Monday, August 4, 2014

Speekee Spanish for Kids Review + Giveaway

As a homeschooling (for pre-k at least) Chicana mother of a very talkative 2.5 yr old, language skills are something I am already focused on in the house. Although my father was born in Monterrey, Mexico we did not grow up speaking Spanish in the house, incorporating Spanish into our daily life is very important to me. So I was especially excited to be given the opportunity to test and review Speekee's Spanish for Kids website and premium membership services.

Please keep in mind although I have been given access to Speekee's premium membership free of charge, this is an honest review with my personal opinions of this product. 

How to Log In:

Log-in button (also create an account here) was a little hard for me to find the first time I took a look at the website. There is a lot of color and the icon didn't say anything next to it. So I initially glanced over it. No biggie. I know where it is now.

This is the first thing you will see after logging in. You can either click on any of the play arrows to watch videos, click a name of a location (i.e. La Plaza de Speekee, La Clase) or you can select the map icon in the right corner to additional locations. 

Speekee FastTrack: Perfect for Younger Learners (ages 7 and younger)

The FastTrack section features over 40 authentic Spanish videos, puppets and song. Speekee is the name of the featured puppet and was well received by my 2.5 yr old. FastTrack is part of the premium membership but if you have a little one this is well worth the cost. 

By hovering your mouse over a building, you can select a place to visit with different video and things to learn.

Optionally, you can use the FastTrack activity ideas at home by selecting FastTrack at the bottom of your screen as seen above.. This is great for a homeschooling mom that doesn't want to worry about creating lesson plans. 

After clicking on the FastTrack link at the bottom of the webpage, this is what pops up. There are 40 weeks of lessons. 

When you click on "Week 1" this is what pops up. This is a day-by-day lesson plan with directions on what video to watch as well as how talk about what your child learned from the video, which is key for building comprehension skills.

They also offer printable worksheets for additional reinforcement of the topics learned.

-- Speekee Spanish Challenge: Brilliant for Older Learners (ages 7 and older)

Along with the lessons plans, Speekee also offers additional features perfect for children 7 and older. Throughout the 40+ videos, there are mission based games for your child to play. After logging in, click on the bell icon for your first mission. 

Alternatively, as you select different places on the map to explore you will find stars with numbers at the location. These are the little games where your child will earn points for correct answers.

Here is an example of a timed question that will pop up. There isn't a second clock that pops up so I couldn't tell you how long they have, but as you can see from the image above there is a status bar. This quickly decreases to the left, indicating how much time they have left. It's pretty quick. My guess is about 10-15 seconds.

When a correct answer is given a check mark will appear as well as the additional points being added next t your name. If an incorrect answer is given the box will simply disappear. 

I was a little disappointed by this. In my opinion, multiple answer attempts or having the correct answer appear after the timer is up would better enforce the topic. It would be better for the child to take away the correct answer and not just what the answer wasn't. 

Additionally, you can track your child's progress via reports that are sent to your email. If you're not interested in them you can unsubscribe from them at any time.

Membership Break down

Basic account:
  • FREE
  • Small number of cool Spanish videos
  • Limited, safe social networking features

Paid Membership:
  • Paid through a Paypal subscription. You'll need to create an account if you don't already have one.
    • $7.50 month-to-month package
    • $5.99/mo (6 month package)
    • $4.49/mo (12 month package)
  • Over 40+ videos completely authentic to the Speekee brand
  • Lesson plans and printable worksheets to further facilitate the learning process
  • Incredible places to explore
  • Progress reports send via email
  • Fun online games
  • Extensive and 100% safe social networking features
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Have a great week!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Vanessa, This is a brilliant review. You are the first to point out a way to improve the quiz question format - in principle I agree with highlighting the correct answer, and this means there is every chance will will be implementing this change. All the best! Jim from Speekee