We give commands to our kids on a daily basis. We also provide positive feedback. Whether we want to preserve and nourish the Spanish language in our families OR we want to incorporate it to work towards the acquisition of a second language, these cards are the perfect little resource to help you with that!
You don’t need ANY previous knowledge of the language. The only thing you need is a desire to include Spanish in your home and the commitment to stick with it long-term.
Why would you want to include Spanish in the educational journey with your kids, you ask?
- Creativity and problem-solving skills: Studies show that children exposed to a second language have a boost in creativity and problem-solving skills. children with access to a second language are “mentally flexible,” says Drs. King and Mackey in their book “The Bilingual Edge: Why, When and How to Teach your Child a second language”
- Early Milestone Achievement: Learning another language may also help children reach developmental milestones faster than their single-language peers. In an interview on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages website, Therese Sullivan Caccavale, President of the National Network for Early Language Learning, explains that a second language can help young children develop the concept of “Object permanence” earlier than the typical age of about 8 months. Object Permanence is a key milestone in childhood cognitive development, as it means that a child understands that an object exists even though it cannot be seen. Studies show that children who are introduced to a second language reach this cognitive stage sooner, perhaps because they are exposed to the idea that a single object can have different-sounding names.
Once you decide you want to incorporate Spanish into your child’s life, there is a range of strategies you can employ, but the most successful has been the one where the family learns it in an organic way. Just the way we learn when we are babies.
- a PDF file with five command cards divided into each room of the house: Living or family room, schoolroom, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen/dining room.
- One card full of words of affection. Because we want to tie positive feedback to the language to create a deeper bond with it!
- A QR code with Audio help
How to use this resource:
- Print, cut, laminate, and tape files at strategic locations throughout your house.
- Listen to the video and practice repeating each sentence after me. Start small; choose one room in the house and go from there. I like to start in the bathroom since those commands are easy and always almost exact every time. The kitchen is a good place to start, also. Maybe do it during lunchtime. Just use them in a way that works best for your family.
- Take the leap of faith and jump in, mama!! Start giving your children commands in Spanish daily! Here is an example: say, “Tommy, prende la luz” (Tommy turn on the light), repeat slowly, and if needed, model the action. Make sure you don’t translate the sentence.
- Every once in a while, after a couple of days, have passed of your family using these, have your child repeat after you.
♥Best of luck, mama! I have confidence in you. Remember that no one else is more equipped than you to teach your children! ♥