Spanish for Children
"Learn more than how to order a taco" with this great program. The Primers are divided into 32 weekly chapters, including 5 review chapters. Each lesson introduces new vocabulary words alongside a Spanish concept, starting with verbs and nouns in the first unit and moving on to number, gender, adjectives, pronouns, verb conjugations, and more. The lessons are short (about 4 pages each), plus weekly worksheets and quizzes. Lessons begin with Spanish phrases, a conversation, a chant (to aid memorization of grammar and vocabulary) and a vocabulary list. Then the lesson discusses the concept being taught, followed by short exercises and a quiz. Each level teaches 290 of the most commonly used vocabulary words in an engaging, conversational way. A helpful glossary is included in the back of the primer.
The pronunciation CD is no longer included with the text, but a complete MP3 file of all pronunciations can be downloaded at the publisher's website.
The Answer Key is a copy of the worksheet and quizzes in the Primer with the answers filled in (this book does not include every page from the Primer - only those with answers).
If the instructor is not familiar with Spanish, consider the DVD and Chant CD set, which features 4 DVDs with the author teaching the lesson to her students. Each lesson (approx. 15 min each) corresponds to the weekly chapter in the Primer, and text from the book appears on screen as the lesson is presented so you can follow along. The students chant their weekly grammar work, and vocabulary and visual images appear which correspond with the words. The audio chant CD includes grammar chart chants and complete vocabulary.
Picking up where Primer A left off, Primer B emphasizes grammar and the parts of speech as tools for understanding and speaking Spanish. Also included are expanded dialogs, stories, songs, and chants. Primer B contains 32 weekly chapters, including 6 review chapters and an end-of-book review. The text teaches 290 commonly used vocabulary words, plus a review of vocabulary from Primer A. Students will continue mastering grammatical concepts, such as verb conjugation, tense, and noun gender. Weekly worksheets and quizzes are included, and students will enjoy sharpening their Spanish with dialogs, stories, and a puzzle that involves searching for treasure in Mayan ruins.