We are introducing Spanish this year to our kids. Though my husband and I took Spanish in high school, we are planning to learn right alongside them. 😉
I’ve been asking around about how to teach a foreign language to children. From what I’ve read, submersion is always best, but basic vocabulary and phrase-learning is a great place to start.
Charlotte mason’s approach to teaching foreign language was primarily oral lessons of phrases. A phrase would be introduced than repeated while associating it with a motion. I found a program that follows her method and purchased it for our Spanish year 1. (Cherrydale Press)
It covers quite a bit of ground and comes with listening files for correct pronunciation. However, I noticed that it doesn’t introduce a lot of the basic vocabulary or common-use phrasing. (It feels a bit antiquated to me.)
Therefore, I decided to make a Spanish Interactive Learning Folder to supplement our foreign language studies along with a book of Spanish songs I picked up at a local thrift store.
Spanish Interactive Learning Folder
My kids love hands-on, colorful learning so I started there. The Learning folder is 27 pages of interactive, vocabulary-building exercises with pronunciation included for each page.
We will be using for our kids ages six and under. Although, I think it would work great as resource to supplement any introductory Spanish course for the elementary grades.
The folder includes:
- Numbers 1-10
- Counting by 10s
- Spanish Alphabet
- Days of the week
- Months of the year
- Farm animals
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Common greetings and good manners
- Body parts
- Common household/bedroom/kitchen items
- Modes of transportation
- Common action verbs
NOTE: You can view a video of the entire contents of this folder HERE.
Once again, I tried to make this durable to withstand at least a year-full of use from my young children. Therefore, I laminated each page and used clear velcro to attach the movable pieces. Then I purchased a heavy-duty notebook to put the pages in.
It’s a little more work upfront, but it is well worth it in the long run. ALSO, I made use of a small paper cutter this time around, which saved me a TON of cutting time.
Assembly materials used:
- 1.5 inch Three-Ring Binder
- Laminating Pouches
- Clear Velcro Tape
- Laminating Machine
- Printable Spanish Interactive Learning Folder
- Small Paper Cutter (optional)
NOTE: If you wanted to use this for a group of kids or a classroom setting, a three-ring, easel binder would be another great presentation option.
Printable Download for You
If you want to make this Spanish Interactive Learning Folder for your child/classroom you can purchase the DOWNLOAD HERE.
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