Because of this, I believe learning Spanish is important for our children. As they become adults, they will meet more and more people, and having the ability to speak and understand Spanish will be beneficial: in the work place, in the grocery store, and even at theme parks.
This year, we have been learning Latin, which is the foundation for many languages. It is really interesting to learn this "ancient" language and it's ties to modern spoken words. Spanish is one of those languages that connects very easily to our Latin study.
We have studied Spanish previously in our home, but have recently been introduced to a wonderful new company, Homeschool Spanish Academy (HSA), through the Schoolhouse Review Crew. HSA has brought together the study of Spanish with the world of Skype. Students are actually taught, one-on-one, with a native speaking Spanish instructor from Central America, via Skype! One of the pitfalls to studying a foreign language at home, or even in a traditional school setting, is that you are learning the pronunciations and conversations yourself or by someone who was taught that language as a second language. Much like learning a trade from a textbook and expecting to find on-the-job work to be anything like the book, learning a foreign language cannot be adequately learned without full immersion
Homeschool Spanish Academy does this and does it well. Watch the following video for a bit more info.
We scheduled the second lesson with, who I thought was her instructor, but when the day came, it wasn't. I had originally scheduled the first lesson with her, but somewhere it was changed to the instructor we had. The second lesson didn't go as smoothly. There were major issues with Skype, though I am not certain if it was us or the instructor, but I thought the instructor. We tried for several minutes to correct it, but nothing was working on our end. My daughter couldn't hear the lesson well, it was very broken up. And the instructor - was not the right one for my daughter. She did not end smiling and was actually upset. But we pressed forward and for the third and fourth lesson I ensured it was with her first instructor. Both of those lessons went well with no technology issues and smiles and laughter throughout. My daughter really likes it and we are considering purchasing lessons on top of those given free for this review.
I think this is a wonderful program and think you will, too. You can actually try it out for free. It's a great way to see if it'll work for you and your family.