We 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!!
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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