Spanish games and apps for children learning language.

Tag: Day and Night

Children learning Spanish will identify with Juan, the little boy in this song who protests that it is too early to get up for school. Arriba, Juan is a traditional song in the form of a conversation between Juan and his mother.  It is fun to have different people or groups sing the two voices. This is a great song for kids who are learning to roll the rr. Because they are singing and moving more air through their mouths…

This is a song with pictures, perfect for the very littlest children learning Spanish. Luna has the words luna (moon), sol (sun), caracol (snail), girasol (sunflower), ruiseñor (nightingale) and corazón (heart). The idea of labeling common objects to a familiar tune is one that you can easily adapt and use with your own pictures. The tune here is a variation of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. In general, words used in context are best for language learning, but this is a…

Children can draw on information they already know to understand new Spanish vocabulary and structures.  When teachers and parents talk about familiar subjects in Spanish, children associate concepts they understand with the new language.  This way, children learn Spanish vocabulary in context and applied to content, rather than as lists of vocabulary words which are often memorized and then quickly forgotten. In the early grades, children learn the basic facts of the solar system. When children then hear or read…

The website Presencias de Música is a wonderful resource for anyone teaching Spanish to children.  The site is maintained by a group of volunteers, under the direction and supervision of Prof. Pablo Bensaya of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The purpose of the site is to provide resources for music education to teachers in countries, or classes, where the first language is Spanish.  However, the material that they have made available is also a resource to those teaching Spanish to children in…

Knowing the days of the week in Spanish allows children to understand and communicate important information. That is why the days of the week are some of the first vocabulary taught in beginning Spanish classes. You can teach your child the days of the week in Spanish and use that vocabulary to talk about family activities. Here is some useful information about the days of the week in Spanish: The days of the week are not capitalized in Spanish. The…

This short, simple song asks the sun to warm the Earth.  It is a good example of how word families extend a child’s vocabulary as she learns Spanish.  Children can hear the relationship between the common words calor (heat) and frío (cold) and the verbs calentar (to heat something)  and enfriar (to make something cold) that are used in the song. Also, most children are introduced to the word sol early in their contact with Spanish.  The association of the…

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