What’s Different about Excelerate SPANISH?

“What’s different about Excelerate SPANISH?”  This is the question I hear most often at homeschool conferences.  I love answering it, and I think you’ll love the answer, too!

It’s really no exaggeration to say, “What’s different is everything.”  Excelerate SPANISH is truly unique from the other choices available to homeschoolers today!  Read the reviews and do a quick google search, and you’ll find that homeschool bloggers also find the program to be unique and amazing and fun.

To be specific, though, what’s different is the humor.  And the multiple intelligence  approaches.  And the comprehensible inputAnd the focus on fluency.  And the connected discourse (an essential characteristic of proficient speakers according to ACTFL).

Excelerate SPANISH lessons cater to multiple intelligences to teach your student holistically.  The neuroscience behind the theory explains how physical actions, such as those used in Total Physical Response or TPR, help us to learn language.1   TPR increases motivation and personal meaningfulness, therefore your student’s retention also improves.  The entertaining skits and action sequences are quite novel, often silly, and always attention-grabbing.

You may be surprised at what the use of humor can accomplish in a foreign language program.  Laughter is a powerful tool!  You see, your student’s positive feelings about the content (the stories that are told) will also influence his/her feelings about the form (the language used to tell those stories).  After all, “what we learn with pleasure, we never forget.” Fun contexts honor the concept that “in the brain, emotion and cognition are distinguishable but inseparable.”3

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Of course, there are other programs available that offer cute contexts.  Unfortunately, many of these are “fluffy” (they constitute of “twaddle,” as Charlotte Mason might say).  Excelerate Spanish is content-rich, utilizing high frequency vocabulary and loads of helpful everyday structures (grammar).  As the student internalizes the patterns and flow of the language, output (speech) comes naturally.  When connected discourse is sufficiently modeled, then connected discourse is also produced…  And that, my friends, is fluency!

Experience the Excelerate SPANISH difference for yourself, and give your student the incredible gift of second language proficiency that lasts.  Order today!

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References

  1. Hannaford, C. (1995). Smart moves: Why learning is not all in your head. Arlington, VA: Great Ocean Publishers.
  2. 2- Mercier, Alfred
  3. 3-Schumann, J. (1994). Where is cognition? Studies in Second Language Acquisition 16, 231-42.

 

 

Back-to-school DISCOUNT on Excelerate SPANISH

Back to school shopping?  Get your back-to-school discount now on Excelerate SPANISH, and give your family a whole year’s worth of fun, engaging, and effective Spanish instruction!

Order between now and August 15, SAVE $10 on the whole program, and shipping is FREE.  You’ll receive 24 full-length lesson videos on 4 DVDs, the Excelerate SPANISH lesson book, the Excelerate SPANISH Workbook, and the Excelerate SPANISH Answer Keys… That’s everything you need for your student!  But that’s not all…

You’ll also receive a brand new, complimentary copy of the 2014 Annual Print edition of The Old Schoolhouse magazine, which has positive mentions of the Excelerate SPANISH program in two separate articles!

Just use the discount code SCHOOLHOUSE at checkout.  Enjoy!

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Photo Contest! Enter to win $50 cash prize

Inviting all Excelerate SPANISH users to enter our first ever photo contest!  Show us your student(s) having a blast while doing an Excelerate SPANISH lesson!  One lucky winner will be selected for a $50 cash prize (winner will be announced on September 30, 2014; cash prize to be delivered electronically via Paypal).

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Not an Excelerate SPANISH user yet?  No problem!  Try a FREE lesson video here.  You may use it with your own family and to help you take your best-ever contest photo!

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What are you waiting for?  Go grab your camera and have some fun!

Now for the small print, AKA The Excelerate SPANISH Photo Contest and $50 Cash Prize Rules:

Void outside the United States and where prohibited.  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this promotion. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. By entering, you understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Facebook.

Sponsor: Excelerate Language, Raleigh, NC (“Sponsor”).

Promotion Period: The 2014 Excelerate SPANISH Photo Contest (the “Photo Contest”) and $50 Cash Prize (the “Prize,” and collectively with the Photo Contest, the “Promotion”) commence at 10:00:00 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on July 14, 2014 and end at 8:59 PM ET on September 28, 2014 (the “Promotion Period”).

THE PHOTO CONTEST: During the Promotion Period, there are two (2) ways to enter the Photo Contest and to receive one (1) contest entry (“Contest Entry”).

