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Spanish for You! ~ Review

Spanish for You Logo photo spanishforyoulog_zpsa3fadef7.jpgWe were picked to review Fiestas from Spanish for You! and I was excited to see my name on the list for this review. I have wanted the girls to learn a second language and I have a hard enough problem speaking English that I knew if I tried to teach Spanish I would butcher the language. The program recommends using with children in grades 3-8, but I thought I could tweak it a bit for Leann, who is in 1st grade. Knowing that there was an audio file for the whole book and it was a native speaking person and that I was being provided with a lesson guide to follow, I thought I got this!!

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ALL Spanish for You! packages come complete with:

  • soft cover book or e-book
  • 24-30 week lesson guide for the grades you need (24 weeks for G5-6 & 7-8, 30 weeks for G3-4) (PDF download)
  • self-checking worksheets (PDF download)
  • audio files of entire book (includes bonus audio of native speaker of entire book) (MP3 download)
  • flashcard/activity pictures (PDF download)


For the complete package grades 3-8 is $64.95

Or you can purchase the separate grade levels (3-4, 5-6, 7-8) for $39.95

Extra Books $12.95 each, Teacher lesson plans are $12.95.


The suggested schedule is 3-4 days per week or you could take it a bit slower if you needed too.

During the review process we received a email from Debbie Annett letting us know that they have reconfigured the placement of the audio downloads for better organization and that all the worksheets are now in folders according to grades, and that all the audio files are now in folder according to the lessons.

This was the biggest problem for us. Since we had minimum Spanish  knowledge it was a little difficult for us to use the lesson guides, trying to find the right worksheets and actually reading the lesson guide. The native speaking audio while it was helpful to actually hear how it was suppose to sound, we had a hard time actually understanding what she was saying.

We also seemed to mix up the worksheets, since they are not numbered and at that time they were not grouped in files according to grades. The changes that were made to the downloads we make finding the correct worksheets easier.

 We thought that the concept of immersing yourself into a unit study on a particular subject would make learning a second language easier. It is also nice that you can use this product with multiple grade levels. I would definitely recommend not starting this until your child is reading. Maybe this is why they start in 3rd grade!

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow


©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Progeny Press ~ Review

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Progeny Press is a family owned family ran business that combines Christian perspectives with  classic cultural literature. They produce study guides for literature and currently have 107 guides available. We were able to review  Treasure Island Study Guide, which sells for $16.99 for an instant download or CD. You can get the printed version for $18.99

 photo a64739513876c78eaae8f5_m_zpsc345c325.jpgWe received the instant download which comes in a PDF which allows the student to type the answers directly on the worksheet, which helps keep costs down with printing. But we actually printed the pages and had Amber work on them by herself, then she would share what she had learned with Leann and I. So that way Leann still felt as though she was participating with us. They recommend reading the whole book before starting the study guide. We read through the book before and reread the chapters that pertained to that weeks study guide. The guide is divided into 6 different parts by grouping the chapters: 1-6, 7-12, 13-15, and so forth. There is a separate answer guide for the parents. 

There are PreReading Activities to do and Amber had so much fun learning about the different types of money, she actually calculated what Daddy would make is he was paid in Quid, Fourpenny, Farthings, and Pieces of Eight.  Which to her was pretty cool!

Each part of the guide has a Vocabulary section, a Question section, a Thinking about the Story section,  and then a Dig Deeper section. Each part of the guide really goes into what you have read and makes sure that you understand what you read.

Amber liked how the guide was divided into different sections, so that it was easier for her to go back and review those chapters before answering the guide. She don’t like writing so much so the oral discussions we had helpedo make answering the questions easier too.

Recommended grades for this study is 7-10. Amber is in 6th grade and had no problem with doing the work. Leann who is in 1st grade was able to participate with us in the oral discussions and listening to the story when we read it.



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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow



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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Knowledge Quest ~ Review

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This month we have been aloud reading Sacagawea (Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know) from Knowledge Quest. Knowledge Quest is known for their history and geography curriculum so I knew that this would go right along with our study of American History. We received the complete E-Book in a PDF format, the cool part of this book was that interactive links. While reading the book from the computer, I was able to click on the links and show the girls what we were talking about.

The girls had a real good laugh at me trying to pronounce all the Indian names. They enjoyed hearing all about Sacagawea’s life, they would grab their blankets, (how else would you listen/read a good book), and cuddle up on the couch as I would read to them. 224898_10200217495900265_2055582658_n Sometimes we would be so into reading that we would lose track of the time. They thought it was really funny how she would “talk”.  We even added a few project to do along with this book. Check out what we did here. This book gives an accurate account of Sacagawea’s life and her journey with Lewis and Clark.

I would recommend the book for all ages.

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow


©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com


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