Over this past summer, I had put together a curriculum for the year for our homeschool. I added Spanish lessons to our weekly activities, but my focus was always the monthly theme and not concentrating on the Spanish lessons. Fast forward one month into our homeschool year, and that plan was a mistake. We were barely getting any Spanish accomplished because all of our other activities. That’s when I decided that our Spanish curriculum needed a change. (I’ll be posting about our new Spanish curriculum later next week.)
One of the first changes I decided to make was to add small, bite size daily lessons. We needed something that we could do every day to emphasize what we were learning.
When I found these books by Language Together, my first thought was “great, books that I will barely be able to read or understand”. We have some Spanish books at our house already and my daughter always asks me to read them, but we always need to wait until Papi is home fro work or Abuela is visiting. My accent is terrible and I can’t always translate words when she asks me what certain things mean.
Children are born with a “language instinct”— they don’t need translations and formal instruction the way adults do. Our Spot Color Immersion Method™ teaches the way kids most naturally learn. – Language Together
When I saw the inside of these books, I was excited! Not only were the books easy to read, the graphic to text correspondence was awesome! As we read the books, it was easy to infer what each word meant. You are easily able to understand the language using the colored text that matches the colored picture in the story.
Language Together’s simple Flashcard Stories introduce new words and phrases. Target vocabulary is woven into short, clever stories that make kids laugh — and forget they are actually learning. Students pick up language naturally, effortlessly, through repeated exposure to comprehensible input.
In addition, the repetition in each of the books enhances the learning of the language. The first book in the set, titled “Hola”, takes you through sixteen pages of saying “Hola” to each character in the story.
The stories are short and entertaining. It is just long enough for your child to pick up a lot of new language, but not quite long enough for them to become disinterested and stop paying attention to you. The easy language and repetition are also great for those early readers!
Worried that your accent will be terrible (like mine)? You can scan the QR code on the inside of each book and listen to the story on your phone!
As we slowly start changing our focus on incorporating more Spanish into our daily routines, I am excited to start adding in these books to our lessons. Maybe I will even pick up a new word or two!
Disclaimer: Tot Tot Goose was provided the set of Spanish books for the purpose of this review by Multicultural Kids Blog. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.