Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Spring Flowers Pronoun Game in Spanish




For some of us, it feels like spring has already sprung and been squashed by summer. But for most of people, warmer temperatures and blooming gardens are filling the days. Now is a good time to keep up your child's Spanish lessons with this month's freebie from MommyMaestra sponsor, Spanish for You!, a perfect activity for young Spanish learners!

This month's freebie is a game for learning about personal pronouns. Spring Flowers Pronoun Game helps your young student learn the Spanish words for pronouns. This three-page download comes with instructions, a pronoun help sheet, and a game sheet.


Download the printable file here


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Remember! Spanish for You!'s program is geared for middle schoolers and is the perfect choice for homeschoolers and afterschoolers alike because their concepts are carefully divided up into manageable bundles that are available for immediate download from their website.

If this is your first time here, you can find other free samples from Spanish for You! here. There are some fantastic downloads of games and activities for you and your family to enjoy. If you enjoy this activity, be sure to visit the Spanish for You! website where you'll find tons of additional resources for you to help your young Spanish learner!


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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Pablo Neruda Reading Passage

 


Pablo Neruda is such a controversial figure. People seem to either love him or hate him.

Either way, parents and teachers are looking for resources to study the poet. And these resources can be hard for a person to find. It seems like the online lesson plans come and go, but I just updated my post Pablo Neruda Lesson Plans, Videos, Books, and More

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Pablo Neruda Reading Worksheet

I have also gone ahead and adapted the one-page reading passage in my Hispanic Poets packet into a more lengthy, stand-alone activity. It is now available in my TpT store.

This is an age-appropriate short biographical intro to the poet, not the politician. 

It's best suited for students in 4th through 7th grade and is available in both English or Spanish - you choose the language that meets your needs. 

And, yes, it does include an 8-question quiz to test your student's comprehension. 

How to Use It

This reading passage may be:

  • assigned as homework, 
  • for an in-class assignment, 
  • as an activity for a sub,
  • as part of a larger lesson plan (see my post on Neruda lesson plans)

You can also have your students use it to:
  • read aloud to practice pronunciation in Spanish or English
  • create a story board
  • fill out a story map
  • write a summary
  • complete a K-W-L chart
  • create a timeline of Neruda's life
  • identify and define new vocabulary
  • find Chile on a map
  • write their own poem...in a different colored ink?
  • write a character analysis
  • complete a Venn diagram to compare/contrast Neruda with another poet

This reading passage would do well with studies about Neruda, Chile, poets, writers, literature, nature, Hispanic Heritage Month, historical figures, and more.

And if you are looking for a book that would pair nicely with this introduction, I recommend:


The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis. It's also available in Spanish: El soñador



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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

40 Ways to Keep Your Child Excited About Reading


Happy May! 

For some, the end of the school year is in sight. For others, school will continue through the hot summer months. Either way, your child's reading development should be one of the things you stay on top of this summer.

This month, we'll be focusing on summer reading: tips, books, strategies, and more.

One challenge that parents face during the summer is keeping their kids excited about reading. So we've put together a short list of ways to make reading fun.

Did we miss one? Let us know!

Read with your children
© Can Stock Photo / evgenyatamanenko


40+ Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Reading

  1. Read with your child.
  2. Make it special and set up a comfortable reading nook just for your child.
  3. Visit the bookstore or library on a weekly basis.
  4. Translate a story!
  5. Read the book...then watch the movie... or vice versa! Discuss which one you liked better and why.
  6. Involve friends. Invite your child's friends over for a book swap party.
  7. Create your own book club and meet weekly to discuss new books.
  8. Make puppets and then have your child(ren) put on a puppet show of the story for friends and family.
  9. Dress up in costumes and re-enact the story! (Who doesn't love a good play?)
  10. Write up a book report.
  11. Read to a pet!
  12. Help your child create a video book review!
  13. Add variety. Read books, magazines, eBooks, cookbooks, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, comic books, graphic novels, classics, action & adventure...
  14. Ask your child to write and illustrate his/her own story.
  15. Read outside.
  16. Read in the car.
  17. Download an eBook app, such as EpicStoria, or Readyland.
  18. Go to the park to read!
  19. Make up different endings.
  20. Buy picture books without words and make up your own story.

