How do preschoolers learn Spanish?

25 Mar 2019
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At a young age, children are often are enthusiastic, curious, and interested in learning a new language. The way they learn languages is using three primary strategies - imitation, repetition, and immersion.

Imitation: Often the initial attempts to produce speech for a foreign language focus around the imitation of words used by others.

Repetition: Repeating a new word over and over helps children master the pronunciation. Every new word and every different sound is a new curiosity for them and they will repeat it a thousand times as if testing their experiences. As children use repetition of a new word as they learn the meaning, they will begin to combine words together in short sentences. At Oac, we use items such as posters and flash cards with both English and Spanish on them that are continuously used as a resource by our Educators throughout the day, ensuring natural repetition.

 

Immersion: Children latch on to new languages best when they are immersed in the language naturally throughout their everyday lives. Immersion ensures the integration of language into their vocabulary by encouraging natural discussion, rather than the standard classroom style forced discussion of a language program being delivered once or twice a week. At Oac, Spanish is incorporated throughout the curriculum with Spanish Book of the Month and Spanish Songs as part of our Music Program so the language flows naturally through the day.

 

This quarter, our preschoolers are learning the Spanish words for various food items. These words are perfect to practice with your children at meal times or while you’re shopping.

ENGLISH

SPANISH

PRONUNCIATION

Apple

Manzana

Mahn-SAH-nah

Banana

Banana

Bah-NAH-nah

Orange

Naranja

Nah-RAHN-hah

Cheese

Queso

KEH-soh

Crackers

Galletas

Gah-YEH-tahs

Bread

Pan

Pahn

Milk

Leche

LEH-chay

 Buena suerte amigos!