5 Free Videos to Get Your Kids Excited to Learn Spanish

One of the many reasons we decided to home school our kids is so they can focus more time on the subjects they love and we have the freedom and flexibility to help them build a larger base of learning in their early years, a concept we learned from Classical Education . My husband speaks Spanish fluently and we live in an area where there is a fairly large population of Spanish speakers so it made sense for us to have them learn Spanish as their first secondary language. However, I was having a difficult time getting my daughter, who is 5, interested in Spanish, she was much more interested in creating her own language, which was a lot of “ebo dedo ai” and “bibi bo bo” which I’m assuming is her trying to speak to R2D2. I was starting to get frustrated when I was listening to Spartan Up by Joe Desena on Audible and he said that they also have their children learn another language, and he and his wife allow their kids to watch as much TV as they want as long as it is in the other language, ie Spanish, Mandarin, French, whatever language you are encouraging your kids to master. My kids aren’t as into TV, but they absolutely love watching music videos on YouTube, which I am constantly fighting, so I finally stopped fighting. I found a few videos that my kids love, and now they are excited to learn Spanish and will ask me how to say things in Spanish throughout the day.

These are a few of the best videos I have found to get your kids interested in Spanish:

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes  It’s a familiar song to kids, Jamie on here is a great singer, and I think my kids like her because she is happy and cheerful throughout the whole song. My kids can sing this whole song now and they can name all the body parts in Spanish.

Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica This one is nice because it doesn’t have an advertisement in the beginning, and it is interactive, so my 2 year old loves it as well.

Teach them to Count to Ten in Spanish There are a lot of different videos you can use, but for some reason my kids like this song the best.

Days of the Week This is a very upbeat, fun song for kids to learn and it is helpful for us parents that don’t speak Spanish to have the subtitles and learn as well!

Learn Sports with BASHO & FRIENDS – Juegos My kids love this one! Personally, I would not have picked this song, but my kids have so much singing along and the repetition is great!

There are a lot of paid for programs to teach your kids Spanish, but we are going to attempt to use all the free resources available to us first, we will keep you update on what we find works best and other great sources to teach your kids Spanish! If you have found a great free source for kids to learn Spanish please let us know in the comments !

**I don’t receive any compensation for promoting any products, services, or videos on my blog, this is just what I have found works best for my kids.

 

 

 

5 Ways to Save Money on a Fixer Upper

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We recently bought a cute little fixer upper house, so we are constantly looking for ways to save money without having to sacrifice too many luxuries and features we want in our house. We have been trying to do as much of it ourselves as possible, which helps keep most of the repairs and upgrades relatively inexpensive, but there are some things that are best left to the professionals. Through this process we have found quite a few different ways to save money: these are my top 5 so far:

 

1. Find Local 2nd Hand Building Supply Stores

We have been able to save thousands already by using 2nd hand building stores. Our favorite one is the Restore which is a non profit for the Habitat for Humanity! When builders have excess materials they often donate it non profits such as the Restore for a tax write off, so they often have materials here that have never even be used. You can also
get gently used appliances and fixtures that have been taken out of homes that have been remodeled. We had restore_pictureto buy all new blinds for our house and we are able to get the 2″ Faux Woods ones that would have been over $60 each because we have such large windows for only $10 each. We had 7 windows that needed blinds so that alone added up to a savings of $350, just on blinds! We also found some great outdoor light fixtures for $8 we were able to repaints so they look as good as new. If you aren’t sure where to look, ask the professional you just hired if he knows of a good 2nd hand building supply store in your area.

 

2. Find Tools to Borrow or Rent

We are lucky to have family near by and fantastic neighbors! There are so many tools that you need for little projects when you are fixing up a house that you won’t need on a regular basis. You can save a lot of money by renting these tools or by borrowing them from a neighbor. We rented a paint sprayer from our local paint store instead of buying We had to completely re-do the lawn, instead of sod we decided to lay seed, which meant a lot of rota-tilling and raking. We knew we wouldn’t be using a rototiller  very often so we were able to borrow my father in laws for a few weeks in exchange for my husband doing some manual labor at their place with their rototiller, which he most definitely would have done anyway, so it saved us a lot of money! We were also able to borrow a pressure washer, miter saw, and caulk gun— the caulk gun was just because we couldn’t find ours at the moment and needed to replace some shingles on our roof ASAP. Thank God for Good Neighbors!

3. Get 2-3 Quotes When Hiring Out Work

If you don’t like any of those quotes you can always get more, but for the most part getting more than 3 quotes in a waste of time. Check for reputable businesses, be sure they are licensed and check reviews with the Better Business Bureau and Google and Yelp reviews if they are available. You can look up contractor licenses for any state here: http://www.contractors-license.org/  There are quite a few different professional services you can use as well to connect you with the right company or person for the job. I deal_176351_handymansacramentoused Porch and I had 3 companies contact within the first couple of hours ready to give me a bid on my small framing project.  I was very happy that I got more than 1 quote because the first quote was twice as much as the company I ended up using! I was able to save over $1,000 just by getting more than 1 quote. That was definitely worth the time to meet with more than 1 contractor, and he did an excellent job!

4. Time Management 

Figure out how long you think it will take to complete the remodel/fixer upper project. Then double it. That is probably not what you expected to hear, we are always reading how we need to make a schedule and stick to it! Well I’m saying that too, but if it is your first time with a fixer upper or a remodel, it will probably take longer than you originally thought to get everything done, especially if you have full time jobs!

My original schedule was to have the house and yard completely redone in 12 weeks. I had it broken down by project and by how long I thought it would take. After the first 3 weeks I almost started hiring more professionals than needed and I was going to order Sod instead of waiting for the fall to seed. However, I calculated how much that would add to our home remodel and decided to change my schedule instead. Now I have allotted myself a full year, so I have time to get everything done without having to hire most of it out.

If you have no idea where to start in how long to allot for jobs there are quite a few free resources that will give you ideas on how to plan your remodel. I used HouseLogic for some ideas on how long renovations would take, but keep in mind this is using the time frame for professionals, not for a diy after a long day or long week of work, so cut yourself a lot of slack!

5. Be Flexible With Your Renovations

This is probably the most difficult one, and it ties in with 1&2. If you are anything like me you probably have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to your home remodel. You might even have a board with pictures of your ideal picture, ideal laundry room, and of course your dream bathroom! However, you will save a lot of money if you can be flexible in the upgrades and changes you make me. Start with what is most important and if you have certain things that you will not budge on, for instance having a big open kitchen, then by all means spend the money there. If you found a floor that you like on pinterest, but then found flooring at the Restore for half as much that you really like to, go with the less expensive option. You can save a lot of money by being flexible and open minded with your upgrades and that will give you the freedom to take advantage of a great deal when it comes your way!

 

Comment with ways you have found to save money on your Fixer Upper and Share with anyone you know who is considering taking on a remodel project or a fixer upper house!