Overall, we really like this program. It's fun, and the videos are really funny. The first is titled "Basketballs Aren't for Breakfast" if that tells you anything! Mr. B really picked up on things quickly, and the repetition really works. The intended schedule would work nicely, but Mr. B just liked watching the videos without stopping. I think the workbook art (NOT the clip art in it) is a bit childish, but the clip art associated with the Spanish vocab words are real life style photos, and that makes up for the cartoon'ish clip art. I'm not really pleased with the addition of the sticker sheets that ask your child to get your permission to put stickers on things as a visual aid reminder. He didn't ask my permission, and my house was covered in Spanish stickers. I'm not sure if that would be an isolated case or not, and I really should have removed those before letting him go through the box. The flash cards are nice, and we typically play games that we make up as we go with those. It was different for me to help him learn Spanish when my background is French, but the languages are so similar that it wasn't impossible or difficult-just a little different. I would LOVE to see this in French! We plan to continue using this product.
Does Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids pass my 4 Ingredient Test?
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
You could skip, but that really wouldn't help you to learn the language. You can take breaks, and set your own schedule, but again that may hinder the learning.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
The videos are funny and use humor to introduce the language. I think it's great for ADHD and autism because of the real life setting. It doesn't last long at all. Actually, I'd prefer longer videos.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.