Facebook Entry: Upload your photo and caption to the Excelerate SPANISH Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ExcelerateSPANISH.  You may submit photos of your child(ren) between the ages of seven (7) years and older as of the date of entry. You must be a parent or legal guardian of the child(ren) depicted in the photo. Photo must be recent (taken within six months of date of entry), unpublished and may not have won any previous prize or award. Photo must be taken by entrant.  Photo must be free of captions, in either .jpeg or .bmp image format and cannot exceed 3 MB in size. A Facebook account is required to enter the Photo Contest via Facebook and is available for free at http://facebook.com;

OR you may email a recent photo of your child(ren) aged seven (7) years and older as of the date of entry. You must be a parent or legal guardian of the child depicted in the photo. Photo must be recent (taken within six months of entry), unpublished and may not have won any previous prize or award. Photo must be taken by entrant.  Photo must be free of captions, in either .jpeg or .bmp image format and cannot exceed 3 MB in size.

There is no cost to register or enter. Entering the Photo Contest will automatically register entrant.  All Contest Entries must be submitted by 8:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 28, 2014 to be eligible. All Contest Entries are final upon submission and become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

Contest Entry may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that is inappropriate or offensive; contains trademarks or logos owned by others, without permission; contains any personal identification; contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), without permission;  and/or violates any law.

Contest Entry must be the original, unprofessional work of the entrant and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.  By submitting a Contest Entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Contest Entry consent to the submission and use of the Contest Entry in the Photo Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.

By submitting a Contest Entry, entrant hereby grants permission for the Contest Entry to be posted at http://exceleratespanish.com or other websites and to be used in promotional materials, book covers, and other print materials. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Contest Entries by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Contest Entry and reserve the right to remove any posted Contest Entry at any time whatsoever and/or for any reason.

LICENSE FOR USE OF ENTRIES: By submitting a Contest Entry, each entrant grants, and represents and warrants that the entrant has the rights and authority necessary to grant, Sponsor an irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully sublicensable license and right to exploit, edit, modify, and distribute the Contest Entry and all elements of such Contest Entry, including, without limitation, the photo and the likenesses of any locations and/or persons embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party.

CONTEST ENTRY LIMIT: Three (3) Contest Entries per household.

PHOTO CONTEST JUDGING AND WINNER SELECTION

On or about Sept. 29, 2014, a panel of qualified judges selected by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will judge all eligible Contest Entries based on the following criteria: overall appeal of photo (34%), personality of child(ren) as expressed through the photo (33%) and photographic representation of an Excelerate SPANISH lesson in progress (33%).

The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules.

Except where prohibited by law, entry constitutes permission to use each entrant’s name, hometown (city and state), biographical information, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Promotion in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise, the Promotion, in whole or in part, without review, approval, credit or attribution, notification or payment from or to entrant or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winner’s list, if applicable. Promotion is subject to all applicable U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations.

FINALISTS’/WINNERS’ NAMES: For the names of Photo Contest Winner, visit https://www.facebook.com/ExcelerateSPANISH on or about September 30, 2014 OR email your request to info (at) exceleratespanish (dot) com.

FREE Spanish Lesson at the Homeschool Gathering Place!

FREE Spanish lesson and Q&A session!  It’s all happening on Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Homeschool Gathering Place in Raleigh.

Please come enjoy a free, interactive Spanish lesson sure to be enjoyed by your entire family (best for ages 7 and up).

Caryn Hommel, creator of Excelerate SPANISH, will teach a live lesson that is:

(1) Multi-sensory, appealing to all learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic!

(2) Perfect for multiple ages, because it resembles early language acquisition.

(3) Effective for struggling learners, since fluency (not mechanics) takes center stage.

(4) Able to outperform traditional methods, equipping students for future challenges.

(5) Engaging, dynamic, and fun, with  scenarios to surprise and delight you.

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Find out about the Excelerate SPANISH program in the best possible way: by experiencing it yourself!  Bring the whole crew and your questions, too!

Space is limited, so please RSVP today to Caryn at info (at) exceleratespanish.com, or leave a comment on the Excelerate SPANISH Facebook page!  See you then!

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Join me at the Christian Home Educators of Colorado Conference!

I’m excited about the upcoming Christian Home Educators of Colorado Conference in Denver, and I really hope I get to meet you!

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Please come by booth #133 in the exhibit hall and get your FREE copy of the 2014 Annual Print Edition of the Old Schoolhouse Magazine!  (Offer good while supplies last).  You’ll fall in love with this beautiful, full-color book (almost 300 pages!) and refer to it again and again for great ideas, inspiration, and encouragement.

