We had the opportunity to review Middlebury Interactive Languages last year and we loved it. I was bummed at the time because they only offered one level! Thankfully, they developed and released another level of Spanish, so we jumped at the opportunity to review it! We received online access to Elementary Spanish 2 (Grades 3- 5).
All the material is presented online. Students log in, and complete one lesson each time. We chose to do one lesson a day. Different units covered topics like greetings, family, pasttimes, home, descriptions, health, numbers, clothing, and much more. Their Elementary Spanish 2, Grades 3-5 program includes 16 different units. In contrast to the Elementary Spanish 1 program, even MORE of this program is fully in Spanish, including the lesson unit titles!
Each unit is broken down into 6 different lessons, and each lesson has at least 10 different components, including Grammar, Pronunciation, Vocab, Spelling, and Speaking Lab. It took Super D around 15 minutes each day to complete his Spanish. Each unit includes an opportunity for some cultural immersion. The kids watch a video only in Spanish that tells a fun story. Both Super D and Sweetheart were fascinated by it, and didn’t care that they didn’t understand it all! The idea is to immerse them in the language and help them get familiar with it.
Each lesson also includes opportunity for the kids to practice speaking! The program utilizes the microphone on the computer, and the kids can record themselves. As you can imagine, Super D LOVED this. I had to remind him to listen to the example word given, to help him with the pronunciation. He just wanted to record himself saying the words!
After the student completes the lesson sections, a checkmark appears in the box. That is very helpful for tracking what they’ve done!
Each lesson also incorporates tests and quizzes, to evaluate their learning. Parents can click on the Gradebook section to see all their scores in one place.
I studied Spanish in high school and college, so I’ve enjoyed reviewing along with the kids. I quizzed Super D in the car one morning to see how much he’s retained – and it’s quite a bit! I’m impressed with the program and how much he is actually learning. Sweetheart often joined him for his lessons, and she learned quite a bit too!
I also appreciate it that he can do it without me! I created a link on my desktop to the program, so he can just click on it and do his lesson independently.
I really value the opportunity to learn a foreign language because it has served me well through the years. Thank you, Middlebury, for making it so accessible to homeschool families!
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