10 years ago, when I did not have any children, a good friend of my husband was trying to convinced me to homeschool my future kids and do it in Spanish. At that time I thought he was crazy, but now, I look back and I think he was right I should have done it all in Spanish.
I am homeschooling yes, his craziness was contagious, but I should have used more Spanish with my kids. Living with my in laws, made a big difference in our Spanish. Even my Spanish tongue has acquired an accent. I do not sound American, but I have been told that I have an accent.
I started to train my kids bilingual brains since they were babies, even before they were born I spoke Spanish to them. But once we started to be more submerged in an English environment, in which I am the only Spanish speaker, the things started to change and they started to slow down in their Spanish acquisition process.
Our Starting Point as today,
Even though Spanish and Spanglish are in our everyday school time, here is where we are today:
They can understand any daily conversation and instruction in Spanish. Yes, my husband and I need another secret language.
They use Spanglish in their day.
Great vocabulary, can recognize sounds and relate to things easily.
To my boys, I made sure to teach them to read through phonics (SWR and Veritas Press K and First Grade)
and dictation. And, I did my own cards for the Spanish Phonograms. Thankfully, a lot of the sounds are the same, so I had to add a few extra sounds and structure. It is easier to learn to read and write in Spanish that it is in English.
My older boy can read and understand it, and if I dictate it slowly he can also write. He does not feel comfortable speaking in Spanish. And I have to make him do it, sadly it does not come naturally.
My second boy complains of ear aches if I speak just Spanish for a long time, I know he can understand it. He is also reluctant to Speak it, even during his once a week co-op class.
My older girl speaks English and Spanglish, and tries very hard to speak Spanish to please me. She is learning her letters and sounds in both languages. And she is not having any problems so far.
And the youngest cracks me up, she tells me, “I can not hear you, speak like me”. I guess she gets more English from everybody in the house, but me. And she is trying to convinced me to join her team.
Today, March 4rd 2013 as a good homeschool mom, I am going to change the weekly routine again. I will Introduce “oficially” Spanish as a daily group class.
Even though, I just have one first grader, I think this book will work. The book we will use is Coquito Integrado for first grade.
Why this book? I have chosen this book because:
- I already have it, and I like to use what I have.
- It teaches to read through syllabic sounds. Lectura por Columnas and Pictures of the words.
- It has components that I believe will encourage conversation.
- Pictures that show action and a Personal Social Area for discussion.
- Sound recognition.
- Teaches to count, that is always good to review.
- The pictures are very cute.
- Rhymes, are always good.
Well, I guess I will be telling you more about my Spanish class in my Spanglish house. And see if my new experiment works.
Have a good week, Lord willing mine will be exciting!