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Spanish for Kids, Spanish for Children, Teach Kids Spanish Kids Can Learn Spanish! Spanish for Children I just got a call from my two year old granddaughter. She wanted to sing "Los Pollitos" to me. You can find this children's classic in most of the collections of songs that we are recommending. It is perfect for hand gestures. These gestures are ideal for language learning because they imprint the sense of the words as the child recites. The text is: (translation follows) Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío cuando tienen hambre, y cuando tienen frío.
(the kids make gesture of shivering) La gallina busca el maíz y el trigo; Le da su comida, Y le presta abrigo (the kids make the gesture of Mom hugging her kids.) Pío, pío, pío (the kids should ham it up, making a little chick face!) Translation: The little chicks say peep, peep, peep when they are hungry and when they are cold. The chicken looks for corn and wheat; she feeds them, and she keeps them warmn There are many reasons for wanting your children to learn Spanish. We want to help you find resources that will help you with Spanish for Kids. Some parents are interested in preparing their children for life in today's world where it is important to know more than one language.
This is even more important in our hemisphere where it becomes increasingly valuable to know Spanish. Other people think of the intellectual stimulation that learning a language provides. They think that they can give their children a an additional intellectual challenge in a painless way. Researcher in London, England have determined that learning a second language boosts brain power which remains throughout life. Learning a language can be a source of pride and self esteem for the child who is fortunate enough to be exposed to learning outside of the classroom. There are some parents who are concerned that their children grow up respecting the different heritages that surround them. Concerned that the nativist tradition of United States history is always present, many parents, not of a Spanish Speaking background, choose to prepare their children to accept and embrace the Hispanic culture they live alongside of. Their reason to encourage their children to speak Spanish is based in part on the history of a previous group of Latin immigrants to the United States, the Italians. "Some social critics were aware of the consequences of sudden assimilation. Mary McDowell, a social worker, wrote en 1904: 'The contempt for the experiences and languages of their parents which foreign children sometimes exhibit.
is doubtless due in part to the overestimation which the school places upon speaking English. This cutting into his family loyalty takes away one of the most conspicuous and valuable traits of the Italian child.' She attributed the lawlessness of some of the immigrant children to their disrespect for their parents and therefore for all authority." (La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience, Mangione and Morreale, p. 222) Reflection on this same national history, and often more importantly personal experience, moves many Hispanic parents to keep their language alive in their children. They want to preserve their heritage for their children by giving them its most evocative and powerful manifestation, the language of their forebears. Whatever your reason for wanting your children to learn Spanish, this site will provide resources to help you. You will find suggestions and experiences of others who share your interest; you will find songs and stories in Spanish that will enthuse your children with their learning task. A list of links to related sites will lead you to other resources. And you will find that the books you need for yourself and your children have been located and placed at your disposition.
¡Buena Suerte y adelante con su cometido! Do the Parents Know Spanish? Although most of us agree that it is a good thing for our kids to speak Spanish, most kids in the US whose parents were born in Latin American countries do not speak Spanish well. Even if both parents speak Spanish at home, quite often the kids answer their parents in English. Look around at your Latin friends and relatives and you will see that most give up on teaching their kids to speak Spanish. Chicano and Puerto Rican families seem to have a little better luck than Latinos from other countries with keeping Spanish alive in their barrios but even their younger generation is losing fluency in Spanish. However, parents who want their children to speak Spanish can go against the current and set the stage for their children to grow up speaking Spanish. It is not easy. Most families fail in their resolve but it CAN be done. Take a look at our bilingual study. How to Get Your Children to Speak Your Language/¿Cómo Lograr que Sus Hijos Hablen Su Idioma? You can find it in http://www.leerespoder.
com/comoeng.htm. This report will give some hints on how to improve your chances. But it is most important for you to get your kids reading Spanish BEFORE they learn to read in English. Don't be afraid that it will hurt their English. Unless they are living in a closed Spanish Speaking Barrio, their English will be perfect. They will absorb it on the playground and in the school. Your job is to keep the Spanish up! Take a look at the fuller argument presented below for the importance of your kids learning to read FIRST in Spanish. Finally, another idea for native speakers of Spanish: You may want to review (or study it for the first time) your Spanish.
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