Spanish Learning in the Summer!

Guest blog post by Angelica from Monarca Language.

The most asked question by parents at the end of the school year is: How can I maintain my child’s Spanish skills during the summer?
There are plenty of new opportunities to introduce, engage and practice Español during the summer months.
Here are three easy and straightforward ideas to teach or keep up with your niños Spanish skills during the Summer. Don’t worry! Fluency is not required.

1. WEEKLY THEMES

Create a summer calendar with weekly themes. Check out two to three books for each topic from your local public library and prepare simple activities related to each subject.
Here is a sample for an ocean theme that includes a storybookmy, music, field trip and game activity and a printable.

Week 1

Ocean Animals

Story Books
El Pez Arcoiris by Marcus Pfister
Pescadito by Sanne Te’loo

Another useful tip is to search for storybooks on Youtube or Vimeo. I found a few options for my ocean theme and even a video for one of the storybooks I picked for my theme!

El Pez AcroIris
Printable Activity
Play a simple memory game to practice the vocabulary of the week. This lesson includes a FREE memory game. Just print each page twice, laminate and play!

 

Ask your child to read out loud the name of each animal.
Here is an example:
“El tiburón y el pez no son un par” [The shark and the fish are not a pair].
“Tu turno” [Your turn].
“Mi turno” [My turn].

 

Outdoor Activity

Visit the aquarium. Ask for pamphlets or free educational materials in Spanish. You will be surprised of what they might offer in other languages.
You can play Yo veo, yo veo [I spy] while visiting different exhibitions.
Here is an example:
“Yo veo, Yo veo un animal gris muy peligroso” [I see, I see a very dangerous gray animal ].
“¿Tu ves un tiburón?” ¡Si, yo veo un tiburón! [Do you see a shark?  Yes, I see a shark!].

Songs

Tantos Peces by Monarca Language is a sing-along video that teaches children what is not a fish, such as octopus, whales, etc. Super cute!

2. PICTIONARY DIARY

Summer is all about going out places, visiting friends and family and spending time outdoors. Have your children create a Pictionary en Español.  You only need a sketching pad and drawing or coloring pencils. Ask them to draw and label three to five pictures each day of the things you did or the places you visited. At the end of each day, you can ask them to tell you a story or just a simple sentence using those three to five words.

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3. MUSIC

Your local library probably has a good amount of Spanish language music. Play it, Dance it, Sing it!
Music is the perfect way to learn and practice another language. Start with upbeat, easy and repetitive lyrics; make sure to print out the lyrics of the songs you will be practicing each week.
Here are a few of my favorite music CDS
Las Aventuras de Tutuca

Las Aventuras de Tutuca is a simple collection of 5 thematic songs all told through amazing stories and engaging characters.

Soy una Pizza

Catchy and easy to learn songs with familiar words and concepts.

La Brujita Tapita

Most songs have videos and dance steps to learn and follow.

 

Always keep it fun but consistent and your niños will be ready for más Español in the fall.
Enjoy your summer!
~Angelica
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