Thursday, January 5, 2012

Review: Homeschool Spanish


As Part of the TOS Review Crew, I was recently given the opportunity to review Homeschool Spanish, A R.E.A.L. Curriculum for the Whole Family. The curriculum is available as part of several different bundles, digitally (starting at $49.95,) and as a hard copy, (starting at $89.95.) The recommended age range for this product is 5-13, and it focuses on conversational Spanish, as spoken in Central and South America.

We received the digital version of the curriculum, which includes the following components:

Daily Activity Guide
Text Book (printable in color, or black in white.)
Activity Book
Answer Book
Audio Files

(A sample of this curriculum can be accessed here.)

The curriculum is basically all inclusive, with one sort of caveat. If you purchase the digital version, you're looking at printing literally hundreds of pages. On my particular printer, that's a pretty expensive proposition. A more cost effective solution might be to have it printed through an office supply chain, or to just buy the hard copy to start with. (From my perspective, there is really no way to use the curriculum without printing most if not all of it.)

We found that this product wasn't a great fit for us. It requires a considerable amount of teacher prep time, and although my son is 6, it seemed like frankly "too much" for him. (I should reiterate that we're fairly relaxed homeschoolers. Also, as I've stated elsewhere, my son also has some special needs.)

For families with slightly older children, (and thus, theoretically longer attention spans,) this program might be a better fit. It's non consumable, a plus, if you're teaching several students. It also includes materials for teaching different types of learners. (If you have an auditory learner, there's a component for them. Have a kiddo that likes worksheets? There's something for them too. Does your family like putting on puppet shows?There are scripts for those as well.)

To find out more about this product, and what other homeschool families thought of it, check out the TOS Review Crew Blog.


Disclosure: I was provided with a free digital version of this curriculum, in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are my own.

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