    © Can Stock Photo / Choreograph

  21. Read to a stuffed toy.
  22. Use story boards.
  23. Make meals mentioned in the story.
  24. Create a felt story board.
  25. Join a summer reading program.
  26. Listen to audiobooks.
  27. Create a reward chart.
  28. Use reading logs to record their progress.
  29. Use story cubes.
  30. Use incentives (these can be physical items or simple privileges).
  31. Read aloud. Pick a book you both love and take turns reading to each other.
  32. Dress it up! Gift wrap a book you've carefully selected and give it to your child as a gift.
  33. Make sure your child is reading books on her level. Books that are too difficult or advanced make reading a lot less fun.
  34. Buy a fun book light at the dollar store. 
  35. Bribery! (Lol!!)
  36. Give your child his own library card.
  37. Stay up late reading!
  38. Read to a friend.
  39. Read to Abuela or Abuelo (Grandma or Grandpa).
  40. Let your child choose the book.
  41. Find books on topics your child is interested in.
  42. Vary your child's reading routine.



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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Día Craft: Make Your Own Family Keepsake Book







This week, we continue our series on Día inspired crafts. These are literacy-based crafts that kids can put together. And these are fun activities that promote a reading culture at home. Today's craft comes from guest contributor and artist Denise Cortes, who originally wrote this for L4LL. If you enjoy this tutorial, check out her other one: DIY Book-Inspired Sports ID Tag.

We hope your children enjoy this tutorial for making their own DIY family keepsake. 

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Día de los Niños Craft: Bookmaking


My kids are really sentimental when it comes to family photos. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to thumb through their baby books and photo albums. We all laugh at the memories and by the end, I’m usually in tears. Why must childhood be so fleeting?

I wanted to teach my daughters how to make a DIY family keepsake book so they could collect photos, small notes and drawings, keeping alive the tradition of documenting our family.

This craft project is inexpensive and fun for everyone! 

Materials:



Directions:

What I love most about this project is we’re repurposing an inexpensive brown paper bag. It’s as simple as folding a bag or two in half, sandwiching them together, poking a few holes on one side and threading a piece of twine or ribbon to bind them together. After trimming one side with a pair of decorative edge scissors, you will have a “book” with pockets, similar to an accordion.



If you want to make the “book” thicker, use more than one paper bag. I used two, which allow me to have four pockets for sliding in photos and keepsakes.


To bind the paper bags together, make three holes along the edge that is opposite to the opening side.


Now you are ready to decorate your book. Find a few patterned sheets of scrapbooking squares. Cut them down to size so they can fit properly.



Glue down each piece of scrapbooking paper onto the “pages” of your book. Add a smaller piece of solid color paper and glue it on top of the scrapbooking paper, toward the bottom. This space is for any captions such as: My Family, Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, Abuelita, etc. Remember, you are celebrating family!



The final step is to thread the book with a piece of jute twine, to bind all of the pages together. Be sure to tie a tight knot.


Now you can fill up your keepsake book with pictures, notes, and photo booth pictures!



Monday, April 25, 2022

Reading Challenge & Passport

 Bilingual Reading Passport

This week, I'm continuing our Día de los niños series with a free download. If you're a MommyMaestra subscriber, you'll find this printable reading passport in your inbox this evening. If not, you can purchase my reading passport file in my TpT store

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Bilingual Printable Reading Passport

This reading passport is easy to print and assemble.  

  1. Make sure to select "Actual Size" on your printer settings, or "Custom" and "100%."

  2. Print pages 3 and 4 on two separate pieces of paper (Do not select "Print on both sides of paper.")

  3. Fold page 3 in half with the printed side facing out. 

  4. Fold the page in half again with the dark blue covers on the outside.

  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with page 4.

  6. Tuck page 4 inside page 3. 

  7. Staple in the middle to hold the booklet together.
The passport has text in both Spanish and English.


How to Use This Reading Passport

You can use the reading passport like a reading log for your child. Just let them enter the titles and authors of the books they've read and keep it like a running account. There is no limit to the number of inner pages you can print and add to your child's passport.

OR you can assign your child a reading challenge...

Latino kid lit


Reading Challenge

I'm always thinking about ways to get kids excited about reading. And one of those is with a reading challenge. 

One simple and easy challenge is to have your kids read 8 books in one month. You can set the details based on your child's interests and reading level (picture books, chapter books, poetry, etc.), or just let them choose which books they want to read.

Other challenges could be for the summer or school year. You can require books by Latino authors, classics, novels, short stories, books in Spanish, biographies, or even graphic novels. You can also challenge your student to read one book from each genre.

Whatever you do, be flexible and have fun!



