Stories program

We help kids learn to speak real Spanish. For life.

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Elementary Spanish Lessons

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Spanish farm animals Song

Join in the stories, music, and play.

We’ve created a step-by-step program for you to follow on your own schedule.

Spanish Curriculum Elementary

Listen to your learners speaking Spanish

Children will learn and retain Spanish for life in a safe, low-stress environment.

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Learning Spanish is a lifelong journey.

If only there was a map. And a tour guide would be nice too!

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  • We provide the step-by-step pathway so kids truly learn to speak real Spanish.
  • We prepare kids to talk to real people … in real life … in Spanish.
  • With our acquisition-friendly Stories, kids will remember and be ready to use what they learn.

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“Kids love the characters and the songs” - Jaron

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Elementary Spanish program

Make learning fun

The Calico Spanish characters engage children in the ways they learn best; stories, songs, and play.

Spanish for Elementary School

Bite-sized chunks

Lesson vocabularly is introduced in small chunks throughout the lessons, so it’s easy to remember.

Teaching Elementary Spanish

Encourage conversation

Our videos show the characters speaking Spanish, encouraging young learners to try the phrases out, too!

Kindergarten Spanish Curriculum

Goal-based learning

An easy to follow curriculum with daily goals that allow you to track progress.

Spanish for Schools

Put it into practice

We encourage children to use real Spanish with activities and games!

Spanish Homeschool Curriculum

They'll love to sing it...

...and love to speak it! Our Music Videos work alongside the lessons to help aid comprehension.

Spanish Curriculum for Kids

Cultural insights

Our Culture Capsules introduce children to the Spanish-speaking cultures.

Spanish Body Parts Song

Simplified teaching

Work through the daily lesson plans with all the material at the click of a mouse, whenever you need it.

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What’s included?

Spanish videos for kids

24 full-length Video Stories to accompany lessons

Spanish Kindergarten Curriculum

More than 30 Music Videos to get your students singing

Spanish listening activities

Teachers' guides with step-by-step lesson plans

Preschool Spanish activities

Reproducible Student activity sheets to aid comprehension

Teaching Preschool Spanish

Digital and printable flash card sets for each level

Elementary Spanish Teaching

Full size, printable classroom posters of words and phrases

Games to learn Spanish

11 original storybooks, plus read-alouds in video format

Chocolate Spanish Song

Members-only store to buy full color printed resources

Spanish games for class

Instant 24/7 online access, anytime, anywhere!

Spanish weather for kids

Full Access to teach Levels A, B, C and D to unlimited students

Conversational Spanish Curriculum

View, explore and download ALL lesson resources

 

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What will they learn?

Level A: I Am Special
Level B: I Love My Family
Level C: I Live Here
Level D: Welcome to the Farm

By the end of Level A, children will be able to complete the following tasks in Spanish:

  • I can describe something as blue or yellow.
  • I can identify a monkey or a fish.
  • I can identify the number of objects in a group up to three.
  • I can begin to identify the days of the week.
  • I can describe the size of something as big or small.
  • I can greet someone, answer basic questions, and give  information about myself, including:
    • my name
    • my age
    • how I am doing
    • what I am like and
    • what I like to do.

By the end of Level B, in addition to everything they learned in Level A, children will be able to complete the following tasks in Spanish:

  • I can begin to talk about the months of the year.
  • I can describe the color of something as brown, black, or white.
  • I can talk about the number of objects in a group, up to six.
  • I can identify a dog, cat, or rabbit.
  • I can tell someone, “I love you.”
  • I can ask and answer the question “How many?”
  • I can ask simple questions to discover what people like.
  • I can talk about my pets.
  • I can react to something I think is cool.
  • I can answer basic questions and give information about my family, including:
    • family words
    • names
    • pets
    • what people are like
    • what others like to do

By the end of Level C, in addition to everything they learned in Level A and Level B, children will be able to complete the following tasks in Spanish:

  • I can welcome someone to my house.
  • I can describe the color of something green, gray, or red.
  • I can identify a frog or a mouse.
  • I can politely ask for something to eat or drink.
  • I can talk about whether I want or need something.
  • I can say that I’m hungry or thirsty.
  • I can mention some foods and drinks I like or don’t like.
  • I can talk about how I feel.
  • I can mention something someone has to do.
  • I can say whether I want or don’t want to do something.
  • I can mention some things that people do during the day.
  • I can categorize something as a person, place, or thing.
  • I can answer questions and give information about my home and routine, including:
    • making references to time (what time of day it is, what time it is, at what time I do something, that it is time to do something)
    • describing what my house is like
    • talking about some foods and drinks I like or don’t like
    • telling how I feel
    • expressing that I need, want, or have to do something related to my daily activities
    • talking about my daily activities
    • describing where an object is located

