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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Product Review: REAL Homeschool Spanish

Most people are uneasy about the idea of teaching a foreign language to their children, especially when they are not fluent in that language themselves. REAL Homeschool Spanish must have had that in mind when they created their Spanish program. After realizing that computer-based programs were not promoting long-term retention, founder Dr. Williamson-Coria developed a program that allowed for parents to learn alongside their children, thus allowing for language skills to be easily incorporated into the home environment and daily routine.

The program focuses on conversational Spanish. If you go visit a foreign country, you are not going to master the language through seatwork and flashcards. You are going to gain the skills through speaking with others. New material in the program is always presented orally. The parent and child converse back and forth, learning ways to respond to phrases and questions quickly.

I was amazed at how quickly my older two boys mastered simple greetings and they loved the extra activities such as the songs and motions. The audio component was great because I didn't want them to learn my poor pronunciation of words. I incorporated the seat work portion into their learning as well, but I have to admit that did not go that well. While they easily mastered the oral learning, transferring what they learned onto paper was much more difficult. I was unclear as to when to introduce the seat work, and it seemed to contain  lot of concepts that we had not covered. James, fifth grade, was able to complete the pages, but Isaac, second grade, struggled and became frustrated.

Real Homeschool Spanish is available in two formats and can be purchased on their website. The download version includes the Book, Activity Book, Answer Book, and Audio Files for $49.95. You can add on a Daily Curriculum Guide for $10.00 more. A hardcopy of the program is $89.95 without the curriculum guide, $99.95 to include it. For this review I received the download version and had it printed up and bound at a copy place for about $50.


I thought this program was okay. It was better than when I learned Spanish before because their were games and songs and stuff.

The worksheets were too hard, but I sort of did like the conversations.

Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Group, I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review on my blog. I received no other compensation. 

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