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As your fellow home educator, I’d love to chat with you, hear your questions and thoughts about teaching foreign language, and help you in any way I possibly can!

You are also invited to attend my workshop on Saturday at 10:30:

Excelerate SPANISH:  Accelerate Fluency!

Come find out about a unique, interactive DVD-led program that aims to bring effective Spanish instruction to your homeschool– No previous language experience required!  You will be delighted to know that Excelerate Spanish is:

A special discount is available to attendees of the Christian Home Educators of Colorado Conference!  In the meantime, please comment (below, or use the contact form) and let me know how I can serve you and bring some real value to your visit.

Warmly,

caryn

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Homeschool moms love it.  You’re going to love it, too!

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Appalachian Home Educators Conference, Here We Come!

Have you made your plans to attend the Appalachian Home Educators Conference (AHCE) in Pigeon Forge, TN?

Fortunately, you can SAVE on the admission price, making this fun, family-centered event even more affordable!  Just click on the banner below to get your DISCOUNT admission.  You’ll enjoy inspiring speakers, academic-based workshops, and the awesome book fair and used curriculum sale.  The best part:  Connecting with fellow homeschoolers!

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Please be sure to stop by the Excelerate SPANISH booth while you’re at the conference.  I’ll be giving away a limited number of copies of the brand new, 2014 Annual Print edition of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and I’d love to meet you!

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Of course, it would also be a pleasure to see you at one of my workshops!  I’ll be presenting “You Can Give Your Student a GREAT Foreign Language Experience” on Thursday at 6:45, and “Excelerate SPANISH: Accelerate Fluency!” on Saturday at 3:30.  Come to one or both; these workshops are unique and explore various aspects of foreign language instruction, resources, and practical applications.

While you’re in the area for the Appalachian Home Educators Conference, you’ll love taking your family hiking to the natural waterfalls– or visiting Dollywood– or trying any of the other 100+ family activities!

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Please join me in saying, “Appalachian Home Educators Conference, here we come!”  Comment and/or share… the more, the merrier!

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We’re excited to be here at the Teach Them Diligently conference in the DC area this weekend!  Please come for our session entitled, Provide Your Students with a FABULOUS Foreign Language Experience! at 6 p.m. in Chesapeake 7.  Here’s a handout.

Please come by our booth (#529, near the Classical Conversations curriculum center) to chat and enjoy a sweet treat!  :)

Warmly,

Caryn

 

Homeschool Moms’ Feedback on Excelerate SPANISH!

Now that the very first users of the Excelerate SPANISH program are wrapping up their school year, the feedback is beginning to come in!  I’m excited to share it with you, and I hope that the comments of these moms will help to answer some of your own questions.

“We have loved the program.  My children seem to retain most of what they hear in the Lessons and Dramas.  (Two of them are Drama nuts and really enjoy the skits).  My middle child is forever trying to come up with words that stump me, and sometimes he succeeds!  I love that you use a larger Spanish vocabulary that was used when I began Spanish 1 back in middle school and high school.  My 5th grader has managed to keep up with most of the workbook exercises, although sometimes I tell him he doesn’t need to do all the written translation activities, if I can hear him verbally translate.  It is good to hear them WANTING to translate the silly sentences.  Rather than the goofy sentences I had to translate back in school.  ‘Me llamo Roberta.  ¿Dónde está el gato?’

They all love the lessons and have all picked out “favorite lessons” ahead, based on lesson titles.  They were quite sad to hear we were putting away the Spanish books for the year.  But don’t worry, we will be picking them back up in July as we cruise forward in our next school year.

We really don’t have any negative criticisms about the program, I have recommended it to anyone and everyone who has voiced a need for a Spanish Curriculum.  I like how you teach the verb tenses, but I also know my 5th grader doesn’t really get the point of such exercises.  He does them, but doesn’t see the need.  Keep in mind, this is the same child who doesn’t see the need for soap in the shower…  (Just keeping it real!)…

My daughter will finish the book next year for her Spanish 1 requirement for high school.  And we both hope that there will be an Excelerate Spanish 2 in the near future.  After using the Excelerate Spanish curriculum, nothing else seems like a good fit for my kinesthetic family.  I fully intend to repeat the course for my boys once they hit high school as I am a huge fan of repetition being an excellent teacher!

Thank you for demonstrating your desire to keep your curriculum up to higher standards, by constantly looking for ways to improve it.”

