I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach your children Spanish while Senora Paniagua is on maternity leave. When I explain to my friends I’m teaching Spanish to ages one year through Kindergarten they are quite surprised!
Most people know there are many advantages for anyone who speaks a second language, such as communicating with greater numbers of people as well as expanding educational and professional opportunities. But did you know there are a number of research studies that show children who are exposed to a second language at a young age demonstrate cognitive advantages such as increased problem-solving skills and creativity? Every infant is born with the ability to mimic the sounds of any language. It is much easier for a young learner to adopt correct pronunciation than older learners.
In the classroom, I use various methods of engagement through play, songs, games and books. We have been focusing on greetings, parts of our body, colors and numbers. If you would like to reinforce your child’s Spanish language development, here are a few suggestions:
- Develop an interest and curiosity in other countries and cultures.
- Read to your child in Spanish.
- Play music and games in Spanish.
Many songs we sing in class I have found on YouTube or streamed on Apple Music or Spotify. Once you start looking, you will be amazed at how many free resources you can find online.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Hola Amigos by Dr. Jean Feldman
- Tu Ti Ta by Dr. Jean Feldman
- Trepsi Boo! By Trepsi
- Buenos Dias by Jose Luis Orozco
- Cabeza, Hombros, Rodillas y Pies by Canciones Infantiles y Musica Infantil
I have enjoyed my time with your children! Senora Paniagua will return on November 5th.
Interim Spanish Teacher