Foreign Language Update: So much has changed since I wrote this post! Today, I recommend free apps as the very best way to learn a foreign language – much better than nomenclature cards, workbooks, or other old-style resources. My family’s two favorites are Duolingo and Memrise, but there might be other ones out there! They are fantastic!
Computer Games & Software:
Rosetta Stone – software available for learning more than 30 languages
CDs & DVDs
Rock n Learn – Spanish and French CDs and DVDs teach through music and video
Muzzy – this highly-regarded language course from the BBC is available for Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, and English (ESL). Includes workbooks, DVDs, and computer games
LinguaFun – card games with CDs in Spanish, German, Italian, and French
Books & Curriculums:
TPRS – workshops and curriculums for teaching French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Russian. Used successfully in Montessori classrooms. Emphasizes reading and story-telling as a way to successfully learn foreign language
There are literally thousands of popular children’s books available in Spanish and other languages. You can go to places like amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and ebay.com and search for “spanish books kids” or “french books kids”, for example, to find titles.
Many of those can be purchased secondhand at low prices, and you can also check books out of your local library. Scholastic Books usually offers foreign language books in their monthly order forms.
My Montessori House – Chinese materials, including printable cards, books, and interactive lessons
Maitri Learning – 3-part cards and booklets for French and Spanish
Spanish Post-it notes – easy to put around the classroom or home to help kids learn words for everyday objects
Enchanted Learning – free and paid printables for German, French, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Swedish. Do a search of the site or use the categories on the left