Friday, December 2, 2011

El Espanol Facil - The Easy Spanish/ TOS Review



When I saw this Spanish program on the list of vendors this year, I went to their website to check it out.
After I saw this video, I knew I had to have this program. This video shows the author telling a fellow homeschooler about the program. Please take the time to watch it in it's entirety. 

What really struck me about the program was that it incorporated Charlotte Mason's methodology and that it was a Christian Spanish program.

El Espanol Facil (The Easy Spanish) is a 402 page spiral bound text that includes 2 CD's.
One CD contains the student activity sheets and the first half of the lesson audios. The second CD is the second half of the lesson audios. 

The text also includes the phonogram cards needed for this program. You can tear them out and laminate them. 

El Espanol Facil can be used by younger and older students, starting in the 4th grade. 

Younger students will take 3 years to complete this program while older students will take one to two years depending on their age/grade level. A one year track is a high school course. 

This really is a unique program. I have never seen one like it before. 

As I mentioned above it is a Christian program. The author wants to equip children to be able to go on mission trips and converse with Spanish speaking people. 

It includes Bible memory verses that your children will memorize in Spanish! How cool is that?

The audio recordings are done by native Spanish speakers, so you are getting the real deal here. 
Each lesson starts out with a story. Your child listens to the story while reading along. They listen to the story each day of the week. 

After the story your child listens to the accompanying vocabulary words. Also to be repeated each day. 

Now, depending on the age of the student your child will complete a variety of activities. 

A younger student will tell a narration about the story they are learning while an older student will complete a CM activity. These activities vary by lesson. 

Children of all ages will learn a Bible memory verse, and keep a notebook. 

Older students will keep a journal each day in Spanish. 

We love this program. In my opinion it is perfect for homeschoolers. 

It is perfect for one on one teaching, and is easy to teach once you get the hang of it. We are not very far into it, but I know it is going to be great. I have looked into a lot of Spanish programs, and this one beats them all.

It did take me a while to get the feel for the program, and we were going very slowly at first so that it wasn't overwhelming, so I am not far enough into the program to really tell you how the whole program worked for us, but I will update this post as we get further into it.

I was jumping up and down excited to be able to review this product, and I am still just as excited. Since we didn't get that far into the program we are going to put it away until after Christmas so that we can make sure we do it every day. Right now with the holidays and all, we aren't able to use it daily. I don't want her (or me) to forget what we are learning.

Next year it will be one of our top priorities in school. As I said before I will update as we move along, but with everything that I do know about the program, I highly suggest it.

Be sure to check out what my fellow Crew Mates thought of this program


*I have received a copy of Easy Spanish, free, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, in return for my honest opinion.
No other compensation has been given to me.*

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