I am always on the look out for good Spanish programs. I have used great programs in the past, but was still looking for one that
would work better with kids.
I was asked to review Spanish for You! I chose to use their Estaciones (“seasons”)package with my children. The program covers vocabulary & grammar for weather, seasons and calendar. The package I recieved included the Spanish for You! e-book, an audio download, Lesson Guides, worksheets. It all can be downloaded in PDF format and is recommended for grades 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. I spent my time using the material for grades 3-4, because of the age of my children.
This program was a great addition to our daily routine. I loved that it required very little preparation from me. It was very self-contained. All I had to do was just go throught the lessons with my children. The games and activities were a great way to incorporate my younger children. My older children (grades 3 &4) were able to go through the lessons indepependentaly. The audio files were also a great resource to help them listen to the pronunciation, without needing me to say the words out loud for them.
I am fluent in Spanish and would feel comfortabe going through the lessons and sounding things out for them. What makes this program great is that I don’t need to! This makes it work for a busy household, like ours, with kids of all ages! It also makes it possible for anyone, regardless how much or how little they know Spanish, to use this program to teach their kids a second language!
MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
- Spanish for You! is a year-long program with 24-30 weeks of lessons.
- It is suggested you use it 4 times a week.
- We loved using the flashcards (with pictures), games and activities. These complemented the lessons very well. It also gave the kids the chance to interact with the language and use it with each other. These also made Spanish class fun, especially for the younger ones!
- We used the worksheets daily. These were very age-appropriate and did not require a lot of time. It took my kids 20-30 minutes, depending on the day.
I have used other Spanish programs that I have really liked! What sets this one apart is how kid-friendly it is! Learning a language takes discipline and discipline can be boring sometimes for young children. Spanish for You! does a great job at making this process fun and even, a family experience!
When ordering, you can either get the book or the electronic download. Estaciones is for kids grades 3-8. You can get the whole package for $64.95.
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