¿Usted Habla Español?

I am part Puerto Rican, but my father (the Spanish blood in my genes) left when I was a child and never looked back; thus, I don’t speak Spanish. My mother-in-law is Mexican by birth and my father-in-law Spaniard by birth. Coming to America they wanted to become fluent and so they only spoke English in their home, therefore my husband doesn’t speak Spanish well.

Despite the fact that neither of their parents speak Spanish, our children grew up becoming more and more interested in their hispanic heritage. They love listening to their yaya and yayo (grandma and grandpa) speak fluently and try to figure out what they are saying. They love listening to Spanish music and learning to dance. They even have dresses, brought over from Spain, which they wear as often as possible when they are having play dates at my in-laws. They love Spanish and Mexican cuisine, paella and tacos being the top picks, which makes my in-laws very proud.

It seemed natural when at some point my kids asked if we could start learning Spanish. Always willing to give a learning area a shot, I quickly looked up some good Spanish curriculum for young kid.

The curriculum that best met our families needs was Teach Them Spanish! This curriculum starts as early as PreK and covers a lot of ground. I like the fact that it starts off with everyday items that the children will use; colors, numbers, family members, and parts of their body, are just a few topics covered in PreK. Each new grade level stars off with reviewing what has already been taught and then builds upon it. If you learned 10 colors in PreK, you will review those 10 and add 5 more in K.

The best part of the curriculum, in my opinion, is the fun activity list that accompanies each lesson. Not only does the curriculum offer workbook pages to help you with learning, but it has Bingo games and other ideas to help make learning fun!

For those absolutely new to Spanish, like myself, there are also very helpful teacher pages. These pages follow each lesson, offering suggested questions to ask your student. For example: When studying colors, the teacher pages will teach you how to ask your student what color their shirt is, in Spanish with the English translation next to it. It will then teach you how your students should respond, in Spanish with the English translation beside.

This curriculum has been a lot of fun and we are learning a lot. Come high school, we are going to have to go with a more formal program, but for now this is working for us. The kids are having a blast and my in-laws are having fun supplementing what we are learning.

Do you have a Spanish lesson that you enjoy? I would love to hear suggestions.

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29 thoughts on “¿Usted Habla Español?

  1. Hi Homeschool mom! I’ve read a few of your posts and your “About Me” page. We definitely have a lot of things in common! May God continue to bless your work as you homeschool your children. It has been a blessing to our family as well. – Gwen

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    • Oh, thank you! You are very sweet. I always love meeting new homeschool mommies, even over the internet. I hope you are blessed in your upcoming (or current) school year. I am sure the Lord will show both of us many miraculous things! May you be blessed beyond all that you can imagine!-Cristina

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  2. So nice to see a Spanish curriculum review! I have taugh” Spanish to groups of homeschool students for several years, but this year I’ll be teaching a pre-school Montessori group. Great to know!

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      • I’ve always made up my own. *blushes shyly* Can’t say it’s been great, or even good, but we had a good time and learned a little Espanol. Guess that’s all that’s important in the long run. 🙂

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      • Pretty neat. I wish I knew enough Spanish to make up my own. Now I am learning at the same pace as the kids, but we all think it is pretty fun and we test each other on our knowledge. We too are having a good time and learning as we go!

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    • Thanks for the advice! I will more than likely be using Rosetta Stone myself, when the time comes. They are very thorough and highly recommended. Thank you for the advice! Wow! You are learning two languages! That is amazing.

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  3. back in highschool we used to watch pg13 spanish soaps… being brazilian I always watched brazilian ones at home that I probably shouldn’t have because they were really not appropriate, but the ones we watched in school (this was a Christian prep-school) was really educational and super kid appropriate. i think it’s how I picked up Spanish the best, I’ll try to find it online and send it to you… it’s based on a detective woman. Best way to learn any language is by speaking and hearing from my experience… I’m only fluent in 3 but I’m knowledgeable in 5 and a working on a 6th so definitely encourage them to hear it and speak it, even if they think they sound silly, don’t be embarrassed  Great job mom!

