largest bubbles. I was totally impressed
with the teacher’s helps provided in the
book, such as this example:
You may also notice students who
won’t record the diameter of smaller bubbles. Respond by saying that
they are the scientists. It’s up to
them to decide what is fair. Whatever they decide to do, they’ll need
to make sure all three brands are
treated in the same way. Otherwise
one brand of soap will be given an
There are suggestions to make the activity a little easier (if your fifth-graders
aren’t readily able to calculate averages,
in this example) and suggestions to kick
it up a notch (like expressing the results
as the average volume of the bubble
dome instead of the diameter). There
are even literature suggestions. That
makes my heart go pitter-patter. I love
when I can incorporate a good story!
All in all, I am incredibly impressed.
So a couple of warnings, from our
break the yellow and red struts, es-
pecially if you are a 6-year-old little
sister. They say this is good for ages
6 to adult. I say a 6-year-old needs
intensely close supervision. Your
mileage may vary, of course, but my
6-year-old isn’t careful enough.
This stuff is fabulous—that is my bottom line. I know I can’t communicate
that adequately. You have to use this to
“get it,” I think. With kits available for
as little as $10, you really should try it. I
am certain my kids are getting more for
Christmas. These are amazing.
—Product review by Debra Brinkman,
Assistant to the Product Reviews
Spanish for You! TM
Learn Spanish in a simple, effective, and affordable way!
Debbie Annett MSEd.
Spanish for You! Fiestas
Spanish for You!
In today’s society, it is imperative that
children learn a second language. It raises
cultural awareness and appreciation in
our world. There are also many educational benefits to learning another language,
which leads toward greater achievement
in other subject areas. Learning a second
language is a valuable skill for any child’s
future. We live in a highly populated
Spanish speaking area, and I want my
daughter to be able to communicate with
everyone in her community. My goal is to
cultivate a strong desire for her to become
a lifelong learner of the Spanish language.
Therefore, we began introducing foreign
language studies at a very young age.
I received the Spanish for You! Fiestas Curriculum Package to review. It is a
unique Spanish program created by Debbie Annett. It was developed for use in
either the homeschool environment or
for classroom purposes. Debbie Annett
has been a Spanish educator for more
than thirteen years, teaching children in
first grade through high school. She has
worked with homeschool families over
Spanish for You! follows a thematic
or unit study approach unlike any tradi-
tional textbook approach that I have seen.
This product is suitable for children in
3rd–8th grade. The curriculum teaches
receptive language skills such as listening
and reading while slowly engaging the
child in expressive skills such as speaking
and writing. Debbie has experienced suc-
cess in the classroom with teaching chil-
dren how these components work well
together, leading toward a better under-
standing of the language. The curriculum
is based upon a combination of different
foreign language approaches including
but not limited to TPR (Total Physical
Response), the Natural Approach, and
traditional Direct Instruction methods.