It’s September, the month that officially signals fall, football and the State Fair of Texas; and for those that don’t know, it also means Hispanic Heritage Month. During this time, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Hispanics and Latin Americans are recognized for contributions they’ve made to their heritage and culture. So, what better way to celebrate than to introduce your kids to the Spanish language?
In today’s world, being bilingual can be an incredibly beneficial asset. That’s why two Fort Worth-area moms and sisters, Alejandra Witherspoon and Paulina Sterrett, started Spanish Seeds, a monthly subscription box for learning Spanish. “We live in a very diverse culture,” says Witherspoon, co-founder and mom of two.
“In the DFW area, we are surrounded by the English language and the Spanish language. Being bilingual opens you up to communicate with more people, make more connections and have more experiences.” Not to mention, being bilingual can open your kids to more career choices down the road.
Each Spanish Seeds box has a theme and includes a bilingual book, bilingual vocabulary cards, an activity book and a game. “[It’s] developed with non-Spanish speaking parents in mind,” Witherspoon says. Also, both of the sisters’ daughters’ preschool classes have used the box, and the kids say they love the colorful cards. In other words, it’s totally kid-approved. “Learning a language is about immersion, and the more accessibility a child has to the language, the better,” Witherspoon says.
We asked the sisters to give us their own recommendations on other ways to introduce Spanish learning at home. Give these a try:
Whistlefritz in Spanish (DVDs)
“[These are] videos that teach Spanish using the immersion teaching method and recommended by language acquisition experts,” Witherspoon says.
Word Party, in Spanish on Netflix
“Turning on SAP [second audio program] to Spanish audio, allows children to immerse [themselves] in the language. This can be done with any television show the child already enjoys watching,” Witherspoon says.
“These are bilingual vocabulary based books that are vibrant, engaging and easy to read,” Witherspoon says.
“[Check out any] Youtube channel[s] with songs that teach vocabulary, colors and more. They are catchy and easy to remember,” Witherspoon says.
You can find Spanish Seeds at spanishseedsbox.com.
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