Teaching Spanish was something I always knew I would want to do with my children someday. Even before I made the decision to homeschool, I knew that I would be introducing this foreign language to them at some point in their future. Knowing a foreign language (of any kind) can be so beneficial for so many reasons. Here are a few reasons why I’m currently teaching Spanish in our homeschool.
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It’s My Favorite Foreign Language
This is the beauty of homeschooling. I’m the teacher, so I get to call the shots around here. It is my favorite second language, so naturally teaching Spanish seemed like the easiest route to go. I took Spanish for 4 years in high school, a semester in the 8th grade, and a semester in college. Not only that but I had countless friends who were foreign exchange students over the year and they all came from some sort of Spanish speaking country. Through my classes and friendships I was not only immersed in the culture in an educational way, but also in an every day life sort of way, and I loved every second of it.
Our Spanish Speaking Family
Not only do I have many friends from all over the world who speak Spanish, but I also have family who also come from a Spanish speaking culture as well. They speak fluent English of course, but it’s so great to be able to teach the girls more about their relative’s way of life in a foreign country. It will also be pretty cool when someday they can surprise their cousins by carrying on a complete conversation only in Spanish. Here’s to hoping their lessons from mom will take them far enough.
We’re Surrounded by the Spanish Culture
The area where I live seems to have more people who speak Spanish than any other language (besides English of course). We have a good amount of other cultures here as well, but it just seems to me that I run into far more Hispanics here than anything else (maybe not, but that’s how it seems to me anyway). I think its important for my kids to learn more about the different cultures that they are surrounded by besides our own. Knowing another person’s culture can really help you understand why they do the things that they do, or think the things that they think. Having that knowledge and understanding will bring you so much further in life.
Being Bilingual Looks Good on a Resume
Being bilingual ultimately looks good on a resume. Speaking two or more languages definitely gives someone an advantage in the work world and could really open many doors for my children in their future. Even if the job they are applying for doesn’t have anything to do with being bilingual or a certain culture, just seeing that on their resume will impress an employer and could become a tie breaker in a competition for a job position.
Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids makes Teaching Spanish Easy
I was so grateful when I found Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids. Teaching Spanish isn’t an easy thing to do for some. I have quite a bit of education and I still struggled with teaching Spanish to my girls. Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids and their video lesson’s and immersion based teaching has helped make the process so easy and enjoyable for my girls. They love watching the videos and doing the workbook activities. I also love that they are not only learning the language, but the culture and geography of different Spanish speaking countries as well. If you haven’t signed up for this awesome Spanish Curriculum to use in your homeschool yet, I do highly recommend it!
I don’t know if my kids will become completely fluent in the Spanish language, but even if they don’t I do hope that they will be intrigued enough by it to explore other languages in the future. In the mean time, I’m definitely having fun teaching Spanish in our homeschool.
Are you teaching Spanish in your homeschool? What about another foreign language? Tell me about it in the comments! What works or doesn’t work for you? I’d love to hear your tips!