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Friday, April 22, 2022

Día Craft: Music-Themed Magazine Holder



Here is another fun craft that nurtures a reading culture in your home. Today's tutorial comes from guest contributor Dariela Cruz of MamiTalks, who originally wrote this for L4LL. 

Magazine holders are so useful. I never think of them for the kids’ room, but even if the kids don’t have any magazines, they always have coloring books, reading workbooks, math workbooks, or notebooks that can definitely be organized better inside a magazine rack.

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Día de los Niños Craft: Themed Magazine Holder


This magazine rack is made out of a cereal box, some scrapbooking paper, and stickers. It is very easy to make and the kids can help, too. 

This one has a musical theme and can be very useful for storing sheet music and/or music notebooks. But let your child choose the theme that appeals to them the most. There are many wonderful designs of scrapbooking paper available for each kid’s preference. 

Guide them through this craft and they will love making something useful for their own room!






Supplies:



Instructions:




Grab the empty box of cereal and place a magazine on top of it.

Make marks with the permanent marker on one side of the box a little bit higher than the magazine height and on the other side make a mark a little bit lower than the half of the magazine’s total height.




Draw a line joining both marks then continue on the other side with the help of a ruler.


Carefully cut the box with scissors (or with a craft knife) along the marked lines.






The structure of the magazine holder is done. Now to decorate it!




Use the first scrapbooking paper and lay the box on top of it. NOTE: it will cover only two sides of the box. 

With a pencil mark the paper leaving space for flaps on every side and the top and bottom, they don't need to be precise, just make sure you have them all, then cut along your marks with scissors.




Once the paper is cut, apply the glue with a brush to all its areas.




Glue the paper around the two sides of the box.

Mark, cut, and glue the second scrapbooking paper the same way as the first but don’t leave flaps on 2 sides so that the border of the paper is exactly aligned with the edge of the box.




Once the whole magazine holder is wrapped with paper, apply the decoupage glue all over it and let it dry for a couple of hours.




Cut a small rectangle of scrapbooking paper and place it on the inside of the back of the magazine holder. This part will show even when the magazines are inside.

OPTIONAL: You may want to cover all of the inner sides and spine.




Now, it’s time for the fun part! 

Let the kids use the stickers and have fun decorating the magazine holder! Use them on the thin sides of the holder, which are the ones that will show more often when it’s in use.




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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Book Review: Book Fiesta!

 

The following review originally ran on the Latin Baby Book Club. It contains affiliate links.

Every year, on April 30th, people all across this country celebrate Día de los niños, Día de los libros.

Looking back over all the content we have on MommyMaestra for Día, I was pretty surprised to discover that we don't have a review of Book Fiesta! (aff link). It was written by Día founder and author, Pat Mora, in honor of the holiday.

This picture book is an artistic and literary celebration of both children and books. Pat Mora’s poetic format is simple and engaging, and provides an excellent balance for López’s colorful illustrations. The book reflects the beauty of diversity, of culture, of literacy, and of children.

This month, as we celebrate Día, our goal is to focus on literacy and diversity within the Latino culture. With the Latino literacy rate at a dismal low, we believe that it is important to emphasize how our role as parents is crucial to our child’s literacy success. A child raised in a home with books and reading is far more likely to be a successful student with a positive outlook towards learning. Children with poor literacy skills, however, are more likely to become high school dropouts and live below the poverty level.

A love of books and reading develops a child’s imagination and improves their performance in school. It also expands their knowledge and understanding of other cultures. This breaks down discrimination and fear, which is why it is so very important for parents to supply their children with a variety of books that reflect not only their own heritage, but that of other children as well.

Unfortunately, in this country Latino children’s literature only makes up around 6% of the number of children’s books on the market. We should all, therefore, strive to support the field and purchase these books for our children so that they might find a voice that reflects their own identity in a positive and uplifting way. Our children need to see themselves as the protagonists of their own stories. They need this encouragement and inspiration to succeed and flourish.

Book Fiesta! is the recipient of the 2010 Belpré Illustrator Medal Book, the 2010 ALA Notable Book, 2010 CCBC Choices, and the 2010 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts Award. All of which are well deserved. Both the language and the illustrations are bright and joyous, engaging the reader and making him or her smile with each page. Mora's lyrical style is easy and attractive to young ears and minds.

This book comes with full text in both Spanish and English. It is primarily a picture book, and is geared for children ages 4 to 8. 

The author also includes a page in the back with ideas for celebrating Día de los niños, Día de los libros.

