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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 >

Much of the time, learning is multi sensory experience. With the right tools and lesson plans, you can engage all five of the senses in your elementary or preschool classroom. And language instruction in no exception. While teaching and supplementing your Spanish curriculum lessons, there are plenty of creative ways to engage the senses.

Sight The eyes are some of the most important tools in a children’s Spanish curriculum. Learning how to read and write is key to language learning, but it’s important to find engaging ways to do this. Consider asking children to conjugate verbs on the board, play vocabulary “eye More >

Teaching a second language to young children has a higher risk for success than teaching older children. This is because a child’s ability to pronounce new sounds and learn grammar rules is enhanced before age six. With the right techniques, you can successfully implement elementary and preschool Spanish curriculum lessons in your classroom, setting your students up for a bilingual future.

The only challenge? Kids don’t like to sit still.

While attention span varies by age, the average five to six year old can hold their attention on one thing for about 10-15 minutes. So, how can you combat this in your More >

As a parent or educator, it’s your job to get children ready for the future. And for many students, the future may be multilingual. The United States has long been known as a mix of cultures and backgrounds, and the Hispanic population has long been a prevalent part of this mix. By teaching elementary Spanish lessons or implementing a childrens homeschool Spanish curriculum, you are prepping students for both the future and immediate present.

How Prevalent Is Spanish In The United States? Spanish is the official language of 21 countries around the world, many of which are popular travel destinations. However, your More >

Our country’s cultural makeup is always changing, which means that being bilingual is an invaluable skill for your students to have. As an educator, you can prepare your classroom for the future with a childrens Spanish curriculum. Whether you are interested in teaching Spanish for preschoolers or starting a curriculum in your elementary school classroom, there are plenty of reasons why your students should learn to speak this language.

  1. The U.S. is the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world. Second only to Mexico, the U.S. is home to an estimated 50 million Spanish speaking people. And this number will only More >

Your elementary-aged students are in a prime opportunity to learn a second language. Between the ages of eight and 12, they begin to lose the ability to learn and produce foreign sounds, making it much more difficult following this critical period. But this does not mean that their learning will be without challenges. As with learning any new skill, completing a Spanish curriculum for elementary school students comes with bumps in the road. Use this guide to help your student traverse those bumps and surge forward with their learning.

The Challenge: Embarrassment

The Solution: Breakout Groups

Language anxiety happens, especially when it comes More >