jtcarter14 wrote:Crystal, is there a certain way to "skip" a frame, or do you just miss that one? They pay a lot of attention to the percentage they get right, and my son always chooses to do it over and over again until he gets 100%. How do you put restrictions on the writing part? Is that the case, diacritic and punctuation sensitive?
there are buttons and click places to advance the screen. I'm just not good at typing about it. I don't know right off how it affects the percentages. I know when you use the Dashboard (and at the individual screens) it will show percentages in each lesson --- but even then you can tell your children that certain parts can be "extra credit" in your house and not part of their grade. (well, remember though, I'm saying that with my oldest who is doing the high school credit version --- so adjust and ignore for 3rd and 2nd grader)
I eased the writing part by the things you mentioned. also, when you get in unit 2 and all of that -- it still shows the answer if you hit the answer button. My oldest does that to see the answer and try to copy it. Also, we've printed out part of the Script from the Supplemental Educational Materials CD*** so she can have the written form in front of her if needed. i don't' think any of that is required for elementary kids....
***my oldest just reminded me.... the scripts are also on the program itself if you go to the top right icons, click on ? icon and go for Course Content. It is in the target language, but follows the screen numbers too. Also, on the ? icon -- let your younger kids just play with the Alphabet features. They get some practice putting syllables together in the reading/grammar/writing sections of RS, but for a step back from that to learn letter sounds -- you have to use that feature via that icon.
(for those who might be reading this and wondering how to find the icons to ease the writing restrictions......
at the top right of the RS screen, you'll see 3 icons (the one of the left of that set of 3 is a ? for help.) choose the middle icon. go to Set preferences, Click on Course Settings.
you'll get there and play with the settings. the less sensitive you make the typing, easier for younger kids. But it is not essential for students to spell proficiently in Spanish at this stage of learning. The grammar can be skipped too for this age.
however, with all of that said:
I have a set of MFW's lesson plans for Rosetta Stone for high school credit, and would encourage anyone with children younger than 7th grade, to call MFW and ask them for their recommendations in how to use and how not to use Rosetta Stone with those kids younger than high school credit. That is a page of their lesson plans I'm not sure I should type over here or not. So, uhm...