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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 


GENERAL

Who is your Spanish program for?

  • Our Spanish for Kids curriculum was developed for homeschools and families (including co-ops and enrichment classes) for ages 4-14. Students of varying ages can do the program together.
  • The program was designed so that it can be facilitated or taught with or without a Spanish speaker.
  • Students can work entirely independently, with a parent or teacher, or in combination.
  • The program assumes no previous experience learning Spanish, but is just as effective for those who have studied the language in the past.

Who created the program?

Kit Strauss (parent, educator, and former attorney) created this program with her son, Eli (now a linguistics and computer science student at Stanford University), along with a team of experienced language teachers. Two speech therapists were also consulted. Spanish, French, and Mandarin teachers and tutors were interviewed to ascertain their most and least successful teaching methods. Students were interviewed to discover what they liked most and least about their language classes. Our team also observed a variety of Spanish classes to see what kind of activities kids best responded to and learned with. Students and non-Spanish speaking teachers were consulted to isolate the more challenging aspects of learning Spanish. A range of strategies were then used and examined with individual students and classes to isolate which were most effective. The result of this collaboration was Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids, a complete multi-sensory program that works exceptionally well with students of nearly all backgrounds and learning styles.

Do you have programs for other languages?

Filming of our Mandarin Chinese video series is completed. The videos are now in the editing phase.
We are also working on our French video series.

When will the Chinese and French programs be available? Why is their release taking so long?

We plan to begin rolling out our Chinese program in 2021 and the French program in 2022.
We are aware that many of you are waiting for the release of these programs and we are grateful for your patience. Each language program we create takes several years because, unlike many of our competitors who use still photos, animation, or dubbing to sell numerous language programs, we develop every language program uniquely and authentically. One of the key aspects for our program’s success is using real children to model the target language. Altogether, this means that for each language, we must rewrite our scripts with language experts, then audition, cast, and film children actors, edit the footage, and run the entire curriculum by our language experts before release.

Why are students more successful with this program than others?

Sometimes the sum is greater than its parts. There are many reasons why this program works so well but it is the combination of all these factors that results in an exceptional program with exceptional results.

  1. Authentic learning by seeing the target language spoken in real time, with real children’s mouths moving, in context.
  2. Living the language by becoming part of the family in the videos, experiencing the day along with the characters, while hearing Spanish all along the way.
  3. Learning like your first language by hearing the target language in context and with visual cues.
  4. Kids as role models inspire children, intrigue them, and help them feel that they can speak the language too.
  5. Learning through stories and visualization makes the language taught memorable, easier to recall and retain, and become part of students’ long-term memories.
  6. Learning with humor also makes the language taught memorable and easier to retain, as well as just making for an enjoyable experience.
  7. Content that is meaningful and relatable to children holds students’ attention.
  8. A focus on developing conversational skills in a more natural and automatic way results in students being able to converse in Spanish spontaneously, without freezing up or having to translate from English.
  9. Learning through our innovative building-block immersion, which has all the benefits of immersion — without the intimidation — plus a built-in review so students don’t forget what they learned in previous levels.
  10. Hands-on and online activities which provide parents with a wide variety of options to best accommodate their students’ interests, ages, and learning styles.

The following quote is indicative of what we hear from many parents:

In the past, we have used an online language program and were not terribly impressed with it.  I didn’t feel that the children were learning or retaining anything from the lessons and honestly, if I were to ask them anything in regard to those lessons, they stare at me like I have a third eye. 

This Spanish program is different.  It’s engaging, it keeps the kids interested and they’re even using what they are learning outside of school time…I can say that I’m VERY impressed.  My oldest daughter has taken Spanish in public high school and I can honestly say that the kids have learned the language much faster and efficiently in a couple of months than that she has in a year of instruction.”
– Counting Pine Cones Blog

Is the entire program online? Are there also physical materials that we need to purchase? Can my children learn without going online?

The Spanish program may be done completely online, completely offline with physical materials, or online with some physical, supplemental materials. The options are there to give you flexibility to use the program in the way that works best for you.

ABOUT OUR SPANISH PROGRAM

How does your Spanish program work?

