Category: Language learning

Teachers can support a home language and make a difference in language development for bilingual kids.

When bilingual children start school in a language that is different than the one they speak at home, it can…

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…

Video activities for language class engage kids with language and teach vocabulary and culture.

Video is a wonderful source of language for young learners. With video, students can hear different native speaker voices supported…

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…

Top language news stories in 2016 included the benefits of bilingualism and the push for dual language programs.

In spite of the divisiveness that dominated much of the news in 2016, there was remarkable consensus on the benefits…

Preschool Spanish is fun and easy to teach with the SingALingo program.

Spanish learning in this country keeps getting better and better!  My most recent find is a new preschool Spanish program…

Hola Playgroup offers Spanish lessons for kids in NYC.

I’m always excited to hear about quality programs for teaching Spanish to children. I recently learned of ¡Hola! Playgroup, a…

These 15 types of texts give children Spanish reading practice with different vocabulary and formats.

Reading different kinds of text in Spanish helps kids develop vocabulary and understand the different ways we use language.  The…

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 share progress sheets, or reading logs. Many kids enjoy making a…

Kids learn more words by learning Spanish vocabulary used in more than one context.

As kids are learning Spanish vocabulary, I point out different contexts where we use the same word. Introducing additional contexts…

Summer Spanish can be an enjoyable way for kids to improve skills.

We like to think of summer as a time to slow down, but families are busy all year long. Summer…

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…

PandaTree offers online Spanish lessons for children with native-speaker instructors.

At Spanish Playground, we are dedicated to supporting parents as they help their children learn Spanish. I am so happy…

Sentence building in Spanish kids learn vocabulary and grammar with engaging activities.

Sentence building in Spanish is helpful for kids who are learning to read and also for second language learners as…

These personal skills will help you engage with students and create content.

Teaching language draws on all our skills. We apply our creativity and abilities to what we know about learning language…

Spanish yoga for kids is fun, active language learning.

Practicing yoga in Spanish is a wonderful way for kids to learn language. It also helps them become happy, healthy…

Understanding these language education terms helps parents support their children as they learn Spanish.

To provide a valuable experience for children learning language, teachers and parents have to communicate with each other. Inevitably, language…

Meditation for kids in Spanish teaches language and relaxation.

Imaginaciones by Carolyn Clarke has 17 very short imaginary adventures told in easy Spanish. These read-aloud relaxation stories help children…

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…

Raising bilingual children with strategies from Christine Jernigan.

Family Language Learning: Learn Another Language, Raise Bilingual Children by Christine Jernigan is a practical guide to raising children with…

Reasons for teaching your child Spanish and how to deal with obstacles.

Most parents understand that learning another language has benefits for children. However, like most worthwhile endeavors, structuring language learning takes…

Printable poster of qualities parents need if they are raising bilingual kids.

Raising bilingual kids is a complex, challenging undertaking. Of course, if there is one thing being a parent teaches you…

Talking to animals in Spanish is good language practice for kids.

Talking to animals in Spanish can help children learn language. You can enlist the help of animal friends in several…

Answers to the question why Spansh is important for children.

It is obvious to Spanish Playground readers that speaking more than one language is an advantage in every way. We…

Spanish summer activities for kids like nature walks and traditional games keep them learning Spanish during vacation.

It’s almost here! Summer means a change of routine for most families. It can be a challenge at times, but…

Montessori treasure baskets help parents create a rich language experience.

Montessori treasure baskets are a collection of objects for children to explore. These objects are often related to a theme…

!0 Spanish learning resolutions to keep language focused and fun in the New Year.

Another year is about to begin. This is a good time for families to take stock of where their children…

Life lessons learned from Spanish grammar.

Languages shape our perceptions. Usually I understand that concept in terms of subtleties of meaning or interaction. Recently though, inspired…

teaching spanish learners

We all know that children absorb a lot of what we do and say. It is a boon when it…

A list of inexpensive supplies to teach language to kids.

I am always looking for materials that make teaching Spanish to young children easier. Because my littlest students do not…

Dos and don'ts for parents of Spanish learners.

Parents often ask me how they can help Spanish learners if they only speak English. There is no denying that…

Advantages of being bilingual in today's competitive academic environment.

Bilingualism is credited with everything from improving cognitive skills to better job opportunities. In today’s competitive academic environment, there are…

readers theater benefits

Author and teacher Jessica Gracía writes about five benefits of using readers theater with children learning Spanish. Readers Theater is…

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…

If there is one thing being a parent teaches you, it is that you can do more than you ever…

spanish cognates

Anyone who speaks two or more languages knows the beauty of cognates. They give children learning Spanish a head start…

travel with kids journals

This week I am hosting the MKB Book Club discussion of Family on the Loose, a wonderful book about family…

tips for language development

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

travel with kids

Do you travel with your kids? Are you making plans for a new adventure? Whether you are an experienced family…

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…

Spanish syllalbes

This post on teaching Spanish syllables as a first step in learning to read is written by Frances of Discovering…

This is part of a series of posts featuring multicultural bloggers who are raising their children speaking two or more…

This post kicks off our Multicultural Kid Blogs Book Club! We are reading Bilingual is Better by Ana Flores and…

Spanish questions for kids to use in games and other activities.

Questions in Spanish are useful for all kinds of activities and games. Children also have fun asking each other, or…

Join the Multicultural Kid Blogs Book Club! Starting next month… – A wonderful opportunity to read books related to multicultural…

I recently read an article by Juan of Words about parts of his childhood in Mexico that he hopes his…

spanish song story debajo boton

Debajo de un botón (Under A Button) is a traditional Spanish song for children. Kids love it because it is…

Ideas for adding Spanish to a child's bedtime routine.

If your family speaks English or another language at home, it can be a challenge to set aside time for…

I do not belong to many groups. I have certainly never belonged to a group as cool as Multicultural Kid…

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…

A set of printable Spanish questions for kids.

These printable Spanish questions and pictures are an excellent activity for language learners. They are part of Una preguntita, a…

Question in Spanish for children to use in games.

Una preguntita is a continually growing collection of questions in Spanish that encourage kids to draw on information they know…

Spanish questions for games teach kids vocabulary and verbs.

These questions in Spanish are useful for all kinds of activities, including board games, classroom games or just asking each…

Spanish questions for games and activities with language learners.

These Spanish questions are based on vocabulary children learn early in their exposure to the language. The questions include words…

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

spanish curriculum spanish champs

I have had several readers ask for my impression of the Spanish Champs program, so I was thrilled when the…

Spanish questions for beginners to use in games.

This set of Spanish questions is based on some of the first vocabulary that children learn. The questions include words…

Basic knowledge questions in Spanish to use in activities with kids.

Una preguntita is a continually growing collection of questions that encourage kids to draw on information they know to understand…

General knowledge questions in Spanish for fun and learning.

Una preguntita is a continually growing collection of questions that encourage kids to draw on information they know to understand…

Sticky notes have to be one of the handiest inventions ever. In addition to keeping us organized, they are wonderful…