By the end of Level D, in addition to everything they learned in Levels A-C, children will be able to complete the following tasks in Spanish:

  • I can count objects up to one hundred.
  • I can use debes to suggest to someone what they should do.
  • I can map the monarch butterfly migration.
  • I can say whether something is close or far, north or south, left or right.
  • I can say that I go, stay at, and return to a place.
  • I can talk about farm animals and the sounds they make.
  • I can use phrases including vocabulary for parts of the body to tell someone how I feel and if something hurts.
  • I can use some frequency words and phrases to tell someone how often something happens.
  • I can talk about what I eat for different meals.
  • I can use connecting words to put a story in order.
  • I can answer questions and give information about activities outside in various types of weather:
    • describing the weather
    • talking about the seasons
    • talking about what someone is going to do
    • talking about what clothes I need for particular weather

About Calico Spanish

Calico Spanish was founded in 2007, from a need to find a quality language learning program for use in the classroom and homeschool environments. Our curriculum was developed by a nationally recognized world languages specialist with over 20 years' experience working with language learners.

Children are natural language learners, but they need appropriate lessons designed specifically to engage young learners, hold their interest, and truly teach them Spanish. At Calico Spanish, we design everything for children to learn Spanish starting immediately and retain their Spanish skills for life.

Stories and music have been a means of learning for millenia. So we thought, why not use those same amazingly effective tools in the modern day? Have fun with our stories and music and learn Spanish at the same time. Easy lessons. Daily, bite-sized Spanish learning. So fun. So effective. And most of all, so very exciting when you hear your children speaking Spanish.

 

Still have questions?

Need help with one of our features, want to know how to upgrade your membership or just looking for more information on our online program? Take a look through our questions and answers below.

What if I'm ordering through a charter school?

Great news - Calico Spanish accepts purchase orders from charter schools on behalf of homeschool families! These orders are priced at $109/family. See our homeschool pricing page (Other ways to pay) for more information.

Can I use my subscription to teach all the kids in my homeschool group?

Sorry, your discounted homeschool subscription is only for your household. Using your subscription to teach children outside your family violates our terms of service. However, we offer a great homeschool co-op package that gives your co-op families their own access as you (or someone else) teaches through the program. Just contact us for details.

What if my child can't read or write yet?

The Stories videos include captions and lyrics of all Spanish to promote literacy and comprehension, but reading isn't required for children to succeed with our program. We recommend reading our blog post, Adapting Worksheets for Preliterate Children.

How long does the program take?

In Level A, lesson plans take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Levels C and D include lesson plans that may take 45 minutes or more. In general, we suggest doing 3 lesson plans a week, and that pace will take your learners through about a level a year. Levels C and D will take many groups a year and a half each to complete.

Where should my children start?

Levels are about where kids are with their language skills, so all beginners (regardless of grade) should start with Level A. You have access to all levels all the time, so if you are teaching children with some Spanish skills already under their belt, start at a later level.

What's included in a Stories subscription?

With your subscription, you get unlimited access to all of the Level A, Level B, Level C, and Level D teaching resources. You can explore everything during your Free Trial.

Subscriptions include:
32 Video-Stories
30+ Music Videos
24 Dialogue Videos
15 Storybooks in a video, read-aloud format
Online learning games

You'll also have access to printable copies of:
Dialogues
Song Lyrics
Flashcards
Posters

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.

Level A has 80 flashcards
Level B has 101 flashcards
Level C has 166 flashcards
Level D has 197 flashcards

The flashcards include single words, as well as phrases and concepts. The front side has an original image and word in Spanish. The backside has the English translation.

If you prefer, you can purchase full-color, UV-coated flashcards (sized 4in x 4in) with our Visual Packs.

How many posters are there?

Each level includes six posters. You can view, download and print posters on demand with your paid subscription. Alternatively, you can purchase full-color, UV-coated poster sets (sized 11 in x 17 in) with our Visual Packs.

How many storybooks are there?

Each Level has three or four accompanying Storybooks. The Storybooks supplement the Video Stories.

Your subscription to Stories includes videos of the Storybooks being read aloud by a native speaker.

Level A - I Am Special (3 Storybooks)
Level B - I Love My Family (4 Storybooks)
Level C - I Live Here (4 Storybooks)
Level D - Welcome to the Farm (4 Storybooks)

You can purchase full-color, soft-cover Storybooks with our Visual Packs.

Can I download and print the activities?

Stories includes a variety of printable Student Activities. Your subscription allows you to view and print copies of the Student Activities as well as dialogues, song lyrics, posters, and flash cards.

Please Note:
During your Free Trial, you are only allowed to download a select number of our printable PDFs.

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