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!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the book "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability", praised worldwide by parents and experts in the field. Available at Amazon amzn.to/22XKuCt, the global Amazon sites, and other booksellers.
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.
English speaking Canadian Mom, French speaking Dad, happily transitioning to minority language at home (English) with our baby daughter in France.
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: Two playdates with classmates from my 7-year-olds ml class this weekend, and the kids and parents all spoke ml the entire time! ml interaction with other kids is precious during summer holidays. Very happy
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Mayken: Holidays! Just the 3 of us, in ML country this year, but I'm planning for a lot of ml time, without any family to visit and friends to meet (our program when we're in ml country).
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Amy: Caught my eldest bragging to her cousin she could speak ml2 and asked him in ml2 if they could continue playing in this language....could it be my daughter is slowly accepting the fact she's bilingual and happy to be so...??
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Mayken: Not all fun after all - we were at a castle today with an amazing 3h treasure hunt, but it was all in ML. My daughter did lots of ML reading (clues), but no chance of slipping ml in.
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Mayken: Welcome back, Adam! We kept the zoo running while you were away and even swept up the monkey droppings!
Aug 2, 2017 18:26:12 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Well done, Mayken! Many thanks! (I was afraid I would be overwhelmed by the monkey droppings.)
Aug 3, 2017 6:18:08 GMT 9
Amy: My turn to disappear for a few weeks! Off to ml1 country with very high expectations as to the benefits of ml1 family bonding and ml1 exposure for my 2 girls! Have a lovely month of August everybody ! xxx
Aug 6, 2017 4:58:35 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Amy, have a really fun and fruitful time!
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Nellie: Welcome back Adam and have a great time Amy!
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Adam Beck: Ahmet, I loved seeing this photo of my book! Thanks so much! Would you mind if I shared it? And I'd be really grateful if you would leave a review at Amazon or elsewhere online.
Aug 11, 2017 8:54:39 GMT 9
Ahmet: Hi Adam, of course you may share the photo. By the way I already left a review at Goodreads and Amazon and I will continue to share info about your book.
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Adam Beck: Ahmet, thanks a lot for your support!
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