I was recently asked to review an online Spanish learning program for kids from Speekee.
We have been dabbling in languages over the last few weeks, so this really fits right in for us!
We were able to easily sign up for the free program and we started watching videos right away.
My daughter can sometimes be picky about what she will watch but even though she was a bit distracted when I first turned it on, once she saw the kids talking, she started becoming very interested.
We sat through 2 videos before she decided it was time for a snack. That can be a very good sign. The videos we saw were 12-14 minutes, so we can watch a few a day and she would be engaged. She didn't speak any of the words while we were watching, but that is not uncommon for her.
Later on while we were just hanging out on the couch she started saying- OH-YAH OH-YAH ( this is toddler speak for HOLA, she can't do L's yet.)
I was pleased, she obviously internalized some of what she watched even in a short time.
We got our program upgrade today and we were able to watch another video- this one longer, about 20 minutes. We watched it right before her nap, so again, she is learning but not interacting as much. The video was about a trip to the zoo. She knows all the animal names in English now, and can say them, so it certainly was apparent to her that what she was seeing was something in Spanish.
I liked the way the music from other videos was used. It made a great repetitive experience, you could see she recognized the tunes.
I also liked the way Speekee made an effort to get us to say the words and his little avatar appeared at the top with his hand out.
There are 40 high quality, colorful videos to watch and learn from as well as games, and social networking available for the kids to participate in. If you are interested in a FastTrack learning plan, they also have one set out for you so you can get through the program, complete with worksheets and flashcards in a 40 week period. This would be incredible for older homeschool kids that are reading.
I would like to add that I took a lot of Spanish in high school- I also took Spanish literature in Spanish, and I have been to Spain. My instructor in high school was from Argentina. If you have ever heard anyone from Argentina speak, it is a little different than what most folks here in Arizona sound like. (Our Spanish speakers are primarily from Mexico.) So my ear is more in tune with the sound of someone from Argentina. I did very well in Spain, but generally I have a hard time understanding all the words from someone from Mexico. To my ear- the instruction on the video is from Spain which to me is easier. I think it is a great way to hear it as I think the letters are enunciated more clearly. I was able to understand everything I saw, and I am even a little rusty.
(Anyone have any thoughts on this? )
Overall, keeping a toddler engaged is hard. The videos appealed to her, and I can see that we will be able to use this on a daily basis to introduce Spanish. It is a great idea!
Thanks so much to Speekee for letting us review this. It is going to fit right in with our other language experiences!
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