In the 21st century, there’s very little limit to what people can do at home if they really want to. Let’s do it.
And Calico Spanish Home Learning Series was born.
About a year ago, Calico released Level A, in which María the yellow monkey and Pepe the blue fish teach kids how to use simple language in the context of talking about themselves. Now we’ve -finally!- pushed out Level B (really, it was like a birth… okay not really but sort of) last week.
I love Level B even more than Level A! Watching the characters go from my head to these Video Stories was incredibly fun. Level B is about the family and in the story-based content, Pepe the dog, Goyo the cat (he’s my favorite!), and Camilo the rabbit (^^ right up there) teach children how to talk about their families (including concepts like months of the year, what people like to do, and describing people).
I’m thankful to Erica and Calico for the opportunity to work on this project that is dear to my heart, and I’m honored to be the primary author on something I think will contribute so much to families wanting to explore Spanish on their own, but not knowing where to start.
Are you using Calico Spanish Home Learning Series? I’d love to know what you think, and get your suggestions for future levels. Before you know it, you’ll be seeing Level C, where Rita the green frog (she’s fabulous!) and Raúl the gray mouse (he’s that adorable annoying neighbor kid always coming over!) help kids learn to talk about their homes (and including concepts like telling time, daily activities, and talking about where something is located). The characters play Pañuelito, Rita makes up a duck song to the tune of “Caballito blanco” – it’s going to be a blast.
And to further honor the reason homeschooling and Spanish bring joy to my life, I must include an image of the dedication page.