I have a 6-year-old daughter who is half Hispanic. Her father’s parents are natives to New Mexico with a big majority of her heritage being Hopi Indians. Her father isn’t too big into the culture himself, and after meeting my language requirement for high school graduation I surpassed him in my Spanish knowledge. Her grandparents both are fluent, and we decided that we did not want her to miss out on that part of who she was.
Besides Gaia’s interaction with her grandparents on her father’s side and her love for Dora the Explorer as a wee lass, she did not get too much of the language down in early years. We know how important childhood is for setting the basic foundation for learning. As part of her learning experiences outside the home, we registered her in a Spanish class through our local co-op. She takes three different classes each week to supplement her homeschool life and make friends with similar academic interests. Her Spanish class on Mondays is a lot of fun!
This is her very first class and so she’s learning some basics. Letters, pronunciation, numbers, greetings, etc. Here at home we review her classroom materials, print Spanish activity worksheets, and sometimes we dance to Spanish music. One of the most kid-friendly mixes I have is the Spanish Learning Songs by Whistlefritz.
¡Sabor! is a great resource for us at home. This CD has a great track list that is easy to understand. And if you aren’t fluent in Spanish, the inside booklet has all the translations for you! Children are able to follow along and really get into the songs working on pronunciation as well as really feeling the naturally upbeat heritage of Hispanic culture.
My Gaia loves to dance, and these songs offer a great way for her to both practice the language and get her groove on. As someone who hasn’t taken a Spanish class in over 10 years, I can appreciate what this Whistlefritz CD has to offer for our family.
If your child is learning a new language, consider Whistlefritz musical supplements for kids!
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