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Friday, December 30, 2011

R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish Review

R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish was created by homeschool mom Dr. Karyn Williamson-Coria.  She designed this curriculum for specific use within the homeschool environment after becoming frustrated with other curriculum she had tried for her children.  R.E.A.L. is an acronym for Relax, Enjoy, Aspire, Learn Spanish.  I love that!

The Program
There are 10 units consisting of approximately 48 weeks if used exactly as The Daily Curriculum Guide states.  I loved this guide!  For someone who loves things laid out simply and told exactly what to do - this was a dream!  Now, on the other hand it is simply a guide so you do not have to do all that is included.  But for me, I need this step by step approach.  Here is a sample of the guide for Unit 8, Week 40.

We liked the pace of the curriculum guide - there is a range of weeks for completion in each unit.  Some are complete in 4 weeks, some 5, and some 6.  Of course, if you need more time to complete the lessons it is simple to do so or if you need to move quicker with an older student you can easily do that too.

Each unit has a general theme—Greetings, Food, Sports, etc.  Each section also has an audio file so you and your children can listen to the correct pronunciation but the emphasis shouldn't be on that but on just having fun while learning Spanish.

A suggested weekly pattern of use of the material is the following:

  1. Plan which vocabulary you will study and how you will present it using the Tips to the Home Educator section for each unit. Use the Audio (download a sample) if you need it.
  2. Present the new vocabulary and have you and your child become familiar with the new words and sentences in the Vocabulary section.
  3. Use the IDEA section to come up with fun and interesting activities to continue using the language throughout the day/week. Have your child listen to the Audio to reinforce his/her listening and pronunciation skills.
  4. Practice writing the language with the ACTIVITY BOOK.
  5. Set aside some time for culture learning with the FREE CULTURE LINKS.
  6. Above all... Relax, Enjoy, Aspire and Learn Spanish!!! (R.E.A.L. Learning!)
Included in the regular book bundle is the book, activity book, answer book, and audio files.  These are available for  purchase as a download product for $49.95 or as a hard copy for $89.95 without The Daily Curriculum Guide.  With the Daily Curriculum Guide, the cost is $59.95 for download and $99.95 for hard copy.  We received the download product.  Honestly, I would pay the additional money for the hard copy but that is just me.  I also would definitely spend the extra $10 for the curriculum guide!

Since we received this during our holiday break, we have been taking it very slow and enjoying the extra activities.  One of the things we love most are the suggested songs for learning.  We are a song learning family!  We love to memorize by songs.  We are relaxing, enjoying, aspiring, and learning Spanish!

Don't forget to check out what my fellow crewmates thought of R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish.

**Disclaimer: I received a free download of this curriculum in exchange for my review. The opinions here are my honest and true evaluation!

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