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Spanish or French curriculum for K-2

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Can someone recommend a good Spanish curriculum for me to teach if I have no Spanish experience? So I need great CD/DVDs. I am drawn to Spanish because it is the foreign language my kids will most likely encounter in the US and because it should be easy to find other families to practice with and Spanish activities. 

Alternatively, we could do French as I took it in high school so at least I know a little. We also have my Dad and brother as resources. My Dad's first language as a child was French and my brother is fluent. He was adopted from Africa as a teen 3 years ago, I'm not sure if the African version of French is a little different.

Thoughts on which to choose? My heart says French, my deceased grandmother would be so happy and practicing with uncle or Papa would be special, but my head says Spanish.

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French for sure. There is no substitute to practicing with native or fluent speakers especially when younger. And French children's resources are easy to come by.

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I second Whistlefritz and either Getting Started With French or Getting Started With Spanish. Salsa is free for Spanish and Duolingo and Lingodeer are free for both.

I recommend the book Fluent Forever for mom and dad.

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My kids like Little Pim DVDs in Spanish.  We just checked out the Italian Little Pim from library, and one day I'll check out the French set just to listen once to hear the difference between languages.  We are starting Latin this year, so was interesting for them to hear the similarities and differences between Spanish and Italian.  I won't do this much as to not confuse them, but they know all the Spanish well in Little Pim.  They take weekly Spanish lessons,  I read to them a little in Spanish and I was making them watch any cartoons in Spanish but we slipped out of that habit, and they don't want to go back.

As for choosing a language, Spanish is much more practical in the US.

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In your situation I'd advise French, and I swear by a Functional Language approach, teach kids the phrases that THEY use, and words that logically go with those phrases first.

Since I teach with functional language I always go with the language that can be used in home or with dear family/friends first. "Practicality" is governed by the actual relationships in the kids lives. Realize that it's not an either-or situation, but a "which first?" and since mom has studied it and there is a fluent grandfather and uncle in the kids lives, then there is no way that I'd go with my head in this situation--follow your heart all the way.

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