Rosetta Stone has been around forever, right? I mean everyone’s heard of them.
We even have their Spanish program on CD-ROM, crazy I know.
When it came time to find a Spanish program to use for our home school, they were the first place I went.
Rosetta Stone Home school
Turned out they offer a home school version of their software.
It includes a grade book, basic letter sounds, and a student workbook. I found a great little YouTube video review that showed the students completing the lessons on the computer and filling out the workbook.
I was definitely interested in Rosetta Stone at this point.
After looking at some other options and not really finding anything comparable, I decided to go ahead and purchase Rosetta Stone for Home school.
At the time of purchase, their site indicated that all of the above-mentioned materials were included in the home school version.
Although it was a huge expense, I believed it was worth every penny to have a complete Spanish curriculum.
Even though I had taken 3 years of Spanish back in the day, I felt nowhere near qualified to teach it to my kids. Well, not if I actually wanted them to learn the language anyway.
So I made the purchase and signed up for the 24-month, 3 license subscription since my kids needed 2-years of a foreign language for high school credit
By the way, they offer 4 plans:
6-month – $71.94
12-month – $95.88
24-month – $143.76
24-month with 3 licenses – $311.76
Now, this next bit is partly my fault because I didn’t try to access the software until two months after purchase.
Well, it was May when I signed up and we weren’t going to use it until the next school year, which for us begins in August.
So here I am all excited about all that this program has to offer. I jump on my computer and download the software, using all three of the license codes.
Get that done.
Then try to find out where I can access the grade book and basic letter sounds, but can’t find them anywhere.
I look through my confirmation email to find a link to the workbook download, but there isn’t one. Nor is there a link within the software to download it.
I am perplexed.
I decide to use the online chat option to get some answers.
Which is where I discover that they had just recently changed the home school program. They no longer offer any of the features I am looking for.
Since you only have a 30-day money-back guarantee, from the date of purchase, which now had been over two months, I was stuck with a program that wasn’t going to work for me.
Saying I was disappointed, is an understatement.
Turned out all that was included was the basic program for learning Spanish.
It was almost exactly like the program we already owned on CD-ROM. Which we had paid over $300 for three years earlier.
Rosetta Stone is meant to teach you how to speak the language, but really not much else. It doesn’t teach you any of the foundations needed to truly understand the language.
Now, I had the task of trying to make this program work for us.
I had to figure out a way to teach my kids some basics along with reading and writing the language because none of these things are included in the Rosetta Stone program.
I ended up having to spend more money on buying workbooks.
Then more time creating a complete curriculum plan which took me two weeks, ugh!
So, do I recommend Rosetta Stone Home school? The short answer is no.
No, if you are wanting a complete curriculum package that will teach your kids all they need to learn to gain the skill of knowing a foreign language and to count as high school credit.
I think it goes without saying that I am not affiliated with Rosetta Stone, all opinions are my own.
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