One of the best finds is a free PBS program for Kindergarteners to Second graders that teaches them Spanish. I am always wary of those kinds of things. Can you really learn a language by watching a show? I must admit, the George Public Broadcasting system did this right!
The Salsa program is completely in Spanish, and it is simply fantastic in it’s development from episode to episode. It is best geared to children aged 4-6, so my son is right in the zone to get the most out of it. Like Sesame Street, the story is mostly a series of puppets acting. Interspersed in the child-friendly story are a few live-action scenes. Children repeat the words, and a camera shows items that meet the word of choice. It is repetitive, but it works! After the first few episodes, my son was successfully speaking some of the learned vocabulary in Spanish.
We have not been consistent over the last few months. We have a lot going on. But I plan on letting my little Strawberry girl watch it repeatedly as well so she can also have a background in Spanish. It’s a fantastic program!
In addition, The state of Wyoming created teachers’ guides to go along with the program. This allows lower elementary school teachers teach using these videos.
This is a wonderful resource for parents and teachers alike. I hope you check it out!