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Free & Cheap Spanish Resources

Getting Started With Spanish by William E. Linney and Antonio L. Orta is a fantastic resource of 177 lessons of mostly grammar that take less than five minutes per day. It’s mastery based, and I believe could be appropriate for children as young as kindergarten. The author provides free pronunciation resources at

Learn Spanish Vocabulary 101, by Innovative Language is free and comes with a free audio download from

You can typically buy very inexpensive flash cards to develop vocabulary at your local educational store, and I personally am interested in The Complete Book of Starter Spanish and The Complete Book of Spanish for my young children.

Free Spanish Readers For Kindle:

An Elementary Spanish Reader, by Earl Stanley Harrison

Heath’s Modern Language Series:  The Spanish American Reader, by Ernesto Nelson, and Spanish Short Stories

A First Spanish Reader, by Alfred Remy

And most importantly:

The Library!

Grade School Plans

I know it’s considered foolish to call anything “finalized” within your school, but I like having a picture of what I want in my head. So, here’s my picture.

Content Subjects

I’ve decided to use My Father’s World for content subjects because I really like their philosophy, I can group my kids together, and it comes with a nice little planner that tells you what to do every day. They cover Bible, History, Geography, Science, Music Appreciation, Art Appreciation, and Art. They focus  on raising your kids to be citizens of the world (but not in a creepy UN way), so they incorporate World Geography and Missionary Studies into every year. Their stuff is a little light so we’re doing each course a year early; 1st in K, 2nd in 1st…

  • K-Bible History, Water & Plants, Instrument Study, Art
  • 1st-US History & Geography, Nature Study, Patriotic Songs & The Nutcracker, Art
  • 2nd-World Geography & Cultures including Music, Art, and Cuisine around the world with Zoology and Ecology
  • 3rd-Creation to the Greeks with Creation Science, Geography, Vivaldi, Bach & Handel, Art
  • 4th-Rome to Reformation with Astronomy & Anatomy, Geography, Haydn, Beethoven & Mozart, Art
  • 5th-Exploration to 1850 with Botany & Zoology, Geography, Schubert, Mendelssohn & Chopin, Art
  • 6th-1850 to Modern Times with Chemistry & Physics, Geography, Foster, Sousa & Gershwin, Art
Language Arts

I like the method of teaching Latin alongside English because Latin teaches English better than English does in some cases. Plus, it’s more fun. For phonics I intend to use Reading Lessons Through Literature and English Lessons Through Literature for Writing followed by some sort of formal Rhetoric course, Technical Writing, Research Papers and other high school things that have yet to be determined. Latin from Classical Academic Press and literature selections will be taken from Ambleside Online because their compilation looks FANTASTIC. I will start formal Literature courses in 7thish grade, depending on which program I choose. I like A Beka, For Such A Time As This, and Memoria Press’ Omnibus.


Ray’s Arithmetic series. These have a huge focus on mental math which nothing today can compare to. I’m not picking a higher math program for them until I know their learning styles.


Piano with Dad, P.E as a family, and Greek.


My Favorite Philosophies of Education

All Subjects:

Short lessons & Narration.

Students are to design their own books about what they’ve learned.

A biblical worldview taught throughout all subject areas.


Not to be dumbed down or skipped through.

Memorize and recite regularly.


Teach with living books & in chronological order.

History & Geography taught simultaneously with Art & Music Appreciation taught within historical timelines.

An understanding of History, its effects, and the reasons behind it takes precedence over the memorization of historical data.


Nature Study with notebooking & art journaling.

Living books are a must.

Language Arts:

A focus on Greek & Latin.

Poetry, Shakespeare & great literature to be read and memorized.

Utilizing classic texts to teach a biblical worldview.


A firm understanding of why.

Manipulatives, games & living books.

A combination of the mastery and spiral approach.

An emphasis on mental math.

The Arts:

Handicrafts over macaroni art.

Multiple instruments should be taught.

Drama & Dance should also be emphasized.

Allow for the freedom of expression.


Multiple languages should be taught.

Regularly listen to & read other languages.


A focus on Logic & Socratic Discussion.

No electronics, internet, computers, calculators etc. for younger students.

These ideas are taken from Charlotte Mason, Classical Education, Waldorf, as well as some of my own ramblings.

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