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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Spanish For You! SchoolHouse Crew Review

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We have been using Spanish for You!, a Spanish curriculum for children in grades 3-8. This Spanish curriculum lasts a full school year & the students learn Spanish by studying the same theme all year. We have been learning Spanish using Fiestas (celebrations), and other crew members are using Estaciones (seasons).
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We received Spanish for You! Fiestas as a download that included:

  • Spanish for You! Fiestas e-book 
  • Spanish for You! Fiestas Audio MP3
  • Fiestas Flashcard Pictures
  • Fiestas Worksheets
  • Fiestas Lesson Guide Grades 3-4
  • Fiestas Lesson Guide Grades 5-6
  • Fiestas Lesson Guide Grades 7-8
The Spanish for You! Fiesta book contains a reference section that covers the alphabet, common words and phrases, command, colors and numbers, games and activities and information about the fiestas. The five lessons teach vocabulary, verbs, and grammar for each fiesta:
  1. Lección 1 ~ La fiesta de cumpleaños (The Birthday Party)
  2. Lección 2 ~ El día de los muertos (Day of the Dead)
  3. Lección 3 ~ Carnaval (Carnival)
  4. Lección 4 ~ La semana santa (Holy Week)
  5. Lección 5 ~ La feria de abril (April Fair)
The Audio MP3 files cover the entire book, there is a recording for each lesson and some for the reference material. The flashcards are black & white and are all on 8 pages and can be cut out and laminated. There are separate worksheets for grades 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8. The answers are included with each lesson on a separate page for easy grading. The lesson plans are separated into grades 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8. The lesson plans follow a 30 week schedule for grades 3-4 and 24 week schedule for grades 5-8.

I am using this program with all three of my girls ages 8, 10, & 12. I printed the 3-4 grade worksheets for my 8 year old and I printed the 7-8 grade worksheets for my 10 & 12 year old. I decided to put my 10 year old (she will be 11 next week) on the same worksheets with her 12 year old sister because she actually has a larger Spanish vocabulary. We have been following the lesson plans for grades 7-8, I think it has been a good pace for us. It takes my 8 year old a little longer to complete her worksheets than her sisters, but having them there to help and encourage her is a huge help. The pictures on the flashcards and throughout the worksheets are simple drawings but represent the vocabulary well.

This program has been very easy to use. After downloading the program I printed the worksheets for everyone and got started right away. We listened to the MP3 file first and then we would read and answer our worksheets. That way we know how the words should be pronounced and we practiced reading them. The worksheets are easy to understand. The 3-4 grade includes more pictures for the student while the 7-8 grade has more sentence questions with fewer pictures.

Simon Says in Spanish

My girls are really enjoying using this curriculum. Learning vocabulary for one topic at a time has helped them retain more. Amber (12) said having the vocabulary pictures and flashcards has really helped her remember the words. So far their favorite has been lesson 1~The Birthday Party, especially since my 10 year old will turn 11 next week. The only complaint is that there isn't more vocabulary & less grammar. Isn't that typical. For the grammar sections I made each of my girls an index card with the information on it, so they can easily reference it when they are unsure of the correct answer and that has really helped. 

Spanish for You! Fiesta and Esaciones for grade 3-8 can be purchased for $64.95. If you don't need all the grade levels you may purchase 3-4 grade, 5-6 grade, or 7-8 grade separatly for $39.95. The Teacher Lesson Plans are sold seperatly with grades 3-4 being $14.95, grades 5-6 and grades 7-8 are each $12.95.

A trial version of (Travels) is currently available with the full curriculum being available in June. You may also access free curriculum activities and games,  free additional worksheets, and free mini lessons from Spanish for You!

It makes no difference which theme you start with, but it is recommended to do the lessons in order.

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