Just a quick FYI that Cherrydale Press will grant a request to purchase a compact disc of the audio rather than the audio files for those that prefer hard copies. I am so pleased with the discs.
I wanted the discs because we have drastically scaled back our time online and on screened devices. But now that I have them, I prefer them for their ease of use and the fact that physical things are just easier for me to keep track of. (I still have photos of grandparent’s childhoods while I’ve sadly lost entire years of my own chikdren’s.) The discs came well packaged and the audio is beautiful.
(As we get farther into the series it will become necessary for me to make notes of which tracks go with which series.h
This week I was able to take French on the road with us for a lesson on the way to piano. I simply packed a backpack, pencil, sharpener, wallet, book and notebook and of course, the first disc. I’m not sure if I would have attempted French in the car if I was dependent on using my phone. Also, it seems the downloads are a little more complicated if you have an iPhone- though that shouldn’t dissuade you if you prefer audio files.
Overall I am just very pleased with my purchase. Hopefully I will remember to update this review next year!
Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been casually looking at Cherrydale for future use, and I would most likely prefer a CD as well. I wish we could see and hear samples of the materials, but I don’t see anywhere on the site to do that. Do you know of anywhere samples are available?
No, but you may want to email the author and ask; she was very kind and helpful when I asked about the discs.
The blog on this website also gives good descriptions and I think shares photos in older posts.
The book is very thin, hardback, and clothbound; the cover lettering is gold embossed. There is useful information in the forwards on how to use the program and how the author derived her work from the original language lessons of Charlotte Mason. Each series should take around 1-3 weeks to master and has two pages of the book devoted to it. One page in English, and one in your chosen language. You are to learn the series of action sentences in English before learning the French, acting out each sentence as you say it. Then you move to the French- the audio is beautiful and worth owning unless you are quite familiar with the language you’re teaching. I tried using google for pronunciation while I waited for my discs to arrive and while that worked fine and would be helpful for building on a series with your own sentences (we learned the word for door on our own so we could easily substitute it for the word book in the first series) google just does not compare to how beautifully pronounced the companion audio is.
The key for memory is to act out the series with the saying of it. But also the building into phrases you already know, I can tell, is going to be very useful.
I can’t explain it, but while we are new to this method, I feel as if I already have more useable French in my mind than I was able to hold onto after years of dabbling with the language. Besides that, the program just fits perfectly into this beautiful world I’m trying to create in our home. I’ve tried other programs that seemed to degrade the language and the experience. Cherrydale Press rises to the standard. of a Charlotte Mason education.
Clarification: the Simply Charlotte Mason blog has detailed descriptions and photos. You may try searching the SCM website to see what you can turn up.
Speaking of websites- When I spoke to the author of the Cherrydale books she explained that while her website could use some updating she is kept busy by filling orders and educating her children. I have to respect those priorities. It’s clear she developed a quality product and is committed to getting it into our hands- but marketing has taken a backseat. I recently had the opposite experience with a language curriculum that turned out to be almost entirely marketing, with very little substance. All the better for me to recognize what I had in my hands when the Cherrydale book arrived.
Wow, Mom2Millie, what wonderful information you’ve shared. Thank you so much for taking the time to write all of this. It’s very, very helpful. Cherrydale sounds rich and exciting from beginning to end!totheskydearParticipant
A book only lasts a few weeks?!
Tothesky, I think she means a series is sort of a lesson or chapter? Not the whole book.
“Each series should take around 1-3 weeks to master and has two pages of the book devoted to it. “
You’re very welcome, Alphabetika!
My apologies, Tothesky, the book is approximately two years worth of material. Of course, that depends on how fast or slow one takes it, but Children in Charlotte Mason schools worked slowly through books spending several years in some. The first series (that is what each lesson is called because you are leaning a series of phrases built around a few verbs) took us a week to master, the second series will take us at least two weeks. They appear to get more complex as you go along, but since you’re building on phrases already mastered, I’m not sure that they are.
I found old threads in this forum saying that the author is happy to email samples to those who request them. Yay! Not sure if you get an audio sample with that, but google translate would suffice. Do watch the SCM video on the books- they better explain the process.totheskydearParticipant
Whew! Thanks for clarifying! 🙂KeriJParticipant
I am so happy to hear this! I’ve been looking at Cherrydale for Spanish. CD’s would be so helpful as we spend a lot of time in the car.
I’m so glad, KeriJ!
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