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Frequently Asked Questions


AT WHAT AGE CAN A CHILD BEGIN?
WE'VE TRIED LANGUAGE BEFORE. WILL OUR KIDS REALLY LEARN?
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN TERMS OF OUTCOME?
WILL THE CHILDREN CONTINUE ONCE IN 2ND GRADE AND BEYOND?
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM WORD PLAY?

AT WHAT AGE CAN A CHILD BEGIN? A child may begin the program at age three. Every effort should be made to group children according to age. Because 3 year olds will learn at a slower pace at first, it is not recommended to have a 3 year old child with a first grader. However, pre-school children aged 4 and up should have no problem being grouped with kindergarteners and 1st graders.

WE'VE TRIED LANGUAGE BEFORE. WILL OUR KIDS REALLY LEARN? Absolutely! Our lessons are active, engaging and so much fun! And it makes sense that if a child is having fun and is engaged at all times, he will learn. We have spent years adding to, modifying and improving these lessons. We have tested again and again what works and what does not. We are not satisfied with simply teaching children a list of related words under a certain theme. They will learn to put thematic vocabulary into context. They will learn useful, meaningful phrases related to that thematic vocabulary. They will learn to communicate with others by using common conversational phrases.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN TERMS OF OUTCOME?
SAMPLE: Pre-school, Kindergarten and 1st grade Spanish
Session 1
By the end of the first 13 lessons, the child will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Count to 20
  • Recognize and name at least 8 colors
  • Recognize and name at least 8 animals
  • Recognize and name at least 8 parts of the body
  • Understand and answer various questions posed by the teacher by listening for key words
  • Respond to various commands such as “Sit down”, “Stand up” and “Jump”
  • Say “Hello”, “Good morning” and “Goodbye”
  • Ask “What’s your name?” and answer with “My name is…”
  • Say “Nice to meet you”
  • Say “Thank you”, “You’re welcome” and “Please”
  • Respond to the teacher and others with “Yes” and “No”
  • Ask “How are you?” and answer with “Fine, thank you” or “So-so, thank you”
  • Learn the words for “fast” and “slow”
  • Respond when asked “Where is ____?”
  • Ask “How old are you?” and answer with “I am ___ years old”
  • Learn about various cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking world
  • Gain an appreciation for languages other than his/her own
  • Be able to name a place where the target language is spoken

Pre-school, Kindergarten and 1st grade Spanish
Session 2
By the end of the first 26 lessons, the child will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Maintain and develop knowledge of the above information
  • Count to 30
  • Associate the correct name with a visual of each number (randomly)
  • Recognize and name at least 11 colors
  • Answer when asked “What color is it?”
  • Describe nouns by color (Ex: brown bear or red six)
  • Describe nouns by number (Ex: seven shoes or two blue eyes)
  • Recognize and name at least 8 articles of clothing
  • Relate clothing to vocabulary for parts of the body
  • Learn the words for “big” and “little” and use them when describing something
  • Recognize and name at least 10 food items
  • Say “I would like ______, please” when ordering specific foods
  • Distinguish between foods he/she likes or dislikes by saying “I like ______”
    or “I do not like ______”
  • Recognize and name 7 family members
  • Be able to name what clothing items various family members are wearing and describe color, size and number

WILL THE CHILDREN CONTINUE ONCE IN 2ND GRADE AND BEYOND? Yes, these kits will be available fall of 2005.

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM WORD PLAY? The Children would benefit in having the ability to begin foreign language study at an earlier age. The PARENTS would benefit in having the ability to gauge progress and aid in the learning process from home. TEACHERS/ADMINISTRATORS would benefit in having the ability to enhance and broaden curricula to include foreign language. PRE-SCHOOLS, DAYCARES, KINDERGARTENS AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS would benefit in having the ability to increase parent and student interest and enrollment, as well as increasing revenue for the school. AN ENTREPRENUER OR PARENT IN THE COMMUNITY, PLAYGROUPS, MOTHER’S GROUPS, HOMESCHOOLERS, and CHURCHES would benefit by using our curriculum to address interest in foreign language in their community and generate a revenue source for yourself or your organization. The income generated by these classes pays for the kit with less than 5 registered children.