The Easy Spanish from Great Commission Languages free in exchange for my review. Although my husband is fluent, I have only high school Spanish (plus almost two decades of listening to him talk to his parents!), and my children have, as yet, no Spanish.
Level I is comprised of 36 lessons with two CDs. Through dialog, formal vocabulary, activities, memory verses, and narrations, your child will learn basic Spanish grammar and phonics. Easy Spanish can be used by children as young as 5 with parental involvement, or can be completed independently by jr. high and high school students. Included coloring pages also allow for preschooler participation.
To get the best idea of what The Easy Spanish actually looks like, view the sample pages and explanatory video here. Perhaps the most distinctive thing about The Easy Spanish is its organizing principal. The writers of this curriculum believe that missionary work is a mandate, and that in order to be effective missionaries, one must not only know the language of the people one is visiting, but one should also know their culture. Also, because the basis of this curriculum is Christian mission work, the memory verses come from the Bible. In fact, the entire curriculum is, in essence, centered around the Bible.
The Easy Spanish was not a great fit for my family for several reasons. First, while its non-intimidating approach likely appeals to many families, the non-rigorous nature of the program is a negative for me. Second, and this reason closely ties in with the first, too much of the Spanish instruction takes place as what I would call "Spanglish." Spanish and English are intermingled freely, even in the same sentence. For example, "I would be happy to pass you the onion, que esta en frente de mi." Again, I need to emphasize that it is just this approach which will likely appeal to many homeschoolers. My personal rejection of this kind of approach stems primarily from one place: I have spent more than half my life hearing my husband's family reject Spanglish as a conversational tool. When my husband was learning English as a child, he was never allowed to mix the two languages, the premise being that one truly masters a language when he doesn't rely on another language to convey his point.
It is important for me to note, though, that what The Easy Spanish does, it does very well.
The Easy Spanish Level I will be a welcome addition to many homeschoolers' lesson plans. For $139.95, though, it is likely out of reach for many families (it would be for mine). If Easy Spanish I is something that would benefit your family, read more about it on their website and at the Crew blog.