. We understand it can be uncomfortable to try to teach a language you do not know. Our program is designed so that it can be used without knowing even a single word of Spanish. What’s more, many tell us that they learned Spanish right along with the students and enjoyed it every step of the way.
CAN I ASK FOR A REFUND IF THE PROGRAM DOESN’T WORK FOR US?We are proud of our 100% product guarantee. Our goal was to create an outstanding product for student to learn and we want our parents and students to be happy with our program. If you are not for whatever reason, you may return your products within 45 days for a full refund. Please see our return policy.
WHAT IS IN THE TEACHER GUIDES?The Teacher Guides provide a step-by-step guide to using the program with detailed lesson plans doing all the work for you. Each guide includes all the vocabulary taught in each lesson, which videos will be watched, and several hands-on, optional activities to choose from to reinforce the video lessons.
We highly recommend trying the first Teacher Guide, which also includes useful information about using the program and getting the most out of it.
“This program is so easy to use! You can watch the DVD and learn a lot of words and phrases and how to use them. But if you implement the lesson plans included in the Parent-Teacher Guides you’ll learn much more and gain a greater understanding of the language!”-As We Bloom
WHAT IS THE DICE-OFF GAME?Dice Off® is a Board Game designed to teach useful verbs and adverbs in an active, hands-on way. Some examples of the vocabulary taught is: Jump to the right; swim fast, drive backwards.It is a nice change of pace in the curriculum and many families enjoy having a lesson using a game every few weeks. Dice off® is included as an optional activity in the lesson plans set forth in the Teacher Guides. If your family enjoys learning through games, you may want to consider using Dice Off® along with the videos.
DO YOU TEACH OTHER LANGUAGES THAN SPANISH?We are often asked what languages we offer besides Spanish.
Our next language will be Mandarin Chinese. We have filmed all the material and are in the editing process, which will likely take another year. If you are interested in our Mandarin program, kindly please check back with us.
WHAT TOPICS ARE COVERED IN YOUR PROGRAM?The program has eight levels. It begins with a family at breakfast and ends at bedtime. It is designed to cover conversation in day-to-day life. It uses a building block approach so that words, phrases and shorter sentences are used at first and then incorporated into full sentences and paragraphs in the later levels.
Foods and Drinks
Eating at a restaurant
Days of the Week
Months of the Year
Getting ready for Bed
Common Activities, such as sports, cooking, playing the piano, being on the phone, computer, doing homework, etc.
Personal and some possessive pronouns
Colors and Animals
Objects around the Home
Common questions and answers, such as How are you, How old are you, What are you doing, etc.
Common verbs, adverbs and adjectives
WHAT VOCABULARY IS COVERED IN YOUR PROGRAM?
Following are the vocabulary units covers:
- Birthdays and parties
- Calendar, including days and months
- Colors, Animals, and Numbers
- Student Activities (e.g. sports, instruments, computers, games, etc.)
- Daily life Activities (e.g. going to bed, eating/cooking, washing, reading, etc.)
- Clothing • Emotions • Family
- Foods and ordering in Restaurants
- Greetings • Objects around and related to the home
- Parts of the Body
- Seasons and the weather
- Commonly-used verbs, such as: o Buscar, cocinar, correr, dormir, estar, hacer, jugar, lavar, leer, mirar, ser, tener
- Commonly-asked questions and answers, such as: o ¿A qué hora? ¿Cómo te llamas? ¿Cuántos años tienes? ¿Cómo estás? ¿Cuándo? ¿Cuántas? ¿Dónde está? ¿Qué estás haciendo? ¿Quién?