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General Information About Spanish for Kids

As a parent, it’s your job to take care of your children by any means necessary — and that means setting them up for a successful future. Here are some tips you should consider that will certainly give your children a competitive edge throughout the rest of their lives:

 

  1. Find out what they want to be when they grow up — The question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” is extremely popular among the youth. But don’t just ask your children this question and ignore their answers. Find what they actually do want to do in the future More >

The academic process of learning a foreign language is difficult when it’s not approached in meaningful ways. Unfortunately, young students aren’t going to find much meaning in rigorous grammar lessons and vocabulary tests. Even learning the intricacies of a first language can be taxing when the academic application is overly rigid.

Language is fluid and always in flux, regardless of whether it’s a first, second, or fifth language. Learning it while disregarding the influence of linguistic evolution stands fundamentally against the fact that language is, indeed, living. To be clear, we’re talking about stories. Any types of stories. There’s something present in all of More >

Children are linguistic sponges who hear, understand, imitate, and iterate on their own from a very early age. During the first 8 years of their lives, young ones are absorbing language skills naturally through things like songs, games, imitation, and repetition. Technology allows the opportunity to really craft an education process that reflects unique learning style and capabilities of your students, especially at an early age.

Of course, devising and collaborating to create a regimented homeschool Spanish curriculum isn’t an easy process, but there are tools available to supplement student learning in ways they will eat up. Foreign language learning is More >

Children are wonderful little intellectual sponges. Sometimes getting them to learn at an early age takes a slick bit of trickery. Or, as we in the education world like to say, make their learning mean something. Make it relevant.

You can see why learning a foreign language might not be the most appealing thing to a young student: Why should I have to learn this? What use does this have for me? But Mom/Dad, this is too hard! The infinite amount of gripes from young students not seeing the benefits of language learning are substantial, but we’ve got some ways to blaze through them and, More >

The Summer Institute of Linguistics revealed that over two-thirds of children around the world are bilingual. In contrast, only 17% of Americans in total speak a language other than English. And while learning a second language is great for everyone, but there may be an ideal time to learn it. Here are three reasons why preschool Spanish curriculum lessons are the best tools for learning a second language.

Children Absorb Information Easily

According to oncology nurse, Suzanne Robin, children are much like sponges in the way they take in information. The human brain is designed to absorb mass amounts information in the very 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 >

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 >