Learning Spanish is something we often associate with high school, but students can receive an education in another language even earlier than that. Whether you’re a teacher virtually educating students or you’re a parent homeschooling a child (or multiple children), teaching Spanish is a great way to teach a beneficial subject while also taking some time away from the typical school subjects like math and science. These three fun ways to teach Spanish to kids will help you create an engaging lesson plan for your students.
Play Educational Games
One of the best ways to bring creativity to any lesson plan is with educational games. With the right game, your students will remain engaged while also learning information relevant to your lesson plan. Since there’s a good chance you’re currently teaching students at home instead of in the classroom, the variety of games you can play is smaller. That being said, you can still combine fun and education with some simple Spanish vocabulary games. A game like vocab bingo is both great for teaching kids and incredibly easy to play virtually.
Take Advantage of Good Music
Combining catchy tunes with a Spanish lesson can be incredibly fun and effective. Take a Spanish song with a good rhythm and lyrics beneficial to your lesson and play it for students. Before showing them the song, explain it to them, so they have a grasp of the context. Once they listen to the song, go through and breakdown the lyrics so that, hopefully, they’ll be able to sing along with the song by the end of the lesson. Consider using a song that ties into Spanish culture, so your student(s) receive an education in more than just the language.
Get Creative With Vocabulary Cards
When creating vocabulary cards for young children, don’t simply write a word in English on one side and its Spanish equivalent on the other. If you want to bring some creativity to your vocabulary cards, pair the words with a cute, vibrant image. For example, if you’re teaching a child the word “red” in Spanish, write down the word and its Spanish equivalent, but add a picture of a bright red car, crayon, or any other vibrant image. Small touches like this can help your students understand and memorize new words.
Whether you want to use one of them or all of them, these three fun ways to teach Spanish to kids will keep your students engaged all throughout the curriculum. Sometimes, it can be hard to hold the attention of young children when it comes to schooling, but these teaching methods will help make grabbing their attention much easier.