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A R.E.A.L. Fantastic Spanish Curriculum for the Whole Family & Freebies! – Review

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Homeschool Spanish was designed by a homeschooling mother, Dr. Karyn Williamson-Coria, with 23 years’ experience teaching foreign languages at the high school and university level.  She developed Homeschool Spanish because she was frustrated that everything out there was geared towards the schoolroom, and she wanted to help homeschoolers incorporate language into their daily routine about the house.  For the past 6 weeks, our family has been enjoying Homeschool Spanish which we received in exchange for an honest review 🙂

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Homeschool Spanish consists of:

  • a main Book (download version includes both colour and black & white versions)
  • Activity Book
  • Answer Book
  • Audio Files
  • Daily Curriculum Guide

The Book contains 10 units – each designed to be completed over the course of 4 weeks.  Unit One begins with standard greetings and asking “how are you”.  Unit Two covers colours, numbers, and telling time.  Grammar lessons are introduced in Unit Three.   Each Unit in the Book includes printed Vocabulary and Phrases, which can be listened to with the Audio Files. For the FIRST time in our experience with a foreign language product, the audio actually gives you enough time to repeat after them, hallelujah!  I also like that the English is stated first, then the Spanish, so when you repeat after the speaker, you know what you’re saying!  “Tips to the Home Educator” are also included in the Book with every Vocabulary list, and each Unit concludes with over a dozen “Ideas”.

The Activity Book includes word scrambles, crossword puzzles, word searches, cryptograms, fill-in-the-blanks, and more to coincide with each Unit.  The Daily Curriculum Guide is fantastic – it includes not only assignments in the curriculum for each day, but also fleshes it out with websites, trips to the library, drawing, and more.  And no more sitting with the curriculum in front of you trying to figure out where to start and how on earth to break it down each day!

We haven’t quite completed Unit Two yet, but my 7 year old and my 12 year old were equally comfortable with the curriculum.  We are having a lot of fun with it!  One of my children’s favourite activites has been singing – there are a number of suggestions in the Tips to Home Educators.  One tip in Unit Two is to sing:

Uno, dos, tres amigos
Quatro, cinco, seis amigos
Siete, ocho, neuve amigos
Diez amigos son.

My children decided to take it a step further and bounce a ball while they sing it, then they compete with each other to see who can bounce the ball to the beat and sing the fastest 🙂

Homeschool Spanish is designed for all ages – for the whole family to enjoy.  They do have a high school supplement coming soon, so stay tuned – I’m looking forward to it!

Freebies:  For free samples of each part of the curriculum, click HERE.  They also have a wealth of web links that include tools and fun ways to help with Spanish, as well as learning about Spanish culture on the Free Culture Links page.  You could also win a free Spanish book or Spanish-related gift in their bi-monthly giveaway – click HERE for more information.

The Homeschool Spanish curriculum is available at their e-store for $59.95 US in download form for the entire one-year curriculum package or $99.95 US for the hard copy (only available for shipping to the US, and shipping is free).  You can also opt to omit the Daily Curriculum Guide for $10.00 less.

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Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.