5 best ways to learn Spanish for kids

The education for children is sometimes one of the most important skills parents and caregivers consider. Children’s education can give them the essential knowledge to read, write, and communicate in the world.

How about learning a foreign language such as Spanish?

Could this be an advantage in their education? In some curriculums, it’s not even part of it. It would be an added bonus or extra curriculum for some students to even learn Spanish. Actually, many education programs have now recently considered immersion programs in Spanish. But what happens when parents or caregivers want to give their children that extra knowledge. Where would they start?

Well, how would one start? A parent can start by following these 5 simple strategies to learn Spanish:

Use Picture Dictionaries or Encyclopedias in Spanish

By using picture dictionaries and encyclopedias, they open up a world of knowledge to children. These great reference books are full of factual events and words in very simple terms. Some picture book dictionaries now incorporate bilingual words and phonetics. Phonetics is an essential part of learning a foreign language.

The ability to pronounce or learn syllable formation can be obtained from dictionaries. Good reference materials are also great ways to learn about other Spanish cultures and heritages. They depict how other cultures may differ from your own way of living, which is an important part of learning about a foreign language.

Play with Puzzles and Word Games

Another great way to teach children Spanish is playing bingo word games or puzzles. A wonderful way to learn new vocabulary and spelling is by just simply playing with words. In crossword puzzles, kids can find new Spanish or bilingual words in an array of letter connections.

To further emphasize their learning in Spanish, bingo games or picture puzzles are a great way to connect picture with the new learned word. Children are able to associate the new word with the picture. Hence, they comprehend, for instance, that water is agua. Puzzles are one of the best ways to teach children about new Spanish words.

Study Theme Worksheets in Daily Tasks

Other best ways to educate children about Spanish is theme worksheets. Preschoolers or beginners in Spanish tend to learn better by observing how specific daily tasks like cooking, working, going to school, transportation, and even science is applied in daily life.

Educators recently implemented this type of teaching as full immersion Spanish learning. In this way, students are completely engrossed in the language, learning all aspects of the culture and dialects in Spanish. This form of learning is very much like being part of a foreign exchange program.

Listen to Music in Spanish

What fun way to learn Spanish for kids than to listen to some Spanish music. Preschoolers love to play and dance with lyrics that they can relate as learning about farm animals, colors, numbers, and letters. And many lyrics are very catchy. Songs and lyrics are essential learning tools for beginners in Spanish.

Music promotes learning rhyming and word recognition. It also establishes a good way to learn about pronunciation by just singing the words. Many of the popular Spanish sayings and rhymes have derived from children’s poems. Songs and poems for children are excellent ways to teach them about rhyming in Spanish.

Read Spanish Books with CD or DVD

One of the best ways to learn Spanish for kids and beginners in Spanish is to read audio books or bilingual books. With so many wonderful titles available from classic authors, many bilingual books are readily available to parents and caregivers. Reading establishes the basis for learning Spanish. Many books are also available in different reading levels so that the child can improve at his or her own learning rate.

Many books are also available in DVD where the stories are narrated in Spanish. And many television sets are capable to have Spanish subtitles. Many books are further available on CD, where the same author or other storyteller narrates the stories. Most of these types of books can easily be followed along by reading together. Reading books together promotes the love for reading, which is a skill that can last them forever.

When children are able to assimilate words in English and Spanish, this extra education can promote a realm of knowledge and broaden their aspect of the world around them. Learning Spanish through play is the most fun way. Play is learning.

Are your children involved in a Spanish learning program?

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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