Esperanto for children
I have children who are 8 and 12 years old. I'd like to introduce Esperanto to them, but need a site which makes it more of a game and fun. My 8 year old gets bored at all the typing of Duolingo. This site seems to have the right idea, but is missing the auditory words: http://www.digitaldialects.com/Esperanto.htm
Thoughts and experiences?
See if this will capture their interest. Then maybe also use Duolingo.
"Espernato" Stories in HD for children to read along:
I first thought of BookBox too, but then I was thinking if your kids are really just starting to get into Esperanto, something more basic might even be more valuable. So, I'd heartily recommend Mazi en Gondolando. which should keep them entertained as well:
Mazi en Gondolando on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWbyXVSiCxw&list=PLD17AD020E531CA8A
I am in the process of converting our family over to speaking Esperanto. I have two boys, the youngest is almost 10, and the oldest will be 13 in a few months.
Here is a thread over at HTLAL that I started to get advice on migrating the family from a monolingual environment into a multilingual one: http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=40395PN=1
I initially started everybody out with memrise, and provided a link to Lernu for my wife and oldest son to start learning off of a course. The youngest was guided through a course on lernu by my wife but didn't enjoy it - in fact nobody enjoyed any of the beginner courses they have there and stopped utilizing them fairly soon after starting. That said, the simplistic "Bildoj kaj demandoj" course might be just the thing for your 8 year old. Hard to say without knowing more about them, but it might be worth checking out.
The link you posted looks interesting. I think, even without audio, it should be perfectly usable. The pronunciation is something that you can teach in short order. I introduced the letters via "Alphabet Like a Native" on memrise. From there we added "Speak Like a Native 1" to start getting some basic vocab as it also had audio and would reinforce the sounds of the language, and partway into that course I had them start "Chat Like a Native".
It doesn't take much to get the pronunciation basics established and from there your youngest can tackle the games on their own.
Another option is to sit down with them and speak the phrases yourself so they get the audio that way.
Hope that helps some.
I'm also interested in this, my child is a 4 year old though. So far he doesn't know much, I practice a lot of my sentences on him and sometimes I'll tell him something in Esperanto than english. The only phrases he really knows are Mi amas vin, and Bonan nokton. I'm waiting to really teach him until I'm better at it.