Our Journey into Spanish Immersion Classes
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I also told him we were going to be making some changes at home:
- He will be going to a new class to learn Spanish, and that he will meet a new teacher and friends. He was a bit hesitant as he’s a shy little boy.
- That Mommy will be consciously speaking to him more in Spanish. I admit this has been my biggest flaw, and something that I myself have to work on.
- We will practice at home everything learned during his Spanish lessons.
- He’s allowed to watch one cartoon in English, and another one in Spanish.
- We’re going to have bilingual and/or Spanish bed time stories.We may also have a craft session along with it during the weekend.
- We will be alternating listening to Boca Beth’s Bilingual CD in the car with his other CD’s. He’s hooked on Yo Gabba Gabba’s & Fresh Beat Band’s CD.
- We’re going to sit together and watch Little Pim’s bilingual DVD’s.
- I have found myself talking to him more in Spanish, and he’s been receptive. However, there have been days that he says to me that he doesn’t want to practice Spanish anymore. (See #2 above). I have respected his wishes because I don’t want him to think that Spanish is forced on him. I want him to enjoy learning Spanish, and have fun!
- We’ve been lucky enough to find a Spanish channel on cable that has Saturday morning cartoons dubbed in Spanish. Such as Go Diego Go, Dora The Explorer, Backyardigans and Zigby. He actually started laughing when he first heard Dora in Spanish, and said they sounded “funny!” I’ve also looked into his favorite DVD’s and found some have the Spanish feature! For instance, we were watching the movie Chicken Little on DVD in Spanish. His 1st reaction: “Chicken Little is in Spanish, how cool is that!” Then he gives me this look & says, “Did you do that?” 🙂
- He has some favorite books in English that I read often to him, and he has actually asked me to read them in Spanish! I translated as I read the book and pointed out to the pictures. He has been able to assimilate some of the vocabulary in the book since he knows the story in English already. He then repeats the words in Spanish.
- We haven’t been very successful with the Little Pim Spanish DVD’s he seems to lose interest after 15 minutes. They are 30 minutes long. I’m thinking of using the DVD set in a more interactive way through at-home Spanish lessons.
- He has been teaching Spanish words such as, “agua” and “manzana” to his English speaking Grandparents! He has also verbalized his first sentence in Spanish, “Tenga cuidado.”
Have you had any experience with language immersion classes or school? How about at-home lessons, or tutors?
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