Purchase your copy on Amazon or Bookshop.org.


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Monday, April 18, 2022

Día Craft: DIY Book-Inspired Sports ID Tag



Día de los niños, Día de los libros is quickly approaching. And one of the requests we've received from our readers is for more Día inspired crafts. So that will be the focus of our next several posts. Today's craft comes from guest contributor and artist Denise Cortes, who originally wrote this for L4LL. 

Día is about celebrating children and books, as well as inspiring literacy. We hope you enjoy this tutorial for a DIY book-inspired sports ID tag. Be sure to scroll down for a list of sports-themed picture books that your children may also love!

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Día de los Niños Craft Idea


With this cool ID tag on your soccer (or baseball or football) bag, you can easily spot it amongst your teammates’. It also showcases your love of reading and soccer (or whatever sport you play).


Materials:


- scissors
- hole punch
- loose leaf binder ring (we also like these binder rings for a splash of color)
- cardboard
- scrapbooking paper 
- black marker


Directions:


Whenever I am crafting, I really try to utilize my resources. Instead of going out and buying a thick piece of cardstock, I used a piece of cardboard. I just cut it down to the size I wanted my ID tag, which was 3 x 3 inches. 

I also cut a circle so I could make a soccer ball shape. On the white paper, draw a soccer ball, making sure its the same size as the cardboard circle. Color it in with the Sharpie marker and then cut it out.



Glue the soccer ball drawing onto the round cardboard shape. Also, glue the blue scrapbooking paper onto the cardboard as well. 

You can use a glue stick, but for this particular project, I prefer Mod Podge. Not only will it glue my shapes together, it will seal the surface and make the ID tag a bit more sturdy. 

This means you’ll need a coat under your paper to glue it down to the surface as well as a coat brushed on top to act as a sealer. Once that coat is dry, you can add little details on your “book” with a black marker.



My son’s team was called “The Transformers” and the team color was blue, so I kept to a blue palette. I also cut out a few triangles to give it a fun, modern look. Glue them down with another coat of Mod Podge. Doodling a few fun designs would look great on your ID tag, too.




Once it’s completely dry, make a hole in the corner of each shape using the hole punch. Pull the shapes onto the loose leaf binder ring.

Be sure to flip the ID tag over and write down your information, just in case your bag gets lost. Your book-inspired sports ID tag is now ready to be displayed on a sports bag or backpack! 


Sports-Themed Books for Día


We recommend these picture books for sports lovers:


And be sure to check out this book written especially for celebrating Día!


Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Free Download: Spring Words Daily Activities in Spanish



Spring is finally here and my garden is coming alive! My kids and I are spending time every day working in our flower beds. Which makes this month's freebie from MommyMaestra sponsor, Spanish for You!, a perfect activity for young Spanish learners!

This month's freebie is an activity for learning spring-related words. Spring Words Daily Activities helps your young student learn the vocabulary associated with this season. This two-page download allows students to practice sentence building and conversation. You can also find an audio file below to help with pronunciation.


Download the printable file here

Download the audio file here



Books about Spring


And if you're looking for bilingual/Spanish books about spring to reinforce the vocabulary your child is learning, consider one of these:



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If this is your first time here, you can find other free samples from Spanish for You! here. There are some fantastic downloads of games and activities for you and your family to enjoy. If you enjoy this activity, be sure to visit the Spanish for You! website where you'll find tons of additional resources for you to help your young Spanish learner!

Monday, April 11, 2022

TruFluency: Online Spanish Learning Program

TruFluency: Online Spanish Classes

The following post is in collaboration with TruFluency. All thoughts and opinions are the author's.

MommyMaestra is always on the lookout for Spanish learning programs for both homeschoolers and general students. My family had the opportunity to take part in some of TruFluency's Spanish classes for the purposes of this review, which is written to help your family when choosing a program.

Quick Overview


ProgramTruFluency
Religious Perspective: Secular
Format: Online classes
Ages: 4 to 17
Price: $14 - $228 (Varies based on class and frequency; you can look at their class schedule to see the pricing for the one that works best for your family)

Online Spanish Immersion Program

TruFluency offers online Spanish immersion courses for children ages 4-17. Classes run in four-week sessions centered around a theme like “amigos” or “el clima,” and meet twice a week. (Take a look at their class schedule here.)

My kids were 5 (went to a 25 min. class for 4-6 year olds) and 7 (went to a 45 min. class for ages 7-9). But there are also classes for ages 10-12, and ages 13-17.

