Unconventional Tips to help Kids Learn Spanish

By Ricardo Cuevas on January 23, 2012 in Learn Spanish for Kids with 1 Comment

Socialize them. Kids need to know that Spanish is important. It’s good for them to feel connected to it in as many ways as possible. This is done by showing them that it is an effective tool for them to communicate with others. If you don’t have friends who speak Spanish nearby, then playgroups are an excellent way to do this.

Make your goal public. Tell people you want to teach your child Spanish early. Don’t be afraid! oftentimes parents keep things like this to themselves for two reasons: 1) they don’t want to stick out as trying to be “super parents” 2) Parents are afraid others will think that the child is being harmed by not focusing on their native language as much as possible. It’s true that you can run into these scenarios. However, the VAST majority people are helpful and in the end letting others know is a key to finding other parents who share your goals. You’ll quickly find that the concerns stated only existed in one place, your head.

Do a little every day. Just because the best time to learn is when the child is young doesn’t mean they have to learn it all in one afternoon. Regular bits of exposure are much better than a one-time, sit down “Spanish” class that is only held once a week.

Use games. Lay flash cards out around the house that label items such as the clock, Television, or Sink. Then play a game to pick up all of the cards. Playing games like this involves using all of their senses, and kids love it.

Use Help. Look for Spanish books, CDs, Videos. All these will help your child feel connected to the language. If you’re not sure how to pronounce certain words CDs and DVDs can be a great asset since they will pronounce the word correctly for you. Check out the Kid Start Spanish set for an easy to use system, it will teach your child to read and speak Spanish: <a href=”http://www.kidstartspanish.com”>Kid Start Spanish</a>

Don’t sacrifice your life. Kids are like sponges and they will pick up almost anything. Oftentimes, they won’t let you know that they’re actually understanding what you’re saying. Be cool! Relax! The point is to help your child, not rip all your hair out. Remember do a little everyday. Once you’ve got a small foundation of words in place it becomes really simple to reinforce.

Keep track. If your child is saying new words or understanding new words, keep a log. Since the beginning to teach your child Spanish can be a bit challenging, keeping a diary will oftentimes help parents get over the initial hump. Knowing where you came from will keep you on task and motivated.

Have fun. If you and your child are not having fun, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG! make sure to take into account your child’s interest when coming up with ways to keep you child connected to Spanish. If he likes a certain book in English, why not find it in Spanish? Children’s songs can be very effective in multiple languages. Videos can also grab and hold their attention.


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