Sunday, February 27, 2011

Do you Speekee the Spanish?

I was recently granted a free trial period of Speekee TV in order to review the program.  This program is a Spanish immersion program for children in the age range of 2-10 years old.  The program includes 10 online episodes using puppets and real kids in real situations to teach Spanish.

There are free downloads available in the form of activity worksheets that you can print off to reinforce the lessons learned. The episodes are 100% Spanish--no English at all.  However, you can have English/Spanish subtitles on the screen if you choose.

A subscription to Speekee TV is $7.50 per month and the first two weeks are free.  This is very reasonable for unlimited access! Plus, no contracts.  You can leave the program at any time without penalty.

The website also offers a DVD version of the program, as well as a early education/elementary classroom package.

I have two kids who fit within the Speekee TV age range.  My youngest boys are five years old and almost 10.  Both of my boys are on the Autism spectrum and absolutely love computer programs.  They found the episodes entertaining.  The older boy felt the program was a little too young for him.  The younger boy just seems puzzled by the foreign language.  He is no longer considered non-verbal, but he does have some definite communication issues.  I have no doubt  he is capable of learning from the Speekee TV Spanish lessons.  We will definitely keep using Speekee TV with the 5 year old, but will probably look for something a little different for the 10 year old. 

Here are a few things I really like about this program:

  • The price!  $7.50 per month for access is very reasonable for this type of program.  As a one-income family of seven, online programs and classes are usually priced out of our reach.
  • The quality-the program has the feel of a Spanish Sesame Street.  Puppets and kids....you just can't beat that combination!   
  • The indepth study-loads of Spanish vocabulary in each episode means you will stay on one episode for several lessons, not to mention being able to go back and revisit each episode to review.  If you wanted to focus on these ten episodes, you could easily cover one episode repeatedly for a month and stretch this out over a full year.  After covering all ten episodes, Spanish immersion will be evident.
  • The open-ended subscription.  No worries about contracts and unexpected cancellation fees.         

The Speekee TV Spanish Immersion online program is inexpensive, entertaining, and effective for teaching beginning Spanish to young children.  You can get 2 weeks free if you sign up now!

Disclaimer---I received the online program for free for a period of time in exchange for my honest review.

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