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!

Monday, January 1, 2018

How We Plan to Learn More Spanish in 2018


I used to call them New Year's resolutions.  Then I started calling them goals.  This year I'm going to call it a plan.  Goals get my brain going to lofty places.  Not saying that's a bad thing.  It's good to dream big. When it comes to our language learning for the year though, I need to have a plan.  I need to map out where I want us to go, and how we're going to get there.  What will the day-to-day look like around our house, learning Spanish in 2018?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Whew!  It was really fun collecting this list of Spanish-themed Christmas books.  I hope it's helpful to have them all gathered here in one spot.  One of my favorite things to give as a gift is books--any time of the year.  You know what they say, "A book is a gift that can be opened again and again."  If you gift any of these books below it's a double-win: some books listed reinforce Spanish learning, and others introduce cultural themes to learn about and celebrate.  Do you have any books you would add to this list?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


The other day I ran across a wall calendar that had daily Spanish phrases and vocabulary.  It got me thinking, what other FUN stuff is out there for getting more Spanish in your life?!  I'm sharing below a few of my favorite things I found.  And although most of these would be fine for kids, I actually had MYSELF in mind for this list!!  Enjoy.  :)

  • Stuff for Around the House
  • Books
  • Games
  • Podcasts
  • Apps

Thursday, November 16, 2017


I recently wrote about how our Spanish learning went dormant for a while.  Now that we're back at it, I'm leaning on the wisdom of Charlotte Mason--the founding mother of teaching--to help with lesson planning.  Her methods make teaching feel natural and (almost) effortless.