Exposing my children to language is not only about speaking to them, but about the daily interactions and engagement I have with them. It is very important to me to expose both of my boys to the language and culture I learned as a child. The same language and culture that represents who I am will essentially represent who they are and will grow up to be.
I grew up in a bilingual environment, so it is easy for me to see how manageable and valuable it is to speak more than one language to my boys. My mother only speaks Spanish, and I learned English via Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, The Electric Company, and in school.
As an adult who is part of the growing demographic of bilingual families, I see firsthand the benefits of knowing two languages. I feel being bilingual has broadened my insight on just about everything, made me more of an abstract thinker and made me able to better deal with uncertainties.
So, as a parent, it is only natural to have my kids learn a second language and experience the benefits throughout their lives just as I have.
Language, like other forms of learning for children, occurs most efficiently and effectively through constant listening and reiteration. My goal for my boys is to foster language development and culture using fun, interactive and developmental toys that will help teach them valuable skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.
My bilingual teaching technique is a simple one: Make it fun. I use as much Spanish as I can in our daily routine and use the methods below to make the learning experience enjoyable for all of us.