Thursday, February 19, 2009

Teach Me Spanish Please!

My own children often take for granted that they have bilingual parents that are alway insisting they continue to learn and practice their Spanish. Although we get some resistance at times, my husband and I remain consistent. Our next trip to Mexico with Abuelita is only a few months away and our children know the rules. No English while in Mexico! So, I am trying to find ways for my kids to enhance their language proficiency. They have the opportunity to speak with us, family, and friends, but sometimes they want something more exciting.

I went to the elementary school today to have lunch with my first grader. A month ago, I taught a Spanish lesson to the first grade and we had a blast. Walking through the lunch room today, you would have thought I was a local celebrity ( kind of fun!). I got a barrage of Holas and rojo and abre and arriba and just about every other word they could remember from my 20 minute stint with them last month. It was so cute. I had two little girls come up to me and ask very sweetly to teach them Spanish. They asked if maybe I could come everyday at lunch and teach them new words. Their was so much interest from these kids and it was so rewarding to see how much they retained.

What a bummer it is that our local public school have gotton rid of language education in the elementary schools. It makes me sad, but I am glad that our Bilingual Fun program services this population.

Of course when my daughter's little friends showed such an interest in learning Spanish, she immediately piped up and gave her two cents. Sometimes it sparks the interest a bit when your lunch mates are begging your mom to 'teach me Spanish please'. My daughter told the kids that her mom can't come to lunch everyday, so she will teach them Spanish. Yippeee! A teacher in the making! This will be another great reinforcement for my daughter's own language development.


Karen said...

Enjoyed your post.

Foreign languages were dropped here a few years ago as well. They're the perfect age to start learning a new language... sad.

tati said...

I love how kids get so excited about learning a new language and using it! That's great that you are teaching them.


Diane said...

My son's school doesn't offer foreign language either :-( So, I've been volunteering in the kindergarten once a week. As the other kids get excited about "French Fridays" it motivates my sometimes reluctant child to get excited, too. Isn't it amazing how much they pick up so quickly? I've only come to the classroom 5 times, but we're doing full immersion for those 20 minutes and you'd think they'd been doing it all year. Just imagine if they actually had an articulated program 3-4 times a week, K-12. Sigh. It's nice to dream! I guess we need to be inviting administrators and school board members in to see the potential. It's such a no-brainer to me.
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