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Schoolhouse Review: Middlebury Interactive Languages

My son Lance has been having fun learning Spanish using Middlebury Interactive Languages.
 
Elementry Spanish
 
For the past five weeks or so we have been reviewing their Elementary Spanish Course. For this review we received 6 months access to their online course.
 
Middlebury Interactive Languages Review
Recommended Grades: 3-5 (K-12 depending on the level you choose)
Price: Without Teacher per semester $119
 
Middlebury Interactive Languages uses an immersive approach with teaching children to learn a foreign Language. The program has your child watching an animated story in Spanish right from the start.
 
There are 8 lessons in this course:
~Family
~Numbers
~Greetings
~Adjectives/Feelings
~Food
~Community
~Body
~Review

To give you a peek of what a lesson looks like, I’ll focus on Lesson 7: Body Unit

Each lesson has sub lessons.
Spanish Lessons
Once you are ready to start, click on Lesson 1. You will see by the dropdown menu what your child will learn in this lesson.
Spanish Dropdown
 
The first lesson is when the child will watch an animated video in Spanish. They will see and hear the words as well.
Spanish body lesson 1png
As your child completes each section of the lesson a green checkmark will appear in the box a great visual for the child to see all that he/she has accomplished!
 
Spanish Dropdown
 
Throughout the lesson your child will do many activities like matching words to pictures, coloring a page and hearing the word on the section they ‘colored’, speak the sounds, and highlight the vocabulary word of the picture they see.
 
Here is what your child will do in the the Body Unit.
 
In the first lesson of the Body Unit your child will have watched the video as mentioned above and would have completed a few practice lessons.
 
In Lesson 2 of the Body Unit it starts with the child reviewing.
Spanish Body Review l.1
 
Then practicing.
 
Spanish Body Review l.1.2
 
Next comes the Speaking Lab. A microphone is recommended for these lessons. If you don’t have one that’s okay, just have your child repeat after the speaker. We didn’t use a microphone because we don’t have one and Lance was still able to enjoy the course.
 
Spanish Body Speaking Lab  l.1.3
 
The little numbers in the upper right corner is where you will see a score given to your child. 5/5 means they got them all correct. If your child misses the program will have them try again.
 
After the Speaking Lab your child will complete a no stress quiz. This is what I liked about the program. Lance didn’t feel overwhelmed.
 
Spanish Body Quiz  l.1.4
 
Your child will explore new body words.
 
Spanish Body Explore  l.1.5
 
Then practice by dragging the words to the body part.
 
Spanish Body Practice 2  l.1.6
 
And lastly your child will do another Speaking Lab.
 
Spanish Body Speaking Lab l.1.6
 
And that is from only one of the 6 lessons in the Body Unit.
 
Some other activities are:
 
Spanish Body Lesson
 
and
 
Spanish highlighting
 
A neat optional feature is using the calendar to pace your child. For some I know this can be too rigid and overwhelming but for others it might be super helpful. And again, it’s optional. You don’t have to use it.
 
Spanish Calendar
 
A gradebook is also included. I will admit I didn’t use this feature very often but it’s there if you would like to print it for your records. I would have included a screen shot but I couldn’t get one that was large and clear, sorry. Basically it has the percentage of what your child got correct. In the gradebook there is a section that has a due date. Because we reviewed the non teacher course, it can be ignored.

There are 40 lesson in Elementry Spanish 1, Middlebury suggest 2-3 lessons per week.
 
How We Used Middlebury Interactive Languages
 
I used this Foreign Spanish Course with Lance my 10 year old 4th grade son. Brent joined in when he saw how fun it was so he was a tag along learner in this review.
 
We didn’t use the the calendar to pace Lance. Instead Lance would log in and go straight to his lessons by clicking on the Table of Contents. We went through the introduction and a few lessons together. Once he was familiar with the program he was able to log in on his own.
 
I had Lance use this 4 times a week, completing 1 lesson from a Unit a day. Some days he'd do less and other days more.  The program makes it easy for the child to find a stopping point (if not using the calendar to pace your child). 
 
It took Lance a week and a few days to finish a lesson. Sometimes when he got a low score on the quiz he would repeat parts of the lesson.

Our computer is in the kitchen so I was able to hear the words that Lance was working on. Throughout the day I would say a Spanish word and ask Lance what the word meant in English and vice versa (ask the word in English and he'd give me the Spanish translation).

Lance’s favorite part of this course was watching the cartoons.
 
Middlebury Spanish Interactive Languages
 
My Thoughts
 
I believe Middlebury Interactive Languages does a great job with really engaging the child. It’s fun, colorful, shows the child the progress they are making, and I love that there are so many activities for the child. It’s never boring!
 
The program is fun and doesn't overwhelm the child. The child can go at their own pace, repeat lessons if needed, and just have fun while learning Spanish.
 
Bottom Line
 
We have used more than a few Spanish programs here at Homeschooling6 and I must say Middlebury is our favorite!
 
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