As I’ve mentioned before I really want to begin introducing my kids to foreign languages at the elementary age. Finding a good curriculum that doesn’t cost a small fortune, however, can be challenging. So I was pretty excited to be asked to review Speekee, an on-line Spanish program for kids.
This is one of those reviews where I’m not really sure what to say except that we all love Speekee! It is just so easy to use, easy to fit in to our schedule and the kids adore it. Each week the kids watch one 15 minute episode of Speekee every day. They watch the same episode for 5 days and then move on to the next one. Each episode is focused around a theme like the park, the cafe, the house, the zoo, etc. The episodes are all music and singing, which my kids love and I think is a great way to get young children learning languages. Along with the episodes I receive an email for the Speekee FastTrack program which provides daily activities to help maximize your child’s learning of Spanish. For example, one day we made sock puppets because two of the Spekee puppets are sock puppets and then the kids had their puppets sing along the rest of the week. Spekee also has occasional coloring sheets and other printable sheets to use with the video lessons.
One of the things I love most about Speekee is that it is designed for ages 2-10 so both my 3 and my 6 year old can participate at the same time. They sit together and watch the episode and then we do the activity. My 6 year old is definitely picking up the songs faster, but my 3 year old still loves it and I love that he’s getting exposure to Spanish.
Spekee has the option of having close captioned on during the videos. A few months ago I read an article about children of deaf parents who learn to read faster because of closed captioning on the TV. So I’ve chosen to leave the closed captioning on during our videos hoping that same theory applies to learning languages!
Last week while telling another homeschool mom about how much I loved Spekee, she asked me what it cost. I honestly had no idea since I was given a complimentary subscription. But when I went to check the price, I was happy to see that Speekee TV is only $60 for the YEAR! And that is for all your kids! You can also choose to pay $7.50/month and even get a free 2 week trial. Plus, the FastTrack option is included free with your subscription.
I really very highly recommend Speekee! It’s a great value and a super easy and fun way to introduce your kids to Spanish!