Learning Spanish with Pre-Schoolers

Learning Spanish with Pre-Schoolers

Those who follow my Instagram feed many have spotted that the children and I have, in recent weeks, been learning Spanish. I work on the basis of exposing the children to as much as possible and let them see what they might enjoy. We do lots of various things, and at the moment, the highlight of the week in our Friday morning Spanish group. Both the children and I really enjoy the group and the rate we are going Mr H is likely to have a Spanish word as his first word!

read about how we have been getting on whilst learning spanish with pre-schoolers

The group is very play based and is run by a mum in the area and we are currently working through a short course. I have been amazed at how quickly both Mr D and Miss E have picked up the bits we have learnt, and how enthusiastic they are. It is not a lie to say that they will both only count in Spanish and say their colours in Spanish. Most activities we do at home are now followed with, ‘and mummy, how do we say that in Spanish?’

I was thrilled when b small publishing sent me some of their Spanish language books to use with the children. We were sent five books to look at (affiliate links below):

b small publishing language books

By far the children’s favourite book is bear’s first Spanish words. This is a lovely hardback book that is split into sections such as Los animales (animals), La familia (family) etc and sees the b small bear illustrated in a range of scenarios. What I like about this is that as well as the English and Spanish words it also includes the pronunciation, so when the children present me with the book I can quickly attempt the pronunciation with a reasonable degree of accuracy. They both love sitting leafing through the book to say the words and phrase they already know. A similar style book is theSpanish-English (Picture Dictionary Series) which is small enough to pop into the changing bag as I have found myself sat at the park with the children asking how to say certain phrases in Spanish, this would be a great book to accompany a holiday to Spain with young children to help them problem solve a little as they conversed. I managed to capture a short video of the children using this book which I’ve shared below.

The illustrations in this book are bright and clear and like the Bear book it is split into sections for ease of reference as well as including a phonetic pronunciation guide too.

The My Spanish Sticker Atlas and My Spanish Sticker Dictionary books are great for slightly older learners who are able to independently read the text – there are a range of stickers to place into the books matching the English to the Spanish.

B Small publishing spanish sticker books

The spot where the sticker goes is marked in English and the sticker itself is marked up in Spanish (along with a pronunciation guide). I haven’t used these yet with the children as at the moment Mr D is beginning to show some interest in learning to read and I don’t want to confused his understanding of written English if I introduce written Spanish too! That said there is a lot in these books, particularly the atlas one which also includes stacks on information about the various countries too.

B Small publishing spanish sticker books

The sticker books are bright and engaging and I look forward to really getting stuck into these with the children in due course.

Finally, the Hide and speak Spanish book is a real gem, and a bargain at just Β£5.99. There are 15 key themes in this book and each theme contains nine key words, along with picture prompts. Like the other books there is a great pronunciation guide to assist learning as well as a range of bright illustrations. You use the two flaps provided at the back of the book to either cover up the illustration, or the wording. If you cover the illustrations then you read the Spanish and translate to English. Cover the Spanish and say the Spanish from the illustration. This has been good fun to use with the children, especially the animals section.

B Small publishing hide and speak spanish

We have really been enjoying our Spanish and I’m going to be using these books more and more. We are doing an ‘all about me’ topic in the new year so we will be sure to to be using these books to learn the Spanish for various body parts too.

I am thrilled that the team at b small publishing have provided a bundle of books to give away to one lucky reader so you can set about learning Spanish too! To be in with a chance of winning please complete the Gleam entry below. The giveaway is open to UK residents only.

b small publishing Spanish books bundle

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35 Comments

  1. caroline walliss
    5th December 2016 / 07:55

    I learnt French and would have liked to have learned German, thanks.x

  2. 5th December 2016 / 08:17

    I think this a great idea, I find younger children actually find it easier to take these types of things on board, thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

  3. 5th December 2016 / 08:24

    I think that it’s fantastic to expose children to a new language when they are young. My daughter would love to learn French and books like these look like a fun way of introducing her to it πŸ™‚

    #readwithme

  4. Sarah mackay
    5th December 2016 / 09:30

    I learnt Gaelic at school

  5. 5th December 2016 / 11:26

    What a great selection! I’m collecting French books for little miss when she is a little older and you’ve given me some great ideas. #readwithme

  6. Rachel Craig
    5th December 2016 / 14:46

    I would have liked to have learnt to speak Italian as a child.

