You see, we live in an area where Spanish is the minority language, and pretty much non-existent. I know how important it is for a bilingual child to be immersed in the minority language, and what better way than with immersion through play. However, in our case living in a small Southern town I have a hard time finding Spanish playgroups, and let alone Spanish speaking folks! But I still held on to hope that I would find Spanish speaking friends for little one.
The First Spanish Play date
Nevertheless, I had a plan in place! We (including adults) played Bilingual Zingo (English/Spanish) to break the ice. Then we had story time, and crafts. Afterwards, the kids played freely on the floor. They spoke to each other in Spanish, and I saw how comfortable my son was speaking to them in Spanish. They talked about the animals, and which cars raced the fastest.
Tip: Have some board games, toys and books for the kids. Invite the parents to join in the game, too.
Spanish + Children = Successful Immersion Playdate
Just before the year ended I wrote a wonderful post about our bilingual year in review. Little did I know that I would be sharing with you another great accomplishment to be added to this year. I’m so happy, and blessed to see my son’s Spanish language growth. All I do is smile when I hear him speaking in Spanish. If you’re doubting your capability to teach your child another language please remember it’s never too late to raise bilingual children.
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Loved reading this! How fun for him, and exciting for you! My 5 y/o speaks less French than your son speaks Spanish, but still jumped right in with neighborhood kids and relatives when we were in Paris. Kids are just amazing, aren't they? Congrats to you and your son!!!
Thank you Julie!!! True, kids are just amazing! My son has already been asking when will he see his new friends again. LOL I'm sure you were pretty excited when your son jumped in with the neighborhood kids, and relatives! 🙂