Have you ever said something in front of your kids that they later repeated, and you wanted to smack yourself? Kids are like sponges, and they can remember things and repeat them as quick as they learn them. In fact, children can absorb information the quickest between the ages of 2 through 5, and their brain continues to grow until 21 years old. That’s why teaching children a foreign language now is in their best interest. Mini has been using the Starter Set 1 from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids to learn Spanish
What is Foreign Languages for Kids By Kids
It's a 20 week Spanish Immersion Curriculum that includes:
- DVD with videos for Levels 1-3
- Three Parent-Teacher Guides which sets out a detailed lesson plan, with a suggested viewing schedule and a variety of fun, supplemental and hands-on activities to choose from to reinforce the material taught in the videos.
- Flashcards and Card Games for Levels 1 to 3
- Workbooks for Levels 1-3
- Stickers to label things around the house
- Go Squish! Game (for a limited time only)
If you are new to the immersion concept here's a video clip that will give you an idea Spanish Immersion Curriculum
The Teacher Guides really are a must for FLFK. They have everything from lesson plans to extended activites. The first Guide has a “Getting Started” section that explains how to use the curriculum. The basic idea is that kids hear the language used over and over again and they pick it up much as they learned how to talk. Repetition is key to the success of FLFK.
Who does Foreign Languages For Kids by Kids Work for
It work for both visual and auditory learners. Some people can hear a language and know what is being said where others have a hard time relating foreign words in their head. What I love about FLFK is that it teaches in a visual and auditory way. Mini is able to learn Spanish visually and audibly, so she fully grasps the language. This is a must for Mini since she is on the spectrum.
How We Use Foreign Languages For Kids by Kids
Mini watched the first video Basketballs Aren't for Breakfast (videos are set up as infight movies)4 times a week. (your child will watch the same video each day for the duration of that level) it introduced her to three brothers getting ready for breakfast. One brother loves to eat, one loves to read, and one loves to play basketball. She also meets the family dogs. By watching them go through their day each day Mini is able to pick up Spanish naturally. Mini is right on the age of being too old for the video (she's 12) so some days were harder than others. I made a game of it by having her pick one new word to focus on during the restless days. Even with the restlessness Mini needs the repetition to learn anything new.
After watching the video for the day, she would either work in the workbook or do another activity. The workbook is intended for 3rd grade and up but the lesson plan includes activites that are perfect for younger kids. If you follow the lesson plans (which has every step laid out and makes it super easy for us parents) you will be doing things like: reviewing vocabulary words (every lesson) learn the destination of the flight Lima, Peru or placing stickers around the house on corresponding objects.
The Teacher Guides offers up extended learning activities like draw the Peruvian Flag, cook some Peruvian food, or listen to some Purvian music.
There is a certificate at the back of the Teacher Guide that can be awarded to your child as they complete the lesson.
For the most part Mini has enjoyed FLFK and we will continue using it this year in our homeschooling curriculum.
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