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Old 11-29-2017, 06:57 PM
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Default Introducting Basic Spanish & Sign Language 3-5 Year Olds

Does anyone have a SPECIFIC website or company they use for teaching introduction to Spanish (everyone here speaks ONLY English) and introduction to sign language?

I want to be able to add in fun tidbit facts when working mostly with 4-5 year olds and teach basic Spanish words and sign language. I don't know either very well and don't want to stress out trying to figure out some simple teachable words to do each week/month.

I have a sign language alphabet poster so we can learn how to sign the letters as we work on them throughout the year and I know SOME baby sign language, but do you have a fun way to teach maybe 8-12 words a month or tie it into a seasonal theme?

What should I do/How should I go about teaching a few Spanish words and sign language words each week? I use to purchase curriculums and remember they would include a few flashcards each month but I quit doing any curriculum I have to buy instead I create my own things to do.
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:01 PM
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For sign language I used Signing time with my own 2. It is a series of videos that teaches basic ASL. They loved the videos and songs In
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:30 PM
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I second the Signing Time suggestion. It's a GREAT resource. It's not a website per say but rather a show/DVD's that you can play. You can view parts of some on YouTube to check them out but would have to pay for the rest but it's definitely a worthy investment. And you can buy them slowly over time since they start with beginner words and work up from there as the videos progress. My kids all love them. The Aunt Rachel for the show does her own thing also and those videos are great too.

Rachel's TreeSchool:

I also like Baby Sign Language. They have videos to show you the motions of the words, written explanations and clipart that you can print and use as flashcards to post.

As far as teaching them Spanish ... you mention not knowing it well so I'd like to share something for you to ponder. Pronunciation and phonetics is important so is proper usage of words when learning a language.
Mispronouncing words can unintentionally teach the language incorrectly which can make it difficult for them later if they try to learn the language at a later time. Essentially they'd have to un-learn what they learned incorrectly and then learn it all over again. So use Google Translate and other websites when you can that let you listen to the way the words are pronounced and practice yourself before you teach the new word to the kids and they'll do great. Google translate has the "Listen" option (looks like a speaker/volume icon).

First make a list of all of the everyday words that you use the most during a normal day and then look up how to say them in sign and in spanish. Start with 10-20 common words and then add more as they start understanding.
Words like Mom, Dad, Eat, Sleep, Change, Hungry, Play, Help, Thirsty, Drink, and common snacks and food you eat are a great place to start.

I took a workshop about teaching sign to babies and pretty much you can start as early as 6 months (to introduce words) but they won't start to repeat words or hand gestures until between 9-12 months.
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Old 11-30-2017, 09:45 PM
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I did take three years of Spanish, but that was over a decade ago..........ha ha! I'm just wondering if their was a website (or someone on here!) which would tell me the best words/way to start speaking SOME Spanish to 3-5 year olds. Obviously none of their parents are going to speak it so no need to really get in depth but maybe their is a program that has a great way to teach young children basics? I'm not sure how to choose which words besides the basic 20-30 that we commonly use. Do I want to buy a Spanish 1 book and just use vocabulary words or do phrases as well? I wish I knew others who spoke multiple languages!
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Several of my DCK's have successfully used the Duolingo app and learned several words/phrases and sentences easily.

The app is available for Apple and Android
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Spanish- SING!! just sing a song with the words. Works like a charm. Used to do the days of the week, months of the year, counting to 30, shapes and colors with my 3-5 group. After 3 weeks they could do all of the above alone! they aslo knew a few food words. Did alot of say it in English, then Spanish through the day too. Also labeled everything under the sun in Spanish and English.
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Originally Posted by PhotogMum View Post
For sign language I used Signing time with my own 2. It is a series of videos that teaches basic ASL. They loved the videos and songs In
Thanks for the recommendation. I will check it and hoping my kids will like it.
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