Summer is a great opportunity to practice and learn Spanish. Without academic and school commitments, kids have more time to spend practicing the language. They can strengthen what they already know, and expand their knowledge.
Learning a language is progressive, in the 4 different areas: reading/writing, and understanding/speaking. Depending on the state of the child (age and level) certain activities will better help stimulate these areas.
If they've done Spanish during the school year, these tips will help them maintain the momentum gained, and all the work they've put in. Overall, maintaining consistent language learning has a powerful effect on the mastery of the language.
We are sharing specific and practical tips, for the 3 levels and age/groups:
Beginner TK - 2nd grade
Songs are the quickest most efficient resource for kids at this age. Especially, if they're starting to learn the language. We put together this circle time with 5 songs so you can help your child get acquainted with greetings and basics, as well as start working on that natural pronunciation.
Here is our EDS Circle Time (with 5 songs), for a fun acquisition of the basics from a native teacher:
Beginner 3rd +
At this age, beginner students can advance their literacy skills. We recommend learning the alphabet and practicing essential writing.
They can practice reciting the alphabet and recognizing the letters.
Then move on to writing simple words, and then sentences. It can be words they already know or a new vocabulary set that you put together for them. They might need some help with checking spelling.
Intermediate (all ages)
Here we recommend Cooking at home!
Using recipes in Spanish so kids can practice listening to native speakers. This will expand their phonemic awareness and their ability to communicate.
You may click here or our blog post on "Sunday Pancakes" with the video recipe.
Reading, reading, reading!
For advanced students, the one recommendation we make is to read. Depending on the age and reading skills, we can do two kinds of activities here.
Emergent / Early readers (usually TK - 1st)
If your child can't read by themselves yet, the best way to practice Spanish would be to read to them. You can use here different kinds of books. Children's books, and also more advanced chapter books or stories.
This is how native speakers develop their vocabulary, from listening to multi-level language input, like you would listen to your grandmother telling a more elaborated story, and then move to a children's book.
This will help you cultivate their love for reading.
2nd grade and up +
If your child can read, then he/she can start reading independently.
Simple passages, stories, or chapter books.
You may increase the reading time in increments of 5 minutes each week. So starting at 5 minutes per day the first week, and the following week for 10 minutes, then 15 minutes, until you reach good 30-45 minutes per day. This practice and habit will help your child not only in their Spanish for their overall literacy skills.