Thursday, January 5, 2012

TOS Review - Spanish


Relax - Yes, I can do that.
Enjoy - Yes, I can do that too.
Aspire - Yes, I like that word. I can do that.
Learn Spanish .... WHAT? Learn Spanish ... mmm...

'Dora the Explorer' comes to mind. Her short hair cut and her BIG eyes. She seems RELAXed, she does seem to ENJOY life. I guess she does ASPIRE to help those around her. She is SPANISH.

My daughter was THRILLED TO BITS when we were chosen to review this product because she just LOVED Dora and has wanted to learn Spanish since the first time she saw it on television (several years ago).

As a member to the TOS Review Crew I received a digital copy of the Book Bundle and the Daily Curriculum Guide from R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish for free in exchange for my honest opinion of this product. I received no other compensation other than that of a VERY happy girl.

So what is R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish?

R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish is a full Spanish curriculum which focusses on learning conversational Spanish. It is written by a homeschool mum (Dr Karyn Williamson-Coria) specifically for homeschool families. (You can read more about her HERE) This curriculum is aimed at the whole family and is easily adaptable to suit different age groups. 

The bottom line:

Sometimes it is fun to eat your desert first. To do things a bit differently, I am going to START with the PRICE for this product instead of leaving it until last.

I looked up how much it will cost me to send one of my children to a particular language school. This particular school charges NZ$250 for a 10 week course for a one hour lesson each week. This is US$198.

R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish curriculum is set out with a 10 Unit, 48 week schedule. This would then be about US$950 if charged at the same price as this NZ Language School. But RELAX, because you will save yourself a bit of money learning Spanish with R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish as this will cost you NOT US$950, but US$49.95 for the digital version (although those in North Carolina need to add 7.25% tax) and US$89.95 for the hard copy (7.25% tax for North Carolina). At this time though the hard copy is only available for those residents of the US. 

The actual product:

As mentioned, this product is available in digital format and hard copy. 

The Book Bundle includes:

Book (with all the lessons and teaching tips) - PDF format for digital copy.
Activity and answer books - PDF format for digital copy.
Audio for book - MP3 files for digital copy. CD for hard copy.
Audio for activity book - MP3 files for digital copy. CD for hard copy.

You can also purchase a Daily Curriculum Guide [both digital (PDF) and hard copy] in addition to the above. (This is an added US$10), but well worth it!

I received the Digital version and it was a piece of cake to download. The Bundle downloads as a ZIP file with everything you need included. The product works on all operating systems (OSX, Windows, Linux) and I had no problems with downloading, accessing or opening any of the files.  

It mentions on the website that a High School Supplement is on its way.

What is in this bundle?

The Book with the lessons:

The 105-page lesson book contains 10 Units.

Quoted from the R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish Website
Units include among others:
  • Greetings
  • Colours & Num6er5
  • Food
  • Family
  • Seasons

The Activity Book:

The 179-page activity book includes word searches, puzzles, fill in the blanks, cryptograms and much, much more. 

The Daily Curriculum Guide:

The Daily Curriculum Guide is a 50-page pdf with a day by day, week by week plan to teach this curriculum. It takes the 'what shall I do today' and / or hours of planning out of the equation (so that you can RELAX and ENJOY!) Although the curriculum and guide are written with a full 48 week plan it is easy to be flexible and change the pace at which you work. This could be a full year's curriculum or you can make it shorter or longer depending on your child. 

I HIGHLY recommend the Daily Curriculum Guide as a necessary extra. I'm so glad that was included in the package as it made my life so much easier not having to decide how to teach this or what to teach on a specific day. This is filled with different ideas on how to make Learning FUN. 

My kids did not use hand puppets for the dialogues, but used their Lego Men and Pencils. We greeted each other in Spanish in the morning and found pictures on the web and assign phrases to it. Here is something I made to help us remember some of our phrases and words:


When you purchase a copy of this product you also receive a monthly e-newsletter with fun information, tongue twisters and links to sites that will broaden your knowledge of Spanish regions!

R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish has a Website which is very informative with links to different sites which add to your ENJOYment of learning Spanish.

You can have a look at some free samples of the books HERE

If you want to hear it 'from the horse's mouth', the ABOUT section on the website describes in much detail why the Author wrote this curriculum and what it entails.

You can purchase it HERE.

Did we like it?

My darling daughter enjoyed it more than my son partly because she was so very keen on learning Spanish. My son was a bit disappointed because it did not include video clips of the Spanish Teacher explaining concepts. But the disappointment soon disappeared when we listened to the audio phrases and had fun repeating those. It was honestly not a drag getting the kids to sit down (or lie down) for the Spanish lesson for the day. We are going to be making a board game over the next week ... FUN! So YES, we enjoyed (and are still enjoying) it. 

As always this is my personal opinion about this product. If you are keen to look at what other reviewers think of this product please go the this page HERE


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