Our Tips & Tricks for Kids Learning Spanish

We think about Spanish. A lot. Since we have it on the brain, we just go ahead and write these thoughts on our blog. These thoughts range from learning tips and trick, pronunciation videos for words and phrases, to our favorite shows that help promote Spanish fluency! Check ’em out.

Learning Body Parts in Spanish

Learning Body Parts in Spanish

As children learn to communicate, knowing how to identify and verbalize thoughts regarding their body becomes more and more important. Your child has learned about their body parts in English, and now it’s time for them to learn that same vocabulary in Spanish! Don’t know where to begin? You’ve come to the right place.

Is Grammar Necessary for Kids Learning Spanish?

Is Grammar Necessary for Kids Learning Spanish?

Linguists, educators, and learners all face the same old question; does speaking or mastering grammar matter more when children learn a new language? The divide between conversation and grammar-based language learning has existed for decades, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. In fact, the two concepts can be integrated into the same teaching method to boost engagement and encourage learning that lasts.

This article will walk you through the reasons why isolated grammar instruction doesn’t work, explain what young learners need most, and show you how conversation and grammar can work together to help learners succeed both in and outside of the classroom.

Animal Names in Spanish

Animal Names in Spanish

Learning the Spanish names for different kinds of animals will help your child identify wildlife, talk about their pets, and recognize the names of their favorite creatures in stories and movies. To get your child excited about learning new vocabulary, we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular and important animals in the Spanish language, along with tips for helping your child retain what they’ve learned. Go wild and have fun learning names of animals in Spanish!

Tricks for Teaching Kids Spanish Food Vocabulary

Tricks for Teaching Kids Spanish Food Vocabulary

Food lies at the heart of any Spanish-speaking society. A number of events from birthdays to weddings are centered around food and it’s a fun way to not only learn about a new place but boost your language skills too! To help your child feel comfortable and confident in the kitchen and beyond, we’ve compiled a list of essential Spanish food vocabulary words that will work up an appetite and get your child ordering like a champ.

7 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Dual Language Program

7 Questions to Ask When Looking for a Dual Language Program

Enrolling your kids in a bilingual or dual language program is a crucial first step on their journey to fluency. Not all language programs, however, are created equal. Every child learns differently, and every program offers something different to the learners. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed when looking for a bilingual program that suits your child’s needs, (and one that truly gets your kids fluent), but we’re here to help.

Failing at Learning a New Language? That’s a Good Thing!

Failing at Learning a New Language? That’s a Good Thing!

Have you ever failed at learning a new language or are you afraid that your child might fail or feel bad about Spanish? You’re not alone. Even when we’ve put the time and effort into learning something new, many of us still fear making a mistake, and feel bad about ourselves when we do. This is a distinctly common experience, but it doesn’t have to be a negative one.

Does Learning Spanish Make my Kid Forget English?

Does Learning Spanish Make my Kid Forget English?

One popular concern parents have is that learning another language may make their kids forget English, their first language. Well, we have great news for you, your child won’t forget their first language by learning a second language. Learning Spanish may even help your child to be better at English. As a matter of fact, learning another language has tons of benefits for your child’s brain.

How Long Will it Take to get my Child Fluent in Spanish?

How Long Will it Take to get my Child Fluent in Spanish?

If you’re thinking about having your kid learn Spanish as a second language, you may be wondering how long it will take until your child is fluent. The truth is, it depends on the number of hours and the quality of the time. It’s not an easy answer! We’ll help you figure out just how long it will take to get your child fluent in Spanish based on a few factors.

Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child – You CAN Do It!

Tips for Raising a Bilingual Child – You CAN Do It!

Congratulations on your decision to raise a bilingual child. It’s totally normal if you’re a little anxious about it especially with all the myths circulating about raising a bilingual child. That is why we’re going to set some of your fears aside and empower you with the confidence to raise your tots to speak multiple languages.

Benefits of Bilingual Preschool

Benefits of Bilingual Preschool

As you may have heard, childhood is the best time to expose your kids to language. As you decide where to send your toddlers to school, the thought of a bilingual preschool may have crossed your mind. There are tons of benefits afforded to those who get a bilingual education but let’s examine what makes a bilingual pre-school education so beneficial.

Easy Spanish Phrases to Teach Your Kids in the Bathroom

Easy Spanish Phrases to Teach Your Kids in the Bathroom

Soapy water, bubbles, splashing, and maybe a rubber toy floating in the tub- all telltale signs that you are heading to the bathroom. For kids, this can be something that they look forward to but maybe dread. However, perhaps that extra dosage of fun can be a little Spanish, while in the bathroom- whether bath time, brushing your teeth, or fixing your hair in the mirror.

Best Free Spanish Resources for Kids

Best Free Spanish Resources for Kids

There are many ways to supplement the learning of a foreign language for free. While these free Spanish resources for kids won’t make your child fluent, they can help foster a love for the language, provide contact hours with the language as well as learn vocabulary and pronunciation. Be sure to check out these free resources (our favorites!) you can use with your kids.

Spanish Shadowing: How to Do it with Kids

Spanish Shadowing: How to Do it with Kids

If you are interested in raising bilingual kids then it’s time to learn about shadowing. Shadowing a foreign language in its most basic form is simply repeating words and phrases in the language. Shadowing involves playing an audio (or a video with audio) that is continuous and uninterrupted and repeating the words you hear almost simultaneously, word for word.

Preschool Spanish: Where to Start

Preschool Spanish: Where to Start

Is your child is in preschool or about to start and you think it’s a great time for them to pick up a second language? You’re right! Research has shown that the best time to learn a second language is during childhood. You can learn it just as easily when you’re an adult, but it is just a bit easier for children since they have a lot of time on their hands. Preschool Spanish is a great place to start.

Tips for Learning At Home

Tips for Learning At Home

With the global pandemic affecting every aspect of our lives, we’re clearly having to adjust. Before the pandemic, most of us would not have thought that learning Spanish, History, Science, Reading, etc…. on a Zoom call at home could be effective, and we’ve learned that oftentimes, it is not.

Benefits of a Bilingual Education

Benefits of a Bilingual Education

Many states in the US system have started moving away from bilingual education practices that push English first to instruction that target both native languages and English. These attempts focus more on bilingualism and biliteracy, the understanding and mastering of multiple languages, over assimilation into American culture. The net benefits of this are really uncountable – whether that be the academic, social, emotional, mental, or developmental positives.

Bilingual Parenting Myths

Bilingual Parenting Myths

Learning a second language or speaking two languages at home has always brought mixed reviews. Parents are often left wondering whether it is good to speak multiple languages with their children. Others listen to advice that says introducing a second language too early will injure the first language. Here, we set the record straight and demystify some myths about bilingual parenting, starting at a young age.

Best Spanish Songs for Kids

Best Spanish Songs for Kids

It’s no secret that most children love songs and music. Not only do they enjoy music, but they can also learn a lot from it too. We’ve already suggested using Netflix shows and books to supplement language learning (of course, every language program should include a real live teacher, first!), but seriously consider using songs to help teach your child Spanish. If you desire to have your child learn Spanish as a second language, music is definitely one way you can incorporate the language into your home, even if you aren’t bilingual.

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