Students generally have their own individual online accounts but some teachers and parents (usually for younger children) will use one class account and do the program together. Students watch a short (usually 5-minute) immersive video of children speaking Spanish in a fun sit-com teaching practical, day-to-day Spanish. To practice and reinforce the Spanish taught in the videos, students can do any combination of the online activities:

  • Video challenges for speaking practice
  • Listening comprehension quizzes
  • Reading quizzes
  • Interactive worksheets for elementary and middle school students
  • Culture and geography (covering 8 Spanish-speaking countries)
  • Culture and geography quizzes

In addition, the online program includes a scorecard for each student and a gradebook for parents, teachers, and administrators to monitor and record student and class progress.

Individuals and homeschools

To do the program entirely offline, families purchase one of our bundles sold as sets in our shop, at a discounted cost. Students view the videos using our DVDs instead of online.

To do the program online, parents sign up for a monthly or yearly subscription and choose the number of student accounts.  All sign-ups include a 48-trial to try the program. Once the trial period ends, you will receive a discount code to use on any of our supplemental Spanish materials and games in our shop.

Teachers and Schools

Teachers and schools receive a free one-month trial of our online program. The trial includes one teacher account with up to 30 individual student accounts for one class.

Teachers and schools are required to purchase a license to use our online program, DVDs, and online or print workbooks. To get a quote, please email kit@foreignlanguagesforkids.com

Besides the online program, DVDs, and online and print workbooks, teachers and schools may directly purchase the other products in our shop to teach Spanish.

What kinds of Spanish materials do you have to supplement the online program or to use alone?

We offer a variety of materials for you to select from so that your children learn in a way that makes the most sense for them. Our products are sold in our popular sets and a la carte. The Spanish materials include:

  • DVD Sets of our our award-winning Spanish video series
  • Teacher Guides with detailed lesson plans
  • Student workbooks with Spanish language and culture and geography activities
  • Card sets and games to get students speaking Spanish while having fun
  • Sticker sets used to put around the home or class as easy vocabulary reminders
  • Listo, a bingo-style Spanish game for non-readers based on Levels 1-3
  • Coloring Books, for non-readers based on Levels 1-3
  • Dice Off, an active board game teaching common Spanish verbs and adverbs
  • Stuffed animals, our favorite dogs Grande and Pequeña and our mascot, Squisher, the international inchworm

What Spanish content is taught?

The program teaches day-to-day Spanish conversation that is meaningful and relevant to students.

Vocabulary Topics Covered

The program focuses on developing strong comprehension and speaking skills. Basic reading, writing, and grammar skills are also taught but are not required to use the program.

The video lessons teach through kids using Spanish in humorous stories based on real life events.  The videos develop comprehension skills and train the student’s ear to Spanish quickly. The online curriculum includes listening comprehension quizzes which motivate readers and non-readers alike.

Students develop speaking skills through the online program and/or through the hands-on games and activities detailed in the Teacher’s Guides. There are a variety of different games and activities to choose from, depending on the number of, ages, and interests of students, such as team games, skits, card games, and many more.

Students build reading skills through the print or interactive activity/workbook sheets, online reading quizzes, card games, and other hands-on activities detailed in the Teacher’s Guides.

Pre-school and early elementary students can also apply what they learn from the videos through the art, drama, and active activities in the lesson plans. They also enjoy the Listo game, coloring book, and card games and love the plush animals that go with the dogs from the videos, Grande and Pequeña.

What ages is your program for?

Since the video series is based on learning the way we acquired our first languages, the videos are intended for children as young as 3 up to any age, including adults. We have many parents and grandparents tell us how much they are enjoying learning Spanish! The workbooks are for students can read well.

Is your Program easy to use?

No matter how good a program, if it is hard to implement and use, parents and teachers will become frustrated and stop using it. Since most of us have too little time and too much stress in our lives, a successful program must be easy to use and implement. To that end, we have done our best to make a program that is truly easy to use for parents, teachers and students. The videos series is the heart of the program and students can use it on their own with no other reinforcements and learn very much. We offer a variety of supplemental products, such as coloring books, workbooks, card games, stickers and board games so parents and teachers can choose what works best and interests their students.

Why immersion?

We believe that immersion with visual cues and clear context is the best and most natural way to learn a new language successfully.

The video dialogue is 100% Spanish (except for the introduction) with an eight-episode sitcom-type series written and filmed specifically to teach practical conversational Spanish to beginners. It uses a gradual and progressive building block immersion which is reinforced by the context of the stories and ubiquitous visual cues. Featuring only kids, the series starts at breakfast at 8:00 a.m., proceeding through the day with events children relate to, such as birthday parties, soccer games, play dates, getting ready for bed, etc. and ends at bedtime at 8:00 p.m.

