For this review, we received six months access to the Elementary Spanish I: Grades 3-5 online digital curriculum.
Elementary Spanish I consists of 14 units organized by categories and 2 review units. Some of the category topics include:
- Adjectives and Feelings
- The Body
Each unit contains 6 lessons. Each lesson contains multiple activities:
- Videos to watch - Each video presents vocabulary words for the student to learn.
- Interactive pictures - Students click on the various parts of the picture to review the vocabulary.
- Practice sessions - Students click and drag the vocabulary words to label the correct items in the picture.
- Speaking labs - Students can record themselves repeating the vocabulary words.
- Quizzes - These are multiple choice questions for students to review what they've learned and offer immediate feedback.
These are just a few of the variety of activities provided at this level to enhance student learning.
The review units are broken down into 3 lessons. Each of these lessons reviews 2 or 3 of the previously learned lessons with 6 or 7 different activities.
One of the things I really like about Elementary Spanish I is the graphics. Most of the images are cartoon-like illustrations, but they also include some actual pictures. It's a good mix of the types of images to keep a young child's interest.
Another aspect of Middlebury Interactive Languages and Elementary Spanish I is that I don't have to know a lot of Spanish (or actually any Spanish) for Sassy to learn. Everything is right there on the computer and at a level that she can understand. I have, though, sat down with her to watch her do the lessons so I can see what she's learning, and I get to learn alongside of her.
Middlebury Interactive Languages offers several levels of Spanish:
- Elementary Spanish I, Grades K-2
- Elementary Spanish I, Grades 3-5 (The one we are using)
- Middle School Spanish 1 & 2, Grades 6-8
- High School Spanish I, II, & III, Grades 9-12
- High School Spanish Fluency I & II, Grades 9-12
- AP Spanish, Grades 11 & 12
Not only do they offer so many levels of Spanish, but they also offer a multitude of levels of French, Chinese, and German.
What Sassy Thinks
"I like it because it's not just speaking. There are a lot of activities. I like the quizzes and tests the best because they are fun."
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