The best gift a parent can give their child is the ability to speak a second language, like Spanish.
The best time to teach a new language, like Spanish, is when a child is a toddler. Teaching a second language has been proven to not only strengthen a child’s ability in their first language, but it also:
- Leads to higher scores on standardized tests when they’re older
- Better retention of language
- Better memory
The following are ways to teach your children Spanish.
By immersion, I don’t mean that you have to move to a Spanish speaking country, but it would be a good idea when kids learn Spanish for them to be in the best possible environment for this to happen. This may often mean engineering a few things in their lives, at least for a short amount of time. This can best be done by following the advice below.
Children enjoy singing,they can easily learn Spanish from singing Spanish songs.Learning through singing is more memorable, more efficient and often more correct than translating.
Reading is Fun
Reading Spanish stories is another excellent method to provide learning through context. For children, pick short simple stories with lots of pictures and if your pronunciation is satisfactory, then read the stories to your child using lots of expression. Or, if at all possible, find a native speaker to read to your child. Try to organize a group of interested children for “Spanish Story-time”.
Every town and city in the county has classes for learn Spanish for kids. Kids learning to speak Spanish will be in an ideal learning environment with many people their own age. They will also make good friends and the can learn Spanish together.
Watch Spanish Films
Who said learning had to be dull? When kids learn to speak Spanish, they should be watching Spanish TV programs, radio and watching films with Spanish subtitles.
It has been shown that when we are in a relaxed state we learn much better. Therefore children will learn to speak a new language much easier when they are asleep, or trying to get to sleep as this is the most relaxed state possible.
Always have your MP3 player handy. When kids learn to speak Spanish they can be learning as they are in the car, walking to the shops or on the computer. There are many great audio products available online today to help kids learn to speak Spanish
The best time to teach Spanish to a child is when they’re a toddler. Take advantage of this age and help your child grow to their best potential.