Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My Grand List of Language Learning/Curriculum Resources

Resources for Learning Spanish

Language Guide.org -- Website with vocabulary practice and quizzes.  I like this website because you can hear the words pronounced by a native speaker.

123 Teach Me -- This website is packed full of language activities, so many that it's almost overwhelming.  There are games, songs, videos, listening activities, flashcards, and more.

Childtopia -- Children's stories in Spanish with comprehension questions.

Salsa TV -- 15 minute videos aimed at teaching kids basic Spanish.  I highly recommend this site!  My kids love watching Salsa TV.  The episodes are short enough to keep them engaged, and even though they don't always understand all the words, they can still follow the story.

Spanish Newsbites -- Read or listen to news articles in Spanish at various levels.  You can even download the articles to your iPod.

Reading is Fundamental -- I haven't explored this site much, but it appears to have many activities for developing literacy in children.

Tumble Books -- Animated children's books read aloud.  This site requires a paid subscription, but your public library may have a subscription.  They also offer a free trial.

Paco el Chato -- Books, lessons, and activities in Spanish for the Primary grades.

Spanish Proficiency Exercised -- A website from the University of Texas Austin with Spanish listening exercises.  The exercises are organized into 6 levels from beginner to Superior.

RhinoSpike -- Free website where users can request scripts to be read in any language.  

Lecciones -- Website with various elementary Spanish activities.  This site is somewhat confusing to muddle through, but has some good activities.

1st Grade Spanish Dual Immersion -- Powerpoint presentations in Spanish from a dual-immersion 1st grade.

OYE -- Listening activities, quizzes, and games for Spanish themes from Beginner to Advanced.

Discovery Kids Español -- Website full of activities, games, stories, and videos in Spanish covering a variety of Science, Early Learning, Art, etc.

Story Place en Español--Stories, Games, Videos on various themes such as animals, colors, music, pets.  There is an option for preescolar (preschool) age or infantil (elementary) age children.

Curriculum Resources for Bilingual Homeschooling

Educazion.net -- Spanish Online Homeschool based out of Mexico.  I have both my kids enrolled.  Here is a link to my review of the school from the Mommy Maestra website.

Primera Escuela -- Many different lesson plans and activities, including Bible lessons.

Rod and Staff -- They offer a homeschool Spanish boxed curriculum.

Kid's Sunday School -- Has Bible lesson plans, activities, games, and songs.  Some of the activities are accessible without a subscription, but most require it.  The subscription is $39/ year.

MEP -- Free 1st-6th Math Curriculum in English or Spanish.  I highly recommend this site!

Scholastic -- Offers teaching materials and children's books at very affordable prices.  They have a great selection of Spanish/bilingual books.  Homeschool families are eligible to place orders.

Scholastic Classroom Magazines -- Wonderful Pre K/K magazine, Let's Find Out.  Click here to read my full commentary about this awesome resource.

Free Spanish Printables -- Worksheets and printables on a variety of themes.

Calvary Curriculum in Spanish -- Excellent Bible Curriculum in Spanish.

Mexican Basic Education Reform -- Website with downloadable/printable textbooks in Spanish for grades pre-K thru 6.

Math Mammoth (Matemticas Mamut) -- Concept-based workbooks available grades 1-6 at a very reasonable price.  Can be grouped together for a complete curriculum or used as supplements.

Yabisí by Santillana -- K-6 Curriculum for native Spanish speakers.  Features Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies.

Lemonhass Homeschool Curriculum in Spanish -- New homeschool curriculum created in Mexico.  Currently they offer Pre-K through 1st grade.

National Geographic Publishing -- Books and curriculum in Spanish.  

Other Sites I find useful

The Well-Trained Mind Bilingual Education Forum -- There is a wealth of information on this forum from homeschoolers attempting to integrate additional languages into their studies. 

The Well-Trained Mind For Sale and Swap Forum -- A great place to find used curriculum/books.

Mommy Maestra -- Blog with tons of information/resources on bilingual homeschooling.

Multilingual Living -- Founded by an immersion homeschooler, a great resource and encouraging site.

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