Cover image of a book of Spanish fairy tales for language learners.

I love the power of a familiar story for language learning, and fairy tales have an added dimension of magic and fun that appeals to learners of all ages. However, translations of authentic versions can be long and dense with unusual, high-level language. That is why I’m excited Adam Beck, author of the popular book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability, has…

Image of holiday guide of Spanish language gifts for kids.

What a year! With children being home and looking for things to do, gifts are extra special this year, and we can be sure the books and games we purchase will get lots of use! Spanish language gifts keep kids excited about learning and they are important tools as we expose children to as much Spanish as possible. This list…

Objectives of Spanish mindfulness activities.

If ever there has been a moment for practicing mindfulness, this is it. These are stressful days for everyone, including children, and focusing on the moment makes things easier. In addition, Spanish mindfulness activities are useful language activities for both native speakers and Spanish learners.  Below I’ll share a few of my favorite Spanish mindfulness activities and resources. Why Mindfulness…

A list of positive praise vocabulary to use with Spanish learners.

As a teacher, parent, and now grandparent, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and learning about effective ways to give positive feedback to kids. My go-to strategy for positive praise in Spanish is to use a simple, specific description. Often, I follow up by connecting the description to character. 

Cover images of Spanish nonfiction children's books from The Creative Company

I’m so excited about this fabulous source for Spanish nonfiction children’s books. The Creative Company has three divisions that publish nonfiction titles in Spanish: Amicus, Black Rabbit Books and Creative Education. These publishers have wonderful titles for both native speakers and Spanish learners. 

Image of the characters in the podcast to learn Spanish Buena Gente.

Podcasts are an excellent way to increase exposure to Spanish. In addition to authentic podcasts on a wide range of subjects, there are podcasts specifically for language learners. For example, Buena Gente is a podcast to learn Spanish, featuring an entertaining story and targeting high-frequency structures.