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Choosing a Spanish Preschool Curriculum

written by: Luds Kadimba • edited by: Sarah Malburg • updated: 9/11/2012

This article acknowledges the benefits of teaching Spanish to preschool children and reviews a series of curricula designed to do so in order to help teachers and parents make an informed choice when looking for a Spanish preschool curriculum.

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    Teaching Spanish to Preschool Children

    Language learning is known to be easier for children than for adults. Children have no inhibition and often aren't shy pronouncing words in a language other than their own as opposed to adults. Early years language lessons therefore are bound to be promising. Spanish teaching in the preschool classroom can be a fun, enjoyable, and exciting learning experience for young children. Preschool teachers, however, may find preparing lessons and finding appropriate resources in order to teach Spanish to their young learners difficult. This article reviews a series of Spanish preschool curriculum which can be used in the preschool classroom to suit every early years setting's particular needs.

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    Spanish Champs Kits

    Spanish champ curriculum kits The Spanish Champs Curriculum Kit by Progressive Language is a very complete program designed to teach Spanish to young children. The variety of resources contained in the kit such as songs, story books, and other resource types are sure to cater for the teaching and learning of essential early language skills of listening and speaking as well as early written words recognition. The kit will provide teachers and children alike a wide range of fun and enjoyable activities to choose from. While children are sure to love what it offers, it is bound to become an indispensable planning tool for teachers. Other Spanish Champs kits are available for purchase such as the Spanish Champs Deluxe Kit or the Starter Kit. Some Spanish Champs resources can also be bought individually such as the Spanish Preschool Curriculum Guide Book, the essential teacher's guide.

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    CAIT's Preschool Spanish Curriculum

    spanish-samples Caits curriculum Cait's Preschool Spanish Curriculum caters for children ages three to seven. It is a Christian-based Spanish curriculum which offers a variety of materials and teaching ideas. With numerous teaching activities to choose from including games, projects, and song ideas, Cait's is good value for money and will come useful and handy for both early years settings teachers and Christian parents homeschooling their children.

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    Sonrisas Spanish School Preschool and Elementary Curriculum

    Sonrisas Spanish curriculum's primary aim is to make language learning for young children an enjoyable experience! It prides itself on offering an all-encompassing language learning experience by not solely emphasising language acquisition but also by encourasonrisas curriculum ging children to embrace the Spanish culture and its people. It is well structured, and each lesson lasts forty-five minutes. A topic takes two lessons over two days to be covered, and each lesson follow a similar pattern: circle time, story time, and art time. While the first lesson serves of introduction to a topic, the second reinforces previous learning. Focus in this curriculum is not on resources and materials but on teaching methods and strategies, which have so far proven to be extremely effective.

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    Lingual Exploration Playtime Spanish Curriculum

    Lingual Exploration Playtime Spanish curriculum puts a strong emphasis on learning through play and creativity. Sign language, cultural instruments, music, puppets, creative movement and games all consist of the informal ways used to teach Spanish to young children who may not even realise they are learning. A timetable of the topics covered is provided. This Spanish preschool curriculum could be best suited for younger children.

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    Many things may be taken into consideration when deciding which early years Spanish preschool curriculum you should opt for. While some may be well suited to the preschool classroom, they may not be so suitable to the home situation or for homeschooled children. Nevertheless, the suggested curriculums will most certainly acquaint you with the basics of teaching Spanish to preschool children and give you a good starting point.

    References

    • Spanish Champs - http://www.spanishchamps.com/products/Spanish-Champs-Curriculum-Kit.html
    • CAITs Spanish Preschool Curriculum - http://www.caitscurriculum.com/preschool-spanish-se.asp
    • Sonrisas Spanish School - http://www.sonrisasspanishschool.com/
    • Lingual Explorations - http://lingualexplorations.com/index.php?p=1_11_Preschool-Spanish