Spanish Learning Songs & 6 Tips for Ensuring Second Language Learning Success for KidsI received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
With the official start of the new school year approaching, I'm finding myself yet again to finding how to incorporate fun and learning together in our home. I'm also working on getting a bit of a daily routine together, complete with lots of time devoted to fun things!
The first thing on our new homeschool routine is 8am music time. For us, this will be simply listening to music. I like to mix it up with a variety of kids music, which keeps things fun for Phoenix (5½ years old) and Ariana (3 years old). One of the newest cds I'm glad to have in our music collection is "¡Sabor!". The kids really enjoy listening to this fun, festive music, and I love that they're experiencing songs in Spanish. As an English-speaking family, I've found that language immersion through cds like this are the best way to familiarize my kids with other languages.
About ¡Sabor! Spanish Learning Songs
From the producers of the award-winning CDs Cha, Cha, Cha and A Bailar! (Let's Dance!), comes this festive new collection of interactive Spanish learning songs with the emphasis on active, whether it's making animal noises, playing games, calling out responses, singing, or dancing.
Internationally beloved singer-songwriter Jorge Anaya and keyboardist Didier Prossaird are your musical guides to this fabulous fusion of world music styles, including cumbia, calypso, salsa, and merengue, that keep the Spanish language-learning party going. From “Uno, Dos y Tres” and “Mi Día (My Day)” to “En El Rancho de MacDonald (Old MacDonald)” and “Cuando Sea Grande (When I'm Big)”, each lively song introduces Spanish vocabulary for words and phrases children use every day. A Translation Guide is included, providing an easy reference for parents and teachers who are first-time learners of Spanish. Get ready to be immersed in irresistible rhythms and pulse-pounding beats, and get ready to shout, "¡Sabor!"
Recommended for children of all ages, ¡Sabor! retails for $14.99 and is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
Six Tips for Ensuring Second Language Learning Success for KidsLearning a second language in early childhood offers a lifetime of benefits for a child. Research shows that learning a second language at an early age has positive effects on a child's intellectual growth and cognitive development. It sharpens a child's overall literacy skills and helps the child develop a greater sensitivity to language, a better ear for listening, and a stronger appreciation for other cultures.
To ensure early second language learning success, parents and teachers should:
1.Expose children to a second language early when the brain is most receptive to language development. Research shows that a critical "window of opportunity" for language learning occurs in early childhood. During this period, children can learn a second language just as naturally as their first and with native-like fluency.
2. Skip the translation! While parents may be tempted to translate words into and out of English when teaching a second language, translation can actually delay a child's acquisition of a second language. Skipping the translation stage is the key to fluency. Children can achieve fluency more quickly and more permanently by learning words directly from images and context.
3. Teach children a second language using "immersion." Leading language experts have demonstrated that complete immersion in the second language (i.e. speaking and hearing only the second language for a period of time) is the most efficient and effective way to get children thinking and speaking a second language.
4. Expose children to a second language as spoken by native speakers. Children who are exposed early to a second language can develop a native-like fluency that adults and older children can never match. Parents who are not native speakers themselves can expose their children to the sounds of a native speaker through language classes, DVDs, and CDs.
5. Repetition is the key to language learning. Children need to be exposed to words repeatedly to gain mastery of them. Ideally, children should be exposed to similar words in different contexts (e.g. through songs, skits, poems, and stories) to build and reinforce the vocabulary.
6. Offer an immersion program that is compelling and kid-friendly! Whether introduced in the classroom, at home, or on DVD, a good language program should be able to entertain and educate young learners with themes, songs, stories and characters that are uniquely appealing to children. Captivating children's interest is essential to creating an environment that promotes an enjoyable and effective learning experience for children.