Frequently Asked Questions
Letters and Email.
Q1. We have six classrooms where we want to introduce your Spanish material but our
school has a limited budget. Can you help us out?
A1. If your school has a limited budget, you may want to study the possibility of being
able to use the same material in all your classrooms by buying a inexpensive rolling
bookstand, such as the ones used in libraries. This would allow all six classrooms to share
the same material. Later, you could add material according to your budget.
Q2. Ms. Wilcox: I am interested in starting up a Spanish program for K-2 graders. What do
I need to get started?
A2. You need to start with Touch Spanish I. If you use this program on a daily basis, you
would probably have enough material for more than a year. The conversation exercises
are rich extensions of the mastered material. You can add incredible amounts of material
to each exercise by expanding the conversation material.
Q3. What is a good size for a group of students using your program?
A3. The size of the group depends on the educational system you will be using.
In a Montessori environment, it could be presented to groups as large as 20 children at
one time. Individual lessons following the Montessori philosophy is the ideal approach.
As part of your environment, you will have a Spanish Material shelf from which the
children can obtain the lesson they choose. A new exercise could be presented to a
group daily. Use audio tapes for each exercise.
In a Traditional environment, I recommend groups of eight to ten children at the most.
You can present the exercises (following the instructions found in the book) to children
either seated at a round table or on the floor. After presenting the first exercise, put it
back in its container and put it to one side. Then take out the next exercise to be
presented and do the same. You may want to present 3 or 4 exercises at one time.
Divide the children into groups of 2 or 3 and give each an exercise. Have them go through
the same steps you did during the presentation. You will have to go from one group to
another constantly, guiding them and pronouncing the words once again. Using audio
tapes is always of great help. If they have access to a small tape player, ever better.
Q4. How many days per week provide good learning with your program?
A4. Ideally, 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week, but realistically, once a week is the
minimum. Twice a week is what we recommend, in 20-45 minute sessions, depending on
Q5. I am interested in an after-school enrichment type program for my children and for
some children in my community.
A5. If you are looking to teach Spanish for extra income, Touch Spanish is exactly what
you are looking for. The Kit (or click on "extra income") was created for people who want
to teach Spanish to groups of children at home or to provide the service to local schools
to produce extra income.
Q6. I have a very limited knowledge of Spanish. Can I teach Touch Spanish?
A6. Yes, using Touch Spanish One along with its audio tape, you can teach Spanish
without knowing any Spanish at all. Aside from Touch Spanish One and the tape, all you
need is to enjoy teaching children. Make it fun and you'll be a success!
Q7. I am looking for an affordable homeschool curriculum package to teach Spanish to a 9
year old. Linda.
A. Our material is ideal for homeschools but it is usually too expensive for just one
family. What we suggest is to organize groups of children (at your home or theirs) and
begin offering Spanish classes. Your first group usually pays for all the material. (See
Q8. Are there any homeschool families that use your product? Martha
A8. See answer 7.
Q9. Ms. Wilcox: Do you have samples of your Spanish 1 book or a catalog you mail out?
A9. Click on "Sample" above, print the page, and you will have a working sample of Touch
You can see our books in the latest Nienhuis Montessori Curriculum Support and Books
Catalog (800-942-8697). But if you have more questions, send me an email.
Q10. What do I need to do to get your program?
A10. Go to our web site and click on "to order", print the order form, indicate what
material you want, attach a check and mail to the address indicated on the form.
Q11. Are the local schools using your program elementary age? preschool?
Q12. How quickly would 6-9 year olds go through Touch Spanish 1?
A12. Depends on how many hours a week Spanish is offered. If every day for 30-45
minutes, Spanish 1 would probably last one school year. If children are already reading in
their native language, Spanish 2 (phonics) should also be introduced. This would extend
the program to two school years.
Q13. How does the storybook Tex relate to Touch Spanish 1?
A13. The story uses some of the vocabulary found in Spanish 1. It allows the
development of comprehension skills. Questions and answers should be used with Tex, El
Gusanito de Texas. This storybook is being modified and will not be available until
Q14. If ordered this week when will receive the product?
A14. Once your order is received along with our Order Form (you can print it from our
Web page) along with your payment, you should receive the material within 4 to 8 days.
Q15. How many students can use the Touch Spanish 1 at one time?
A15. There can be one student for every exercise. Audio tapes are available. This allows
them to advance at their own pace.
The first step is to present the material (isolated vocabulary words) to the whole group.
Present 2 or 3 exercises. Next, you can form small groups of 2, 3 or 4 children. Have each
group choose an exercise. Go from one group to another showing them the new material,
then leave them to repeat the exercise by themselves. The teacher is to control and
Q16. Do you have the same materials in another language such as Italian?
A16. Sorry, all our material is in Spanish.
Q17. We are thinking about offering both Spanish and Italian. Any thoughts?
A17. A very good idea. Be sure to keep the material separate.
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