  7. 5th December 2016 / 15:34

    i speak fluent romanian. as a child i learn french spanish german and russian not fluent in any of them but i can get by

  8. Adeinne Tonner
    5th December 2016 / 17:15

    I would have loved to learn spanish as a child

  9. Amy Ripley
    5th December 2016 / 18:36

    I would love to have learnt Spanish!

  10. sarahmo3w
    5th December 2016 / 18:48

    Lovely idea! I always feel ashamed when I go abroad that I can’t speak any foreign languages. I was quite good at French at school and could probably still manage with that, but I’ve got no chance with Spanish or Italian or any other language.

  11. ChelseaMamma
    6th December 2016 / 17:05

    I think learning a language at a young age is essential – great giveaway

    • 6th December 2016 / 19:16

      thank you – they are certainly enjoying it πŸ™‚

  12. 6th December 2016 / 20:47

    I learned German and Spanish at school! I can speak Spanish but would love my children to learn It as they are half Spanish!

  13. Cassandra Jameson
    6th December 2016 / 22:28

    I knew a bit of French and a lot more German but I wish I could have done Spanish as we go there a lot now and I really struggle to get by, but my son and I try!

  14. 11th December 2016 / 19:15

    Learning a language with your little ones is a brilliant thing to do, these resources look like the perfect accompaniment πŸ™‚ #readwithme

  15. mandydoherty65
    11th December 2016 / 19:28

    I learnt French at secondary school, I often wish I had taken more notice during lessons

  16. Rich Tyler
    18th December 2016 / 01:33

    I’d like to of learn spanish instead of french / german

  17. jo liddement
    18th December 2016 / 11:25

    I learned French at school but would have loved to learn Spanish although my son is learning Spanish at Primary School and not French!

  18. 18th December 2016 / 14:07

    I learnt French but was rubbish at it!! I would have liked to have learnt Spanish but it was not on offer then

  19. Ann Skamarauskas
    18th December 2016 / 16:38

    French….badly

  20. 18th December 2016 / 17:38

    I did french and german at school but bit rusty now

  21. Lisa Wilkinson
    18th December 2016 / 20:39

    I studied German at Uni. I was fluent but haven’t spoken it for over ten years so would be really rusty now.

  22. Lynsey Buchanan
    19th December 2016 / 02:06

    I learned some French and German at School

  23. Caroline Bourne
    19th December 2016 / 12:26

    I learnt French and German

  24. Sarah Lee
    19th December 2016 / 12:27

    I did French and German at school, but would have loved the option of doing Spanish

  25. EJ Dunn
    19th December 2016 / 13:43

    I learnt French, Spanish and Arabic

  26. Stephen Little
    19th December 2016 / 16:19

    Only French.

  27. laura stewart
    19th December 2016 / 18:51

    i did french at school

  28. Diana
    19th December 2016 / 19:56

    I learnt english πŸ™‚

  29. Lolly Blackburn
    19th December 2016 / 21:40

    I’d love this for my son who is a massive Dora the Explorer fan and for me too as I’d love to learn some Spanish!

  30. Natalie Crossan
    19th December 2016 / 21:57

    I learnt german xx

  31. 12th January 2017 / 16:13

    This is great. I was trying to be as bi-linugal in Welsh as possible with out eldest, who is now four. He managed to count to ten and a few colours. Completely dropped the ball with #2, who was born in March. This might give me a second wind…

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