By watching familiar situations in various scenarios, children pick up the meaning of the Spanish words and phrases through context not translation.

I have children of different ages. Can they all do the program?

Absolutely. One of the wonderful benefits of this program is that your children can all do their lessons together, no matter what their ages. You may need to choose different supplements for your children depending on their ages, but the core video program will work for everyone. We have heard from some parents that their high school students resist doing the program at first, complaining it is too juvenile for them, but soon they realize how fast they are learning and that this is a fun way of learning.

I had thought that the children that would get the most out of this curriculum would be my 9 and 11 year old boys and while they have learned a lot, my 5 and 7 year old girls have really taken off with it!  I cannot believe how much they have learned and how quickly. I hear them talking in Spanish all the time, using the vocabulary they have learned so far. – The Happy Homeschool Mom Review

How do I teach Spanish if I don’t speak the language?

This program was specifically created for parents who do not speak Spanish. We understand it can be uncomfortable to try to teach a language you do not know. Our program is designed so that it can be used without knowing even a single word of Spanish. What’s more, many tell us that they learned Spanish right along with the students and enjoyed it every step of the way.

Can I ask for a refund if the program doesn’t work for us?

We are proud of our 100% product guarantee. Our goal was to create an outstanding product for student to learn and we want our parents and students to be happy with our program.  If you are not for whatever reason, you may return your products within 45 days for a full refund. Please see our return policy.

What is in the Teacher Guides?

The Teacher Guides provide a step-by-step guide to using the program with detailed lesson plans doing all the work for you. Each guide includes all the vocabulary taught in each lesson, which videos will be watched, and several hands-on, optional activities to choose from to reinforce the video lessons.

We highly recommend trying the first Teacher Guide, which also includes useful information about using the program and getting the most out of it.

This program is so easy to use!  You can watch the DVD and learn a lot of words and phrases and how to use them.  But if you implement the lesson plans included in the Parent-Teacher Guides you’ll learn much more and gain a greater understanding of the language! – As We Bloom

What is the Dice-Off Game?

Dice Off® is a Board Game designed to teach useful verbs and adverbs in an active, hands-on way. Some examples of the vocabulary taught is: Jump to the right; swim fast, drive backwards.It is a nice change of pace in the curriculum and many families enjoy having a lesson using a game every few weeks. Dice off® is included as an optional activity in the lesson plans set forth in the Teacher Guides.  If your family enjoys learning through games, you may want to consider using Dice Off® along with the videos.

Do you teach other languages than Spanish?

We are often asked what languages we offer besides Spanish. Our next language will be Mandarin Chinese. We have filmed all the material and are in the editing  process, which will likely take another year. If you are interested in our Mandarin program, kindly please check back with us.

What topics are covered in your program?

The program has eight levels. It begins with a family at breakfast and ends at bedtime. It is designed to cover conversation in day-to-day life. It uses a building block approach so that words, phrases and shorter sentences are used at first and then incorporated into full sentences and paragraphs in the later levels.

Topics covered:

  • Foods and Drinks
  • Eating at a restaurant
  • Clothing
  • Basic numbers
  • Days of the Week
  • Months of the Year
  • Seasons
  • Weather
  • Getting ready for Bed
  • Common Activities, such as sports, cooking, playing the piano, being on the phone, computer, doing homework, etc.
  • Personal and some possessive pronouns
  • Colors and Animals
  • Objects around the Home
  • Common questions and answers, such as How are you, How old are you, What are you doing, etc.
  • Some professions
  • Common verbs, adverbs and adjectives

ONLINE SPANISH PROGRAM

Your membership includes full access to our entire Spanish video series as well as to our interactive quizzes and workbooks. When we have new content, such as new videos or games, we add it to the online membership.

Is your Online Spanish Program compatible with smartphones and tablets?

Yes.

Is there a contract or obligation if I sign up?

No. You may cancel your membership at any time and will not incur any further charges. If you cancel during the 48-hour trial period, you will not be charged at all.

What are the online Quizzes?

There are currently two online Quizzes for each level with a third being added soon:

Quiz One assesses listening skills. No reading is required so younger children can do these. Try the Quiz Demo (link)

Quiz Two assesses reading skills. Try the Quiz Demo (link)

Quiz Three (in English) covers the culture and geography section of the workbooks.

