Spanish for You! is in the business of bringing language study to you in a fun and affordable way. It works to develop fluency in its students. It combines speaking, reading, and writing. Spanish For You! is available in different theme packages and you can start with the theme that is the most interesting to you. If you continue to another theme you will continue to build your skills. It is available in multiple levels to make it easy to combine all your children in the study. Packages include a study text, MP3 files, lesson plans, and student worksheets.
Our family was chosen to review the Fiestas Theme which is one of the themes offered. Fiestas allows you study Spanish while learning about a variety of Spanish holidays Also, with learning holiday related vocabulary, you also learn common words, the use of verbs, and the alphabet. Here is a sample of Fiestas to give you an even better look at this program. The program combines reading and writing along with speaking. There are MP3 files to aid in learning Spanish. The lesson plans are complete and leveled by age. They are set up for 4 study days per week and include not only specific work for each day but also suggestions for games and other optional activities. The student book is available in a soft cover. There are also sample units in e-book version. We reviewed a fully downloadable version.
It was great to have a chance to try out the Spanish for You! language program. We worked on it about 3 days a week due to other activities we had going on. I noticed after a few days both Joshua and Hannah would throw out one of their vocabulary words during normal conversation. They worked together to practice their flashcards. The worksheets were simple yet comprehensive. It was really easy to use and I found loading the MP3 files onto my Nook made them convenient to use at the school table. Since we used a fully downloadable version I printed one copy of the student text full size for mom and then a booklet version for each of the kids to use. While we received the complete 3rd through 8th grade level as a family we used the 5th-6th and 7th-8th levels.
I really enjoyed the program and love the way that it is set up. It is a great idea to teach vocabulary around themes because I think it makes it more concrete and meaningful. One complaint I have about other language programs especially for elementary aged children is that it is mostly speaking and vocabulary based and Spanish for You! has addressed this issue. There is a perfect mix of reading, writing, and speaking. There are lots of fun activities suggested throughout the lesson plans. As a busy mom I’m always impressed with detailed and easy to use lesson plans. Once the materials are printed out it is easy to use on a daily basis.
I definitely think that Spanish for You! is the type of program that the more you put into the more you will get out of it. While Joshua and Hannah both seemed to enjoy it neither one wanted to put too much work into it. The one game that they both really enjoyed was playing Hang Man and they loved trying to stump each other. Even with the small amount of effort they put forth they were picking up vocabulary and grasping the concept of Spanish grammar and the way that the verbs work. I think even after a year of Spanish in high school, which I honestly don’t remember, I had a much better understanding of the way verbs work myself. I would like to try working through this material again in the fall. I think having a party at the end of each unit including items from the vocabulary list would be a lot of fun.
Spanish For You! – Fiestas is available in multiple levels from 3rd through 8th grade. The prices vary by which level package you choose. We received the 3rd – 8th grade package which sells for $64.95. The complete list of available themes and prices check out the Purchase page for Spanish For You!.
You’ve seen how Spanish For You! – Fiestas worked in our home to check out how other families made use of Fiestas or the Estaciones theme just click on the graphic below.