We try to practice some Spanish every day. This can sometimes be challenging since I’m not a native speaker and my husband doesn’t speak any Spanish at all.
I know that WJ understands many words in Spanish but he rarely speaks it. We practice simple phrases every day but I have a really hard time getting him to respond in Spanish. He’ll often respond in English so I know he understands what I’m saying. It can be really frustrating.
Even though I sometimes feels like a complete failure at teaching him Spanish (since he should know so much more at age 4 with all of the resources I have available!), I’m still determined to teach him.
I’ve decided to step it up a notch this year since I know he only has a couple of years left to learn this language effortlessly. I’ve been researching the various Spanish curriculum available for preschool and young elementary school children and have finally decided on one that sounds promising. I’ll tell you more about our progress with that curriculum later on.
But for now, here’s what we’ve been doing to incorporate at least a little bit of Spanish into our daily lives.
Each school day morning I put on a Spanish DVD, usually Little Pim, and WJ and JA watch it for about 5-10 minutes. I try to bring out items and introduce them in Spanish as they are referenced in the DVD as they’re introduced, here’s a spoon, an egg, an apple, and ask them to repeat me. Of course, JA doesn’t talk much yet but he gets really excited when I’m holding an item and he sees the same image on the screen.
I also recently put together the above Spanish review poster that we use every day. The poster is meant to be interactive with a calendar section. Each day we discuss the day of the week in Spanish and then pick out the correct day, date, month, season, and weather cards and add them to the poster. We also have a verb of the week that I try to incorporate in our every day speech.
Here’s a close up of the calendar section. I found most of the mini-poster printouts through a simple Google search using terms like “colors in Spanish” or “days of the week in Spanish” and then I printed them out on card stock and taped them using double-sided tape to the tri-fold poster board. For the daily calendar I use Velcro to attach the daily cards.
It was really easy to put together and the poster has really helped us with our daily Spanish review. I’d recommend that anyone interested in teaching a foreign language to kids create something like this.
WJ loves it! Plus, it’s just his size when I put it on the floor so he can explore the different mini-posters on his own.
Just remember that kids love visuals and the bigger, more colorful and interactive you can make the visual, the more likely the kids will be interested in learning the content.
Adiós for now!