Michelle Rothwell has a heart to encourage mission work by helping
families learn the Spanish language. In addition to teaching Spanish
classes in her community, Michelle developed the Dora & Diego
Homeschool Spanish curriculum. There are currently two levels of
Dora & Diego Spanish available: the Preschool & Kindergarten
level, and the Level 1 Elementary level. Future levels are planned
for junior high and senior high students.
Dora & Diego Homeschool Spanish consists of a digital textbook
and helpful pronunciation CDs. The digital textbook is a collection
of PDF files which can be printed for as many students as are in
the family. In order to use the digital textbook, you will need
Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, as well as a printer to
print the textbook and worksheets. You will also need a CD player
to play the pronunciation CD.
The preschool and kindergarten level provides an introduction
to basic Spanish vocabulary. This set comes with one CD-ROM of
PDF files, and one CD of pronunciation examples. The digital textbook
contains 10 lessons plus a bonus lesson, and each lesson includes
5 - 10 worksheets. The bonus Table Blessing lesson is the longest,
with 19 worksheets. In each lesson, there is no script to teach
to the students. There is simply the collection of worksheets to
use in teaching vocabulary to the children.
The preschool and kindergarten worksheets are lined copywork pages
with a Spanish word and its English translation at the top. These
pages allow the children to practice writing Spanish vocabulary
words as often as needed to memorize them. The pronunciation CD
helps the young children learn how to pronounce the words they
The Level 1 elementary program provides a much more in-depth approach
to learning the Spanish language. The set includes one CD-ROM which
contains the textbook of 25 lessons, 5 review lessons, 5 game breaks,
and a pronunciation script. The Level 1 set also includes two CDs
of pronunciation examples, covering all the words in each lesson.
Within the Level 1 textbook, each of the 25 lessons includes one
page of new information, in addition to 2-3 pages of application
and study questions. Each lesson includes Spanish vocabulary, everyday
phrases, grammar, a prayer, and a portion of the books of the Bible.
The student reads the new information, or listens as the teacher
reads it to them. The pronunciation CD can be played as often as
necessary, until the student can pronounce the words correctly.
Then the teacher can either work through the study questions with
the student, or assign them to do the work independently. Each
lesson can be covered as many times as needed to learn the material.
An answer key is not provided for this textbook.
There are review lessons to use after every fifth lesson of the
textbook. Much like the other lessons, it begins by providing the
review information, and then has worksheets to test the student
on what they have learned so far. Active game breaks are also provided
to use after every fifth lesson. The games are lively and will
quickly find their way into your children's everyday play.
The pronunciation CDs are clearly recorded, and easy to understand.
The male speaker has a deep voice, so we needed to turn the volume
up a bit to hear him well. Each word is spoken in Spanish, then
defined in English, and then repeated 2 more times in Spanish before
he moves onto the next word. The lessons are recorded on individual
tracks so you can easily select the lesson that you are studying.
Dora & Diego Homeschool Spanish (primarily Level 1) is a thorough
Spanish curriculum for elementary students. It is affordable and
reusable within your own family. Like most digital curriculum,
it cannot be re-sold or used outside of your own family without
the author's permission. The printable format allows the program
to be taken at each child's pace, repeating sections as needed.
The addition of an answer key would make this curriculum simpler
to use for parents like me who have not previously studied the
For myself, I discovered that I do not feel strongly enough about
teaching foreign languages at this age to persist in using a Spanish
textbook with my younger children. My current elementary-aged students
are resistant to textbooks in the necessary subjects, and I didn't
have the energy to battle with them over an elective. In my family,
I would not use the preschool and kindergarten level of the text,
unless I had students working their way through a higher level
and the younger students were begging to participate.
This curriculum will work best for families who feel strongly
about teaching foreign languages early, for families who thrive
on a textbook format, and for those with a passion for learning
the Spanish language. This would not be the ideal curriculum for
families with struggling learners, resistant students, or those
that prefer a more interactive and hands-on approach to learning.
Dora & Diego Homeschool Spanish is an excellent and affordable
homeschool Spanish curriculum for elementary students. It just
isn't well-suited to my family, our educational style, and our