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One of the best practices in the Sonrisas Spanish Curriculum is to speak Spanish at least 90% of the time in your classes. This is the recommended usage that ACTFL suggests, and this is absolutely attainable with the Sonrisas lessons. At the same time, you want to insure that you are providing comprehensible input for your students. Research has shown that when students get lots of repetition with comprehensible input, they acquire language naturally and easily. All of the activities, songs, stories, and art projects in our curriculum employ visuals, props, gestures, body movement, modeling, routine and repetitive language to make the More >

The United States falls distinctly behind the rest of the world in bilingualism. Many countries require students to begin learning a foreign language in schools by eight years old. The United States puts this requirement on hold until high school, giving them only four years of study instead of at least ten.

Homeschooling has a unique advantage in this regard because language education can take on more diverse forms than it would in a traditional classroom. Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, as well as in the United States for bilingual speakers. Developing a diverse More >

By learning Spanish as a second language, your students are opening up a world of opportunities. Spanish is the official language of 21 countries around the world, and the Hispanic population within the United States is growing. This creates an exciting opportunity for learning. But your students might not see it this way.

If you find that your students are disengaged in their curriculum, or your child is disinterested in their homeschool Spanish curriculum for children, try some of the following techniques to get them engaged and excited again.

  1. Put the Spanish language in context. Young students might not fully understand why it’s More >

One of the biggest challenges for elementary Spanish teachers is differentiating for students that have vastly different levels of comprehension and speaking skills. How do we address this issue, and what are some practical techniques that we can use in the classroom to differentiate?

It’s worth noting that it is very common, in all types of elementary Spanish programs, for kids to have varying degrees of Spanish skills. Some children are more linguistically intelligent than others. Some may have had more Spanish instruction than others. Some may be new to a class and not had any prior Spanish instruction at all. More >

For children living in the United States, there are countless benefits to learning Spanish as a second language. This country is becoming increasingly diverse, and so many native English speakers will work and play with Spanish speaking peers. This is why many teachers are choosing to integrate a Spanish curriculum for children into their preschool and elementary classrooms. By doing so, they are opening growth and knowledge opportunities for their students.

In this two-part series, we will explore the benefits of childhood bilingualism and how educators can jumpstart these programs in their classrooms.

Why Encourage Childhood Bilingualism? By learning a foreign language, More >

Childhood bilingualism improves reading skills, cognitive function, and cultural opportunities even for the youngest children. As an educator, you can offer a childrens Spanish curriculum in your classroom to start your students on their language learning journey. In the first part of this series, we took a look at the many benefits of knowing two languages. In this portion, we will provide some tips to start an elementary or preschool Spanish curriculum in your classroom.

Tips To Jump Start Second Language Learning While each teacher may approach language education differently, these stips can provide some guidance for starting these lessons. By starting More >

With the availability of educational technology, homeschooled students now have a wide range of learning opportunities. And this includes learning a second language. As a homeschool parent, you may have been hesitating to have your child learn Spanish since you are an English speaker. Fortunately, this worry does not need to hold you or your kids back. By taking the following steps, you can help your child take advantage of this critical learning period. Who knows, you may even learn a second language together.

Step 1: Start a homeschool Spanish curriculum. This is the first and most important step in helping your More >

The holidays are an exciting time in elementary and preschool classrooms. This time of year is full of cultural learning and activities, making it a perfect supplement to your Spanish curriculum for kids. By incorporating some of these ideas into your classroom language learning, you can make the upcoming holiday season as fun and productive as possible.

Holiday Songs While your students likely know some popular holiday songs in English, this is a perfect opportunity to teach them songs in Spanish! Incorporate movements to get your students up and out of their seats. They may even want to share these tunes More >

One of the things I love about the first part of the school year is getting to know my students. With each new class, I get to meet a whole new group of individual children with their individual and interesting personalities. This is truly one of the rewards of teaching. Along with getting to know my students, I also always try and spend some time at the beginning of the school year making connections with each of them. Depending on the size of my classes this can be a challenge, but it is one well-worth undertaking as it can reap More >

When launching a beginning Spanish curriculum in your classroom, getting your students to focus can be the most difficult part. This is especially true when it comes to conversation practice. Elementary Spanish instruction can feel like a constant battle of refocusing the students on the target language, but there are ways to do so. When planning an activity, take the following steps to establish conversation focus and keep it strong.

Step 1: Warm them up. Before you launch into your kids Spanish curriculum for the day, it’s always best to switch their brains over to the target language. Children are naturally built More >