There are three levels of proficiency: Beginner (little or no prior Spanish experience), Intermediate/Dual Language (those with some daily Spanish exposure at home or school but who struggle to speak with ease), and Advanced/Native Speaker (those who understand Spanish well, can speak in Spanish to some degree, yet have gaps in their proficiency).

My daughter (5) fit the middle category, and my son (7) was classified as advanced. In both cases, the teachers generally did a good job adapting to where they were, regardless of the label of the class. If you are unsure of the level of your child, you can always try one and the teacher can assess and move the child to a different level if need be. 


Methodology/Philosophy:


According to the website, TruFluency follows the “Belieu method,” which aims to get kids to use language that is relevant to their daily lives. This means that they focus on high-frequency phrases and everyday contexts. It also means that the students are encouraged to engage in speech acts that are used in normal conversation such as answering questions, asking questions, and narrating. And finally, TruFluency teachers employ activities that are motivating to the students to elicit as much language use as possible.


Spanish Class Format


Classes are small, consisting of 2-6 students, and are conducted entirely in Spanish. My understanding is that enrollment for intermediate & advanced students tends to be lower, so classes are even smaller for those groups (we got 1 on 1 attention!). Teachers use plenty of visuals and gestures to make sure the input is comprehensible to the students. Also, there are many varied activities in each class and teachers do not linger long on any activity so as to keep the students engaged. This way they are able to make heavy use of repetition without the students feeling like it is boring or tasking.

TruFluency: Online Spanish Classes

Sample class:


One day, I took notes of my 5 year old daughter’s (intermediate) class to give an idea of how a typical 25-minute class might look:
  • Review: Repeated phrases learned last class
  • Visual matching activity: The teacher showed picture A and picture B. My daughter had to state which picture matched the sentence the teacher spoke (e.g. Tapón no sabe que hacer.)
  • Kinesthetic activity: rolled an (electronic) dice to do an action (e.g. clapping, running in place) while repeating a sentence aloud (e.g. Tapón está triste y deprimido.)
  • Song: The teacher played a Rockalingua song phrase by phrase and had my daughter sing it. She would also ask related questions after each phrase which she encouraged my daughter to answer in complete sentences.
  • Game: After each phrase from the Rockalingua song, the teacher paused to ask questions (e.g. “¿A cuántos amigos llama Tapón?”) Then a text box popped up with options to answer. The student got points for choosing correct answers. The teacher asked my daughter to read these aloud.
  • Game: Students played a memory game where they matched images to the correct written phrase. Again the teacher asked my daughter to read these aloud.
  • Game: A participant turned off her mike to mouth a phrase from the lesson. (e.g. Tapón llama a su amigo.) Others had to guess what the phrase was.

I noted a couple of things from this class. First, seven activities in 25 minutes is an average of 3.5 minutes per activity. This was a great pace because it kept things moving and kept anyone from getting bored. Another thing I noticed from observing these classes was how much they required my daughter to state aloud complete sentences. My daughter complained at how much she was being told to use the “frase completa,” but it was good for her! I think this element contributed a lot to her actual increase in fluency by the end of the two sessions.

The classes for my son were similar, but due to his age (7) and more advanced proficiency, he was able to engage in an even wider variety and complexity of activities. His teachers would typically employ some of the more basic activities and games to activate the vocabulary, but then they often used them as a jumping off point to ask him more open-ended questions where he had the opportunity to use more creative and lengthy responses. They also generally inserted one or two activities per class that were more challenging. For example, one day he was asked to describe his house as he drew it on the screen. Another day, he drew and cut out a cell phone and proceeded to use it to role-play a telephone conversation asking a friend to come over to play.

The Spanish Teachers


I can’t talk about TruFluency without mentioning one of the greatest strengths of the program: the teachers! They are all highly qualified, holding certifications in teaching, are native speakers of Spanish and have 10+ years of experience teaching. In addition, they receive special training from TruFluency and are regularly monitored to ensure that they are doing a good job.

We were able to experience four different teachers, and I would recommend any of them. They were generally high energy, encouraging, and engaging. When I spoke with the founder of TruFluency, Micah Belieu, and she explained the training process and ongoing tracking of the teachers, I was very impressed. I have been a second-language teacher myself for nearly 20 years and have never seen an institution show so much interest in the training and performance of the teachers.

