As we all know the world is getting so small and becoming more global. We are immersed into other cultures every single day.. I mean every day. As a mother,the value of raising Amira to be more cultured and adapt to the world internationally is very important. I try with all of my little might to give her as many advantages as possible.
Raising Amira to be bilingual is one of my major goals. Learning a second language not only allows her to communicate with her friends in school that speak Spanish but it prepares her for so much more the world can offer.
Like mother like daughter, I started teaching myself Spanish a few years ago by reading books and listening audio tapes. I didn't have the resources to place her in a bilingual school program so I invested in Brainy Baby's Spanish and English Simple Words & Phrases as a first step in teaching Amira spanish.
The set was pretty cool and came with mixed resources for learning. It comes packaged with a book, DVD, and flash cards. I thought that was pretty cool and great thinking on the developers end. We all know kids learn different ways, some are visual and some are audio, and hands on. So it's perfect to use all of the learning techniques.
Our method of learning is pretty simple. We take a word or two a week and review all day every day. Most of the time, if I know Amira has mastered the word. I make her speak to me only in Spanish.
For example, numbers and colors she has to tell me in both English in spanish. This morning I asked her ? Cuantos colas de caballo quieres
she replied in Spanish cuatro .
Using this method, is a great way to reinforce and review and allow her to carry on conversations in Spanish.
We just love the Brainy Baby Collection and we've used it for the past 3 years.
I purchased the collection locally in Memphis at Booksellers at Laurel wood, if you aren't in Memphis you can grab it here