Difficulties Learning Spanish? For Kids, Make It Fun!

March 11, 2011

Learning Spanish for Kids

Many adults can find the sledding to be quite tough when learning Spanish. For kids, however, their developing brains have a much easier time absorbing a new language. This is why you’ll often see children of native Spanish-speaking parents able to converse in both English and Spanish.

Let’s say for a second that your children are new at learning Spanish. For kids, one of the best ways to help them learn a new language is through interactive and fun games. Think back to your own childhood for a second. I highly doubt you were playing kick the can. If you did, you probably blocked that out of your memory for engaging games like Oregon Trail and Pacman.

So, today you are going to learn some really fun and entertaining tips that will help your child learn Spanish quickly and easily.

Learn Spanish In A Flash

Learning Spanish with flashcards isn’t just for adults. In fact, it can be even more fun for kids because it allows them to do one of their most favorites things in the world: color. For example, simple flashcards can be made by writing the Spanish word for a particular color on one side of the card with a pencil. On the other side, kids can draw a picture in the color that corresponds with the word. While this might mean that he or she has sketched a conejo naranja(orange rabbit) on the card, it will help our little learner remember vocabulary in a fun way.

Learn Your Grammar

Want to know another great site for learning Spanish? For kids I would highly recommend 123TeachMe. While I would suggest that adults click here if they’d like to learn the ins and outs of Spanish grammar, 123TeachMe also does a nice job of teaching the fundamentals of the language. Kids can look at photos, read the text, and hear audio of basic grammar rules. If your child learns best while playing games, here are some really great matching games that encourages your kid to drag the text of the Spanish word to the appropriate photo.

Sing It Loud and Sing It Proud

Kids love to sing. What better way to learn a new language than with fun songs? They have a way of staying with us for our entire life. Don’t believe me? I bet you still know “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” don’t ya? What better way to learn the trickier aspects of Spanish, such as verbs that are irregular in the preterite, than with the Spanish irregular preterite verbs song. Sing it with your child today. It’s catchy, isn’t it?

There are all kinds of great resources out there for learning Spanish. For kids to learn as quickly as possible, engaging and fun games are always a great way to go. Take advantage of the tips I’ve shown you in this post, click here for an additional online resource, and let us know some of your own favorite Spanish learning games in the comments below. I’d love to hear from ya!

photo by: RachelLovesToLaugh

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