Getting Started with Stories Online

Are you ready to teach your children Spanish at home? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Stories Online will help you create an immersion-learning environment at home with our fun, interactive, and easy-to-use resources that kids love. But you don’t have to take our word for it - you can check out the FAQs below to read through the details OR you can sign up for a week-long FREE trial to test out the site for yourself. Enjoy!

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Do you have questions about Stories Online?

Need help understanding one of our features, want to know what resources are available or just looking for more information about what’s included in each level of our online program? Take a look through our questions and answers below.



  • What's included in the Full Access subscription?

    With a Full Access subscription, you get unlimited monthly access to all of the Level A, Level B and Level C teaching resources. Including all 24 Video-Stories, 30+ Music Videos, 24 Dialogue Videos, the Teacher's Guides, the Student Activities Books, Flashcards, Posters, Storybooks, Games, and more.

    The Full Access subscription allows you to access all the available levels from the full program so that you can teach your children Spanish at home, with our fun and easy-to-implement immersion system.

  • What's included in the Video Vault subscription?

    With a Video Vault subscription, you get unlimited monthly access to the 24 Video-Stories from Level A, Level B and Level C, as well as 30+ Music-Videos to watch with your family as much as you'd like. This is a great way to increase children's exposure to the Spanish language through fun stories and songs with topics that kids can relate to.

    You can upgrade your subscription at any time to get a Full Access subscription and be able to use the full teaching resources from all three levels (the Teacher's Guides with lesson plans, Student Activities sheets, Dialogue Videos, Flashcards, Posters, etc.)

  • Why Can't I View the Videos?

    Users who have upgraded their Apple operating system on iPhones, iPods, or iPads to the latest version iOS 9.3 or 9.3.1 are unable to view the videos in the membership site. This is due to a bug in the operating system that prevents Vimeo videos with certain privacy settings from displaying properly. The issue will be fixed in the next update to iOS, but we do not have any way of knowing when that operating system will be released by Apple.

    Fortunately, we were able to determine that the videos can be displayed in the Puffin web browser. This web browser is available for free from the App Store and can be used instead of Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

    Posted May 16, 2016

  • How many lessons are in each level of the program?

    There are 8 lessons in each available level of the program - Level A, Level B and Level C. Each lesson has 11-13 days worth of content.

    With each lesson taking a week and a half to complete, there are at least 93 days of learning in each level - Level A, Level B and Level C.

  • How many Video-Stories are in each level?

    There are 8 Video-Stories in Level A, 8 Video-Stories in Level B and 8 Video-Stories in Level C, which all range in length from 3.5 minutes to 8.5 minutes as children's language proficiency increases.

    The Video-Stories form the foundation of every Home Learning lesson, and your children will focus on learning the Spanish presented in the dialogue portions of each video. The beauty of the immersions story approach to learning language is that your children will also naturally acquire the words and phrases used to set the scene, so that in any given lesson, your children will be learning everything listed in the Objectives section, in addition to the peripheral material.

  • Do I need to speak Spanish to use this program?

    No! You do not need to have any knowledge of the Spanish language to use this program. Our Home Learning Online series has been created with non-Spanish speakers in mind so that each lesson is easy to lead, as well as fun and effective for children.

  • Are there Music Videos included in Level A, Level B and Level C?

    Yes, each lesson in every level of the program includes at least 1 Music Video, and several lessons use 2-3. The full texts of the Music Videos in Spanish + the English translations can be found in the Appendix of the Teacher's Guide.

  • How many Flashcards are there?

    With a Full Access subscription, you are able to view online (and/or download and print) a set of flashcards from each level of the program that are related to each lesson and help to reinforce content. There are 80 flashcards in the Level A set, there are 122 flashcards in the Level B set and there are 160 flashcards in the Level C set.

    The flashcards include single words, as well as phrases and concepts. The front side has an original image and word in Spanish, with the English translation on the back side. You are also able to purchase a full-color, professionally printed set of flashcards (sized 4in x 4in) from the Members Only store.

  • How many Posters are there?

    With a Full Access subscription, you are able to view online (and/or download and print) a set of six posters from Level A, Level B and Level C that each display related lesson content. Poster subjects include colors, numbers, frequently used phrases, etc.

    You are also able to purchase a full-color, professionally printed set of posters (sized 8in x 11in) from the Members Only store.

  • How long is each lesson?

    Each lesson in the Home Learning Series is designed to take 25-35 minutes (depending on the lesson and level) if you follow each step of the daily plan outlined in the Teacher's Guide. It's important to complete each portion of every lesson so that your children can experience the full immersion method and retain the full impact of each day of learning.

