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Teaching 'older kids' second language. ArmyWife & Mom x3 TTC since Jan 2014; 3 kids; Colorado 2066 posts
status 7th Jun '13

DH and I are Mexican. He is fluent in Spanish, and I understand it pretty well myself. DH didn't teach the kids Spanish as babies because he didn't want them to struggle with English. Well now they are 8 and 6 and speak/understand some Spanish, but we both feel it's time they learn more. My question is how do we go about it. DH speaks some Spanish at home, but I don't think that will be enough. Any tips?

ArmyWife & Mom x3 TTC since Jan 2014; 3 kids; Colorado 2066 posts
status 7th Jun '13

Post and run. Thanks ladies. :)

tonys_mama(army wife) 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Fort Irwin, California 15522 posts
7th Jun '13

Have him only speak Spanish to them and you repeat what he said in English.

cn&i♥ 2 kids; Indiana 1019 posts
7th Jun '13

He should definitely just speak to the kids in Spanish. Honestly it sticks to them like glue when they're younger..and they won't struggle with their English. My daughter is 4 and we speak to her in mostly Spanish at home and she speaks English at daycare. She can tell the difference and doesn't get the two mixed up.
My parents spoke to me and my siblings in only Spanish growing up and we didn't learn English until we went to school. We can all write and speak Spanish fluently. It's a great skill.

ArmyWife & Mom x3 TTC since Jan 2014; 3 kids; Colorado 2066 posts
status 7th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting C, N, & I ♥:</b>" He should definitely just speak to the kids in Spanish. Honestly it sticks to them like glue when they're ... [snip!] ... up and we didn't learn English until we went to school. We can all write and speak Spanish fluently. It's a great skill."</blockquote>



It's great to hear that. :) I desperately want to teach our youngest son-7 months-Spanish first.

ArmyWife & Mom x3 TTC since Jan 2014; 3 kids; Colorado 2066 posts
status 7th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting tonys_mama(army wife):</b>" Have him only speak Spanish to them and you repeat what he said in English."</blockquote>




That's a good idea. Thanks.