Saturday, May 11, 2013

Review of Spanish for You Fiesta

Fiesta Spanish for You:

Spanish for You is a self pace program for students in grades 3rd - 8th.  The Spanish program is designed to teach pronunciation, vocabulary, verb conjunction, syntax, and grammar concepts through reading, writing, listening, and playing games. The program offers themed packages Fiestas and Estaciones. The lesson guide is designed for students to work 4 days per week. The Spanish for You book is able to be used with children of different ages at the same time. All you would have to do is select the lesson guide and worksheets for their grade level. The guides for grades 5th through 8th are 24 weeks and for grades 3rd through 4th are 30 weeks.The guide is set up for 4 days of work each week. Each day takes about 10 to 30 minutes.

 Below you will find what you will receive with your purchase.
• Spanish for You book in hard copy.
• Audio download so that you can hear the entire book
• Lesson Guides for grades 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-8th in PDF format for download.
• Self-checking worksheets for grades 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th in PDF format for
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Our Homeschool Experience:

My daughter and I really enjoyed completing the activities together. She is in the 1st grade and I did not find the activities nor lessons hard for her to complete. Since she knows her colors, numbers, and alphabet in Spanish, I was able to skip the first few pages. I appreciated that I was able to incorporate reading into the activities. For example, I printed out a pair of picture cards for each vocabulary word and glued it to an index card. I had her write the word in Spanish in the back of the index card and also read it. We loved to play the games suggested by the vendor. For example, we played Memory, Hangman, Charades, and Simon Dice (Simon Says) with the vocabulary words. We would also use puppets and chit chat in Spanish using the vocabulary words she had just learned. I appreciated all of the suggested games and activities. The ideas on how to practice the vocabulary words using flashcards were really fun. For example, playing "Spanictionary". In this game, I would read a flashcard then draw it while my daughter would try to guess before the timer went off. She also completed the worksheets and this helped me understand if she needed more assistance with a certain word or lesson.  She also learned about the celebration  Feria de abril (The April Fair). This two week festival occurs in Seville, Spain. The event gives farmers an opportunity to buy and sell but the fair is mostly a time of celebration. There's food, rides, games, a circus, and flamenco dancing. People often dress in traditional Spanish clothing. Since my daughter had never heard flamenco music, seen the dance, nor seen traditional Spanish clothing, I decided to have her view a video on You Tube Flamenco Dancing. One of the lessons that I personally did not care for was Leccion 2 (Lesson 2). I thought that the lesson celebrated Halloween but the vendor corrected me. She said  "Day of the Dead is a holiday that is not Halloween. It is often confused with Halloween, but it is actually a holiday that celebrates and remembers loved ones who have passed on." Due to my misunderstanding, I modified the lesson a bit. I selected what words I wanted her to learn and played games with those particular words. I also had some difficulties with the pages not being numbered. The vendor would refer to the activity by grade level and topic but I think having a page number would of made searching for that particular worksheet a bit easier. Also what activity the student had to complete either a worksheet or the assignment found in the hard book should have also been explained. For example, "Review leccion 1p. 1 with audio." This lack of information made it a bit unclear as to what exactly she had to complete. Following the lesson guide and the worksheets was a bit hard. Even though there were some things I would change about the program, I would recommend it. I loved that the program helped to build vocabulary,reading skills,  and used games to help my daughter learn.

I have been given this product free of charge for review purposes.

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