The start of a new year is a good time to start to learn a new language. Today I’ll be giving you an overview of Languages4Kids.
Usually for the purposes of any reviews I do, I’m provided with a full curriculum for at least one age range, and I use it fully with my children for about 6 weeks or so. In this case, I only have the samples to work off of so please take this into consideration while reading this review.
For the purposes of this review I was provided with lesson 6 in Spanish, an ebook in English and one in Spanish, and 2 30-second audio samples.
Languages4Kidz has lessons for both English and Spanish for kids between the ages of 3 months and 6 years. There is lots of materials for sale on their site from story books, CDs, teaching books, and full teaching packages.
The lesson plan that I’ve seen would take about 30-45 minutes I’d guess if both the teacher and students are well-focussed and organised. Just long enough to learn something new, and just short enough to hold the attention of young children.
There is lots of variety and a lot of activities in the lesson plan. These include a mix of sitting down and moving around activities that will appeal to different learning styles.
Hands-on activities, flash cards, songs, reviewing the previous lesson’s targets, repetition for memorization are all here.
Sidebar explanations within the lesson plan explains a bit about language learning. Nouns are easier to learn than verbs. This goes with the learning of nouns by using real items in a basket, and using actions for the verbs on flashcards.
There are reminders included for the teacher to be positive and upbeat during the lessons, and to connect with each individual child.
In the lesson plan I had there were phrases in Spanish, but an English translation wasn’t given. For someone like me that doesn’t know any Spanish, having this explanation would be helpful so that I would know what exactly I was teaching.
Because I wasn’t given all of the materials needed to complete the sample lesson, I wasn’t able to try this out with the kids to see how they liked it and how well it worked for us. But from what I have seen, this seems well-structured, and could be a good curriculum to teach young children English or Spanish.