Spanish Playground has practical advice and useful material for teaching Spanish to children. Regardless of the curriculum we use, our level of Spanish, or the age of the children we teach, we all need resources and ideas. Spanish Playground is a source of supplemental material, activities, songs, and games.
What material is useful to you will depend on your situation, but be sure to contact me if you are looking for something specific or have questions about any of the resources mentioned on Spanish Playground.
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Teaching Children Spanish
In addition to specific activities, we all need strategies and inspiration to teach children Spanish. Find helpful suggestions at Teach Kids Spanish: Resources and Strategies.
Spanish Reading for Kids
Children learn vocabulary and grammar structures in context as they read. Therefore, books are a crucial source of language input for children learning Spanish. We have a large selection of Spanish reading activities to help children acquire this important skill, as well as book lists, recommendations and activities for individual titles.
When children play games in Spanish, they are use language to have fun. Classroom games, traditional games and active games all teach language through repetition and context. So, check out our favorite Spanish games for kids.
Spanish jokes engage children with language in a fun, natural way. Check out our favorite Spanish jokes for kids.
Preschool Spanish Activities
Preschool Spanish activities involve lots of music, movement and play. These are some of my favorite activities to do with the littlest learners.
Printable Spanish Activities
I share many free printable activities I make for my students, and I hope they are useful or serve as examples.
Poems are a wonderful source of language and culture for language learners. You can find our favorite poems and many activities on our Spanish Poems for Kids page.
Spanish Songs for Kids
When children sing, they produce correct, natural Spanish. So, in choosing songs to use with my classes, I consider grammar, vocabulary, and also what is fun to sing. Songs with actions that reinforce meaning are particularly effective learning tools. Check out our favorite Spanish songs for kids.
Spanish Vocabulary for Kids
Our Spanish vocabulary posts have activities related to specific themes. There are activities for Spanish class and examples of how to incorporate phrases into a daily routine.
Our Spanish videos for kids are fun, natural Spanish with the support for language young learners need. You will find the series Buena Gente, a series of YouTuber videos for kids, and other Spanish learning videos. In addition, there are transcripts, listening comprehension questions and activities for our videos.
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I have been fortunate to have a career that lets me indulge my love of languages and share it with others. In addition to teaching Spanish to children in many settings (elementary school, preschool, homeschooling groups and private classes), I taught university Spanish and ESL for over 25 years.
I taught my three children Spanish as they were growing up. They all speak beautifully, and it is an important part of their professional and personal lives. We have a daughter who graduated from NYU with an MS in Translation and now works and lives in Lima, Peru. My son graduated from medical school and is doing his residency in New Orleans. Our youngest daughter graduated from law school at the University of Chicago and is now working in Washington, DC.
Work and family take me to Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru many times during the year.