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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 >

As you begin your Spanish curriculum lessons for preschool or elementary school students, it’s important to encourage learning outside of the classroom as well. While children younger than eight years old, their brains are naturally wired to acquire language skills. This happens primarily through imitation, repetition, songs, and games. But to get the most out of this critical period, your students need to be learning at home. This starts with their parents. Follow these tips for getting your students’ parents involved in their language learning as much as possible.

  • Send out a classroom newsletter. Start by letting your classroom’s parents know what More >

You want your child to grow up to be happy, healthy and successful. You also want to be able to give them the resources, protection, and love that they need to be able to take advantage of every opportunity that may come their way. That’s why you have diligently researched the right preschool, play group, and educational materials needed to get them on the right path.

So, what’s next? Experts agree that foreign-language learning can give kids a huge advantage in many areas of their lives, both now and in the future, with benefits ranging from academic achievement and career success More >

When teaching a middle school or elementary Spanish curriculum, it is easy to worry that your students will leave their knowledge in the classroom. Second language acquisition takes constant practice, which means that your students should be practicing at home. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you can spread your Spanish curriculum beyond the classroom.

  • Form A Spanish Club: An after school Spanish-language club is a great way to supplement your classroom’s curriculum. Consider how you can add a twist to your daily lessons, such as trying recipes or learning a dance. This is also a perfect environment for your More >

Implementing a preschool Spanish curriculum presents a unique opportunity. Prior to age six, a child’s ability to pronounce unfamiliar sounds and learn new grammar rules is greatly enhanced. This is why taking advantage of this critical period is important. By teaching Spanish for preschool through a curriculum, and practicing the skills throughout the day as well, your students will retain the language with ease. Consider these methods for sneaking language practice into your school day routine.

  • Games: There are endless games to practice a second language. For preschoolers, games like charades, memory, and “I Spy” can be particularly engaging. See how More >

When implementing a homeschool Spanish curriculum for preschool or elementary-aged children, you face a unique challenge: Your child does not have a classroom full of students to speak with. This decreased opportunity for peer-to-peer practice means that you need to use different strategies than a traditional classroom teacher. Supplement your child’s second language curriculum and encourage speaking practice with these effective tips.

  • Learn Spanish with your child. As your child’s primary instructor, you will be the person they speak with the most. If you are not a native speaker and don’t already know Spanish, learn the language alongside your child. To boost your More >

When implementing a classroom or homeschool Spanish curriculum for children, you may notice that your child or students are anxious to speak in the target language. If you have ever learned a foreign language yourself, you might relate to this experience. Speaking in a new language can feel uncomfortable. Use these techniques to make your students more secure with conversing in Spanish.

  • Warm Up: When starting the day’s lesson, be sure to begin with a simple speaking exercise. Consider reviewing what the students learned in the previous lesson with a short game, for example. This will ease the children into speaking More >

While your young students are still mastering their first language, now is the time to introduce a second one. Before age six, children have a heightened aptitude for pronouncing new sounds and learning grammar. By introducing elementary or preschool Spanish lessons during this critical period, you are setting up your classroom to be more successful in the immediate and distant future. The following are just a few of the benefits of encouraging a bilingual classroom environment early on.

  • More Adaptable Students: Since your students are completing Spanish curriculum lessons and incorporating the language into their school days, they are being forced to More >

As a parent of a homeschooled child, you may be looking for ways to implement second language acquisition into your child’s education. In addition to purchasing the Sonrisas Spanish School curriculum for homeschooled elementary-aged children, there are specific techniques that you can use to reinforce learning. Follow these simple tips to supplement your child’s Spanish curriculum and incorporate more language learning into their lives.

  • Play TV, movies, and music in Spanish. Find child-friendly shows and music in Spanish. This exposure will keep your child’s listening and comprehension skills sharp. Encourage them to speak or sing along with the media, improving their pronunciation.
  • Introduce More >