Aliceana is almost 6 and I figured it would be the perfect age to start learning Spanish. The only problem is I don’t know any Spanish aside from the words that everyone knows, uno, si, fiesta, taco, and other extremely basic vocabulary words. So I’m definitely not the best person to be learning Spanish from. So we’reworking on learning Spanish together and it’s actually really fun. One of my favorite aspects of unschooling is the fact that as parents AJ and I are always learning and exploring new things.
So how are we learning Spanish?
very time we decide to learn some more words we start out by watching Salsa. It’s a really low budget educational program from the late 90’s, but all the words are in Spanish so it’s a really fun way to be introduced to words. I thought it would be too babyish for Aliceana, but she enjoys it and it’s a great way to pick up on words quickly. We’ve learned colors, greetings, how to count to 5 and more with Salsa. You can watch Salsa for free here on the Georgia Public Broadcasting website.
After watching Salsa we learn a lesson or two on Duolingo. Duolingo is an awesome resource for learning new languages, it teaches and quizzes you on words and you can download it on any device. It’s easy enough for an almost-six-year-old to understand with a little help. Her favorite part is when she gets to match the Spanish words to the English words. Duolingo starts out simple and gets more advanced as you go, so it’ll be a great tool as we progressively learn more Spanish.
Spanish lessons are quickly becoming her favorite part of the day. I’m pretty sure she’s picking up on Spanish even quicker than I am! Are you teaching your children any foreign languages? Share your favorite resources in the comments below.