Saturday, August 9, 2014

Speekee #SpanishforKids Giveaway & Review

The idea of teaching your kids to speak Spanish, when your entire knowledge of the language comes from Dora and Diego, is daunting.

Our eldest child (8.5 years) was fortunate enough to take Spanish through a Homeschool Co-op but since we moved from Texas, I have to admit it has been a struggle continuing without Ms. G.

I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review the online version of Speekee Spanish. We have checked out some of their DVDs from our local library so we are familiar with the fun videos and the cute characters: Speekee, Dino and Lupi.

Speekee Spanish

Speekee Spanish for kids is an an online program design for children between the ages of 2 and 11 years. The program is has a total immersion approach meaning that the videos your kids will be watching are all in Spanish. The activities in the videos make it clear what the kids are saying however. There is also the option to turn on the english captioning so you can watch to see that your child is saying the correct words. 

The videos teach everyday words like parts of the body, food, colors and things that you might see at the park. For younger children Speekee has a Fast Track Program which gives you 40 weeks of Lesson plans and links to download free worksheets and flash cards.

For children over 7 years there is the Speekee Spanish Challenge. In this program Spanish is taught through over 40 videos and and game play. There is also the option to interact safely with other Speekee Members. As an added bonus Speekee tracks your child's progress and sends you reports by email.

When we first logged on, I have to admit I was a bit confused as to which track to take.  I settled on the Fast Track program so we could all do it together. It took a few videos for our 4.5 year old to get that the songs and dialogue were in Spanish. Once she understood this she got into the swing of it and began interacting more.  Try as I might our 8.5 year old just didn't want to engage with the program until she realized that little sister was picking up words she didn't know yet. I didn't push the issue and after a few days she was joining us in the lessons. She began to explore the Speekee Map too. 

Speekee Spanish makes learning Spanish simple and fun. A basic account is free so give it a try! Login and click on the gold bell and you will be given your first activity.

If you go to the bottom of the Speekee Homepage you can print some of the flash cards to try and view the Fast track lesson plans. I would recommend this program to all parents looking to teach their children spanish as a second (or third) language. 

A paid membership gives your children access to all of the videos, games and locations to explore and unlock.  Try out the free trial today and I'm sure you'll agree it is worth the affordable membership fee.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Affordable Eyeglasses for kids -Review and Giveaway

I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. 
This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Last Summer our oldest daughter spent a lot of time with her nose in a Percy Jackson book. She was also complaining about the headaches she was getting from reading. A quick trip to the Optometrist determined that she needed reading glasses to support her developing eye muscles.

Fast forward to this year and Miss K was due for another checkup. My husband and I were a little concerned about the cost because we no longer have optical coverage on our health insurance policy.

Thankfully JCPenny Optical is offering an awesome Back to School promotion.

Get a Complete pair of Kids’ designer eyeglasses for $29.99!

The offer runs through Sept 15 2014 and includes: 

  • Any kids frame up to $120
  • FREE impact and 1scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses
  • FREE UV protection
  • FREE eyeglass protection plan for any school-aged child 16 & under

This price does not include the price of an eye exam. Without Optical insurance, you will pay $40 for the exam. This half the amount several other Opticians in my area had quoted me when I called around. If you have Optical coverage then check with your local JCPenny Optical, to see if you have one of the thousand of plans, they accept.

As far as the exam went I only have positive things to say! Dr W is clearly very experienced with kids' eye exams. He was very encouraging and made Miss K feel at ease right away. I hadn't intended on having our 4-year-old checked, but Dr W took the time to examine her eyes too. Mini Piwi was super excited to get to sit in the 'astronaut seat' just like her big sis!

After the exam, the kids were itching to try on frames! Mini Piwi didn't need glasses this year, but she wanted to try on a pair (or five). Miss K eventually found the 'perfect' pair.

If your children need some new glasses then remember to take advantage of this promotion before September 15. You can your nearest JCPenny Optical branch near you with their store locator.

Now onto the giveaway! Thanks to JCPenny one lucky reader will win $30 JCPenny gift card. Simply enter on the Giveaway too below.

I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. 
This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.