-Bobbey S. in NC

“Are you going to have a next level of your Spanish course?  We absolutely love your program and would very much like to stick with you if you are doing it… I have never had so many conversations about about worms and hooks and eating worms!… We have boys 10, 12, and 14 and us adults listening to your program and we are all learning, like it or not (the boys crack up because their father will stand in the kitchen silently watching when he thinks no one is paying attention!)… Thanks for such a fantastic program!”

-Jodi O. of NC

“Our co-op class really enjoyed the Spanish class through Excelerate Spanish… We have nearly completed the book.  The children and I have had so much fun in this class… For homework, the children would write silly sentences or silly stories and they enjoyed this.  Often, they illustrated their stories and I would read some in class.”

-Jackie L. of NC

I hope to post additional comments soon.  In the meantime, please check out these Excelerate SPANISH reviews from homeschool bloggers.  Also, if you haven’t already grabbed your new 2014 Annual Print edition of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, please do.  I’m pleased to relate that Excelerate SPANISH received positive mention in two separate articles!

Feedback on Excelerate SPANISH in TOS!

If you used Excelerate SPANISH this year, would you please take a moment to contact me with your feedback?  I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions, and suggestions!

 

 

What about GRAMMAR in our Homeschool Spanish?

What is the best way to meet your homeschool Spanish goals?  How can parents and students get the greatest “return on investment” (ROI) for your time, effort, and often, money spent on foreign language programs?

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A friend of mine is known for saying, “I believe in using the right tool for the right job.”  That bit of wisdom applies to many things we do in life, doesn’t it?  The right tools can help us to save time, save money, save materials, and save us from unnecessary grief and heartache.  The right tools can bring smiles to our faces and a spring to our step!  Could your student use that in his or her school day?  Could you?

The best tools reflect thoughtful design (I can’t help but think of my Dyson here!) and require less effort from the consumer, even while yielding better performance/results.  I don’t know about you, but when I plug in an appliance, I want for it to do more of the work, not me!  Please don’t go believing that tools that make the job harder somehow confer more knowledge to your students.  The wrong tools are simply that, bad tools.

When it comes to homeschool Spanish, you want tools that work with, not against, your student’s brain.  You want tools that take into account how language is actually acquired and what helps us to retain it.  You want tools that are known for producing positive results.

What about grammar?  Well, let’s not lose sight of what we all know did work when we acquired our first language.  It wasn’t grammar study first, then fluency later, right?  What worked the first time, what helped us to acquire and retain?

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The best language experiences come to us naturally.

Laura Zuchovicki of Conversabooks writes this about our early language experience:

Learning “to talk” is a slow process that comprises of listening to adults around us. The adults surrounding the baby use “verbs” without explicitly explaining the grammatical rule behind it. Nonetheless, babies receive continuous repetition of certain words until they are able to use them within the appropriate context. The tangible outcome proves to be successful when the babies are officially communicating in their first language…

We simply continue the language acquisition progress until we perfect oral communication and are ready to enroll in the academic life. It is not until we are about six or seven years old that we discover the purpose of grammar within our language. The process of acquiring language is as long as running a marathon.

If the first language is predicated by pure experience, without opening a book or studying the grammar, why do we insist on reversing the process to acquire a new language? In my opinion, the standard should be as follows: “In my Spanish foreign language class, I will not teach my students about the Spanish language and its grammar. I will teach my students to speak in Spanish so that they are able to communicate with others.”

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Laura is right— it is indeed backwards to flip the entire paradigm of language experience upside down!  Yet this is what foreign language classes and programs have done rather consistently for far too long.  But as homeschoolers, we don’t have to submit to a faulty model of language teaching.  We get to choose educational philosophies, practices, and resources that harmonize with our needs.  We get to choose our tools, and we choose the best!

Still worried about grammar?  Keep in mind that fluency in Spanish will always lead to greater grammatical accuracy than non-fluency ever could.  Excelerate SPANISH is not anti-grammar!  We simply choose to approach grammar naturally and in context.  In so doing, students internalize (rather than temporarily memorize) the patterns and flow— the structure— of the language.  It’s a kinder, gentler, and more effective way of doing things.

If your goal is to provide Spanish I for your high school student, fluency is the key to proficiency, including test-taking proficiency.  Excelerate SPANISH is for you.  If your goal is to become conversational so that you can be better equipped for that mission trip, special vacation, or move, then Excelerate SPANISH is for you.  And if you simply want the opportunity to connect on a deeper level with Spanish speakers, then Excelerate SPANISH is for you!

Accelerate language learning.

Unleash creativity.

Discover the Power of STORY.

Excelerate SPANISH

Your Homeschool Spanish!

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