What do the Workbooks cover?

Each workbook contains two sections:

Language Practice contains a variety of activities for students to apply and practice the Spanish they are learning from the videos, such as:

  • Crossword puzzles, word finds, secret messages
  • Write a postcard, create a birthday party invitation, and create a menu
  • Performs skits using portions of actual scripts from the videos

Culture and Geography contains fun and light material teaching culture and geography in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Geography in a Jiffy and Fast Facts may discuss alpacas vs. llamas, Paddington the Bear, unusual New Year’s Eve and Birthday traditions, and much more
  • Idioms in an Instant feature a few humorous or interesting idioms from certain countries, for example, ,,,, (meaning, throwing the house out the window when too much is spent on a big party or celebration)
  • A Comic by Squisher®, the International Inchworm, teaching culture indirectly, through his light-hearted adventures with his friends.

I minored in Spanish during college, and I was completely impressed with the amount of Spanish that is presented in these workbooks…and – it was fun too! – Mom of Many

I really appreciated how complete yet flexible the lessons in the curriculum guide are.  As we continued working through the lessons, the kids had a lot of fun using the sticker set and placing them on things and people around the house and they liked working through the workbooks included in the Starter Set.  In fact they were enjoying the workbooks so much I had to stop them from working too far ahead. – A Glimpse of Normal

Is the DVD content the same as online?

Yes and no.

The DVDs contain the videos for all eight levels. Earlier editions of the DVDs contain the video stories in their entirety. Our most recent DVDs, released in April 2017, as well as the Online Program, contain the video stories in their entirety and also additional video lessons, which show the stories broken down into shorter lessons with reviews.

The Online Program also has two to three interactive quizzes for each level and all of our workbooks in an interactive format.

ONLINE MEMBERSHIP

Does my membership include the physical products?

The online program does not contain our physical products, which are the Teacher Guides, Flashcards and Card Games, and the Sticker sets. We do offer a digital package which includes these products to our members at a significantly reduced price. In addition, once you are a Member, you will receive a coupon code for 15% off of any of our regularly-priced products.

What is the difference between the monthly and annual plans?

The monthly plan is charged every month. The annual plan is highly discounted and is paid in one lump sum at the end of your trial. Both the monthly and annual plans are recurring subscriptions and your membership will continue until you cancel.

For the annual membership, why is it that it says (for example) $4–$10/month per student, but then I’m charged $119.99?

The $4–$10 per month is showing the breakdown of the charge you are paying per student. The charge you incur will be one lump payment charged at the end of the trial period.

How do I decide how many students to sign up for?

Each student using the program has their own scorecard showing their progress. Parents have a gradebook seeing the progress of all students. You should sign up all your students who will be using the program as the scorecards are very effective at motivating students and provide excellent feedback as to how students are progressing with the program. Non-readers may do the listening comprehension questions online but will not be able to do the reading questions so it is up to you whether or not to sign them up for an account.

What products do people add to the online membership?

See below.

SHOP

You have a lot of products to choose from. How do we choose what’s right for us?

We realize that starting a new language curriculum can be overwhelming, so below is a short guide to help decide which of our products are right for you.

PRODUCTQUICK DESCRIPTION
Online membershipA complete Spanish curriculum recommended for students age 4 and up. Includes the video lessons and a digital version of the workbooks, plus interactive quizzes, a parent gradebook, student scorecards, and optional culture and geography.
DVDsThe video lessons for each level of the program are alternatively available in DVD form. DVDs include the fun Rapid Review Challenges but do not include any of the interactive activities found in the online program.
Print workbooksRecommended for readers of all ages to develop basic reading and writing skills. Also includes culture and geography.
Teacher’s guidesIncludes hands-on lesson plans and targeted vocabulary. Recommended for students working at least in part with a parent/educator or with other learners.
Spanish stickersRecommended to bring the language into your day-to-day home life. Also used in art activities detailed in teacher’s guides.
Cards & card gamesWe recommend our set of card games and other card-based activities to develop students’ speaking skills.
Listo gameA Bingo-type game based on the first three levels. Especially recommended for non-readers.
Encouragement stickersA fun variety of stickers featuring Grande, Pequeña, and our mascot Squisher, the International Inchworm.
Coloring booksRecommended for younger children to have a Spanish book of their own. Filled with pictures and vocabulary from our first three levels.
Stuffed animalsGrande, Pequeña, and our mascot Squisher, the International Inchworm, bring the program alive for younger minds.
Dice Off gameAn active board game teaching the most important Spanish verbs and adverbs. Great for families and groups of students.

