You would think that after living in Arizona we would all speak at least a little Spanish. Um..not so much! I think we all knew pretty much what Dora taught us..ha! I could tell you how to open the blue door…and that about sums it up.
So, I was quite excited when I was offered to review Spanish For You! The kids have been wanting to learn a new language, and we had started out using a program to learn French, but that didn’t work out too well. It made no sense and wasn’t very organized!
Spanish For You! is something that sounded like it would work with our family right off the bat. My kids learn by doing and it seems like everything is covered!
Let me start off by saying what was included: I received the Spanish For You! Fiestas soft cover book (Fiestas covers holidays and celebrations), 24-30 week lesson guide pdf, worksheets pdf, audio files of entire book (includes bonus audio of native speaker of entire book), and flashcard/activity pictures (PDF download).
I love love loved that it came with audio. Because I get the general idea on how certain words should sound, but in no way am I an expert. So, the kids get to hear the rolling r’s, or that the two l’s together make a y sound. She also has the native speaker audio as well! Such a great idea!
She has the worksheets broken down by grade.. 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8. And wouldn’t you know, my kids are in each one of those! So on Sundays when I print for the following week, I would print out that weeks lesson guide as well as any needed worksheets and then I put any audio files needed into a file on the laptop.
The first two weeks went great, the kids were all working together, the audio matched with the worksheets, etc.. But then week three came and it seemed that 5/6 and 7/8 were doing something different than 3/4. Which it makes sense now, because grade 3/4 is a 30 week curriculum whereas 5/6 and 7/8 are 24 weeks. So, keep that in mind if you have multiple ages. We got everything figured out and now I know on Sunday when I go to print, to pay attention to where everyone is on their lesson plan for the week.
When it is time for us to do Spanish for the day, we just look at the lesson plan for the week which is nicely broken down on what to do every day. She has it for a four day school week, which is exactly what we do, so that was nice! Most days involve listening to the audio…it may be the alphabet, it may be verbs…but we get to hear the words and phrases as they are supposed to sound and we can follow along with her in the soft cover book, so it is nice to see the words as she is reading. There are days where you use flash cards that you can make yourself, there are worksheets too.. The worksheets are so full for just being one page! One on worksheet the first section was questions in Spanish and you had to answer yes or no, the next section was wanting you to write the word that was shown in Spanish, in English. The third section is matching questions with answers, the next section was writing the words in English again and the last section was circling the sentence that shows what the person is doing in the picture. This was for the grade 3/4. The higher grades are tougher..
My kids got a chuckle out of some of the silly questions asked, such as ‘Did you eat the pinata?’ 😀 But what was really cool, was they started putting together their own sentences almost right away! They knew what was correct and what wasn’t. They are getting better every day that we do Spanish. Every day builds upon the previous days and you don’t even realize it!
I am looking forward to the rest of the weeks in this adventure of ours into Spanish! I really appreciate the time that was put into everything offered!
If you are interested, you can order off of the Spanish For You! website. Each grade package is $39.95 or if you have multiple ages of kids you can get all three groups for $64.95. There are other options as well as free samples on the website! I also love looking at her blog, it shows tips on how other people use the curriculum as well as just some fun informative articles!