3 Ways To Help Your Child Practice Elementary Spanish At HomeBrooks
When you’ve already enrolled your child in an elementary Spanish curriculum at school, you’ve taken the first step in ensuring that your little one knows more than one language. The next step is to keep your child engaged in Spanish even when they’re out of the classroom.
Introducing your child to a foreign language before the age of 10 is ideal, but making that introduction before the age of five is even better. However, that initial introduction won’t make a difference no matter their age if you don’t exercise those Spanish skills during the many hours they aren’t in school. Make sure that your child continually improves their Spanish by using these simple tips for practicing Spanish at home.
Listen to songs in Spanish
Children often respond positively to song in both educational and recreational settings. If your kids like to listen to the same three albums on repeat in the car, try to switch it up and introduce them to a Spanish one. Choose a soundtrack from a children’s movie or T.V. show with Spanish-speaking characters. Children will love any music with a fun tune and they’ll soon be able to pick out the words with the elementary Spanish they already know.
Talk with them in Spanish
This tip is simple, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be effective. If you already know a bit of Spanish yourself, dust off your skills and make an effort to regularly converse with your little learners in Spanish at home. You could start doing “Spanish Breakfasts” or “Spanish Sundays” to create set periods of time in which your family only speaks Spanish. If you don’t know Spanish, learn the language with your child. You can download an app to teach yourself or you can have your child show you what they know. They will love teaching you something they’re learning in school and they will also see your dedication to learning it.
Read in Spanish
There are many Spanish storybook sets out there, so it should be simple enough to get your hands on at least one. Make reading in Spanish a regular part of your daily routine with the kids. Those who learn better by reading will thrive with this method. You can also use an accompanying audiobook, which will allow your child to hear a native Spanish speaker say the words while they read along.
Whether they know it or not, children are always learning. Every little thing goes into their brain and nestles in its synapses. Help ensure that the elementary Spanish your child is learning in school makes it into those cerebral connections by practicing Spanish in your home.