Our world, and America specifically, is becoming more and more bilingual. Today’s kids are going to have a major advantage in the job market and in social circles if they know a second language, and Spanish is one that will give them some of the most far-reaching opportunities. Learning the language at a young age, when the brain is wired to accept language learning, sets the stage for future success. As you work to teach your child another language, these websites can be of assistance.
Spanish Online (www.spanish.bz) is a fun, interactive site that offers everything from audio lessons to free online games. Some of the products are available via instant download, while others are available for you to purchase. What will appeal specifically to kids on this site is the games page. Here they can practice spelling and vocabulary with online hangman and other word games, play crossword puzzles and put together sound puzzles that are not only fun, but also reinforce correct pronunciation.
Purpose Games (www.purposegames.com/game/spanish-seasons-quiz/info) has a collection of virtual quizzes that kids can use to improve their Spanish vocabulary. The colorful images and point-and-click nature of the quizzes will appeal to kids, and you can choose from things like seasons, colors, family names and other popular categories. The format is simple and kid-friendly, yet provides a way for you to reinforce the vocabulary being taught in the classroom. Best of all, these quizzes are free!
Study Spanish (www.studyspanish.com) is not a flashy, colorful site, but it offers a tremendous amount of information for free, as well as even more information for those who choose to purchase a membership. If you can entice your kids to interact with the site, they can learn basic grammar, pronunciation, verb tenses and vocabulary, all from one website. Should you choose to purchase a membership, there are several different levels available. The most expensive student membership s $175 a year. The site, however, offers plenty for free, so it is well worth checking out if your child is serious about learning the language.
123 Teach Me
The 123 Teach Me site (www.123teachme.com) offers games, lessons, songs and videos to teach kids Spanish, and all for free. The kids will love the videos and the games, while parents and teachers will appreciate the step-by-step lesson plans to help their kids build vocabulary and grammar skills. The list of games, which is likely the most appealing aspect for most kids, is quite extensive.
Spanish Town (www.spanishtown.ca/index.html) offers access to Spanish learning materials for people of all ages. From vocabulary quizzes to grammar lessons to games, this site has many tools to get kids excited about learning. Kids will particularly like the interactive lessons that are filled with pictures to help solidify the vocabulary they are learning. The site does have a fair amount of advertising, but that is on purpose, as the advertising allows the site to remain free.
Each of these sites offers a wide range of educational and interactive activities to help your kids learn Spanish, whether they are beginners or already have some learning under their belts. Since most of the activities are free, you have little to lose by taking advantage of them, and much to gain!
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