Hello! This is my first topic but I’m in and out of the forum doing research. I’ve been looking at Cherrydale Press’ Speaking Spanish with Miss Mason and Francois
for awhile now. There is not much information out there from people who have used it in their home school. Has anybody used this? How long did you use it? How did it work for you? Any tips and tricks for making it successful? It seems like a program that would be simple to implement, but again, not much info on it. I would be using it with an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old. Thanks!
I have never used the Spanish version but we have been using the French version for 2 years now. The kids love it. They are younger 11,8,3. It has a how to use mi I guide at the beginning of the book and I use those instructions. It is split up into English on one side of the page and French on the other side. Then at the top is a list of vocabulary words that you learn a few each week. They are split some are 3aweek some5 depending on difficulty. Then come the sentences that use those vocab words. Those are split into sections. One section each week. Then come the extras that is optional like what a teacher would say to a class. Like what are you doing, what comes first, look at me, that type of thing. Then last for that lesson is a recitation of some sort. Sometimes it’s a bible verse or poem or counting. Maybe each lesson takes a month to learn. 10 minutes each lesson. We review what we have learned then learn a new section. As they say the words the instructions say to use motions like brushing teeth for the vocab word brush that type of thing. It helps with remembering for my younger kids. I choose to buy the book and audio file for it since I do not know French myself it’s a huge help in pronunciation we all listen to her together as she says the words. The book looks small but it Is meant to take 2-3 years to go through it with the lessons broken up that way. I hope that helps you out.bethannaParticipant
There is a video demonstration of how one family uses it on YouTube BUT I have not watched it yet. Googled it when littles were going to sleep…AlyssaParticipant
Thanks so much for your replies! Morgan1, do you find that you all still remember the series that you did first, or do you have a system for review? Do you just try to incorporate what you’ve learned into everyday conversation in order to keep it fresh? Thanks again for your response!
The lessons build on each other gradually adding difficulty but keeping the same vocab words used from before and incorporating them into another lesson. For instance be first lesson had the vocab words take open and close for the sentences I open the book I take the book I close the book. The next couple lessons added to the sentences, I open the pencil case I put two pencils I close the pencil case. Then the following lesson will use those same vocab words and add numbers, I open the pencil case and sharpen 2 pencils. We spend the first 5 minutes or so of each lesson reviewing what we learned so far real quick. My daughter does like to try to use some of the vocab and phrases that apply to our everyday life. She thinks it’s fun to speak in language people don’t know. For instance if we are talking to each other we will use French to say go take the book and open the book. It’s easy review that she doesn’t realize she is doing. 😊
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