My two kids and I have been studying Japanese with a tutor since June. Our tutor had us learn katakana first, which is atypical, but still the kids (ages 10 and 8) got it pretty quickly. We're now working on our hiragana and it's going more slowly than I would like, mostly because she can now only come once a week. The tutor is also teaching us vocabulary every week and now starting some sentence structure and grammer.
My question is this: I would like to add language study to the actual tutor's homework and think I want to do that through a computer program that's interesting to the kids. I've heard lots about the Rosetta Stone, but awhile ago read some reviews that said it was confusing for that particular language because it's in pictures and it's easier if you know the syllabries.
I have also heard about another language program called Tell me More (I think that's what it's called) that some reviewers were raving about. Has anyone here tried either program, or another that they recommend?
I know that I would be fine with either program but I wonder which my kids would enjoy more? Also if you have any other ideas for language study with kids that would be great. I would put them in a language class with other kids, but those are far away and unfortunately interfere with Saturday sports (Karate and soccer).
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks!