Review of Spanish For You!: Estaciones

Spanish for You Logo photo spanishforyoulog_zpsa3fadef7.jpgChoosing which foreign language to teach or whether or not to teach a foreign language and when (if ever) to teach the language has been very difficult. Many foreign language curricula are very expensive. Spanish For You! offers a simple, affordable Spanish language program for upper elementary and middle school students.

We had the opportunity to review Estaciones (Seasons). The product comes as a physical book and PDF lesson plans for the teacher. There are also digital audio files and PDF worksheets.  You can see a sample of the Estaciones curriculum here. It is made for 3rd to 8th graders and can be purchased in different ways:
The 3rd-8th grade package can be purchased for $64.95 which would include a physical book and the lesson plans, audio, and worksheet downloads.
Or each grade level (3-4, 5-6, 7-8) can be purchased individually for $39.95. And extra books can be purchased for $12.95.

Spanish for You - Estaciones photo spanishforyou-estaciones_zps3adcc14c.jpgI used the program primarily with Ashlyne who is a 3rd grader and Rachel who is a 2nd grader. (Even though Rachel is a little younger than the recommended age, I usually include her in lessons with Ashlyne, so she was included also.) There are a variety of materials for different grade levels from 3-8, and I used the 3rd-4th grade leveled materials for Ashlyne and Rachel.

The program is meant to be used four days a week. The lesson plans give a week’s worth of lessons- 4 lessons- on each page. There are a variety of activities listed for each day. The activities included listening to audio, writing phrases, and practicing with flashcards.

I planned the lessons ahead by printing off the worksheets needed for several lessons ahead. Then each day the little girls and I would go over that day’s lesson. We did lessons that involved listening to the vocabulary on audio, completing a worksheet, writing vocabulary, or practicing with flashcards. The girls also kept a weather chart (provided in the downloads) where they wrote the Spanish words for the day’s weather.

My purpose in wanting to review Spanish For You! was to know if this would be a good fit for introducing the younger girls to a foreign language and if it would even be appropriate for my older kids to learn some beginning Spanish. So here are my thoughts.

*What we received in the downloads were the audio files, lesson plans, and worksheets. None of it was in order. It was all mixed up. In other words, whatever audio and worksheets were required for that lesson, I just had to hunt through the files to find. The author did note that that would be corrected now in the downloads.

*I really liked that there were guides for multiple grade levels. I’m always looking for materials that can be used for all of my kids. There are materials for grades 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8 included in the downloads. There are also downloadable flashcards that are used for all of the levels.

*It is nice to have the audio files to help us all with pronunciation. The audio guide reads the vocabulary from the printed book so that the pronunciations are correct.

*The curriculum includes speaking and writing the Spanish words. This is different from some foreign language curricula that offer only speaking.

* The 3rd-4th grade curriculum seemed pretty age appropriate, but there was quite a bit of writing for Rachel, my youngest. She was slightly under the targeted age, but it is something to keep in mind if you have a lower functioning child.

* I would have liked to see more of a variety of activities. I felt like we were doing the same things over and over. I know that some of that repetition is important for learning, and I’m not really looking for more new material- just more new things to do with the material.

I liked this Spanish curriculum. It’s a good choice for a more cost effective but still informative curriculum. I’m not sure it would be complete enough for the older kids or for kids who had had some Spanish instruction previously, but it was great as a Spanish introduction for my younger kids.

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