Spanish for Kids: 5 Best Methods of Learning

Without a doubt learning second or a third language gives you huge advantage on the labor market, when you want to travel, when you want to make new friends and increase your knowledge of the world. It is also a fact that the younger you are the faster you can learn foreign languages. Studies have shown that learning a second language by the age of ten is much easier than later in life. Children who are bilingual tend to have a greater understanding of the English language (or whatever their native tongue is) and a higher rate of comprehension overall.

But learning has to be fun! It is becomes much more important when it concerns children, because kids are not keen about anything that resembles school. So make sure your child is not tired, sick or overworked; if you can make learning Spanish a game, your child will respond much more favorably. Kids learn by repetition in short spurts, so they should practice daily, but for no more than half an hour at a time.

Have a look at some ideas for helping your kid learn Spanish:

  1. Children’s books in Spanish. It is a fantastic way to learn Spanish. The children’s books have lots of images and funny stories. They can easily increase your kids reading comprehension level, which is lower at first. As their Spanish skills develop, they can move on to entertainment magazines or young adult novels.
  2. Learning games. Many of the same Spanish learning games for adults can be used for kids; simply find or make easier versions with children’s themes. Some games include Memory Concentration where you flip over cards to find two matching words, Word Match where you match up a list of words with their corresponding pictures, and Plug-n-Play where you fill in the blanks of a paragraph with a list of the missing words.
  3. Educational video games. There are many websites that provide video games to help kids learn Spanish. You can also buy such games. Kids love video games, so if a lesson looks like such a game, you will have no trouble convincing your child to play and learn! Make sure, however that your kids don’t spend too much time in front of their computer or tv, as staring at a computer screen too long can harm their eyes.
  4. Online, software, DVDs. There are good options both for adults and children. Such interactive lessons are a perfect way to combine audio, video and grammar comprehension.
  5. Spanish-speaking pen pals. Learning a foreign language is much easier and can be much faster when you make new friends and use the new language to communicate with them. Reading a dry lesson in a textbook is one thing, reading a personal letter from a new friend is a whole other thing. Eagerness to understand what is being written by your pen pal will increase your child’s ability, and discovering actual, used colloquialisms will make the language much more special.

As you can see, Spanish for kids is a great option and there are plenty of effective ways to teach your child Spanish. They can be also a good start for you to begin learning this language!