Spanish for You! {A Mosaic Review}.

You CAN give the GIFT of language!

“And you can do it with a curriculum that is simple to use, effective in approach, and exceptionally AFFORDABLE.

Spanish Curriculum for Kids Grades 3-8
Spanish for You! begins your child on the road to fluency. It is designed from years of experience by a Spanish teacher to effectively build speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as grammar knowledge. Students learn to creatively build sentences, ask and answer questions, and truly communicate in Spanish! And they have fun doing it!!

  • Self-study, family, or class use
  • Affordable – an effective, quality program to last an entire school year at a price you cannot beat!
  • Flexible – Go at your own pace.
  • Easy to use – Just follow the lesson guide & go!
  • Time Saving (and More Money Saving) – Use one package with students of multiple grades at the same time.
  • Fun – Uses simple games and activities to engage students”

I received this for free when I was a homeschooling mom in return for my honest review. While I did not have the chance to use it while homeschooling, I love the product. My husband is Cuban and speaks fluent Spanish. Growing up, English was his second language. When we married, I told myself I would learn Spanish so I could talk to his family without any confusion. 11 years later, I have yet to learn Spanish, my kids do not know more than what Dora teaches them on occasion, and family functions can be awkward. Since my husband never cared to teach them because we lived far from Miami, I felt this was a great opportunity. Spanish for You! has been a great tool for me as an adult learning along with my son. The drawings that coordinate with the lessons are perfect. Being able to pronounce each word has been simplified for me and my southern accent. My son is starting to catch on to Spanish and it is helping me as well. I would recommend Spanish for You for homeschool families or public/private/charter school families. I would also recommend it for parents who want to learn on their own.

So how do you use this curriculum?

“Choose and order the themed package that interests you.
You can choose any package because the packages can be done in any order.
You can also use ONE package with all your children of different grades AT THE SAME TIME.
Just order the package with the grades you need.

Your package will come complete with:

  • Spanish for you! soft cover book (allow up to 2 weeks for delivery) or E-book (trial pkgs.)
  • Plus the following downloads:
  • Audio download (MP3) of the entire book. You use these as the lesson guide instructs.
  • A free bonus audio of the entire book recorded by a native speaker from Mexico. (MP3)
  • 24-30 Week Lesson Guide (PDF) – The student (and parent if needed) follows this guide step-by-step to know what to do, at whatever pace works for you.
  • Self-checking worksheets (PDF) – You just print these as you need them. The lesson guide will tell you what you need to print and when.
  • Free set of pictures for making flashcards and other activity materials. (PDF)
  • When you place your order, you will immediately receive all your downloads via e-mail. You should download them to your computer upon receipt. The downloads do expire within 5 days or 120 hours, whichever occurs first.
  • Then print your lesson guide, but wait until you receive your book to begin.
  • No need to print anything else. You will print your worksheets and flashcard/activity pictures only as needed when the lesson guide tells you.
  • Your book will be shipped to you via first-class mail. Allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.
  • ONCE YOU RECEIVE YOUR BOOK, read the “How to Use this Curriculum for Home Use” page.

You will then use the lesson guide to walk you through the program beginning to end. Enjoy!”

Spanish For You

Are you interested but still unsure?
Check out their Free Mini Lessons and their Free Worksheets.


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Steal of the Week. Skylanders.

We are just now getting in to the whole Skylanders Giants craziness. While shopping in Best Buy, I ran across this cool Skylander’s backpack. It was marked as a clearance for a whopping $6.99. I paid and left.

Skylander's Pack

When I arrived at Toys R Us next, I ran across the same backpack. Wow. The same exact one was $24.99. Are you kidding? Woo-Hoo. My Steal of the Week.

Apologia Planners. {A Mosaic Review}.

Mosaic Reviews once again sent me out to review a wonderful product for Homeschooling families. I had the opportunity to use Apologia’s, The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students.

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner

The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students

According to Apologia, you can “…Count your blessings while charting your family’s homeschool journey with this gorgeous day planner from best-selling author Debra Bell. The Ultimate Homeschool Planner will help you prayerfully prioritize your family’s lessons, assignments, and activities as well as academic and personal growth goals for each of your children. Includes teaching helps, record-keeping, and pages to document God’s faithfulness throughout the year.
(Now available in two different cover styles to coordinate with the colors of your life.)”

