Growing up in California and working in a Mexican restaurant, I picked up a little bit of Spanish, but I never did learn to speak fluently. I really want to give my children the gift of being able to speak and understand more than just their native language in the hopes that they will have more opportunity (and an easier time learning!) than I did.
About three months ago, I found Homeschool Spanish Academy, and ever since, teaching Spanish has become much easier, thanks to their online Spanish classes.
What is Homeschool Spanish Academy?
Homeschool Spanish Academy is a company located in Guatemala. They have dozens of trained, experienced teachers who give one on one Spanish lessons via Skype to learners of all ages. They have their own curriculum which you can move through at your own pace, as quickly or as slowly as you need.
Even though the teachers are fluent Spanish speakers, the website is in English, and the teachers also are fluent in English as well as Spanish, so you don’t need to worry about any confusion while scheduling lessons or dealing with billing.
How it Works
When you sign up for Homeschool Spanish Academy, you purchase a set number of classes. I started with 15 classes, once a week for Bug, which covers a full semester of Spanish class.
After you purchase your lessons, you have a chance to schedule them online with one of the teachers. You can do this one of two ways- either choose a specific teacher, and then choose when you have a lesson based on their availability, or choose a time of the day, and just take any teacher available. Homeschool Spanish Academy keeps clear records, so even if you switch teachers during your lessons, you won’t miss a beat.
After each lesson, you will be emailed homework, or review PDF assignments to work on, and submit if your teacher requests. They even will test you, and issue grades, so older students can use Homeschool Spanish Academy for high school credit.
Kids as young as 6 can start, and even fluent speakers can benefit from Homeschool Spanish Academy. There is no “aging out” of the program because the teachers are fluent, native speakers, and can continue to provide new challenges even to fluent speakers.
I’ve just loved Homeschool Spanish Academy. Bug has been taking lessons for about 11 weeks now, and I can see huge improvements in his confidence and comprehension.
I chose to have him have class with the same teacher each week, so the time we “attend” changes a little from week to week depending on her availability, but I was able to schedule the lessons 2-3 months out at a time, and I have them all programmed into my calendar.
His teacher is an absolute joy. She knows just how to talk to children, and brought him out of his shell from the first lesson. She is personable and remembers him from week to week. We missed two lessons from small emergencies that came up, and sent us an email to make sure he was alright and wished him well. When we missed the class she even tried to call my cell early in the half hour to make sure I didn’t just forget. I love that she really seems to care about him, and his lessons, and love that she follows up with us.
The lessons themselves are really impressive. Homeschool Spanish Academy has a pre-planned curriculum, so they are following a plan, rather than just “winging” the lessons. It’s well organized, so not a moment is wasted. The teacher is always on time, and we get the Skype call exactly when we are supposed to.
I also really appreciate the PDF assignments that are sent to me. I am able to print them off, and know exactly what Bug should be working on that week to be ready for the next lesson.
In a Nutshell
I highly recommend this program and think you should head over there now to get signed up for a free lesson. You don’t have to take my word for how awesome it is, this program will speak for itself!
*Material connection- I purchased this program as a regular customer before contacting this company to sponsor the review. All opinions are my own.*