As a tutor and someone who learned Spanish en la escuela, I have encountered many methods of presenting new vocabulary. The search for effective Spanish materials for young children can be a grueling one.
Julie and Krisse, sisters and creators of the Kids Love Spanish DVD series, have come to our rescue with this set of entertaining lessons organized by theme and intended for children ages 1-8. With topics like family, food, and animals, the lessons present relevant vocabulary, regardless of difficulty. For those of us who have seen the benefits of verbally challenging our niños, this is refreshing. The best thing about these DVDs is that they are each just a half hour long – a manageable length for even the youngest aspirant bilinguals. You can fit them in around your daily schedule (pop one in while you’re making dinner or before bed).
Kids Love Spanish succeeds in providing enough repetition and does not overwhelm the viewer with information. An array of moms, dads, and little ones pronounce the words over and over, accompanied by exciting, diverse visuals.
Each DVD begins and ends with the “Kids Love Spanish” song: a catchy way of explaining the importance of learning Spanish. Given that dancing to esta linda canción was my son’s favorite part, I am excited about the forthcoming Kids Love Spanish music CD. The song’s message and the many children featured in the DVDs are particularly valuable for reinforcing widespread usage of Spanish with kids who might be reluctant to start or continue speaking it outside the home.
Although the single word focus introduces little linguistic context, which could be valuable for children who are already familiar with basic vocabulary, these DVDs achieve their aim of giving English speakers a command of introductory Spanish. In each DVD, Julie and Krisse define the Spanish words by placing them in English sentences; this is most helpful for children at the higher end of the suggested age bracket because they are most likely to inquire about meaning and need English as a reference.
Whether your family is just beginning to learn Spanish or has a command of the language, Kids Love Spanish can be a great supplement to your efforts. You can order just one volume at a time or try out the whole 7-DVD set. Visit their informative website or La Tiendita to get your copy.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner: #48–Christopher H.!
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