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PandaTree

by Mary Ann Kelley

PandaTree offers live, online, one-on-one foreign language lessons in Mandarin and Spanish. Carefully screened, friendly tutors make it fun for kids ages 5-15 to build language fluency. Immersion-style lessons happen on the proprietary PandaTreeLive! video platform using interactive standards-based curriculum developed by PandaTree. Lessons are designed to get kids engaged and talking with content modules, Continue reading »

Excelerate SPANISH

by Mary Ann Kelley

Excelerate SPANISH is authored by a homeschool mom of four and former public school Spanish teacher and was designed specifically for homeschool families. No previous experience with Spanish is required, so ANY parent can use the program successfully with her children (and learn along with them, if desired). The DVDs provide the necessary instruction, lesson Continue reading »

Better Chinese

by Mary Ann Kelley

Better Chinese is a publisher of Mandarin curricula for students of all levels, from pre-kindergarten to college. Their materials are geared for students with no background in Chinese. All of the materials have rigorous exercises that adhere to ACTFL standards and focus on building the 4 main language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Continue reading »

Speekee TV

by Mary Ann Kelley

Speekee TV is an immersive Spanish program for elementary and up. It has daily videos and activities in a full 40 week curriculum. Speekee TV is available both online (with a free 2 week trial) or as a DVD set.

Signing Time DVDs

by Mary Ann Kelley

Signing Time DVDs are resources for teaching your baby-elementary-aged child (even parents!) sign language. They have excellent visuals and music.

The Latin Road

by Mary Ann Kelley

The LATIN Road to English Grammar is a comprehensive language curriculum designed for anyone who desires to gain a better knowledge of English through the study of Latin. This curriculum is designed so that you can learn and teach Latin at the same time – you learn along with your students. All the materials you Continue reading »

Classical Academic Press

by Mary Ann Kelley

Classical Academic Press produces superlative educational materials to advance the revival of classical education. We specialize in subjects such as Latin and logic, presented clearly and creatively, to equip and engage both students and teachers. These programs are the continuing, collaborative effort of distinguished scholars, teachers, and designers.

Visual Latin

by Mary Ann Kelley

Visual Latin is a video-driven Latin homeschool curriculum taught by veteran Latin teacher Dwane Thomas. It’s quite unique. Three short videos are paired with three sets of worksheets to guide students from grammar concepts, to practice sentences, to reading in Latin. The goal is to enjoy learning Latin and strengthen students’ understanding of English grammar Continue reading »

BJU Press

by Mary Ann Kelley

BJU Press offers both curriculum for purchase and a distance learning solution. The texts cover all core subjects with a Christian worldview, critical thinking, and hands-on learning.

A Beka

by Mary Ann Kelley

A Beka provides a complete line of traditional Christian educational materials that have been developed and refined over a period of 50 years in the classrooms of Pensacola Christian Academy.

English from the Roots Up

by Mary Ann Kelley

This lay-flat book teaches 100 Latin and Greek roots. This curriculum includes a new Latin pronunciation guide, word definitions, and teaching notes. The instructions are appropriate for elementary through high school grades. There is no special preparation required for instructors.

Memoria Press – Latin

by Mary Ann Kelley

Memoria Press Latin offers curricula and resources for Kindergarten through high school. The program offers a variety of resources sold individually so you can buy only what you need. It is designed for parents and teachers with no background in Latin.

First Start French

by Mary Ann Kelley

First Start French is an introduction to French for students at grade levels 3 through 8. Modeled after the Latina Christiana format, the program teaches students conversation, reading and translation, and an introduction to French culture. The student manual introduces vocabulary, grammar, and translation, with practice exercises for every lesson. The teacher manual includes quizzes Continue reading »

Unforgettable Languages

by Mary Ann Kelley

Unforgettable Languages are foreign language learning courses offered in 30 different languages using CD Rom, CD Audio or downloadable formats. Vocabulary is taught using the Linkword Method, meaning that you will use visual tricks to link the word to a familiar English word to facilitate learning vocabulary. “The Linkword Method is based on the principle Continue reading »

Tell Me More

by Mary Ann Kelley

Tell Me More homeschool language programs are multiple levels in one purchase, and feature state-of-the-art speech-recognition. The TELL ME MORE method is an immersion study, employing dozens of activities in every lesson, and teaching the whole language: Reading and Writing Listening and Speaking Grammar and Conjugation Culture and Traditions Home educators can track the progress and Continue reading »

Transparent Language

by Mary Ann Kelley

Transparent Language offers several lines of language products, from Complete Personal Language learning software and audio CDs to KidSpeak (for preK and elementary ages) to Byki (a rapid mastery system for travel or work). Each line employs different features to help students achieve complete language proficiency.

KidSpeak

by Mary Ann Kelley

KidSpeak is a language-learning program that combines state-of-the-art animations with fun interactive activities, puzzles, and songs to make second languages easy for kids of all ages. With KidSpeak, children build a solid foreign language foundation using the successful immersion approach preferred by educators. KidSpeak combines fun interactive activities, with puzzles and songs to make learning Continue reading »

The Easy French

by Mary Ann Kelley

Le Français Facile! Phonetic French Homeschooling Curriculum from The Great Commission Languages company. Program includes 36 lessons (stories and vocabulary), French phonograms, French songs, and French scripture memory verses. There are 400+ pages of non-consumable textbook plus 2 audio CD’s. CD #1 is also an enhanced audio CD-ROM. It contains 200+ printable activity sheets, which Continue reading »

MUZZY

by Mary Ann Kelley

MUZZY is a language course for children from the BBC. MUZZY employs a natural immersion approach, modeled on the way all children learn a first language which emphasizes the use of functional language, repetition and “spiraling.” In MUZZY, words and concepts are first introduced, and then introduced again and again in many new contexts. Animated Continue reading »

Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!

by Mary Ann Kelley

Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek is a foreign language course for Biblical or koiné* Greek. Koiné, or “common”, Greek is not spoken in Greece today. It is the language of the Bible’s New Testament. Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek includes eight levels, each of which contain a Student Workbook, Answer Key, Quizzes/Exams booklet, Continue reading »