I am so, so excited to share the Song School Spanish program with you! I am even more excited that Classical Academic Press is offering one of my readers a chance to win the program too! Read all the way to the end of this post to enter this fabulous giveaway!
I have been looking for a Spanish curriculum for my children for some time now. At the suggestion of several friends, I began to investigate the Song School Spanish Program. Their approach is brilliant! They take advantage of young children's natural energy, enthusiasm, and quickly developing brains to create a fun atmosphere for learning a new language. I was thrilled when Classical Academic Press agreed to send me the program so I could review it. (See my policies page HERE.)
Song School Spanish is designed for children in Kindergarten through second grade. It uses songs, chants, games, and stories to lay the foundation for the Spanish language. The full program comes with a student book (with a CD that has 42 songs/chants), a teacher book, and a set of Spanish matching cards. It is divided into 30 lessons (or chapters). Each lesson could be taught in a weekly class, but is recommended to be taught in three to four classes (each 10-20 minutes long) throughout the week. This would make the perfect year-long curriculum! At the end of the year, your child would know over 100 Spanish words, some conversational Spanish, and be much more confident to continue learning the language!
My six-year old was actually hesitant to begin a Spanish class. She likes to know she will succeed at something before she begins it, and she has heard people speak Spanish while she did not understand anything. That fear practically disappeared during our first lesson when I played the Hola Maestra Song and she understood what it meant!
Teaching several short classes during the week is perfect for our schedule. My children have short attention spans, but are happy to gather for 10-20 minute classes. The preschoolers join my six-year old for the first part of class: the music, stories, and activities. Then the younger children play while my daughter does any written work. After just the first lesson, my three-old started saying, "Adios!" and running away...only to return and announce, "Hola!" over and over.
My six-year old is still learning how to read and spell words in English, so the written part of these Spanish lessons is actually strengthening both her Spanish and English skills. She absolutely loves the matching game...and I love to see her reading words in two languages!
Classical Academic Press also has additional resources online. If you visit the Song School Spanish Program page HERE, you will find links to Headventure Land (a website with fun stories, games, and more!), sample Song School Spanish chapters, sample songs, pronunciation MP3s, and bonus songs you can download!
I am so happy with this program that I recommend it without reservation. I especially love the emphasis on songs that teach useful words and the program's flexibility. I am also impressed with the information for teachers/parents in the beginning of the books and throughout the Teacher's Edition.
Now, for the part you've been waiting for!
Classical Academic Press is giving one of my readers their own copy of Song School Spanish! This includes the student manual with the CD, the teacher manual, and the flash cards! Use the easy Rafflecopter form below! Entrants are limited to the continental United States, and you may enter until midnight on July 31st, 2013. Please make sure you have "white-listed" my email--if you are the winning entry, you must respond to my email within 24 hours, or I will choose another winner. Also, please note that I do verify entries. Good luck!!
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