Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Spanish For You! - A Review
Are you ready to learn some Spanish? I hope so, because I have a great Spanish curriculum review to share with you.
Spanish For You! is an affordable program put together by a Spanish teacher for students in 3rd-8th grade. A unique aspect to point out to you right away, is that this may be used with several grades at the same time, which of course is great for homeschoolers.
Each program is tested by the author herself, insuring its usability, accuracy, and effectiveness. I also want to add at this point that you will not find better customer service from a company. When I first received my download of the Fiestas program, I ran into a few glitches with my computer, and the assistance given to me was prompt, attentive and so so friendly! It gives you an idea of how important the quality of this curriculum, and the satisfaction of the customer is to the author. So, thank you to Debbie! That's what you call the wow factor ;)
We received the download version of the Fiestas program, which covers an entire year of lessons. This all inclusive package includes a soft cover teacher book (or e-book) the lessons, lesson guides, self checking worksheets, flashcard pictures, and a complete audio of the book.
The implementation of the lessons couldn't be easier. All you do is follow the guide, and do the activities. The biggest part is the printing and making the flashcards.
As a side note, there is also an extra section on the Spanish alphabet, colors, numbers, common phrases, and commands. You can do this part any time.
And there are lots of suggestions and tips for games and activities to supplement the lessons.
Now on to how we used this.
I found out for myself how easy this really is to begin using. I printed the e- book out and weekly lesson guides and got everything set up in a binder. I also printed out a few weeks of the worksheets ahead of time.
We start with the audio, which actually goes through the lesson that you're working on. The flashcards are helpful, and the book explains how to make and use them. We like them mainly for review before a lesson. These and the games have been the highlight of this program for the girls.
The favorite games so far are naming a color in Spanish, and then searching the room for an object of that color, "Frio y Caliente" which you probably know already as "Hot and Cold", and "Que Tienes?", which is where one child puts items in a bag, and then the other takes out an item and answers in Spanish.
Then we round out the lesson with a worksheet if there is one that day. The schedule is 4 days a week. (You can adjust your own schedule as you like)
There is so much included in this package and it could be a little overwhelming. I appreciate that at several points in going through the material, you're encouraged to go at whatever pace is most comfortable for your students, especially with the younger ones. I did find this to be the case with my daughters. Slow and steady wins the race, right? That's what's working here, so we'll keep on this way for now.
The bottom line is that if you're looking for a solid Spanish curriculum that is affordable, effective, and fun, Spanish For You! is a good option to consider. Why not stop by their site and look at a few sample pages. Check out the links below.
Spanish For You!
Ages: Grades 3-8
Price: Fiestas program Grades 3-8 - $64.95
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