this post contains some affiliate links; should you click and purchase from them, I may receive compensation
As a child of about 4 years old; my part-time caregiver, an older Portuguese woman who didn’t speak any English, spoke to me only in her native language with some broken English here and there. At times, this proved to be challenging; for example, when she prepared lunch for me one day.
She kept asking me if I wanted “sopa”
I cried, “No,No sopa!!” literally in tears and hysterics about the “sopa”
Because I thought this woman was trying to feed me ‘soap’ for lunch, not soup.
But, let’s fast forward a few months later. I picked up Portuguese so quickly by being fully and totally immersed in it on a regular basis; I used the language throughout my childhood and visited Portugal in my teens. Upon entering high school, I took Spanish, which was easier for me to pick up having been familiar with Portuguese.
Later, during my first marriage I was exposed to my ex-husbands Spanish speaking family on a regular basis so the language has stayed with me, to an extent. Traveling to Spanish-speaking countries is easier when you know the language and even just in everyday life, being bilingual is a significant asset.
This is why I’ll be spending time teaching my son conversational Spanish and perhaps other languages as we progress.
His older (adult) brother has been learning German conversationally over the last few years. I absolutely love how homeschooling has taught them to be life-long learners.
This year we’re jumping in with Spanish by pulling from a few different resources to create an eclectic curriculum for my First Grade student beginning with this newly re-released workbook The Complete Book of Starter Spanish
While not a comprehensive curriculum, it’s chock full of age-appropriate vocabulary words and phrases that will serve as a good introduction and review to the language. The Big Book of Spanish Words from Usborne is another fun one to look through!
Another resource I’m excited to begin using to incorporate Spanish immersion in our homeschool is this show Salsa from Georgia Public Broadcasting. The videos are entirely in Spanish and center around stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and include vocabulary words and a similar format that you’d find on Sesame Street in terms of repetition and puppetry.
In addition to each 15 minute video, there’s a transcript in both Spanish and English that parents can download for vocabulary words and to gain an understanding of what is going on in the story if they’re unable to translate it themselves. There’s also a suggested activity that goes along with what is covered in the video.
Finally, for the ULTIMATE in teaching Spanish resources, you HAVE to check out SpanishMama.com
Learning other languages should be a priority in your homeschool for many reasons. It gives your child a competitive edge in the future, can improve long-term brain function, expands their worldview and offers a glimpse into other cultures and lifestyles.