Speekee utilizes the immersion method. It is entirely in Spanish. There are captions in English and Spanish which is helpful to me since it's been over 25 years since I had Spanish in high school. The captions can be turned on and off with the click of a button.
Speekee is a 10 episode program that includes 40 weeks of lesson plans. The lessons are found on the website and can be sent to you each week by email. Below is a clip of 3 different weeks of lessons. By clicking on any of the daily lessons, it opens up to a full lesson plan page giving you full details of what you can do. You will find ideas for activities, worksheets and flashcards to print.
|clip of the lessons for each week|
|This is a clip of the actual lessons for week 5. |
Links to the print outs that go along with the lessons are found in the margins.
|Emma working on a worksheet about colors.|
Watch this clip of one of the songs:
All of the songs are catchy and fun. I get them stuck in my head and I often hear the kids singing them. The kids age 2, 4, 6, 9 and 10 all watch this just about every day. I've been scheduling it in for every day. The lesson plans are for a 4 day week. We've mainly just been watching the videos and I try to speak Spanish to them every day (that I'm learning from the videos--ahem--re-learning from high school Spanish). Even my 12 year old said he is learning more from Speekee than he is from the Spanish curriculum I have for him. This is probably true because it is so much fun.
I have printed out flashcards (2 per sheet, I didn't want full size flashcards) and laminated them. We haven't used them much though because most of the kids enjoying this either can't read yet or are just learning. I do wish they had an English translation page for the teacher. Without sitting down and watching the videos myself I don't know what everything on the cards mean.
|A few of the printables|
The children earn points from watching videos and there is a "mercado". They can make a sock puppet avatar but I didn't tell the kids about it because there is only 1 sock puppet avatar and 5 kids using this. I think you will understand why I didn't tell them. I've tried it myself and I kind of don't get it. I'm not really sure if you can do anything else with the points. There is another screen that pops up with a picture of Speekee and blocks of color you can buy, which I have done BUT I don't know what I'm "paying" for really.
Each episode is between 16 and 20 minutes long. There is a total of over 150 minutes of video. The kids enjoy watching these over and over.
|Speekee, Dino and Lupi|
I highly recommend Speekee. It's not often that the kids enjoy learning this much. You can try it free for 2 weeks and I recommend that you do! We really, really love Speekee!! I think this would be a great introduction to Spanish for any child under the age of about 12. I probably wouldn't buy this for kids in the older category if I didn't have younger children as it really is geared toward the younger ones. The older ones will enjoy it though.
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disclaimer: I received a 6 month subscription to Speekee TV in exchange for an honest review