When I started to teach my kids at home, I had set in my mind that even though Spanish was my first language, the school taught at home must be in English. These were the reasons that 4 years ago set my mind,
- We leave in the States, they must speak English and Spanish, being English their first language (especialmente porque solo uno de los cuatro adultos en la casa es hispano hablante).
- Most of the available books are in English
- Most of the curricula is in English
- English is going to bring them more opportunities in their future life and studies, everywhere..
- Eso si! Spanish with mom must be used most of the time, but during school time.
However, and as the time went by, I started to change things around. Somethings, I just wouldn’t know how to explain them in English. So, I started to quick in some Español. Here are the changes we have made so far.
- Phonics, we do it in English first and then in Spanish.
- Mathematics, I drill in Spanish.
- We count in Spanish and English
- Shapes, both languages.
- Measurements, in both languages
- If I read the Math problem, I do it in Spanish. If they read it, it can be in English.
- Spanish cognates, help a lot to quick some Español in our English Homeschool day.
- Grammar, sometimes I talk about el Verbo, el Sujeto y el Predicado. The structure and parts of a sentence are similar.
- Vocabulary time, can be with both dictionaries. An English dictionary and a Spanish dictionary.
- Science, Geography and History. Even though our curricula is in English, I always show them Latin words or names of places that have Spanish in it.
- Play games in Spanish, they love it.
- Libraries, have some Spanish material. Not a big selection, but a few books is better that nothing.
- TV, we do not have cable, and I am picky with what we watch. So I use DVD’s from our local library. The best of all is that you can change the language set to Spanish.
- And of course the internet, that has many valuable resources.
- We have some Spanish language lessons.
- Listen to Music in Spanish.
Results I have gotten so far.
- They understand what I read, and what they read.
- Their English Speaking Grammar has a lot of Spanish Structure. Americans do not like it, but I love it. That is why we study English Grammar as a subject right?
- Even though, they do not want to speak much Spanish. They can understand it. I believe I can solve that problem going to visit home for 6 months.
- They like Sylvio Rodriguez.
- They use a lot of bolivianismos in their vocabulary.
- They are growing accepting other cultures and races as part of God’s Creation, the best is that they love it.