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My family journey into Spanish so far..

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As every parent knows we sometimes have the best of intentions but they are not always met with total enthusiasm. Wednesdays are spanish days in our house. I try to limit English and the kids go to various Spanish groups or have a tutor. This week I tried to get my eldest to attend a Spanish group but he was reluctant and I decided I have to let him lead his learning.

Tips for reluctant learners:

-Try a magazine subscription
Language magazine subscriptions

Mary Glasgow

– Try a Skype or face to face tutor
bilingual kids rock article on Skype tutors via Spanglish baby

– Try switching languages of their favourite cartoons
– Get them to teach you or the younger sibling
– Stimulate their interest with a book they love in English or ask them to read the bilingual book to you or their sibling
– Bedtime routine and the language- I like Olena’s bilingual massage idea, I learnt to do baby massage and the eldest loved it at bedtime so I am thinking how to encorporate it into our routine with some Spanish rhymes and bedtime sayings.
massage and bilingualism

I also like the idea of making a visual timetable and song chart
nursery rhyme charts

How do you get more language into your kids or varying ages?

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