Do you know what really makes the corners of my mouth turn upward, and think for the tiniest split second, that maybe I’ve done something right as a parent? It’s when one of my children calls me mamá.
I began studying Spanish in 6th grade and the journey continued…
- A two week trip to Spain learning to flip Spanish tortilla as an exchange student in high school
- A youth group missions trip building houses in Mexico
- Two January terms my sophomore and junior years of college studying in Ecuador and swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands
- Eating gallo pinto, teaching English, and laughing with my host family in Costa Rica my senior year of college
- Back in Spain, now married and a missionary with Ambassadors Football, playing soccer and singing flamenco style praise songs and leading Bible studies for women in a local prison
- Many years later, now with 2 daughters, living in Nicaragua for several months to adopt our son and baby brother
- And most recently, taking trips to Nicaragua with Living Waters every January to deliver backpacks and school supplies to children so they can go to school
My Spanish journey began with a tiny flicker in a class I could barely understand or tolerate in junior high, and exploded into a full blown passion when I realized one simple thing:
I could talk to more people by learning Spanish.
Mind blowing, I know. But for me, it really was. Speaking Spanish literally opened up a whole new world for me. This wasn’t just a new skill to include on a resume (though it certainly can be), and it wasn’t just a stimulating mental challenge (though it serves as that too). It was a new grandma, a dad, a mom, a brother. It was, and is, relationships.
I’ll say it again. Relationships. My main motivation for learning languages is relationships. And my main motivation for wanting others, especially my children, to learn languages is relationships. Who else wants bilingual children?Simply put, I want my children to learn Spanish so they can become friends with children who speak Spanish. Click To Tweet
I’m already very excited because they recently became friends with Nella. Nella is an exchange student from Peru who is spending a year with a host family who lives really close to us! We just arranged for Nella to visit once a week so my kids can practice speaking Spanish with her and learn more about Peru.
In my efforts to teach my children Spanish we use a book from Spanish for You called Mi Vida (My Life). I thought this theme was a good one to start with so my daughters can learn vocabulary that is relevant to their everyday lives. They learn words about our family, home, and simple chores with flashcards, worksheets, audio lessons, and more.
Spanish for You Coupon Code of the Month
Because of those mamá moments that touch every parent’s heart, I really want to encourage all of you to explore language learning. So each month at Mommy Maleta I will feature a coupon code you can use towards Spanish for You curriculum by Debbie Annett. Debbie does a great job of organizing all of her themed books for grades 3-8.
Parents do not need to know Spanish in order to use this curriculum for their children. And who knows? You might hit the jackpot, and learn Spanish right along with your kids.
This month you will get a free 29 page Halloween downloadable lesson with any $39.95 purchase. That is the price of one home use package. Just use the discount code FREEBOO to get your free Halloween lesson.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the Mi Vida book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I really do want to encourage you and your family in any way I can on your language learning journey. I just listened to a great podcast by Mariana over at Bilingual Avenue reminding parents that it is not too late to teach older children a second language.
If you are looking for Spanish language resources, please be sure to check out my Explore Spanish for Kids board on Pinterest.