A while back, my youngest decided she wanted to learn Chinese. I have no idea where this idea came from or what inspired it, but we agreed to find her a tutor in Mandarin. She has loved this experience, but we came to realize that she needed daily instruction to go with her weekly tutoring. She needed a more robust Chinese curriculum, and it would be nice if I had a clue if she was actually learning anything. Enter Talkbox.Mom, a homeschool foreign language curriculum subscription box with the added bonus of teaching the whole family!
I am a huge fan of subscription boxes - like seriously, HUGE! So, you can imagine my delight when I discovered that there was a foreign language curriculum subscription box.
The day the box arrived, the youngest and I were excited to see the lovely teal box and tear it open! It even had a lovely pink foil envelope inside, which made it that much more inviting.
So, what comes in a TalkBox.Mom Subscription box?
The TalkBox.Mom box includes the following:
- Three Challenges
- Each challenge includes a checklist and phrases in the form of charts or flashcards.
- The TalkBox.Mom companion app with native speaker audio.
- The app is updated regularly with new phrases requested by TalkBox.Mom families.
- The Academy is for current TalkBox.Mom families to add more to the program. New languages are being added regularly.
- The Bookstore includes printables that can be purchased that do not require a family to have already purchased a box. These will be available in January for all languages.
How are we incorporating TalkBox.Mom into our homeschool foreign language curriculum?
Talkbox.Mom has become our daily foreign language curriculum. Each day the youngest (and anyone else who wants to learn a little Chinese) listens to the phrases in the app. She then reads the phrase and repeats the audio several times.
During the week, she practices her Chinese by using phrases she's learned. Each day she checks off her daily goal on the dry-erase Weekly Tracker.
When she's mastered the challenge by practicing her phrases, she marks it complete on her Challenge Sheet (It's also dry-erase! Woo hoo!). Then, she moves on to the next challenge in the box.
Each subscription box includes three challenges. These challenges can last a week to several weeks. Since we are using this along with her tutoring, we are spending about 2-3 weeks per challenge, which makes these subscription boxes last around 6-8 weeks.
What are the benefits of a TalkBox.Mom subscription?
One of the most important benefits of TalkBox.Mom foreign language curriculum is that it incorporates the whole family.
Since I'm not a native Chinese speaker, I've always felt a bit lost when it came to my daughter's foreign language education. With TalkBox.Mom, I'm an equal participant in the learning. She can try out new phrases with me, and we can have conversations.
With TalkBox.Mom homeschool moms can be a part of the learning and teaching process that they often aren't when it comes to learning a new language.
And, when comparing the price to live tutoring, it's a steal! Trust me; I've spent a mini-fortune in foreign language instruction with three kids over the years!
Would you like to start a free challenge in your dream foreign language?
Talkbox.Mom has a fun free ball challenge to help you get started learning a foreign language as a family. Just sign up, and you will receive four weeks of emails with tips, activities, and printables to get you started.
Ready to get started learning a foreign language?
Choosing a language to learn can be as simple as choosing a dream destination for a family vacation. (At least that's why my next box is going to be Portuguese). TalkBox.Mom has several to choose from, and if they don't have your dream language, you can request them to add it!
And, from now until December 20, 2020, get $20 off your first box + book. Just use the code: THANKFUL. You can choose your preferred language in their shop.
Win your own language kit!
Talkbox.Mom is offering three lucky families their choice of language kit. It includes a subscription box, phrasebook, and access to the Talkbox.Mom app.
How are you learning a foreign language in your homeschool?
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