Any tips or resources for finding Spanish materials or curriculum(s) for teaching toddlers? Our daughter is 1 year old, and we are reading to her in Spanish and talking to her as much as we can in Spanish (definitely need to improve in that regard). I was hoping to find materials that are either free or very inexpensive so that we can increase exposure at a minimal cost.
One thing I have found is that our local library has about a dozen or so online streaming programs in Spanish through a Hoopla subscription. They have videos like Little Pim and others. Another resource has been Spotify, which has a ton of great kids' Spanish albums.
I know resources have been shared in other threads, so my apologies if this question is duplicating that information.
I know this post is a couple of weeks old but are you looking for a curriculum that will guide you through what to cover? I personally have not been lucky to find such a program and this is coming from a Spanish teacher. What I have decided to do is find topics on what children should be learning such as feelings, the human body etc and adapting into Spanish adding supplemental materials along the way such as books and music. That's what I had to do as a teacher and it worked. It allowed me to pull from a variety of sources and made my teaching more organic and personal.
Coming at it as a parent may feel different however. Maybe we should have a thread dedicated to Spanish resources? I wonder if it's ok to link to other bilingual blogs that we found useful too that are language specific.
Maybe we should have a thread dedicated to Spanish resources? I wonder if it's ok to link to other bilingual blogs that we found useful too that are language specific.
Karina, there are various threads with suggested Spanish resources, and there will be more to come, I'm sure. The nature of a forum like this one (with a broad, multilingual audience that's continually evolving) makes it hard to establish one main thread for this information. A scan of the "Strategies, Ideas, and Resources" board will show such threads, or use of the search function can also yield useful results.
As for linking to other blogs and sites that offer Spanish resources (or resources for other specific languages), yes, that's fine! Please do!
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On the topic of frugal resources in any language, I thought I'd share the tip I read sometime...somewhere (here?) which is to stockpile new material. When I go to Canada this summer I will be bringing back a lot of books sourced for my daughter by family members. However I intend to sort them by age and only get out one new one a month, so I'll be less tempted to buy more for a while. It will keep the flow of new material going for a while. Another tip is to look for material, like past editions of magazines, on ebay.
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A curriculum would be great of course. I don't think I am quite needing that with my daughter being only 1.
I suppose I was just looking for the unique ways people have found free (legal) access to materials they would have had to pay for or were not otherwise aware of being available. I often see some sites give away free materials or sample packs of a larger collection. However, perhaps there was a site I missed that has a large, free collection of materials in my target language. The internet is a big place.
I suppose with the advent of Youtube that finding videos and music in the target language is easier than ever. I am also finding that Netflix has some good kids shows/movies dubbed in Spanish.
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9