- Days of the Week
Tabitha has been completing an average of 3 lessons each week. Sometimes she will do more than one lesson a day as she is on a roll. The recommendation for the K-2 course is 2 lessons a week. However, seeing as Tabitha has been completing a lesson at a time, she has been able to complete 3 or 4 a week. She has already finished the units on greetings, numbers, family, and colors.
I had actually been using the "Calendar" to help Tabitha find her lessons, as somehow we had missed the above mentioned "Up Next" section. I think I had noticed it when we first gained access to the site; however, I was exploring, and found the Calendar, which shows all of the lessons scheduled out from beginning to end. I got into the habit of going to the calendar, which is a great way to keep track of what lesson your child is up to. Though they have the lessons scheduled 5 days a week, we learned we can go at our own pace, so we just ignore the dates, and keep plugging along. It doesn't affect her negatively at all.
In each calendar date box, the unit number and lesson number are listed in the gray rectangle. Once the lesson is complete a little check mark will appear on the left-hand side. In order to get to the lesson, the child just needs to click in the gray rectangle. This will bring up the following screen:
Clicking on the play button will take the child to the lesson, while clicking on the adjacent rectangle will show the child the activities in the lesson.
The final way that I discovered we could get to the lessons is in the Table of Contents.
I have to admit, as the other two ways to navigate are so easy, I probably wouldn't recommend going through the Table of Contents. As a parent, I would use this to see what lessons and activities are coming up and which ones have been completed; however, there is way too much clicking of folders to go through to get to the lesson.
As you can see, you have to click on the unit, then the lesson, and finally the activity. A parent will be able to see which lessons have been completed, because as the child completes the lessons, the box will be marked with a green check mark. As you can probably tell, this would be the hardest way for a young child to navigate.
Now let's take a look at some of the actual lessons.
Middlebury Interactive Languages is an immersive language course. This means the child is going to be listening to a lot of the language in the activities and the stories. Not only will they be hearing each lesson's specific vocabulary in the language, but they will be hearing it in context, though they won't get an immediate translation. Imagine taking a trip to France and being surrounded by French-speaking people. That is what is meant by immersion. Even the directions are originally in French. The child needs to click on the circle to get the translation. Here, let me show you what I mean.
In addition to learning the specific vocabulary for in each unit, children get to watch a culture video and do some culture activities to learn more about children in French-speaking countries.
In the last lesson of each unit, the child finally gets to see the translation of the story. This is in preparation for the test.
This page can be printed out, as can the vocabulary list. To conclude each unit, the child takes both a vocabulary and a speaking test and then earns their jewel and completes a self-assessment.
Tabitha has been working completely independently with Middlebury Interactive Languages. She loves learning new words to share with her siblings and both mom and dad. She is learning both the vocabulary and the "accent" of speaking in French by listening to the stories and the lessons. Though the activities are similar in each unit, they are varied enough to keep things interesting for her. Recording the vocabulary seems to be fun for her, but she has gotten frustrated when she has to record herself signing in French, as the phrases of the lyrics blend together and are sung faster than speaking. I do think, as she has moved further into the program and heard more of the language, she has had an easier, less stressful time with recording the songs. The fact that she will get so excited when she remembers and shares a phrase from a previous lesson, such as telling me her favorite color in French, "Ma couleur preferee est le violet," thrills me.
We really love Middlebury Interactive Languages, and highly recommend it for learning not only the French language, but French culture as well.
You can purchase a semester of Middlebury Interactive Languages Elementary French 1: Grades K-2 for $119 per student.
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Don't forget to stop by and check out what my fellow Crew Mates think of Middlebury Interactive Languages. In addition to French, our children have been learning Spanish, German, and Chinese.