I have been trying to raise my beautiful baby, Olivia Beckett, bilingual since the time she was born. This has posed quite a challenge being that neither my husband nor I are fluent Spanish speakers. Actually, if we are being totally honest - we don't know much past 'hola,' 'coma estas,' and the verb 'fumar' from our rebellious high school days.
I am shocked that in our multicultural world it is so difficult to find language programs from children. I have done what I can - hired only Spanish speaking babysitters (I love you Maria and Shayla), have her watch cartoons on the Spanish channel, use what little Spanish I know. I have even signed up for my own weekly Spanish class and so in honor of those who share my struggle (Shayla, Miguel) in trying to raise bilingual children in a monolingual home and as a way to inspire my newly found amigos that I share each Tuesday night with as we painstakingly try to remember how to conjugate verbs (nuestro maestra es muy paciente - how'd I do Iwona?) I wanted to add a page where I can share what few resources I have come across in trying to learn a new language. And if they, you, I still feel completely incompetent, I suggest a reading of the short story "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris (hysterical).
Me Talk Pretty One Day
1) "Travel the world with lawyer Raquel Rodríguez as she solves a mystery for a dying man. Watch the complete Destinos series, practice your Spanish, and find new resources for learning and teaching Spanish."Destinos Series with accompanying quizzes/games
2) Quizlet - Great resource suggested by my friend Lori for making flashcard - Quizlet
3) Spanishdict - Great resource with a translator, phrasebook, free word of the day, flashcards and more Spanishdict
For the kids
1) Camp Fantastico - A one week camp held this June at Lakeland Community College Main Campus in Kirtland. Camp Fantastico
2) iPhone app for kids ($2.99) Feed Me Spanish- http://www.kidsgobilingual.com/free-iphone-app-kids-spanish/
3) iPhone app Flash Spanish (free) Spanish vocabulary for food, animals, letters, transportation, numbers, colors, body parts, play, music - http://www.eflashapps.com/apps-on-itunes-appstore.html
4) Cleveland Spanish Academy - http://www.clevelandspanishacademy.com/
5) Camp Globo (Stow area) - http://www.campglobo.com/#!contact/c1z0x
6) Great website for Spanish games for children - http://www.123teachme.com/learn_spanish/spanish_for_children
7) Apparently the Y offers a class, but not until age 6: Spanish Classes at the Y
9) Liv picked up a book from the library, Bebe goes to the beach, and it just happened to be rhyming bilingual book! Yay! Check out the author's website at susanelya.com