Monday, May 5, 2014

About Levels and Ratings

Nearly every post will be tagged with the level of difficulty and age level, to help you find resources best for your child.  You can find the tags at the bottom of the post.  Post with multiple resources at different levels will be tagged with all levels included.

Level of Difficulty
In some cases I may tag/label a post or resource by levels.  These are made up entirely by me and while it's  tempting to call them beginning, intermediate, and advanced, this is really just varying stages of beginning, as I share very few truely "advanced" stage resources here.  This is not based on age.

Level 1 resources and activities can be used with kids that have no prior knowledge of Spanish.  These are things that help introduce concepts and vocabulary for the first time.  They are usually translated, or are so obvious from context that they require no prior knowledge.

Level 2
Level 2 resources and activities are still pretty basic.  Very little prior knowledge is needed.   Videos,  songs, and games which use Spanish without translation, but which a child could understand a lot of  through context or pictures, would be in this level.  

Level 3
Level 3 resources require more prior knowledge.  Videos at this level are usually entirely in Spanish, and may not be able to be entirely understood just through visuals.  Games may be entirely in Spanish with no translation.  These resources may require quite a bit more prior knowledge for a child to use and understand on their own, and may require a Spanish speaking parent or teacher's help.

Age Level
Age level is based loosely on what kids like at various ages, and are ready for. Age Level may assume education level (ie, preschool level items will not require reading, while late elementary, middle school, etc. may).   However, age is not connected to Spanish skill level.  So, there might be some preschool level items which are still at Level 3 as they may require some Spanish vocabulary knowledge, or some high school level stuff at Level 1 (requiring no previous knowledge).



Early Elementary

Late Elementary

Middle School

High School

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