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.  

Monday, November 6, 2017


It wasn’t until Spanish became a part of our routine again, that I understood why it had left in the first place.  It’s been so long since then, that I don’t exactly remember making a decision to “stop doing Spanish.”  I can’t even remember if it faded from our life slowly, or stopped abruptly.  However it happened, for nearly a year we “quit Spanish.”

Sunday, October 16, 2016

O de oso {Learning the Spanish Alphabet}


Whenever fall rolls around, I always get in the mood to plan alphabet learning activities for my kiddos.  One year Cheerios (or maybe General Mills?) did this thing where the surprise toy in their boxes of cereal where actually books.  And better yet, they were bilingual books!  We love books around here, and I especially love any Spanish books I can get my hands on.