My daughter is almost 3 and I'd like her to learn Spanish. Unfortunately, her Spanish-speaking family does not live nearby. Does anyone have experience with good DVDs/CDs/books? I've seen Spanish classes for her age as well--anyone done one of those?
Yes, I would like my child (still a fetus) to learn chinese! And same situation, chinese relatives live in taiwan!
I am studying chinese, and hope that we can teach verbal skills through communication, and characters through home instruction, but we will also need to do research on study books, etc!
Do you speak spanish? Is it possible you could tutor spanish while learning it yourself?
On Amazon I purchased a bunch of Plaza Sesamo dvds, as well as some of the Pixar movies with Spanish language tracts on them.
My son participated in a weekly Spanish class starting around 18 months. He is now starting (at three) a Spanish language Montessori school.
At this point he understands Spanish (responds appropriately to commands and questions as well as he does English) and knows a lot of Spanish words. He generally needs to be prompted to use Spanish, but with prompting he is able.
He is just starting to use occasional Spanish phrases/sentences beyond just single words. I'm hoping the 3 hours/day of Spanish will get him to the point of speaking more in Spanish.
Good luck! As the non-fluent parent I have had a hard time really getting him as involved in Spanish. I find my husband just forgets to use Spanish with the two of us, unless I remind him.
For very young children, you could try changing the language track on favourite DVDs. Take one she is very familiar with (something with short episodes like Dora, not movie length) and put on the Spanish language instead. If she knows it really well, she may not even realise right away that they are speaking a different language. She will still follow the story if she has seen it a lot.