Spanish For You is a Spanish Curriculum written for children in 3rd – 8th grades, however you can easily adapt it to younger children, and the best part is that you can teach all grade levels at the same time since the curriculum was written to be taught by themes and not by grades. There are currently three themes being offered: Estaciones (the one we reviewed), Fiestas, and Viajes. You can purchase the download version or an actual book. The cost for the 3rd to 8th grade package is $64.95.
One of the characteristics of the program that I appreciate is that the audio files are recorded by the author, and a second recording is offered by a native speaker. This makes it easier to hear the correct pronunciation needed. In our case this was not necessary, but I can see the importance of this for other families who may not be fluent in Spanish.
The curriculum is written in such a way that it teaches speaking, reading, and writing. Since I have children at two different levels of learning all subjects, but specifically Spanish I appreciated the depth of the material. Little Knight can speak and read in Spanish but has not yet mastered how to write it, so this is the focus for him. Little Princess can understand Spanish but has difficulty putting her thoughts into spoken words. This curriculum offers a great deal of practice for her. The theme approach makes it easy to teach words that can be both practiced and used throughout the day.
The one negative aspect of this curriculum is the fact that it needs a little organizing to make it work. As a download I received various files including the book, teacher guide, and worksheets. Each had to be downloaded. You can print and bind the book, or you can simply choose to read the book straight from the screen and only print the worksheets you will need for the day.
To read what other Crew members thought about this curriculum you can take a look at the SchoolHouse Review Crew Blog.