Sonrisas Spanish Blog

Learning a foreign language is one of the most fun and exciting experiences to embark upon. It can also be one of the most difficult for some people. That’s where we come in. There are plenty of different ways to go about learning a language like Spanish, but our elementary school Spanish curriculum, Spanish story books, and homeschool Spanish curriculum are some of the best tools on the market to do just that. It’s also one of the reasons more and more parents are starting their children with preschool Spanish lessons to get an even earlier jump.

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  Meet Sonja Whisman

Sonja began teaching in southern California in the early 90´s where she taught primary classes in grades K-3 (one being a K-2 combo for native speakers in Spanish). In the mid 90’s she moved to Texas and then Iowa where she home-schooled her children for seven years. Sonja worked as a substitute in Iowa, and as the local school districts learned that she could speak Spanish, she was called frequently for long-term Spanish substitute teaching jobs. She found that she really enjoyed it, and she discovered that the Midwest has vibrant foreign language programs. She enjoyed teaching More >

There are virtually an infinite number of reasons for someone to want to learn a foreign language. Anything from upcoming travel plans to general enjoyment and everything in between. Learning a new language is one of the most fulfilling and potentially beneficial things you can do for your personal, intellectual, and professional development. In fact, children who learn a second language can typically learn a third even easier and on average, bilingual employees earn about 20% more than their monolingual counterparts.

At Sonrisas, we specialize in Spanish curriculum for kids and younger children. This is the time when it’s easiest and More >

  Meet Debra Fehl

Debra has been teaching elementary Spanish at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, NJ for six years. She started her career teaching literature, reading, and writing in grades 7-12. She then worked as an assistant in Pre-K at Rutgers Preparatory School where she learned all about early childhood development from the lead teacher. When the school needed a Spanish teacher, Debra stepped in to fill the position. Debra appreciates the cultural diversity at Rutgers Preparatory School and the fact that the school offers Spanish at the elementary level and five different world languages at the secondary level. Rutgers Preparatory School More >

  Meet Debra Fehl

Debra has been teaching elementary Spanish at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, NJ for six years. She started her career teaching literature, reading, and writing in grades 7-12. She then worked as an assistant in Pre-K at Rutgers Preparatory School where she learned all about early childhood development from the lead teacher. When the school needed a Spanish teacher, Debra stepped in to fill the position. Debra appreciates the cultural diversity at Rutgers Preparatory School and the fact that the school offers Spanish at the elementary level and five different world languages at the secondary level. Rutgers Preparatory School More >

Spanish for preschoolers and elementary school Spanish curricula are becoming more and more popular in the U.S. and for good reason. In today’s day and age, most people realize and accept that learning a foreign language is vastly easier for those that start young as opposed to people who don’t try picking it up until later in life. On top of that, children who speak a second language can typically learn a third language even faster. Starting a Spanish curriculum for kids before the age of 10 is great, but if you can expose them to it even earlier than More >

One of the things that we talk about a lot here at Sonrisas Spanish is how learning a second language is a long-term endeavor. Many parents and administrators have the expectation of seeing results right away simply by putting their child in a Spanish class or making an elementary Spanish curriculum available. Teachers know the truth—that learning a second language takes time, consistent effort, and lots of repetition. The Sonrisas Spanish Curriculum provides an effective program in which preschool and elementary students acquire Spanish naturally with consistent instruction, age-appropriate activities, and lots of repetition. As you have been teaching this year, More >

It’s well-established that starting a child on an elementary or preschool Spanish curriculum can go a long way in their ability to develop the language more effectively later in life. Before the age of 10 — or even at five-years-old — seems to be ideal. Unfortunately, despite this bit of common knowledge, there are some who are actually going the opposite way and advocating eliminating Spanish curriculum’s in favor of more modern classes.

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the idea of replacing foreign languages, like Spanish curriculum for kids, with computer coding classes. This discussion More >

Mid-February, an interesting thing happened: The New York Times launched a Spanish version of its existing website. While the website will be based out of Mexico City, the majority of its readership will likely be U.S. residents. Today, the U.S. has one of the largest populations of Spanish-speaking residents — ranking only behind Mexico.

This launch may have flown under the radar of many news outlets, but it represents a larger shift occurring in the U.S.. The country is becoming increasingly bilingual, and young children now benefit from dual language exposure that will help them secure jobs as adults.

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Feeling Unsettled About a Trend

When I was in high school I placed third in a state-wide essay contest by writing a paper that argued all the reasons why two years in French or Spanish was not an adequate foreign language offering at our high school. I argued that students should be able to take at least three years of Spanish or French. Now, at the same high school, students can take as many years as they want of various world languages through an online program. And yet, if they want to study a second language with a fluent, living, human More >