So I saw the other thread about a poster whose child is currently immersed in the minority language at home and she's worried that the child might have difficulties picking up the majority language.
I have the opposite problem. DH and I speak a lot of Spanish in the home, and DH speaks to DD almost exclusively in Spanish, but while her English is really exploding right now, she seems to be dropping Spanish words that she previously used in favor of their English counterparts. And while she is starting to form mini-sentences in English, she Spanish is still just one word here or there, and infrequent at that.
I have thought of switching to speak mostly Spanish with her, because she still spends more time with me (or with DH and I TOGETHER, but very little time just one-on-one with DH) and so she gets more English for that reason. But it's hard because it's not my native language, and frankly my OWN Spanish is slipping a bit these days. So maybe introducing more Spanish in our daily lives would help me, too. But when I ran this past DH he pointed out that he is really still learning English (he's been in the US for almost 3 years), and moving towards an all-Spanish household would hinder him. *SIGH*
I do have to admit that DD watches a lot of TV (Nick Jr) and it's all in English. We typically have the TV running in the background 5-6 hours a day, either on Nick Jr or on a MusicTV channel--Jazz or Blues or Classical. I don't really feel bad about the TV that she watches/hears, because there are no commercials on Nick Jr, and the shows that she watches are good ones (we watch them together.) Also I still read to her almost daily, so TV is not replacing that interaction. She is still VERY active and I have actually noticed that she is picking up language/counting/ABCs from seeing/hearing it so repetitively on TV.
So I have been thinking about looking for some good, educational pre-schooler DVDs in Spanish to see if that helps. Also there is a possibility of us enrolling her in a bilingual pre-school and elementary school, but it's kind of far from where we live right now, and we don't have a car. But we might be getting a car around the time she is ready for pre-school, so that might not be an issue.
Any suggestions for increasing her Spanish input that I haven't thought of? Anyone else have a similar experience and figure out a way to get your child talking more in the minority language? I see her language skills really blossoming right now, she really is like a sponge, and I feel like we are missing a crucial window for her Spanish development.
Thanks for reading.