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!
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!