  • How are the Teacher's Guides formatted?

    The Teacher's Guide for each level is designed to make leading each lesson as easy possible. Each day has a step-by-step plan outlined to tell you when to use each resource, as well as tips and tricks to help you and your children get the most out of each lesson. There is an overview for each day's objective, what supplies you'll need, what vocabulary is being used/introduced, what activities you'll do, as well as translations for all of the videos.

  • How many Storybooks are there?

    With a Full Access subscription, you are able to view all of the original Storybooks from Level A, Level B and Level C online as read-aloud, flipbook videos (narrated by a native Spanish speaker). There are three Storybooks in Level A, four Storybooks in Level B, and four Storybooks in Level C.

    You will also be able to buy a set of full-color, professionally printed, soft cover copies of the Storybooks from each level from the Members Only store.

  • Can I buy a DVD of the Video-Stories?

    No, we do not sell a DVD of any of our Video-Stories. To view our Video-Stories content, you must purchase a Video Vault or Full Access monthly subscription, which will give you unlimited access to watch the all of the Video-Stories from Level A, Level B and Level C online.

  • Can I pause my subscription?

    Yes, you may place a monthly Membership/subscription on hold at any time, and the hold will take effect at the start of your next billing cycle. When the hold period has ended, your membership will resume and we will automatically bill the membership fee at the then-current rate plus any applicable tax to the Payment Method you provide to us during registration (or to a different Payment Method if you change your account information).

    You may cancel a hold status at any time by clicking the words "Remove hold" on your My Account page. When you cancel a hold period, your membership will resume immediately and we will automatically bill the membership fee at the then-current rate plus any applicable tax to the Payment Method you provide to us during registration (or to a different Payment Method if you change your account information).

  • Can I cancel my subscription?

    Yes, you may cancel your Membership/subscription at any time (for no additional feel) and cancellation will be effective immediately. You will continue to have access to the program until your current billing period ends. We do not provide refunds or credits for any partially used membership periods. If you purchased your membership at a discount and cancel your subscription, you will not receive your original discount if you decide to re-purchase a Membership at a later date.

    To cancel your Membership, sign in to your account and click the words "Cancel Membership" on the My Account page. Follow the instructions for cancellation under the heading "Cancel Membership."

     

  • Are there workbooks or Student Activities sheets?

    Yes, with a Full Access subscription, you are able to view/use all of the Student Activities sheets from each level of the program - Level A, Level B and Level C. There is at least 1 Activities sheet used in each lesson, with some lessons utilizing 2-3.

    You are able to view the Activities sheets online and/or download and print them for your children to complete. You will also be able to buy professionally printed, full-color/spiral-bound copies of the Student Activities Book (sized 8in x 11in) from the Members Only store.

  • How do I get access to the Members Only store?

    You must purchase a Full Access subscription in order to have access to the Members Only Store. From there you'll be able to buy full-color, professionally printed/bound copies from each available level of the Home Learning resources, including the Teacher's Guide, the Student Activities Book, the Flashcards, the Posters, the Storybook sets, and the Audio & Music CD from Level A, Level B and Level C.

  • How old should kids be to use the Online Home Learning Series?

    All of the lessons in our Home Learning Series are designed to be led by parents, and are appropriate to be taught to children of any age.We've had parents begin Level A with children as young as 2 and as old 12, so we suggest that you sign up for the Free Trial and test out the free material from Level A, Level B and Level C to determine which level will best suit your children's age and interest.

     

  • Can more than one family share a subscription?

    No, each Log In is only good for use by 1 household with anywhere from 1-5 children. Each account can be accessed by up to 3 devices at the same time but having more than 4 devices registered on your account at any time may result in access issues.

    If you have more than 5 children or if you have a special situation you'd like to discuss, please give us a call at 888.375.8484 and we'll do our best to work with you.

  • How can I assess my children's progress?

    At the end of each lesson in every level, there's a "What can your child do?" and a "Review" section to go over the lesson objectives and ensure that your child can meet them. Additionally, each lesson ends with a "Review" day to go over all of the content and make sure that your children are ready to move on to the next topic.

  • Are there going to be more levels?

    Yes, in addition to Level A, Level B and Level C, there will two more levels added to our Online Home Learning Series. The program was designed to be scaffolded, so that children can build on the language skills and Spanish knowledge that they have learned in previous levels. With a total of five levels planned, our team is working hard as levels D and E are still in development and will be made available at the earliest possible date.

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