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The Speekee® Accelerate Programme: An OnLine Spanish course for kids!

Wowzers! Here it is folks…my concluding post about the Speekee Accelerate Programme. What a journey we have been on with this – it’s been ¡fantástico!

If you’ve only just joined us, worry not as at the end of this post you will find links to the blog posts covering our year-long Spanish learning programme with the Speekee Accelerate Programme.

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Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 33 – 36

Weeks 33 & 34

This unit covers restaurants and is mainly about food and drink. We set up a restaurant and gave it a name. Then used the workseets for some role play. We used the following vocabulary:

¿Qué quieres para beber?” (What do you want to drink?)

“Gracias” (Thank you) replying with “De nada” (You are welcome). Read more…

Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 27 – 32

Weeks 27 & 28

Audio files have now been added to the entire programme which is great as it gives additional listening practice to each video.

As a change to the previous videos, week 27 is a silent movie about being in a fairground. We discussed the different types of rides, which are our favourites and which go “rapidamente”, “arriba” and “abajo”.  We set up an obstacle course at home to practice the words “arriba” “abajo” in Spanish.  Read more…

Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 23 & 24

Weeks 23 & 24 were fun to do…all about musical instruments!  We started off looking at the different musical instruments on the worksheets and talked about what they are and asked ¿Qué instrumento es? (What instrument is it?).  The lesson evolved and before we knew it the children we playing and tuning the ukulele!

This is one of the things I love about Home Education – seeing the children’s Spanish learning-journey evolving with them – there are no limits to where they can take it.  Read more…

Speekee® Accelerate Review: Supermarket Scavenger Hunt

Using the vocabulary learnt in the last unit I prepared a shopping list in Spanish with 10 items that the children had to find in our local supermarket.  It was a race and the first one back to me with all the correct items in their basket was the winner.   Read more…

Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 21 & 22

Units for weeks 21 & 22 are all about animals!

For week 21 we spent time talking about our different animals and which are our favourite, forming questions like “¿Cúal es tu animal favorito?” (What is your favorite animal?). We also played a game of animal charades which was fun!  Read more…

Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 11-14

Weeks 11 & 12

Weeks 11 & 12 cover modes of transport, colours and comparing sizes. The worksheets in week 11 are great and easy for the children to get on with.  They include lots of repetition with nice clear instructions.

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Doing the transport worksheets in our new “home ed” space.

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Speekee® Accelerate Review: Weeks 7-10

This post covers weeks 7-10 of the Speekee Accelerate programme. We did pretty well to keep momentum going what with Christmas and New Year, I think there was just one week where we didn’t do anything!  It is definitely important to do a little bit as often as possible with this so as to maintain your child’s interest, even if that means simply watching the videos every day.   Read more…

Review: Rockalingua

We have just signed up for the Family Subscription with Rockalingua and I just had to write this blog post about it as it is a fantastic resource!  Everything from the design and quality of the videos and songs to the worksheets is faultless – As a Home Educator and Spanish teacher I can’t believe I didn’t subscribe sooner! Read more…

Book review: I want my “sombrero” back

I like to read children’s books to my students that have one word or phrase that is repeated a lot, that way I can read the story in English and just translate one word or phrase into Spanish so that they are hearing it in it’s context, over, and over, and over again.

I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen is a lovely book and perfect for learning a language this way – the children never seem to get tired of listening to it.  With this book the English word “hat” is repeated many times, so I replaced it for the Spanish word “sombrero”.  To encourage the children whenever the word “sombrero” was coming up, I put my hand on my head.  They LOVED saying “sombrero” with me! Read more…

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