Friday, August 17, 2018

Our Spanish Plans for Fall - In Seven Simple Steps

Back-to-school means back-to-Spanish!! Although I try to always teach Spanish to my kids each week, starting a new school year puts a little boost in my efforts. I like to amp things up each fall, and at the beginning of every New Year.

As much as I can, I try to share with you all here on the blog (and on Instagram) what we do in our own home to learn Spanish. It helps me sooooo much to see what other parents and educators are doing. My hope is to share things that inspire you and give you ideas and practical help for learning Spanish in your own home!

I'll break down as much as I can what we'll be doing this fall (below), and maybe it will help you make your own Spanish plans for this school year. Or if after reading all of this, you still feel like you need a little help or guidance to get Spanish going in your house, I do lead a group called Jump Into Spanish where I share resources, lesson plans, videos, etc. for doing what we do each week. If you want more info or updates about that group go here: Jump Into Spanish Wait List

Read on for:
  • What method I use for teaching Spanish to my kids
  • How to use The Three Little Pigs to learn Spanish with your kids this fall
  • Resources for extending the story, practicing, and reinforcing what you learn

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Back to School Books in Spanish - August Booklist

I've really been in denial that it's back to school time around here. I dropped my kids off today for their first day! Their school had a "Boo-hoo/Yahoo!" breakfast for the parents. I was definitely in the "boo-hoo" camp. I am sad to see summer end!!!! If you're in the boo-hoo camp like me, you can use this amazing list of back-to-school books in Spanish to cheer you up, or if you're in the yahoo camp, you can use these books to celebrate! 

You can also find below some of these books read aloud on YouTube, back-to-school music, and a set of back-to-school vocabulary flashcards! ¡Disfruten!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

July Spanish Booklist for Kids

What's summer without ice cream, popsicles, a trip to the beach or pool, a picnic, and of course a little mischief? Those are the things I had in mind when trying to pick out the perfect list of kids Spanish books for July! These books will provide lots of practice with fun summer words in Spanish.

Choosing Spanish books for kids along a theme helps reinforce vocabulary in multiple ways and contexts. We are going to use this summer Spanish book list at our house too! I try to get most of the books from the library, and maybe choose a few to buy to add to our home library.

It can be HARD to find good books in Spanish for kids.

If you really can't find these books below or other fun summer books in Spanish, what you can do is check out books your library has along the summer theme, and then just talk about the books in Spanish. You can translate them as you read (not for the faint of heart!) or point at things in the illustrations you know the Spanish word for and talk about them, or maybe even just use the illustrations for a game of Spanish "I Spy."

Needing more tips for reading aloud in Spanish with your kiddos? Check out some of my ideas here.

Ready for this month's list? Read below to see titles and descriptions of all our picks for Spanish kids books for July!

Friday, May 25, 2018

June Spanish Book List for Kids

You might have heard me say this latelyreading aloud in Spanish and reading Spanish poetry have added so much LIFE to our Spanish learning! Don't get me wrong. I love all the activities and games and calendar and lessons we have done in the past. And we are still doing many of those things. However. Reading Spanish books and poetry has been such an easy and delightful way to add natural, authentic Spanish language to our life.

Spanish books and poetry take the pressure off of me (a bilingualish mom) to come up with real, authentic language. I speak Spanish, but I don't speak it as naturally and as effortlessly as I would like. Finding good books in Spanish isn't always easy. It has taken me a while to get the hang of finding them on Amazon and our local library's website. That made me think, why not start making a monthly booklist to share with you all?! Hopefully that will cut some work out for you, and motivate me to get more Spanish books into my own family's life!!

Keep Reading for:

  • A fun list of Spanish kids books for June 
  • Printable version of the list to assist you while searching for books at the library or online
  • Tips for reading Spanish aloud with your kids (to minimize complaining) 
  • YouTube videos of most of the books on the list (in case you're not ready to read in Spanish yet!)
  • Ideas for making reading fun this summer!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Little Red Riding Hood Spanish Unit

Learning Spanish with your own kids is hard. Even for me, someone who loves Spanish, it can sometimes just fall to the wayside. Not because I don't care, but because there's not much in my life to remind me of it.  Life is full of responsibilities, stresses, events, activities, and other things that can crowd out my intentions to keep Spanish in our life daily.

What's a parent to do? 

One thing giving me a boost lately, helping me keep Spanish front and center, is a group I started with a few friends.  We started last January.  I write all the lesson plans, choose our themes and vocabulary, and we all keep each other accountable in a private group on Facebook.  I've been calling it "Jump Into Spanish," because we all just try to jump in where we're at and learn a little bit with our kids each day.  

Accountability is key.

Finding like-minded people on the same journey as you matters.

People to encourage you.  To give you tips.  To cheer you on.  To inspire ideas.  To keep you motivated.  To say, "Yeah, this is hard, but it's worth it!"

Facebook Group Opening Soon

Our group is on break for the month of April.  I'll be busy making plans for our next twelve-week unit, and wanted to share with you all what we'll be doing in case you want to join in!  The group opens up at the end of April for a few weeks to new members.  Check out below some of what we'll be learning and doing.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Spanish Picture Books of 2018 You DON'T Want to Miss

Read Below for:

  • 5 Spanish Books Releasing Soon in 2018
  • Tips on Expanding Your Spanish Picture Book Library

Keeping up with all the new kids books coming out can be hard.  I try to keep up on all the new releases by following the work of people like Sarah Mackenzie at the Read Aloud Revival, Charnaie from Here Wee Read, Erica from What Do We Do All Day, and most recently on Instagram I have been following Kate Olson at littleloudlibrary.  The latter three especially do a great job of helping me find diverse and multicultural books for my kids.

But what about Spanish books?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

How to Boost Your Spanish Level in 2018

Language is basically learning new words, and then learning how to put them together and use them. So learning new vocabulary makes up a large percent of the task of learning Spanish. When you're studying Spanish in a class setting, it makes sense to sit down and make flash cards of all the words your professor tells you to learn for the next test.  But what if you don't have a professor?  What if you're trying to learn on your own?  How do you know what words you need to learn? Besides immersion, or talking with Spanish-speaking friends, how can you improve your Spanish?  I think half of the answer to that question is STORIES!