Monday, March 28, 2011

How to Teach Your Child to Read in Spanish

Since starting this blog, I have been absolutely amazed by the number of people who have asked me for advice on teaching their Spanish-speaking children to read. "Where can I find a Spanish reading program?" and "Where do I find books?" and "How do I start?" are the main questions I've received.

This has been a difficult subject for me to find for you, as I have taught my children to read in English because that is their dominant language. But over the past nine months, I have done a lot of digging and research. So I'm happy to be able to dedicate this entire week to sharing with you the resources that I have found on teaching children to read in Spanish. I really, really hope that these are helpful. And if they aren't - let me know in the comments! If you have any experience in this area, I hope that you will share with the other readers your tips, suggestions, and resources.  

So to start us off the answer is ¡Sí! You can teach your child to read in Spanish at home. Or if you are simply looking for ways to supplement what they may be learning in their (Spanish immersion) school, stay with me, because this week has got (I hope!) some great resources!!

Maybe by the end of this week you'll have the tools to have your child reading like this one...

You can also take a look at one of my favorite bilingual homeschooling blogs that I have often shared with you in my Weekend Links, Mi Escuelita Montessori. Last week, Karen shared a video of her daughter reading in Spanish. It is so inspiring!

Let's start this week off with this short video by Priscilla Monserrate-Sanders who shares some great advice for teaching children to read in Spanish...

Is your child reading in Spanish? Have you taken video? Share it with us!

Con mucho cariño....


  1. Thanks for a great article! I get lots of questions about teaching children to read too, and I'll be sure to point my readers to this post. I have also found that there are a lot of high quality authentic language games, activities and materials online at no cost. I just wrote a post on Letras de colores - a set of activities for teaching native Spanish speakers to read - on Spanish Playground. Otra vez, mil gracias!

  2. Thanks for sharing this, Jennifer! Leave us the link so that we can find your post...

    I have many resources to share this week, so come back!


  3. Excellent resources here to learn Spanish. I think teaching at home is always going to be a good start for a child.

  4. Thanks for taking you time ,and share all this information .I am teaching my two boys how to read in Spanish.(:

  5. Thanks for sharing this article. I'm wondering if you can use the principles sharing here to teach a child to read different language than Spanish?


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