Cost is $28.


I am not one to write down all the things that need to be covered in a day. Like a New Year’s Resolution, I start out strong then taper off. Boo. I could’t keep up with it daily for homeschool purposes, but this came in as a perfect tool for a calendar for my family. I sit down with Iron Bee while he does homework and I start jotting notes.


As it states in the planner “How To Use” section, it shows you how to plan accordingly.
The Ultimate Homeschool Planning System recommends five painless steps to guide you in the process:
1. A yearly planning retreat (4-8 hours)
2. Monthly planning sessions (2 hours)
3. Weekly planning breaks (30 minutes)
4. Monday morning tutorials (20 minutes per child)
5. Friday afternoon weekly reviews (15 minutes per child)

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner stays at home in my kitchen. I use it for our large plans and for our daily errands. Having a large day-to-day planner is awesome.




The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students is a great tool for kids to help them become and stay organized.


I didn’t care for it for Iron Bee, but a girl (over the age of 8) or an older boy would love this. “A great gift to start younger students on the road to academic independence! Students meet with Mom weekly to record their daily assignments and mark their progress.
Helpful tips, extensive study aids and engaging trivia give this planner true kid appeal.”

Cost is $19.





Since Iron Bee doesn’t benefit from it, I use it for my personal on-the-go planner. It fits it my purse as well as my center console in my vehicle. I jot down the notes I need to remind me of what needs to be done daily while I am out and about. What a relief. I tend to be forgetful these days and I need something to help me remember in the craziness of life. Plus all the “extras” in the back of the planner remind me of my childhood school days.




My overall “grade” of Apologia’s Homeschool Planner’s would be an A. They are great tools and the prices are competitive with other planners out there.

We Choose Virtues. {Mosaic Review}

I recently received a package from We Choose Virtues to review and blog about. In my package came a pack of Virtue Flash Cards for Families. Around the time the package arrived, there was an email that included the Family Character Assessment, Teacher’s Handbook (PDF), Memory Verses : Bible Heroes & Truths, as well as The Butterfly Award. The version I have is NIV (New International Version), however, it comes in KJV and Secular.

This product came at a very good time for my family. We were (and still are) going through a rough patch with obedience with Iron Bee. I understand he is 8 and it is a phase, but one I would like to sail through with less stress.

To start off with, Iron Bee filled out the Family Character Assessment. While it was an eye opener to me, it was a bit shocking for him. His strengths and weaknesses were in his face.

Strength- Helpful
“I find things that need to be done and I do them”

Weakness- Content
“I am bored, greedy, always wanting more, I beg, I whine”

Over the last couple weeks, my family and I have been traveling frequently. We used this time to work with him and the Virtue Cards. Since he struggles the most with being content, we constantly reminded him about getting his “Wanter” under control. It will take time and these Virtue Cards will definitely help. It was super easy for children to do with family and can take as little or as long as you want it to. Since playing this game, he is more aware of his weak virtue and is working hard to get better.

We Choose Virtues has something for every family, child, and classroom.

The Family Kit is a must have for all families. Not only do you get the awesome Virtue Flash Cards, but you get the Kids Virtue Poster, Three Rules Poster, and the Parenting Cards (as well as the Butterfly Awards to praise them, the Character Assessment, and Coloring Pages). It is $69.99  {before the promo code at the bottom}.

We Chose Virtues-Family Kit

If you aren’t interested in the Family Kit, please check out the KID’s Kit. Included is the Kids Virtue Poster, your choice of one Fan Poster, Virtue Cards with a holder, and “I’m a Virtue Kid” Button (as well as the Coloring Book, Butterfly Stickers and Kid’s Awards). It is a great tool to help our kids work on their virtues. It is $29.99  {before the promo code at the bottom}.

KID's Kit

The Family Character Assessment is a MUST for all families & the key to learning virtues for life.


Do not hesitate to hop over to We Choose Virtues and check out all they have to offer. Right now you, my readers, can receive 20% off your order with code: VIRTUE20.




April Fool’s.

Today is April 1st! April Fool’s Day! Here are some April Fools Day Round Up of jokes you can play on others.

April Fool's

April Fools JokesMore April Fool’s Fun for your family and friends!

April Fools Jokes