Six Tips for Helping Kids Practice Their Second Language at Home
- 1. Most streaming services or cable providers have a language setting. The rule around my house is, if you are going to watch TV, it’s going to be in Spanish. If your child is old enough, you can even add subtitles for a language and reading lesson.
2. Let your kids brush up on their language and listening skills! Audible has great Spanish books they can listen to. You can later ask them to narrate and translate the story for you, over dinner. They are offering FREE kids’ stories while schools are closed (with six languages available)! 3. When your groceries have been sitting out long enough or everything has been disinfected, you can have them help you put everything away as they name the items for you. Boost their sense of pride and ownership by asking them to teach you the words. This is also great because it eliminates one more chore for you, the parent – See? Taking things off your plate!
5. Duolingo is a great resource for learning a new language. Its interactive, allowing them to read and hear the words and even to form complete sentences.
6. There are a wealth of YouTube videos with songs and visuals with everything from letters, numbers, to shapes, and movement games. Nobody wants their kids turning into YouTube zombies but hey, a few videos a day never hurt anyone, and in this case, it’s helping with their language skills.
Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Sane! Quédate en Casa.
Liliana Cortez is the director of Spanish Schoolhouse-Round Rock. For more information on Spanish Schoolhouse, visit spanishschoolhouse.com.