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The Spanish Alphabet, all it took was a little swipe with a Sharpie

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It has been over two months since Ivey first sang her ABCs in English. She still has not sung them in Spanish whereas she only seems to count in Spanish. At first, I was baffled by the fact that her English and Spanish skills seem to both be progressing differently and then I realized something…

I am ALWAYS counting in Spanish. I will even use Spanish numbers in English sentences similar to the way I use slang words like “chones” in my English sentences. Yep, I am a goofball like that.

So starting today, I will be singing the ABC’s in Spanish to Ivey frequently. It will be good practice for both of us.

To help with this activity I have also decided to customize the ABC123 product from Magnetic Poetry. This is possible because unlike alphabet flash card sets, this kit has extra consonants and vowels.

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Yep, that is right. One little swipe with a Sharpie and I was able to turn the 26 letter English Alphabet into a 27 letter Spanish Alphabet.

Want to learn the Spanish alphabet along with Ivey? The names for the Spanish letters, in alphabetic order, are pronounced as follows:

ah (a), bay (b), say (c), day (d), ey (e), EY-fay (f), hay (g), AH-chay (h), ee (i), HOH-tah (j), kah (k), EY-lay (l), EY-may (m), EY-nay (n), EY-nyay (ñ), oh (o), pay (p), coo (q), EY-rray (r), EY-say (s), tay (t), oo (u), OO-vay (v), DOH-blay OO-vay (w), AY-kees (x), ee gree ay gah (y), and SAY-tah (z).

About Kelly Tirman

Kelly Tirman is a natural CONNECTOR, STRATEGIST and STORYTELLER specializing in eCommerce & Social Business. She is passionate about making social media strategies operational by helping companies build (and utilize) a highly-skilled virtual and flexible workforce. She currently works as an Enterprise Social Strategist and Influence Lead for Wells Fargo however the opinions expressed on this blog represent her own and don’t reflect those of her employer. In her "free-time" Kelly blogs on several topics including Urban Living, Raising Multilingual Children, and Organic Beauty. She happily resides in San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.

Meet the Lango Kids…Cosmo, Lucia, Luc, Wen and their Teacher Ms. L

As a parent raising her children to be multilingual, I use multiple resources that include DVDs, music and books; however, I find that face-to-face instruction is by far the most effective teaching method.

Since I am not multilingual myself, we have met this face-to-face need by hiring a Spanish speaking nanny and attending languages classes as a family.

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One of the reason we take classes from Lango is that they understand kids learn best when not just listening and speaking, but moving, singing, dancing, playing, feeling, creating and solving problems as well. Lango even takes this approach a step further by incorporating the adventures of the Lango Kids into their curriculum.

Ivey LOVES these characters! Let me tell you a little about them…

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Meet Cosmo. Cosmo is a loyal, playful dog who is up for anything even if it means he often gets in to trouble. Cosmo is very talented; he speaks and understands all languages.

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Meet Lucia. Lucia is 6 years old and is from Mexico. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and is currently working on learning Mandarin and French. Her hobbies include gymnastics, singing, and acting. She also loves music. Lucia is a natural leader and good at solving problems, adventurous, smart, confident and organized.

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Meet Luc. Luc is 6 years old and is from France. He is bilingual (English/French) and is currently working on learning Mandarin and Spanish. His hobbies include soccer, art (painting), the computer and playing video games. Luc is silly, funny, friendly, agreeable and loves animals.

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Meet Wen. Wen, being only 2 years old, is the youngest of the Lango Kids crew. He is from China and is bilingual (English/Mandarin). Wen is also learning Spanish and French but sometimes becomes frustrated and emotional because he is still a toddler. He is a natural explorer, eager to try new things and loves to dance and play.

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Meet Ms. L. Ms. L is 40 years OLD which is probably why she is so wise. She is from the United States and speaks English, French, Mandarin, and Spanish. In her free time Ms. L enjoys traveling and snowboarding. She is extremely positive, adaptive, flexible, encouraging and it is easy to see that she loves teaching kids.

About Lango
Lango was established on the belief that every child should learn a second language. Lango was started in the San Francisco Bay Area and now is in over 70 communities across the U.S. providing Spanish, French and Mandarin classes to children ages 18 months to 11 years of age. Follow them on Twitter (@CosmoLango) or like them on Facebook.

About Kelly Tirman

Kelly Tirman is a natural CONNECTOR, STRATEGIST and STORYTELLER specializing in eCommerce & Social Business. She is passionate about making social media strategies operational by helping companies build (and utilize) a highly-skilled virtual and flexible workforce. She currently works as an Enterprise Social Strategist and Influence Lead for Wells Fargo however the opinions expressed on this blog represent her own and don’t reflect those of her employer. In her "free-time" Kelly blogs on several topics including Urban Living, Raising Multilingual Children, and Organic Beauty. She happily resides in San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.

How to Create a Language Learning Wall

When we decided to start a family we knew our lives would change. This transformation however also happens to include modifying our once very adult urban loft into a space that is safe and engaging for our kids.

This is where Pinterest has come in extremely handy. Just look at all these great ideas for kid friendly walls.

With all the great inspiration, it was easy to implement our first Pinterest inspired home improvement project… a Language Learning Wall.

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We only needed a few simple items such as an artist’s clipboard and an oil drip pan.

On the artist clipboard we display Spanish worksheets and completed drawings. The oil pan creates a great space for our language magnets.

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We already owned this great Mis Letras Interactivas product from LeapFrog. This product is seriously one of our favorite LeapFrog items. Unfortunately they have stopped making it which really bums me out because our “N” and “X” have gone missing. If they happened to wander over to your house on a play date will you please let me know?

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Learning Spanish is a family affair which means we needed something that would engage us adults as well. We love these Kids’ Spanish product from Magnetic Poetry. They have English on one side and Spanish for the other and are fun for both kids and adults.

About Kelly Tirman

Kelly Tirman is a natural CONNECTOR, STRATEGIST and STORYTELLER specializing in eCommerce & Social Business. She is passionate about making social media strategies operational by helping companies build (and utilize) a highly-skilled virtual and flexible workforce. She currently works as an Enterprise Social Strategist and Influence Lead for Wells Fargo however the opinions expressed on this blog represent her own and don’t reflect those of her employer. In her "free-time" Kelly blogs on several topics including Urban Living, Raising Multilingual Children, and Organic Beauty. She happily resides in San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.