05 January 2012

R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish: A Review

I haven't studied Spanish since my college days and what I learned hasn't really stuck with me, sadly.  I know a tiny bit of conversational Spanish, but was reminded of just how little I know on our last trip to Mexico a couple of years ago.  (Here's a tip: try not to wait until college to start learning a second language!).  

I've always wished that I knew a second language and I think Spanish is probably the best second language to know.  And I really, really want my children to learn a second language--or at least be familiar enough with one that they could converse some.  

So I was very happy to be able to review R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish.  This curriculum was developed by Dr. Williamson-Corria, a homeschool mom herself, because she was unable to find another curriculum that would work well with her family.  This program is built on the conversational Spanish foundation.  

Each unit in this program has a theme such as: greetings, food, family, clothes,etc.  It's a very practical program, I think.  

There are ten units in this program.  Each one includes a vocabulary list, phrases incorporating the vocabulary, grammar, lists of various ideas for you to add to your lessons, plus great tips specifically for the home educator.  There is also an activity book to correspond with the lessons that has all kinds of games, puzzles and other activities to reinforce the lessons.  

We have been reviewing their *Book Bundle* with the Daily Curriculum Guide and I would definitely recommend getting the guide.  It is incredibly helpful!  It has 48 weeks of weekly prep guides to help you plan out your lessons and show you ways to immerse your children in the language and culture.  Also included in this Book Bundle are audio files: all the units on audio and the activities on audio.  Very handy! 

Another fun feature on their website is the *free culture links* tab.  Check it out!  It has all kinds of links to many different ways to immerse yourself in learning Spanish and about the culture of the Spanish-speaking people of our world.  So much fun! 

While we've only just started trying this program, I really think it's going to be a good fit for our family and our homeschool.  I am so impressed with the practicality of it and the way it's laid out perfectly for homeschooling.  

I would definitely recommend you go over to their website and look over what they have to offer.  It's a great program!

Their Book Bundles start at $49.95.  This is a downloadable program; however, they also offer it in a hard copy starting at $89.95.  You can see all of their options here.

Disclaimer:  I received a free downloadable Book Bundle with the Daily Curriculum Guide through The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew and R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  

You can read what other homeschool parents had to say about this product at the Homeschool Crew blog.


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