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TOS Crew: Speekee TV

on September 13, 2012

Vendor Name:   Speekee

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Name of Product:   Speekee TV

Price:  For U.S. residents monthly is $7.50 and annual subscription is $60

Age/Grade Range:  elementary – ages toddler through 10 years

In today’s world we are living in a society where we encounter more Spanish speaking persons and for that reason making sure our children have at least a rudimentary understanding of Spanish is essential.  I used to argue with this idea, why should America kowtow to another language – you live in America you speak English – however my mind has since been changed.  We can learn so much from other cultures and it’s great to learn another language so when I had the chance to review Speekee TV with my children I was excited!

My children have already completed about 1 and 1/2 years of Spanish so they can count, ask your name, tell you their name, etc in Spanish already along with some other phrases and words.  Speekee TV is a complete immersion program that will easily saturate your child or children in real life Spanish with the aide of real child and real places.  Divided into 10 lessons with different themes such as El Parque, El Zoo, La Playa, La Fiesta, and more the videos are consistent within each of these themes exposing children to the language.  As homeschoolers we used the Fast Track and that gives 40 weeks of curriculum with 4 days a week of learning.

My children are 6, almost 8 and 10 1/2 so what one found interesting and fun (the 6 year old) the other didn’t (the 10 1/2 year old).  Since my children already knew the basics of Spanish we watched the videos that the children wanted – my still 7 year old liked the music and would spin to it while my son, the 6 year old liked the puppets, animation and watching the children.  I loved how it was all laid out for me so I could see at a glance what we needed to watch on a particular day or what activity we needed to do.  There are over 150 minutes of Spanish education in Speekee TV and it is fun and an entertaining way of learning.

I also appreciated the worksheets that can be downloaded and printed off.  Unfortunately, my printer decided to quit working and I haven’t been able to print off any sheets.  I have viewed them on my computer and clear directions are given and they are high quality, professional worksheets.  You can add in subtitles but it’s recommended that you have your child watch without them so that they can fully be immersed in the language.  I tended to watch it with the subtitles and we didn’t do every activity such as making the Lupi and Dino puppets, simply because my children have never been much into puppets – so this program is totally tweak-able to how you teach and how your children learn.

On most days I’d just chose a video or let the child pick and we’d watch one or re-watch and re-watch.  My son particularly liked to watch the one about the ball, teddy and piano – so I just let him watch away.  Generally, you should go in order but I like to follow my children’s leading in what they like to learn that day or that week.  For those who worry about having to sit in front of the computer to do the lessons and watch the videos – have no worries.  We were able to access them on my Kindle Fire and my iPod Touch – which made watching them on the couch together, very easy.  This was definitely a great thing for my almost 8 and my 6 year old however my 10 year old seemed bored with it so I think it greatly depends on the child’s maturity level – I plan to continue with this great program.

If you’d like to see what other homeschooling parents thought visit the Schoolhouse Crew Review blog.

**Disclaimer:  As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.


2 responses to “TOS Crew: Speekee TV

  1. Jim Porter says:

    Hola Sarah, This is Jim from Speekee checking in to say a big GRACIAS for your review. Much appreciated!

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