El tiempo es ahora May 11, 2020 21:33:38 GMT 9
Post by Virginia on May 11, 2020 21:33:38 GMT 9
Hi all, it’s been a little over 2 weeks since I introduced myself to The Bilingual Zoo community and I have some good news to share from the Spanish front at home! I didn’t want to report back right away, wanted to give myself a few days to get a little more comfortable with the new approach, I’ve tried and given up so many times before...
The weekend after talking to you all, my husband and I did have our meeting, and he agreed (as I thought he would) to switching to speaking only Spanish with me when the girls are around (basically all the time during these quarantine days, which in a way gives us a unique opportunity to get this project started). I also committed myself to “teaching” Spanish to my girls for one hour a week on the weekends. I wanted this last commitment to be really easy and doable, almost too easy, so that there would be practically no chance of failure.
We started on a Monday, exactly 2 weeks ago, and it’s been incredible! No, my daughters are not speaking Spanish yet, but there has been a very significant change in the family. Switching to Spanish with my husband has been the best advice I’ve gotten. My 7.5-year-old is picking up A LOT, and, I did not expect this, but I am finding myself using a lot more Spanish with the girls now that I speak Spanish with my husband, my brain is just getting used to spending more time in Spanish mode, just like when we visit Argentina. So that has been amazing and I plan to keep that up. We are not perfect at it and we do find ourselves speaking in English here and there, but one of us usually realizes pretty soon and then we switch.
In terms of the more “formal” Spanish sessions with my daughters, I’ve only done 2, but they’ve been a huge success, my oldest really looks forward to them, she brings me books that she would like me to read to her, we’ve listened to and danced to songs (found some really nice recommendations for music following the Spanish Playground link I saw on this forum), and done some basic lessons on colors and numbers (most of them she already knows). At this time, my priority is to keep her interested in the language and to keep those one-on-one sessions light and as fun as possible.
I need to keep working on the plan ahead, things to consider are, among others:
- perhaps giving more structure to Spanish lessons (“Spanish time”) with the girls
- increasing frequency of said lessons
- perhaps at some point switch my reading nights (husband and I alternate bedtime reading every night) to Spanish books only
- schedule time to find materials online (order books and games, find songs and lyrics, maybe even small “lesson plans” or activities to talk and learn about different topics) - I find that it does take some time to sort through the web to find good quality materials
Lastly, I saw I had 2 new messages sitting in my Inbox that I had not seen, thank you Marisa and Adam for your tips, support, and encouragement. My plan will be to post here on the Track Your Progress board every 2 weeks or so, just as a starting point. I am noticing especially with the Spanish time with the girls, that first couple of times it’s easy, you can do pretty much anything and an hour will go by, but soon I will be running out of books and materials so I will need to set up a routine for finding good quality materials. I’m actually going to add that to my list above, just to help me keep track.
That’s all for now. More in the coming weeks, one day at a time!
Thank you again for your support and for giving me the space to put all these thoughts in some kind of order.
Wishing you well,