Whistlefritz uses the immersion method to teach kids a foreign language in a natural way that mimics how children learn their first language. There is a great video on the Whistlefritz website that explains what immersion learning is and why it works.
The Educator’s Spanish Collection comes with so many goodies to help your child learn Spanish.
Here’s what is included:
- A Lesson Plans book: There are 40 lessons, with instructions for the parent/teacher in English and Spanish dialogue for the teacher to read to the student. The lessons also include guide activities to reinforce what was learned in the lesson and give the student the opportunity to practice.
- 5 DVDs: These are so much fun to watch! They are a combination of live action and animation with conversations and songs, all in Spanish!
- 3 Music CDs: Perfect for in the car or a pre-dinner dance party!
- Matching Card Game: This is a 50 card deck with four different colored “groupings” so you can easily make smaller decks when playing with younger kids.
- Additional Downloadable Content: These can be found in the homeschool section of the website and include additional lesson plans and supplemental activities. Best part – they’re free!
Whistlefritz also offers a french curriculum, the Educator’s French Collection.
How We Used Whistlefritz to Learn Spanish
Whistlefritz quickly became an essential part of our morning activities. I would let the boys watch one of the videos while I made breakfast. It was a great way to keep them entertained and learning! Monkey is at the high end of the recommended age range, but he still enjoyed watching the videos with us.
Throughout the videos, Maria would ask questions or ask the viewer to repeat certain vocabulary. The first few times we watched the videos, the boys would just watch without interacting. Then, they started answering in English (or arguing with her about what the object was called 😛 ). At about the fifth viewing of a video, they started responding in Spanish!
Since I wanted to focus on Booger with this curriculum, we moved at his pace for the lessons and activities. The lessons in the lesson plan were a bit advanced for him (and a bit difficult for me since I have very little experience with Spanish and had a hard time pronouncing the words), so we focused using the videos, CDs and matching cards.
I made a kid friendly version of Lotería (a Mexican game similar to Bingo) to go along with the vocabulary we were learning. I’m going to be posting the game on the blog as a FREE download later this week, so check back for that!
We LOVED this program. The boys love Fritzi and renamed their toy rats (which is a big deal because they had been named after Pokemon!). Not only have they learned quite a bit of Spanish vocabulary, they are able to put together some basic sentences with proper pronunciation, it’s even helped with my pronunciation. We will continue to use this program, and will try again with the lessons in the Lessons Plans book in a few more months when Booger is ready for them.
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