As a language teacher, I am obsessed about my pupils and my children’s spanish learning.
Last summer we spent three weeks in Spain and I can truly see the benefits even now. I’m hoping to repeat this language journey next summer and maybe enrol the eldest into a week long language camp to boost his Spanish as we naturally speak more English together than Spanish.
Since the summer spent in Spain my eldest has been having Spanish lessons (I tried teaching him, but it was too easy for him to wriggle out of it). i find him having a tutor works better as he likes the guy who teaches him and I can build on it during homework. I’m still looking for similar aged
Spanish friends over here but I know it can’t be forced.
My youngest has had no choice in learning, he has a Spanish au pair, he goes to Spanish play groups and hopefully he will attend spanish Saturday school when he is totally toilet trained.
Other things we have: Spanish CDs in the car, spanish DVDs, Spanish apps, spanish games, sing songs and lots of Spanish books. Sometimes my eldest will ask me for the corresponding word in Spanish or pick up a book left lying around. Sometimes we make spanish appropriate holiday treats or crafts and relate it to something we have read or seen.
I hope that by creating memories in Spain for my kids, their love of the language will grow and maybe some day we will move there in some capacity, till then I am working at their pace and will not force anything so their love can blossom.
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