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  • WHAT IS "IMMERSION?"
  • CAN I USE THE LESSON PLANS IF I DO NOT SPEAK SPANISH?
  • DO I NEED THE DVDS AND CDS TO DO THE LESSON PLANS IN THE BOOK?
  • HOW DO THE DVDS, CDS, AND LESSON PLANS WORK TOGETHER?
  • I HAVE ALL THE MATERIALS, BUT AM NOT SURE WHERE TO START. CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME IDEAS?
  • HOW ARE THE LESSONS STRUCTURED?
  • SHOULD I WATCH THE DVDS IN A PARTICULAR ORDER?


  • "Immersion is arguably one of the most effective ways to teach little ones another language, and Whistlefritz does this spectacularly well."
    - Muse Reviews


    WHAT IS "IMMERSION?"

    "Language immersion" means children learn a second language by hearing and speaking only that language without translation. No English is spoken. Immersion is how we all learned our native language and it’s the most effective method for teaching children a second language.   Whistlefritz's award-winning French and Spanish DVDs and CDs teach children languages using this immersion method. 

    Watch the video “What’s Immersion?” to learn more.

    Rito 



    CAN I USE THE LESSON PLANS IF I DO NOT SPEAK SPANISH?

    Yes! We designed the Lesson Plans to support English as well as Spanish speakers. The Lesson Plans tell you exactly what to say to children in both English and Spanish. This approach supports adults who might be unsure of a natural way to phrase sentences in Spanish.




    DO I NEED THE DVDS AND CDS TO DO THE LESSON PLANS IN THE BOOK?

    The stand-alone Lesson Plans can be used without having the DVDs and CDs.* That said, combining the DVDs and CDs with the Lesson Plans creates a richer language experience. See how below.

    *Note: There is one lesson that involves a scene from Las Estaciones. If you don't own the DVD, you can check it out from most libraries.




    HOW DO THE DVDS, CDS, AND LESSON PLANS WORK TOGETHER?

    Whistlefritz has created a language-learning program that appeals to all types of learners by combining visual, audio, gross motor, and fine motor activities. The programs in the Educator's Collection complement and reinforce each other by using various forms of media to their best advantage. Here's how:

    Whistlefritz Product relationship

    The DVDs and CDs

    The DVDs and CDs inspire children to learn a new language by providing a lively and appealing introduction to Spanish. As children watch their onscreen peers dancing, playing, and learning, they want to learn Spanish, too!

    The DVDs and CDs:

    • Introduce new vocabulary. Children learn new vocabulary spoken by adults and peers through skits, song, and play.
    • Review vocabulary. The DVDs and CDs provide a fun review of vocabulary taught in the Lesson Plans and Matching Cards. The Lesson Plans explicitly reference Extension Activities involving the DVDs and CDs. (Click the Lessons to your right to see how.)
    • Model Pronunciation: The DVDs and CDs immerse children in a native-Spanish-speaking environment, in which children can see and hear how native speakers speak in a way that animated programs cannot.

    Spanish Lesson Plans for Kids

    The Spanish Lesson Plans:

    • Provides clear structure for Spanish instruction. The Lesson Plans are a coherent, "scaffolded" curriculum in which later lessons build upon prior lessons. They articulate goals and objectives and include assessments to allow you to evaluate children's progress.
    • Provides more in-depth instruction: The Lesson Plans allow educators to explore in greater depth the themes and vocabulary introduced in the DVDs and CDs. For example, the vocabulary for various foods is introduced in the 30-minute DVD Adentro y Afuera. In Lesson Plans 26-31, up to four hours of instructional time is dedicated to food-related vocabulary.
    • Review vocabulary. The Lesson Plans review and expand upon vocabulary introduced in the DVDs, CDs, and Matching Cards.

    The Matching Cards

    • Introduce new vocabulary. Children are introduced to 25 commonly-used action words in the familiar and popular format of this classic educational card game.
    • Review vocabulary. The Matching Cards reinforce words introduced in the DVDs, CDs, and Lesson Plans.

