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.
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.
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Nellie: Adam - will watch the video as soon as I can (living circumstances not permitting right now - we are still in temp accommodation and I can't turn on volume) - looking forward to it!
Sept 22, 2017 5:56:44 GMT 9
Mayken: Skyping with grandma last night had to be cancelled due to technological problems - I needed to talk my mom through a Skype update and her phone battery died. :-(
Sept 25, 2017 20:45:42 GMT 9
Joanna: sorry Mayken...this is sad but funny as I'm sure many skype Grandparents have the same woes !(mine..) For us this weekend: potty training has led to great quality time reading and chatting, and some pretty hilarious ml questions
Sept 26, 2017 6:20:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Joanna, I can relate! My mother (Grandma) can't seem to get the sound on her computer working so when we Skype, we also have to use the telephone!
Sept 26, 2017 6:36:03 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, and Joanna, it's good to know we're not alone in this!
Sept 27, 2017 2:46:28 GMT 9
Joanna: Planning a long Christmas minority language visit, so exciting!
Sept 30, 2017 14:46:01 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! Skype is working again on my mom's tablet, meaning we can skype with ml grandma again!
Oct 2, 2017 23:12:24 GMT 9
Mayken: The other day my mom (monolingual ml) called while my daughter and I were out, so Daddy (monolingual ML) answered. My mom was amazed to find out he isn't monolingual ML any more after all, and praised his active ml ability.
Oct 3, 2017 23:28:39 GMT 9
Joanna: For each day my daughter is exposed to other people speaking English (here in France) I put a little star on the calendar...trying to fill it up!
Oct 8, 2017 3:52:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice motivating idea, Joanna! And Mayken, thanks for sharing your good news on two fronts!
Oct 9, 2017 7:11:50 GMT 9
Marisa: My daughter won't say number one in Spanish or English, but in German! She loves recognizing the number and saying it out loud... it sounds more like the word 'ice' in English, though, but it's 'eins.' Number 9, however, is 'nueve'. So funny!
Oct 11, 2017 10:33:45 GMT 9
Mayken: My dad's giving Adam's book to his Lithuanian friend's daughter, whose husband is sceptical about their little girl learning German.
Oct 14, 2017 21:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them!
Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids!
Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Many thanks, Marisa! In my humble opinion, more bilingual kids = more empathy in the world = a more peaceful planet.
Oct 18, 2017 7:33:04 GMT 9