I am glad that I started with buying only level 1 of Rosetta Stone Spanish. There is plenty of material here for my seven year old, and I can see it taking longer than 1 year.chris629 wrote:So would it be a waste to buy all levels of a language? Or would it be better to buy the first level just to make sure the kids take to it?
So price aside, I have loved this program for my ds7. Fabulous learning technique for teaching languages. My 5,4, & 2 are listening in when he does it so I think we are all learning. I am doing it too, and I think my ds7 learns from watching me do it as well.
My current challenge is I am only managing to remind us to do it about two days a week (it is on the ADV schedule for 4 days). I think it would be better if I increased it. Even at 2 days a week though he is picking it up easily.
I was interested in Latin too, from an academics stand point, but I decided that it would be more from an academic approach for later. For now I wanted him to experience speaking another language. Rosetta Stone has him speaking Spanish as part of the exercises, and the computer program says whether the pronunciation is correct. He is having a much easier time speaking it than me, and getting the green for correct.
We picked Spanish since he has shown tremendous interest in doing a mission trip to Mexico, and it was the country he picked for Awana for his country of interest. He wants to go there and build houses. I find this interesting since our church is all about an orphanage in Haiti.
I loved hearing about peoples mission trips!
Oh as for the Latin: MFW does Latin roots. My DH had Latin roots in school and still remembers them, and every once in awhile will tell us what a word means by its Latin root. My understanding has been that in many ways the roots are enough. For further study Veritas Press starts Latin fairly young (2nd grade?) and has a Latin program for young children.