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My daughter has had a huge desire to learn Spanish for the past few years. We tried out a few other foreign language curriculums, but none quite fit our needs. I wanted something that was fairly independent, easy to use (for mom and child) and would most importantly-work!
I found these things in Rosetta Stone!
What is Rosetta Stone?
Rosetta Stone is a computer-based foreign language program that offers twenty-five different language choices. The program includes a user’s guide, a parents’ guide (with lesson plans), software, a headset with microphone.
The program is self-paced and allows your children to work independently. It is also able to be used by multiple users, meaning one program can be used with the whole family!
Rosetta Stone’s supplemental CD offers printable quizzes and tests (in the language the child is learning), with an English guide for parents who haven’t learned the foreign language themselves.
Our Thoughts on Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone‘s set up is fairly easy. During installation, I had to call in as our internet was out at the time (you must have a connection or make a call to set up the program). Their customer service was fantastic! Within a few minutes we had it set up and ready to go.
The program is VERY easy to use. My daughter was able to log in and get it going on her own with little to no help from me. This means the program is INDEPENDENT! This is a huge win for parents of multiple children!
Rosetta Stone is very thorough. It offers review and introduces new words in a way that makes learning easy for kids. It is simple enough that I believe the whole family could use it, yet it is not “babyish” so older children and even adults would enjoy it.
Rosetta Stone may be challenging for those with speech issues. For example, my daughter had a speech delay as a young child, and years of speech therapy has left her with a funky British accent (seriously, people have asked us if she is from England. More than once!). This means her accent limits the perfect speech Rosetta Stone requires. She ended up in tears over it once, and I stepped in and helped. After that, it happened one more time, but she was prepared and after three attempts, handed me the microphone. Be prepared for this if your child’s speech is NOT perfect.
I have longed for Rosetta Stone for years, and honestly, the price always kept me from purchasing. Now, that I have it, tried it and loved it, I can honestly say, I’d buy it in a heartbeat!
Rosetta Stone teaches something that I cannot. A foreign language. It gives my daughter something that I can’t, the gift of being bilingual. Rosetta Stone is a way that we can add a foreign language to our homeschool with little to no parental involvement (because let’s face it, homeschool moms have ENOUGH on our plate).
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