    Lesson 2 (click on image to enlarge):
    Lesson Plans 2

     

    Lesson 8 (click on image to enlarge):
    Lesson Plans 8




    I HAVE ALL THE MATERIALS, BUT AM NOT SURE WHERE TO START. CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME IDEAS?

    The ways that families and educators use our programs are as different as individuals themselves. In fact, we'd love to hear how you use our programs to teach your children Spanish! Please send us an email or post on our Facebook page.

    Here are a few suggested ways to use the materials that you can adapt to the needs of your children and classroom.

    • Watch each DVD to familiarize yourself with the content and vocabulary.
    • Begin by playing one of the DVDs for your children as a general introduction to get them excited about Spanish. (If your children are 3 or under, we'd recommend starting with Los Animales or Vamos a Jugar. If your children are older than 3, we'd recommend starting with Adentro y Afuera.)
    • Start from the beginning of the Spanish Lesson Plans for Kids curriculum and work your way through the book. The Lesson Plans have a clearly defined structure and order. The structure of the curriculum will lend structure to your overall Spanish instruction.
    • The Lesson Plans reference specific audio-visual Extension Activities that show you when to incorporate sections of the DVDs and CDs into your lessons. Since repetition is the key to language learning, watch entire DVDs with your children as a review of vocabulary. Children will be thrilled by how much they now understand.
    • There are over 50 flashcards throughout the Lesson Plans, as well as additional flashcards in the free lesson plans. Copy or cut out the flashcards and place them around your house or classroom to incorporate Spanish into your everyday routine.
    • Play the Matching Cards game with children as a fun and educational activity. They'll be too busy having fun to notice they are learning 25 verbs in the process.
    • Play the CDs in the house or on car trips. They are a fun introduction and review of vocabulary and a chance to listen to a native speaker singing clearly.

    Flashcards


    Matching Game



    HOW ARE THE LESSONS STRUCTURED?

    The families and teachers who have used our programs do the best job describing them:

      "These lessons are designed so that children spend a significant amount of class time hearing and using the language as they do hands-on activities like crafts, sorting, coloring, and playing games. Each class begins with a short review and the introduction of new vocabulary. Next, the teacher models the activity, which provides exposure to the new words in context. Then, as children do the activity themselves, the teacher continues to provide comprehensible input."
      -- Jennifer Brunk, Spanish Playground (Read full review here)

    Click here to see Sample Lessons

    Click here to see Table of Contents




    SHOULD I WATCH THE DVDS IN A PARTICULAR ORDER?

    The DVDs can be watched in any order you'd like. All of the DVDs teach greetings, introductions, and numbers. Each DVD focuses in depth on specific themes and vocabulary. For example, Vamos a Jugar (Let's Play) teaches the parts of the body and action words. Adentro y Afuera and Dedans et Dehors teach positional words (e.g. up, down, behind, in front of), rooms of the house, household objects, and foods.

    While each DVD focuses in-depth on a particular theme and vocabulary, the DVDs that we created later in time review key vocabulary from earlier DVDs. For example, animals that appear in Los Animales make cameo appearances in skits in Vamos a Jugar. Similarly, body parts and action words that children learn in Vamos a Jugar appear in songs in Adentro y Afuera. These vocabulary "reviews" are so subtle, you probably won't notice them. Instead of formally "reviewing" vocabulary, we reinforce words children already know by including them in new skits and songs and contexts.

    As we were creating additional DVDs, our earliest fans were growing. So, we slightly increased the pace of action and the complexity of vocabulary in later DVDs to keep up with our growing fans. For example, while the earlier DVDs use the verb "is" primarily in the present or past tenses, we introduced the conditional tense "would be" in La Fiesta de Fritzi. This tense will be reinforced in future DVDs.

    The DVDs were created in the following order from first to last: Los Animales, Vamos a Jugar, Adentro y Afuera, Las Estaciones, and La Fiesta de Fritzi. If you have a child of 3 or under, we would recommend starting with Los Animales and watching the DVDs in order. If you have a child older than 3, we would recommend starting with Adentro y Afuera, then circling back to the earlier DVDs.