My name is Jessica Roberts. I’m a certified English teacher in the New York City Public School System. I’ve taught English and Reading to over 750 students for 5 years. For the past 6 years, I’ve been teaching my own children the fundamentals in English and in Spanish, so believe me when I tell you that I know EXACTLY what it takes to introduce language concepts to developing young minds!
Our bilingual journey started shortly before our first daughter was born in 2002. My husband and I come from families that only speak English, so we don’t have Spanish-speaking relatives to send her to in the summer. Our tight budget meant no family vacations to Puerto Rico or Mexico. Spanish immersion programs and schools proved to be too expensive to continually keep up, not to mention the time consumed traveling outside of the neighborhood.
I spent countless hours on the internet searching for the best possible approaches to accomplish this feat. We learned how to create a Spanish immersion environment in our home which included establishing a Spanish Time–30 minutes a day trying our best to speak only Spanish. We’ve always liked this approach even if in the beginning we ended up naming things like parts of the body, objects around the house, and colors.
We also spent hundreds of dollars buying Spanish-English bilingual books, programs and audios to help teach our daughter Spanish. While we did learn a great deal of Spanish ourselves, we found that playing the same cd or watching the same video over and over again quickly became old.
Eventually, there came a point when I felt that my daughter needed more Spanish than we could give, especially if we wanted her to understand and speak Spanish.
In fact, everything we’ve done with our daughter at home has worked! There have been several occasions where native Spanish speakers commented on her Spanish. I’ll always remember the time when she was in the Spanish immersion playgroup. At the end of the class, her teacher told me that my daughter understands the language very well and her pronunciation is “so good.” The director happened to be there too and she said, “Yes, and she didn’t even learn that from us.”
That’s because she learned that from us
monolingual parents who want their child to learn to speak Spanish.
And you know what? With the right resources and a simple plan, your child can learn Spanish from you too!
Experts have said that children learn language best when they’re immersed in that language actively participating in the language in a natural and exploratory way.
Well, take heart because I’m going to show you how you can quickly and easily teach your child simple Spanish in just a few minutes a day, using a couple of fun “tools” from your child’s toybox.
Full immersion can be difficult, however, if you or anyone else in your household don’t speak the language fluently. Other alternatives such as hiring a Spanish-speaking caretaker or enrolling your child in Spanish-immersion programs can become quite costly.
With our practical, easy-to-use Spanish lesson plans packed with fun teaching ideas, Spanish worksheets and coloring pages, your child can learn to speak Spanish–even if you do not speak the language yourself.
Discovering Spanish with Children, a Spanish lesson plan guide, could help save you time and money because you learn how to create a Spanish immersion environment in your home; you learn how to establish Spanish Time in your family routine; you get the activities and words to say during Spanish Time; and you get a variety of teaching ideas to reinforce Spanish learning with your child every day.
And the further into the lessons you get, the more confident you’ll become in using Spanish with your child–progressing more and more to full-immersion Spanish Time.
Discovering Spanish with Children was designed for Spanish interaction with toddlers, preschoolersand kindergarteners–the age that’s readily eager to absorb second and even third languages!
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Thanks for the follow-up message. I am so delighted with the ideas
I tried out so far. I am a teacher of K to 3rd-grade students (8 different classes). I had just started the colors lessons with K when I came across your website. What a wonderful endeavor. I can’t wait to try the other ideas and hope you continue to come up with more. You have definitely gained a permanent customer!”
Mary C.., K to 3rd-grade teacher in Virginia
you have gotten me more motivated with a plan to incorporate Spanish into our daily lives. We are having a blast! My son is having so much fun he doesn’t know he’s learning! I now have in my library Spanish books to use along with…your activities and lesson plans.
“I just wanted to say thanks!”.
Amy E., mother of a 2 year-old son in FL
“Wow! What a great and comprehensive first lesson!
“Great way to pull all of these components (music and singing, fun Spanish-learning activities, Spanish-speaking practice) together Jessica.”
To her newsletter readers: “…I sure do use some of her ideas with my own 3 kids and when I go out to preschools and elementary schools!”
founder of the multi-award winning Boca Beth bilingual program www.bocabeth.com
Discovering Spanish with Children was created by a parent who wants her children to be bilingual in English and Spanish. Drawing from my experience as a certified public school English teacher, I was able to write simple, yet engaging and dynamic Spanish lesson plans to teach my own children the language.
Even if I charged only $10 an hour, look at what you're getting:
The benefit of hundreds of dollars worth of my time and effort:
- researching the best approaches for teaching Spanish and useful resources
- writing out the lessons and activities
- doing the lessons with my kids
- providing English and Spanish translations and pronunciations for each and every lesson
- getting professionally drawn illustrations for the Spanish worksheets, coloring pages, and craft projects
- photographing finished work
- AND putting it all together in a great Spanish lesson plan resource for you!
Let your child know he or she is
Doing great! in Spanish
You don’t have to be stuck like my husband and I were, saying muy bien every time we wanted to encourage our children in Spanish.
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