One of our favorite things to do as a family is to go to a lake that is close to our home and swim. My big boy is very comfortable in the water. In fact, he can spend hours in there practicing his swimming and splashing around just for fun. But his absolute favorite thing is playing with his papa. He throws him so high in the air and he loves the ride. It’s very exciting to see! My little one is starting to get comfortable in the water and one day he will be flying through the air as well. Watching them always makes me think of how lucky we are. How fortune I am to be able to stay home with them and teach them about my life, my culture and my native language.
Being a bilingual family is like being thrown into the air, flying high and then landing in the water with great big splash. You know it’s something you want to do, you look forward to it, the anticipation grows then you jump. And all you can do is hold your breath and enjoy the ride until you make a big splash! I hope that I am making a big splash in their lives. I hope that they are learning from me. I come from a family of teachers, my grandmother was a teacher, my mom, my aunts and uncles and even one of my sisters. It probably goes back further than that, I’m sure. I, however, am not a teacher. I do not have the patience or skill required. I know I could do better at it, but I am doing the best I can. I just have to hold my breath and jump.
I like to look for ideas all of the time on how to incorporate Spanish into our daily lives. Since I know that English will always dominate in our home, Spanish should then be something we practice for fun. I think next time we go to the lake, I will find a way to use teach more Spanish as we play. I found some fun games on Pinterest that may work nicely for this.
- Living Montessori Now has inspirational ideas for parents and teachers. They have a section for Spanish activities I like. http://livingmontessorinow.com/2014/02/15/free-spanish-printables-and-montessori-inspired-spanish-color-activities/
- Spanish Playground has a lot of great ideas as well. This article talks about traditional games to play. It brought back some fun memories. http://spanishplayground.net/12-traditional-games-spanish/
- Suite has some good topics as well. This one written by Diane Farrug has fun ideas. They are more for larger groups, but the games still seem fun. https://suite.io/diane-farrug/q3q2xj
Do you know any songs about the outdoors I can use? Do you have any games you like to play to teach your native tongue? I want to look through your bilingualeyes. Will you jump in with me?