As I clean glitter glue, small tin hearts,and many, many sequins off my kitchen table this week, I thought about how we incorporated some bilingual fun Spanish into our Valentines. My 2 young children don’t have too many expectations for Valentine’s day, but the marketing and colors we see in the stores certainly lead them to believe it has a lot to do with candy and the color red! The class set of Valentines that we are taking to both my daughter’s kindergarten and my son’s preschool have all been decorated and sealed. Now we are in the midst of making handmade cards for various family members.
My children’s abuelita speaks Spanish, so it is customary for them to make her cards in Spanish. However this year, as we made our other Valentine crafts, we did all commands and conversation in Spanish. Common words that we used are : cortar el papel, las tijeras, los corazones, las tarjetas, escribir palabras, dibujar con marcadores, chocolate, te quiero mucho, etc. Earlier this week, we counted and sorted candy hearts by color and number in Spanish. Since chocolate is a favorite of my children and also one of their favorite Spanish songs, we sang “Chocolate” as we mixed the batter for our heart cupcakes. Lastly, my daughter and I took turn drawing ‘ corazones’ on a piece of construction paper. Then we counted together and we had 76 corazones!
Any practice you can do at home to reinforce your child’s language development is beneficial to their learning. Although my children are constantly exposed to Spanish, often times we need to take the time to make things fun!
Valentines are fun way introduce some Spanish Fun in your February! Here are some additional ideas/links to do with your children.
Crafts/Cards in Spanish.
Hear words of Love in Spanish:
If you live where there is snow ( like we do), building a snowman can be a fabulous reinforcing activity. Body parts, descriptions, and clothing offer the perfect opportunity for practicing Spanish while you freeze outside en la nieve! We made one this week on a snow day. Every day when we pull into our driveway, I ask ” como esta el muñeco de nieve?’ Usually they answer ‘ esta contento or esta bien”. Fortunately for us, but unfortunate for the snowman, it started to warm up today. So, today my daughter told me ‘ esta muy triste y esta mal”.
Any other ideas? I am always looking for additional ways to keep the language alive for my own kids in fun, creative ways.