The kids are home from school and to be honest, I have zero plans for the kids. There are some activities planned, but the lazy days of summer are here and I am in full panic mode!
My kids know very little español. I know, I’m ashamed. They hardly know Tagalog, too. Yup, my husband is Filipino. I’ve dealt with severe guilt issues when it came to my kids not being bilingual (or trilingual, in my case). I’ve tried everything under the moon to stick with a routine so they can learn and the results are pitiful.
There is one activity that I did last year with the kids, that I want to share with you now. We did a full Spanish-immersion day during the summer. Yes, just ‘one’ day.
The kids had a great time. I only spoke to them in Spanish. They tried their best to respond to me in Spanish. I had sticky notes all over the house with names of the object written in Spanish. I cooked Mexican food and my heart was content.
Check out this video of my daughter saying words in Spanish:
I was surprised at how much the kids knew! Sure, they understood more than they spoke, but I was satisfied with how the day went. Of course, once daddy came home, the Spanish went away, but it’s a day they remember as fun and challenging. They even called themselves Mexican on that day. Ha!
Making my kids speak Spanish for a long time doesn’t work, but one full-immersion day worked perfectly well. It’s easy and totally doable for any family. Take a look at how to create a day of fun, speaking only in Español.
Oh, and guess what? My son is preparing to take Spanish next year in school! Yay!