If you’re interested in more than one of the above products, take a look at our set comparison table in the next question to see if any of our bundles (offering up to 35% off à la carte prices) make sense for you.

What do all of the sets include? Which one should I pick?

Our sets offer up to a 35% discount on our products! Take a look at our set comparison table below to see which bundle works best for you. Short descriptions of our products can be found in the previous question. As always, if you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!



What products do people add to the online membership?

Any combination of our physical products will complement the online membership quite nicely, but the most popular are the Teacher’s Guides and card games. Both are highly recommended if the parent/homeschooler is able to take an active role in the learning process, but if not, the card games still work well if mutliple children are learning together. If a student is learning by themselves with no parental involvement, the online membership on its own will work just fine.

TRIAL

Is there a trial option for me to experience the program first?

Yes! We offer a 48-hour free trial of the online membership and you can cancel anytime in the 48 hours without being charged.

What is the free trial?

The free trial is for you to try our program for 48 hours to make sure it is the right fit for your needs. You may sign up either for our monthly or yearly subscription and cancel at any time within the trial period without being charged. Once the 48 hours has passed, you will be automatically charged for a month (if you selected the monthly subscription) or a year (if you selected the annual).

What do I get with the free trial?

Our entire online program is included in the trial. Please note that none of the physical materials in our shop come with the online program. However, we do offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our physical products, so there is no risk in trying them out if you are interested.

What is the difference between the 48-hour and month free trial?

The month-long trial is only available for schools and teachers. The month-long trial allows a teacher to create individual accounts for each of their students in one class. Schools need the longer trial because they are usually purchasing our products for a large number of students and for multiple years at a time.

I’ve heard enough. How do I sign up?

Glad to hear that you want to give our program a try! To sign up for a trial, click here.

I signed up. Now what?

  1. Find your confirmation email.
    You should immediately receive a confirmation email with your login details and information about getting started. Please check your spam folder if you don’t see the email. If it isn’t in your spam folder either, please contact us at info@languagesforkids.com and we will resend the email to you.
  2. Change your password.
    When you sign up, your parent account username and password are set to your email address. You need to change your password to something secure, which you can do here (or here if you’re logged out).
  3. Create your student accounts.
    You will have a parent account when you sign up. Now, you will need to set up your student accounts. To do so, log in to your parent account, click on the “My Students” tab, then create your students’ usernames and passwords.
    Note: your parent account is for administrative functions, such as creating/managing student accounts, your payment method, etc. It also has your parent Gradebook where you can view and save your students’ quiz results. Students will log in and do all their work in their own student accounts.
  4. Start learning Spanish!
    Take a look at our Getting Started guide for parents. Of course, we’re happy to answer any further questions you might have at info@languagesforkids.com.

SUPPORT

I am a member. How do I log in?

  1. Go to our website: https://foreignlanguagesforkids.com/
  2. Login using the members tab at the top of the home page.
  3. Enter your username and password

I am entering my username and password but cannot login.

Issues with username and password

Please double check you are using your correct username and password. If you don’t recall your username, try your email address. If that doesn’t work, please contact us. If you don’t recall your password, you can reset it on the login page.

Other issues

If your login credentials are correct and you can’t access the program, you account may have expired. If you believe your account is active, try logging in with a different browser; clearing your cache and cookies; or deleting your browsing history. If you still can’t login, please contact us.

How do I cancel my subscription?

You can cancel your subscription with us anytime.
Once logged in, click 1) your username in the top bar; 2) > my account ->3) change subscription -> 4) cancel. You will immediately receive an email cancellation confirmation. Once canceled, you will not be charged for any further subscription periods. Your account remains active through the remaining time in your last paid subscription period. There are no refunds of prorated amounts for any remaining time in your current subscription period that has been paid for.

Do I get a refund if I cancel within the subscription period?

No, we do not refund prorated amounts of cancellations within the subscription period.

All of a sudden the audio isn’t working on the videos. What do I do?

If your student accidentally clicks on the down arrow on the keyboard (to the right of the space bar), the audio for the video turns off. To resume the audio, click the up arrow.

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