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  4. Hi Homeschool Mom!

    For years I have been contemplating on how to introduce my son to a third language. I took up Spanish when I was in college but unfortunately I was never able to use it. I’d like to pick it up again and take my son along with me so we can both learn. It’s good to see a review of Spanish curriculum that can be easily integrated into a homeschool environment so I might try to order them one of these days.

    May the Lord continue to bless you and your homeschooling family. Thank you for the wealth of information you provide in this blog.

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    • Hello Mark!

      I am so glad that you found the review to be of note. Most of us tend to only think of Spanish as a high school elective, necessary for college. It is great that there is a company out there that thinks of our little ones.

      Thank you for your encouragement. I pray that the Lord is glorified through all our lives. He truly is the reason we do what we do and the reason we live.

      May you and your family be blessed!

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  5. Thanks for visiting my blog! I had to come check yours out – we homeschool as well and plan to do it for as long as possible.

    I teach the kids Spanish and ASL (I speak both as well as French). They are only two and three (nearly three and four), but I just stick to a simple plan for now. I speak as much as possible to them throughout the day and incorporate unit sight words with their flashcards for three languages: English, Spanish, and ASL. For example, when we learn about ocean animals, I make flashcards with pictures of say, a dolphin on one side with the English word “dolphin” underneath the picture. I say the word “dolphin” and use the ASL motion for “dolphin” while saying it. Then I alternate and say “In English, we say dolphin – in espanol, we say delfin (del feen).” I continue to show them the ASL sign for it while speaking the Spanish version so they understand the transition. I tell them a little about the animal and have them repeat the English and Spanish version of the word.

    If you are unsure about a particular word when using this method, Google Translate actually is a perfect resource. 🙂

    I hope to get to know you better and that we can become great references for each other when looking for new things to teach our children!

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    • Thanks for check out my blog, I always like making new friends! I would love to keep in contact and trade ideas. I am always looking for new things to do with the kiddos.

      Wow, three languages! That is very neat. The flash card idea seems to be working well for you, good idea!

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  6. Hola! Muchas gracias por el “like” en mi blog.
    Don’t worry, I’m switching to English now. 😉 But, yes, I do speak Spanish and first want to say that if you ever have any questions, PLEASE do not be shy to ask. Although I would think the 4 grandparents would be excellent sources for better understanding.
    In fact, I strongly recommend your children practice conversing with los abuelos as much as possible. That is the way — conversation.
    For that reason, Rosetta Stone is totally excellent. I love it. Another good one is the Language Learnables, which is particularly good for little ones, since it deals only with spoken and they need not understand the written word. Just small pictures and audio. So simple, and far less expensive than Rosetta. Although I prefer the latter.
    Something I have learned: it seems almost impossible to create a foreign language curriculum without also creating some booboos. SO, if something seems wrong with whatever curriculum you choose, DO ask all your parents what gives. Could be a clerical error. 😉
    Oh, and thanks for the like at my site. 😉

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      • We once had a Spanish co-op within our home school support group, and we would play games such as “Uno”, using the regular card deck, but saying eveything in Spanish except the last card, which we called “ONE”. No one had to know very many words, but we used them all normally, conversationally, deliberately, as in real life, instead of having a memorized situation in our heads. My kids still say “tu turno” (your turn) in Spanish when one has finished unloading the dishwasher so the other can reload it. 😉 We also played “Poor Kitty” (one crawls around meowing in preposterous ways while all the rest have to take turns patting his head and saying “Pobre gatito” without laughing.) Not many words at all, but USED instead of just memorized and abandoned. Also we played with flash cards for becoming accustomed to changed the adjectives to match the gender of the noun, with cards picturing “la casa blanca” and “el nieve blanco”, etc. It doesn’t have to be more complicated than kindergarten, at first. What matters is making them open their mouths ON PURPOSE and become used to the feel of these other words, and overcoming their shyness about hearing themselves make such foreign sounds. That’s what helps.

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