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Old 06-15-2010, 11:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So my 6 year old would like to learn Spanish. I'd like to keep it really light and fun for him. I've heard such great things about RS and that it's appropriate for multiple ages, but I'm worried it'll seem too bookish for him. The other thing I was looking at was La Clase Divertida, which looks flashier and maybe more fun, but also may not take him as far.

So what is RS like? Too much for a 6 year old? He has an excellent attention span for stuff he's into, but isn't particularly bookish, yk? Plus, he's not really reading yet (just beginning). What do you think?
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:43 AM
 
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My kids like RS, even my non-reading 4 yo (though I do need to help him with it). You can customize Rosetta Stone to not have any typing (which I do for my younger two) and you can also cut out the voice recognition component (sometimes it has trouble with kids' voices). It's not fun in the cutesy sort of animated singing type stuff usually made for kids, but my kids enjoy it. The lessons are really pretty short, too, which is nice for little attention spans, but they can keep going if they're interested.
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You can usually try the demo on-line. My kids have all enjoyed it from age 5-6 on up.

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My daughter is almost six. She has some special needs though so this may not be relevant to your ds. My dd finds rosetta stone very boring (she's tried spanish, french, and hebrew). She gets frustrated and impatient with it usually within minutes. I see her liking it someday because she loves computer games, but not maybe for another year or so at least.

My sister and I both speak a lot of spanish though and my dd loves to learn words and phrases from us. She likes to watch spanish tv or spanish clips on youtube. Being around spanish speaking kids gets her interested and excited. She also loved the home school spanish classes that she's taken.

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