Taking two years of a foreign language is a Michigan graduation requirement! Graduation might seem like a long time from now, but the first five years of life are an opportune time to expose your child to another language. The research indicates that during these years, a child’s brain becomes wired for language and sounds. Research also shows that the brain will most easily learn a second language when it is taught before adolescence. Exposure to sounds in another language helps your child build the neural connections that will enable him to learn more words later on. The best way to expose your child to another language is to use the language in meaningful, day-to-day interactions and NOT through tapes, drill or videos!
Each month there will be selected vocabulary words from each book highlighted in Spanish. You can click on the links below to learn how to say the words as well as hear how the words can be used with the book. The vocabulary selected is intended for you to immerse the vocabulary within your daily routines. For example, you might say, “Your shirt is rojo (red)! It is best to try to pair the English word with the Spanish word to maximize your child’s learning. Remember to keep it natural, meaningful and fun!!