TruFluency: Online Spanish Classes

Other aspects of the program I liked:


Communication – TruFluency is an extremely professional company, and I was very impressed with their communication in all aspects. A zoom link is sent out 45 minutes before class begins. And after every class the teacher sends a summary email with how the student did and listing any pertinent vocabulary or links. And both mid-way through the course, as well as at the conclusion, the teacher sends comments about the students. Furthermore, any time I had a question or concern my emails were promptly answered and concerns dealt with.

Technology – The program makes effective use of technology. They employ many computer games that engage and motivate the students. Both of my kids, even my initially suspicious daughter, were drawn into the class through the games and achieving a spot on the leaderboard. My son regularly asked his teacher to send him links to the games to play at home.

I also wish to add here that as a parent and teacher myself, I also liked how the teachers did not ONLY rely on the technology but were also able to incorporate other physical games, like having kids running to find an object from their home, play Simon Says, etc. They also even incorporated simple crafts from basic household materials.



Aspects of the class that we didn’t enjoy:


Most of the targeted language was very basic. For example, during our first session the vocabulary was related to the weather, clothing, colors, etc. During the second session it focused on what friends are like and how they are feeling. For a beginner, this is perfect! But for my intermediate/advanced proficiency kids, this initially put them off to the class. My daughter especially complained at first that she knew everything (which was not true, by the way, but she felt like she did.) I can imagine that some other heritage speakers of Spanish might react similarly.

However, I do want to note here though that it depends on your purpose for taking these classes! TruFluency has the word “fluency” in its name for a reason, and that seems to be its primary aim. In the past, my kids have taken online classes in Spanish with different purposes. They were content-based classes, so they aimed to further students’ language proficiency by teaching interesting and relevant content IN the target language. My kids have really enjoyed such classes, so I think that perhaps at first they were resistant to TruFluency’s classes because they perceived them to be too easy.

Another aspect of the class that we didn’t love, (but which others may!) was the use of songs from Rockalingua. Don’t get me wrong, songs are wonderful for language learning, so I love that TruFluency regularly employs them. But for us personally, Rockalingua is simply not our family’s jam. We just find them not particularly singable, so my children were less than enthused during these parts of the class (and they normally love to sing). But if you do like Rockalingua, you will be pleased to know that TruFluency classes include free subscriptions to Rockalingua.
 

Our Results


I know I have referenced my daughter’s struggles and initial dislike of the class. Yet despite this, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much her fluency DID improve. Two months of classes twice a week isn’t necessarily enough to make a noticeable difference, but towards the end of our classes I caught my daughter using *complete* sentences to converse with her abuelita on Skype! It wasn’t many. But it was the first time I have noticed her doing this, without being prompted (in the past she either answered in English or in 1-2 words in Spanish). And I also noticed a greater ease in getting my son to switch to Spanish and produce sentences on his own as well. Why? Well, quite simply, in TruFluency’s classes, the classes are designed to elicit the students to produce phrases as much as possible. All the repetition and “frases completas” that the teachers were getting the children to say made my children able to actually use the Spanish they knew with ease and confidence!

 

Conclusion


Would these classes work for you? If your child is a beginner, I would say, yes, absolutely! They are well-designed, taught by top-notch teachers, and are highly motivating. And for kids with a little bit of tech savvy (e.g. my son’s level), the classes are especially appealing.

For heritage speakers, the classes may or may not be a good fit. If your child struggles to produce Spanish, I think you will find that these classes are effective in increasing oral fluency. They certainly did for both of my children, who are at varying ages and proficiencies. However, since heritage speakers often have particular gaps in their language proficiency (I know from experience because I used to teach heritage speakers in Miami), it can be hard to make a class work for them. My son found the advanced level a good fit. For my daughter however, the situation was more complicated. She technically couldn’t put sentences together well enough to qualify as advanced, yet she often found her level to be overly simple. That said, TruFluency is more than willing to work with you, so it is definitely worth checking out a class or two and communicating your needs with the teachers. They were more than willing to work with us.

Discount Code


If you think that this program is a good fit for your family, or if you have questions and would like to talk with them directly, visit their website today! MommyMaestra readers will also receive 20% off their first class. Just use the code: mommy20 when you check out.


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Disclosure: I was given access to classes for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

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Nisha Elena Congrove is a second-generation homeschooler and mom of 4.  She is currently bilingually homeschooling a 1st grader and a preschooler. She also holds a B.A. in Spanish education, and an M.A. in TESOL and Second Language Acquisition. 

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