What would be a good way to start teaching my kids spanish? Can anyone give me ideas?

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Ximena - posted on 01/31/2010

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yo solo le hablo espanol y mi marido ingles, cuando hablamos con ella, simplemente decimos lo que queremos en el idioma nuestro y ella ha aprendido los dos idiomas, tiene 2 anos, habla y entiende perfectamente los 2 idiomas pero a veces confunde las palabras, sale con cosas como "mami is snowing afuera" jejeje ahi le corrijo le digo la palabra correcta en espanol y lo mas importante es que la obligo a hablame en espanol, si ella me habla en ingles yo le digo que no entiendo y que mami habla espanol y ella me lo repite en mi idioma, no se como funciona en su mente pero es capaz de diferenciar, eso lo comenzamos desde que nacio, siempre le hemos hablado en los dos idiomas simultaneamente y funciona de maravilla para nosotros

Natalie - posted on 01/17/2010

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Si quieres que tu nin~o hable castellano tienes que hablarle en castellano! Aunque tu nin~o prefiera hablar en ingles, por lo menos aprende a entender el idioma y algun dia se dara cuenta del valor que es ser bilingue!

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Courtney - posted on 06/25/2012

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Repetition is always best :) Can't express that enough! I always speak to my daughter (shes almost 2 years old) in english and translate to spanish & vice versa. We listen to both english/spanish radio stations. Just help familiarize him/her with the culture.

Jamie - posted on 05/04/2012

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I've spoken only Spanish with my daughter since birth but I started to get a bit frustrated when she would understand me very well but wouldn't speak it herself. I've been focusing on creating a more Spanish-centric environment and that has worked surprisingly well. The highlight of the things I've been using would be Kid Start Spanish http://www.kidstartspanish.com, I can't say enough about that program. It has really helped her "break out of her shell" so to speak. I think she's seeing Spanish all around her now and can give it the same importance that I do as a mother.

Evelyn - posted on 02/03/2010

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In my case, I let my children watch Dora and shows that are bilingual as well as play them Spanish music CD's in the car like Spanish lullabies or sing along.

Iliana - posted on 01/31/2010

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i have a seven year old girl and 4 month old baby girl, with my oldest we started speaking more spanish at home (it was a plus cause my husband speaks little english) before she began pre-school and when she was ready to begin school we actually put her in a spanish speaking class for pre-k and k cause we wanted spanish to be her primary language (they still speak some english to them it that class but more spanish. She learned all her abc's and other things in spanish..in first grade we switch to all english and she is doing great..she now speaks english and spanish just fine..and i think better than most kids i know that are hispanic and are around her age, they either speak english or just spanish. We plan to do the same with my second child..it worked for us.

Vivian - posted on 01/28/2010

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Say it in spanish then in english or show her what the item is or point to it.

Paula - posted on 01/22/2010

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THANK YOU LADiES FOR ALL YOUR TiPS....THEY HAVE BEEN VERY HELPFUL...PEACE & GOD BLESS

Melanie - posted on 01/21/2010

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There is shows like Dora the Explora, handy manny , and Agent Oso all on Disney. Just speak both languages say words in both the langages and they will learn. the younger the better.

Fabiola - posted on 01/19/2010

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Puedes empezar desde ahora mismo habla siempre en espanol los ninos entienden

Patricia - posted on 01/18/2010

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hit the sap button on dvds that your child is watching, i.e lion king etc. ofcourse speak spanish at home. I also picked a day that we cud only speak spanish> buy spanish childrens books. dont ever be forceful about it, make it fun. what shows like dora, diego etc.

Raquel - posted on 01/17/2010

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By speaking spanish. Certain words here and there and believe me they will grab on to it. My 2yr old daughter already speaks spanish and english. I speak both languages at home, besides my two other children also speak english so that's how she learned it even faster.

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Muchas Gracias. I was doing that but everyone got on my case I was been too hard. Now we are here and it becomes an emergency. I also got sick so had to stop. But my husband feels bad and does not want to push him to avoid been mean. So he and I clash in that and the kid looses. I hear you. Thank you for your advice. I will keep working. He is at a private school and it is a really good environment and opportunity for both my kids but he must catch up with everyone! He has gotten evaluated by a Doc. 1st thing and he said he just need it a lot of help with reading and that it was developmental. The tutor says he is almost there. Once again thank you! You were helpful. Please, write to me anytime.

Angie - posted on 01/17/2010

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I am a first grade dual teacher and a parent to a 6 year old son, when kids do not learn how to read in first grade its a red flag...I have students that speak Spanish at home with their families and read very well in English...I do not believe that you speaking Spanish is the problem...when i have had students that cannot read well...its because they either have a learning problem or the parents do not help them on a daily basis: you need to spend 1-2 hours a day working with him: reading with him and him reading to you, practicing sight words and doing dictation( say a word, have him write it) and practice the letter sounds if he needs it, , no tv during the week, a strict schedule, you do not have time to waste: especially since he is in 2nd grade, my son in 1st grade was having the same problem: it wasnt clicking for him,I am tired from work all day but i work with him 1-2 hrs a day including weekends and im sending him to Kumon classes, and now its clicking he is doing sooo much better, check amazon.com they have really great Leapfrog dvd's for reading that you can also use with your younger son....do not get him evaluated y the tutors you need to take him to a doctor.....tutoring places most times cannot diagnose a learning disability....goodluck and feel free to write me..i will send you a note:)

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Yes, at school they know we speak Spanish to him. There are no dual program in the school he is at. Do you think the 2 language have him stuck?

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He spoke Spanish first. But when he started PK3 he immediately went all English. We aren't teaching him to read nor write in Spanish. Right now Home work is all English. My husband and I speak Spanish but I tent to be the English language model. Spanish is spoken at home, some Tv shows and music also. We also have the influence of family who only speaks Spanish. But we see he is stuck and we've gotten him evaluated and tutors and we don't know what else to do.

Angie - posted on 01/16/2010

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ok Im trying to get the whole picture.... he is 8 1/2 and in second grade but you are not teaching to read and write in Spanish? or English? What is his primary language Spanish or English? What did he speak first? So you and dad speak to him only in Spanish? When you enrolled him in school..Did you write in the language survey that he spoke Spanish at home?

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Then we have our youngest who refuses to speak in Spanish. When he was 2 and 1/2 I worried he was behind in his speech and began evaluations, The lady said he might be stuck on choosing the language, which my mother also pointed out. The moment I choose against all English he began to speak. He is got some self-steam too because before that he was a bit insecure and shy. Now he is comfortable and we are speaking in Spanish but refuses to pick the other language. He is in PK4. Do you think it was a mistake to choose the language for him?

Angie - posted on 01/16/2010

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I am dual language teacher, since we live in an English dominant country i would immerse ur child in Spanish..they will learn English in time or you can also have one parent be the Spanish model and speak only in spanish and the other can be the English model and speak the child only in English:)

Ruby - posted on 01/16/2010

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I agree. If you speak Spnish to the hild on a regular basis he / she will acquire the language at a faster rate.

Nancy - posted on 01/16/2010

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I did the same thing, started talking to my son more in spanish than english. I figure, he is going to learn alot more english when he starts going to school. Swapping words here and there helps more than you think. Kids are smart, they will pick the words little by little.

Brielle - posted on 01/16/2010

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I started teaching my daughter spanish by here and there replacing english with spanish (ie. what would you like to have for comida?") and then slowly changing the sentences to more and more spanish. This worked quite well for my daughter as she was adjusting. I also had little signs up through the house with the spanish translation, that way we had chances to go through them all the time. Thats just an idea :)

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