It is no secret that Divina and I are big proponents of teaching children different languages. For Rock and X, one of our biggest challenges is teaching them Spanish. While one might think that since we both speak Spanish fluently it should be easy, I am here to tell you that it couldn’t be further from the case. Living in an English speaking country, experts tell you the best way to teach a language to a child is to immerse them in the language when they are home. Needless to say, this means competing with the TV, friends and the rest of the whole wide world. Adding complications to this is that D and I met each other speaking English, and have become accustomed to speaking English to each other. Obviously, we are still in a great position when compared to other family, my point is, that no matter what your situation is, it is never an easy task.
Yet like all thing, the first step is always the hardest. As I said before teaching children Spanish is a commitment that has to be taken on by both the parents and the child. Divina and I were fortunate during our time at Toy Fair 2012 to come across a small company that is committed to helping families take that first step. Let’s Play in Spanish is a series of DVDs CD and workbooks that help families make that first step towards emersion in the Spanish language. We actually got to meet Susy and she is such an advocate for learning and her joy shine through in the learning system.
The package includes:
- · 6 dvds
- · 2 cds
- · 2 song books
- · 2 coloring books
- · As well as additional accessories to make each experience fun
The set is specifically designed to get children immersed in the learning experience. Yet, buying the package is on a part of the battle, parents are encouraged to constantly play the videos and CDs. You need to sign the songs and play along with your child, the more your family gets out of it.
The set is divided into two level:
Level 1 (cantemos) introduces basic concepts and works as well the alphabet, numbers, colors, animals etc.
Level 2(sal y pimiento) builds on level 1 and goes deeper into emotions, telling time, habits and most importantly words such as please and thank you.
It also comes with a little Toucan finger puppet that X loves as you tell by the picture with a little baby hand reaching in.
Ultimately, the result Let’s Play in Spanish is exposure to 2,500 Spanish words and phrases as well as an introduction of important pre-school concepts. This product is specifically designed for children and it doesn’t matter whether they are from a Spanish speaking family or not. The video feature actual native Spanish speaker pronouncing words in the correct way so that once it is learned it is learned correctly.
In terms of our experience, one of Divina’s favorite things to do is put on the videos for Rock and X. While she likes to limit the amount of TV they watch, being able to show them something that is entertaining and education is a major plus. She is also slowly introducing the music CD’s as well. So when she is driving around town doing errands the boys are still learning. Most Importantly, D and I have committed ourselves to speaking to the kids more in Spanish as well as to each other.
For more information head to www.letsplayinspanish.com, where you can buy the Let’s Play in Spanish program as well as read testimonials from families and press.
Disclosure: We recieved the pictured Let’s Play in Spanish package for my review but my post is my unbaised opinion on the product.