Structure interactions in Spanish so that your child has fun and is successful. The following steps will help you teach vocabulary in a positive, supportive way. Try these steps using real objects or with any picture that has several words that you want to teach your child. You can also use the steps with online activities – anywhere you have a set of related objects. As an example, look at this farm scene you can use to teach the vocabulary for farm animals in Spanish. You can print this picture for your child to color.
This the Spanish animal vocabulary you can teach with this picture:
chicken – la gallina
cow – la vaca
dog – el perro
duck – el pato
goose – el ganso
horse – el caballo
pig – el cerdo
rooster – el gallo
sheep – la oveja
turkey – el pavo
Step 1 – for review and learning new words:
Point to the pictures that your child is learning, or has learned, in Spanish and say the word. (If the words are new, choose 3 at a time.) Make a complete sentence by saying “Es un caballo” (It’s a horse.), o “Me gusta el perro,” (I like the dog.).
Step 2 – a little more challenging:
Point to an animal and ask if it is one animal or another. ¿Es un caballo o es un perro? (Is it a horse or a dog?) This way she hears and recognizes the word before she produces it. When she responds, repeat the word again saying, “Sí, es un caballo.“
Step 3 – more challenging:
Ask your child ¿Dónde está el perro? (Where is the dog?) ¿Dónde está el caballo? (Where is the horse?) When she points to the animal, repeat the vocabulary again: Sí, allí está el perro.
When your child is very familiar with the words, take turns asking each other ¿Qué es esto? (What is this?).
This approach can be used in any context, with objects or pictures. These steps give your child the opportunity to master the words and be successful.
Read more about teaching vocabulary using pictures: Learn Spanish with Pictures