My daughter speaks Spanish. This fact brings me great joy. It also makes me incredibly proud. I’ve spend a lot of time and energy fostering my daughter’s Spanish speaking abilities. It means the world to me that she be bilingual.
I speak Spanish to Isa a lot when we’re alone–probably about 80% of the time. Before she was two she knew a lot of words in Spanish, and even a few phrases; she could sing quite a few songs and count to twenty in Spanish as well.
This past summer Isa started attending a Spanish immersion preschool. Like most two year olds her verbal skills are exploding and because of the Spanish she’s hearing at school, her Spanish is almost as good as her English. I have every intention of continuing her Spanish education for as long as it’s possible, but for right now I know for sure she’ll be continuing at her Spanish preschool for the next 3.5 years.
A few months ago I wrote piece for ggmg magazine about immersion preschools. Here’s a taste of the article. If you want to read the rest you can click over to my other site.
Parents have many reasons for wanting their kids to learn another language. For some it’s the desire to preserve a cultural identity; they speak the language and want to pass their cultural heritage on to their children. They also might feel strongly that their children should be able to speak to relatives who aren’t fluent in English. Others, who don’t speak a second language fluently, or at all, want to give their children the advantages of bilingualism. Achieving a high level of fluency in a second language is shown to improve cognitive reasoning, while being able to communicate competently in an increasingly interdependent global economy may create opportunities later in life. (To continue click here).