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A Little Bit of Fun With Spanish! – ¡Un Poquito de Diversión con Español!

Life gets so busy for everyone these days.  We haven’t been able to spend any time with our Abuela for several weeks.  But we were finally able to see her again over the weekend.  The kids greatly enjoyed her visit!  They played games, sang songs, and watched a little bit of Cars and Frozen in Spanish.  It was a great time!

To keep moving forward on our project of learning Spanish, we have been watching Little Pim videos.  For more information on the Little Pim Program, check out their website.  (All links in this post will open in new tabs.)  Right now, several of the DVDs are streaming free on Amazon with Prime!

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Though I know we will spend some time watching more of the Little Pim videos this week, I’m going to have to find some new activities…   Tbear covered the colors poster I made with stickers…  🙂

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This post on 100 (Free) Ways To Learn to Speak Another Language from Te@chThought has some great resources for learning many languages.  I’m going to check out some of the ideas for Spanish.  🙂  The adventure continues!

Learning Spanish with YouTube…

We haven’t been able to visit with our Abuela for a couple of weeks.  As the saying goes, life gets in the way… Hopefully we will see her this weekend.  🙂

We sat down a few days ago to see what resources there are for learning Spanish on YouTube…  and found a lot of fun videos!

I just typed in “Spanish preschool” and started purusing the suggestions that popped up.  We started with a video about the colors in Spanish: SPANISH Colors for KiDs – De Todos Colores by Carme Sevenster.

When it started playing, Lala got excited and said “It’s talking Spanish!  Like Abuela talks Spanish.”  She was tickled about it and sat happily watching.  Then the surfing began…  She ended up watching Caillou in both English and Spanish.

I am always amused and amazed by the learning path that emerges online…  I am hoping to have the kids watch a video in Spanish every day…  It’s still probably not enough ‘exposure’ to the language, but it will be a start…  😉  I don’t want to get overwhelmed and not move forward…  Baby steps….  🙂

Maybe we can try to learn a song in Spanish every week…  Hmmm…  I think we will start with something simple: Head Shoulders Knees & Toes, Spanish version | Kids’ Songs by Howcast.  This should be fun!  Join us!!

Globos de Muchos Colores – Balloons of Many Colors!

We got to spend some time with our Abuela over the weekend!  We played some fun games.  The one that was the biggest hit involved balloons – globos.  Abuela was trying to teach the kids a little song where the main character was an untied balloon flying away when released…

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The kids were laughing uproariously at the air whooshing out of the balloons.  Abuela then taught them to stretch the neck of the balloons – globos… like a rubber band, creating sounds that are hilarious to children…  sounds like…  do I really need to describe them?  haha…  The giggles and laughter were priceless!

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We talked about the colors – colores of the balloons – globos… azul, rojo, amarillo, naranja…

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We are looking forward to some more fun and games with Abuela next week!

We have also enjoyed reading some of the ‘bilingual’ board books we got at the library.  We really enjoyed On Mother’s Lap / En las Piernas de Mamá by Ann Herbert Scott.
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We appreciated reading Fruits and Vegetables / Frutas y vegetales (English and Spanish Foundations Series) by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza.  (Affiliate link – For more information, please see our Legal Stuff page.)

And… 123 Si!: An Artistic Counting Book in English and Spanish by San Antonio Museum of Art.  The art work in this one is amazing.  We had the kids guess what the pictures were representing and their interpretations were very insightful.  🙂  (Affiliate link – For more information, please see our Legal Stuff page.)

We also watched Spanish for Kids Beginner Level 1 on DVD from Language Tree.  It is a goofy introduction to Spanish that would probably be better for kids who are a little older than mine.  Being able to read would be helpful.  It is interactive though, with questions to answer using the remote.  Lala was saying the numbers along with the video, some in English and some in Spanish.  You might be able to find something similar at your local library.
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I think my next step is to take a look at what is available on YouTube…  Aprendizaje es divertido…  Learning is fun!

Learning Spanish by Osmosis…

As planned, we watched Cars in Spanish.  I popped the disc in right before nap time yesterday.  I figured the kids could wind down a bit and then I could put Tbear down for a nap afterwards.  Lala asked several times to watch something else and then started asking to watch the movie in English.  I told her Tbear and I were watching the movie in Spanish and she could go do something else if she wanted.  I was in and out, working on stuff around the house.  After a little while, I realized it was awfully quiet in the living room.  I peeked in to find…

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Since Lala has virtually given up napping, I was surprised to find her and Tbear fast asleep.  I left the movie playing…  I didn’t want to change the noise level in the room and risk waking them up.  And who knows, maybe they learned something by osmosis in their sleep…  😉  Lala asked to watch the movie in Spanish again later in the day.

We got a stack of ‘bilingual’ board books from the library over the weekend.  I’m looking forward to reading them with the kids.  I was tickled to find one of my favorite children’s books – On Mother’s Lap / En las Piernas de Mamá by Ann Herbert Scott!
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We also borrowed Spanish for Kids Beginner Level 1 on DVD from Language Tree.  I am looking forward to popping  it in the player and checking it out.
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I think we have enough to keep us busy this week between reading and watching the DVD.    Aprendizaje es divertido…  Learning is fun!

 

Aprendamos Español – Let’s Learn Spanish!

Another adventure is on the horizon of our learning journey!  We are going to learn Spanish!  IMG_1181We are still working on some ideas of how to do this.  Our adopted Abuela (Grandmother) is going to spend a little time with the kids, just speaking the language, singing little songs, and playing.  We want to keep it low-key for now…

 

 

 

Fortunately, I did take Spanish in high school and college, so though I am very ‘rusty,’ I do have a little knowledge to help us get started.

Since Tbear has been obsessed with watching the first Cars movie lately, we are going to start with watching it in Spanish instead of English.  🙂  As usual, we got our copy from Amazon.  Here is the affiliate link to the Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack (If you use this link to make any purchases, we will receive a small commission.  For more information, please see our Legal Stuff page – link will open in a new tab):

I’m sure we will be able to find some other videos on YouTube and plan to see what we can get at the local library.

IMG_1182The other thing that will probably be ‘easy’ to work on is colors…  I created this simple ‘color chart’ and was tickled when I realized that the markers I used had the colors noted in English, Spanish, and French!

I also inadvertently discovered earlier this week that Candy Land is a great way to work on Spanish with a preschooler…  colors and the numbers one and two…  😉  And the bonus is that Lala is crazy about the game right now.

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I did find some great online sites with free printables.  (All links below will open in a new tab.)  I will be investigating these further and looking for other resources…  This should get us started though!

Do you know of any other great (preferably free 🙂 ) resources for teaching preschoolers another language?  Please share them in the comments on this post or send me a message.