Category: How to

A book on raising bilingual children with how-to information and valuable perspective.

Not long after I started Spanish Playground, Adam Beck began writing his blog Bilingual Monkeys. As I read his early…

Spanish listening activities to focus on syllables, words and sentences before a larger listening task.

Teaching listening is important. Listening takes tons of practice, and we need to teach it with attention to developing key…

These tips will help parents who are motivating kids to read to keep up Spanish skills.

As part of the Spanish summer reading program, we are sharing a new progress sheet, or reading log. Many kids…

Parents can use these 15 easy activities to help kids reading in Spanish engage with books.

It is important for kids reading in Spanish to have fun. We also want them to engage with the language…

Using songs to teach Spanish is a fun with this list of 40 music activities.

When it comes to language learning, songs are extra special language. They have a dimension that makes them more than…

Teaching kids Spanish is easier with these reminders for difficult days.

Most days, teaching kids Spanish is fun. Playing together and watching your children learn will motivate you. Most days, you…

Spanish vocabulary for games in an e-book.

Many classic games and activities are good opportunities to speak Spanish with children. You can play tic-tac-toe with all kinds…

Language learning concepts important to raising bilingual kids.

One of the things I found made teaching Spanish to my kids easier was that I was a teacher and…

reading to kids in Spanish

Research has shown that reading to children helps them learn vocabulary and improves listening comprehension skills. As a parent or…

tips for language development

Research has shown that children learn more language when they are engaged in conversation than when they just listen to…

spanish puzzle vocabulary

Did your child get a jigsaw puzzle for Christmas? Does your family do puzzles together? A jigsaw puzzle, or rompecabezas…

Evaluate successful language learning with 15 questions for the new year.

The New Year is a time for taking stock and setting goals. If you have a child learning Spanish, or…

This is part of a series of posts featuring multicultural bloggers who are raising their children speaking Spanish and another…

A printable list of common Spanish phrases to use with kids.

Parents of my students often ask me how they can start speaking Spanish with their children at home. Most of…

Spanish Search Terms

I am going to be in Peru for the next few weeks and will not be posting as often on…

Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga-inspired children’s books get children moving, learning and having fun…

spanish game for kids

I play this simple Spanish game for kids with students and they love it. I usually play with preschoolers, but…

This printable Spanish organizer is an activity to help children think about a character they will pretend to be. Kids…

spanish reading comprehension

This article is by Laura Anaya de Zuchovicki, author and founder of Conversa Books. A Mexican native, she has been…

I often get questions about Spanish programs for adults from parents who want to learn Spanish with their children.  I…

Talking about this photo of a little girl playing in the sand is a excellent way to speak Spanish with…

Talk about this great picture of a woman on her bike to help your child learn Spanish. The questions that…

Sube publishes a Spanish curriculum for preschool through 5th grade. I have been working with the Level A materials and…

Talking about pictures is a great way to speak Spanish with children. Use this photo of a little girl and…

This one-minute Spanish video is good listening and language practice for children. You can just watch together, or you can…

Spanish song for children

Spanish Together has a wonderful free video about a snowman that is perfect for using with beginning Spanish learners this…

The Bilingual Baby DVD is a wonderful collection of images to support a voice-over narration of basic Spanish words and…

This make-your-own online puppet show is a great way to get kids speaking Spanish or any language. Start by choosing…

This is a collection of videos to use in the classroom, and many of them are short and appropriate for…

OnlineFreeSpanish has added a section of activities on Spanish syllables and the first one is ready to go! I am…

Spanish for children

Ana Lomba’s guide to teaching preschool Spanish has been updated and is now available. This guide is for anyone teaching…

You might be familiar with Wordle, the really fun website that makes word clouds with any text. Wordle is a…

A text-rich environment is very important for children learning Spanish. One of the difficulties of teaching Spanish as a minority…

Teaching Spanish to kids is amazing fun, but it can be taxing. We all need materials to draw on and…

Learn Spanish with Pictures helps you teach Spanish to children by talking about pictures, like these photographs of dolphins. Following…

1. There are 51 million Latinos in the U.S. today, and I want my children to be able to talk…

I love using story sticks with kids learning Spanish. The pictures reinforce what they hear, and the movement helps them…

This is one of a series of videos called Adivina la palabra de hoy (Guess Today’s Word). The series is…

Use this photo and the questions that follow to help children learn Spanish. Like the other Learn Spanish with Pictures…

Learn Spanish with pictures like this photo of a mom and baby on a beach.

Talking about pictures is a great way to speak Spanish with children. The activities in Learn Spanish with Pictures are…

Picture books in Spanish are one of the best language learning tools you can use with children.  Even as kids…

  Teachers and parents teaching Spanish to their children should build Spanish into daily routines as much as possible. Repetition…

It is going to be a little quieter on Spanish Playground for the next few weeks.  As quite a few…

Stories without words are useful tools for teaching Spanish to children. These wordless picture books engage children actively with the…

In English, we associate learning vowel sounds with learning to read. However, children who are learning Spanish should learn the…

One of the biggest challenges for Spanish teachers and parents teaching Spanish to their children is providing sufficient input at…

Recently,  I have had several parents ask for recommendations for toys to give as gifts to their children who are…

Highlights has many printable hidden picture activities on their website. Kids like looking for the hidden pictures, and these can…

You can turn this routine worksheet into an effective Spanish learning tool by using the pictures in different ways.  This…

Where do all those catalogs come from? Fortunately, you can put them to use when you speak Spanish with your…

Endless laundry?  Words for clothes are some of a child’s earliest vocabulary. Getting dressed and undressed, folding clothes, putting clothes…

“I like it!”  “I don’t like that!”   Children express what they like and don’t like many times every day.  It…

The Spanish verb querer, to want, can be used in many daily interactions with your child. In Spanish, verbs change…

In Spanish, verbs change to match the subject of the sentence. Children learn Spanish verb forms if they are exposed…

Drawing, or coloring, with your child can be a wonderful Spanish language activity. The key is to talk about what…

Me gusta (I like it.). ¡Me gusta mucho! (I like it a lot!). No me gusta (I don’t like it.)…

Teaching a second language, as a parent or in a classroom setting, is hard work. Providing comprehensible input – language…

Here are some phrases to help you incorporate numbers in Spanish into your day. ¿Cuántos hay? – How many are…

Structure interactions in Spanish so that your child has fun and is successful. The following steps will help you teach…

I really didn’t play with my kids that much when they were little. I read to them a lot, but…