I love languages. I’m not very good at them, but I love the thought of them. Although I minored in Spanish in college and even student taught in Quito, Ecuador, I haven’t actually used my Spanish knowledge for more years than I care to admit. So, when I was putting together our curriculum for this homeschool year, I decided to try to weave some language in without it being a huge deal for my
very resistant not very enthusiastic middle schoolers. Here are some of the great Spanish resources for homeschool that I found that might help get you started, as well.
Spanish Resources for Homeschool
I stumbled upon this sight after seeing them post the Spanish word of the day. While some of their site is behind a paid subscription platform, there are tons of free Spanish resources. In fact, you can see and hear the pronunciation for basic Spanish vocabulary and phrases for free in their “Free Spanish Courses” section. I especially love that they include an audio clip that lets you hear the pronunciation. When learning languages pronunciation is key! There are also free Spanish games, Spanish sentence makers, verb conjugation tools, Spanish text translation, a Spanish worksheet creator, and so much more. I added their Spanish Word of the Day widget to my sidebar, but they also have a Phrase of the Day and Verb of the Day on their site.
Learn the basics of Spanish (French, German, Italian, Portuguese…and coming soon Dutch, Irish, Hungarian, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Russian, Polish, or Romanian) with this fun and interactive website. They also have an app, which is how we were first introduced to it. The site tests your basic skills and then moves up according to mastery. It looks for pronunciation (you can opt to turn the microphone off if you want to), the ability to translate from Spanish to English and English to Spanish, and provides pictures with the words as you’re learning them. This one is a bit challenging for my 1st Grader, but only because of the spelling in Spanish. As you complete a level, it moves you up to the next and makes it feel more like a game. If you have middle school boys, you know that anything that seems like a game is going to hold their attention at least for a little while.
This site, like the ones above, lets you hear the pronunciation for the Spanish words in addition to seeing them on the screen. It has some great resources, but it’s not my favorite site, because it has auto-start video ads on just about every page. If there’s anything that annoys me more when looking at a website, I’m not sure what it could be. Despite my own aversion to third-party video ads, the site does have some good resources.
If you have a middle or high school homeschool student, these are great classes. Presented live for an hour twice each week for the semester, students can learn from a native Spanish speaker. You do need to be able to use your computer’s microphone during class in order to participate, but it’s nice to be able to make sure you are pronouncing everything properly. You can search for Espanol at Home on CurrClick LIVE or click here to go directly to her page of course offerings.
I’d love to hear how you incorporate language learning in your homeschool curriculum! Share your ideas with me below!