I know some of you are also trying to speak more Spanish with your chiquitos, so when something works, I like to pass it on.
A lot of parents think la television is evil and feel guilty about letting their children watch, but I find it to be an amazing tool. Okay, so maybe letting your kids zone out in front of a Spongebob Squarepants marathon isn’t educational – but it can be with a simple click of the remote.
Many TV shows and movies on DVD have the option to add Spanish subtitles or dubbing – USE IT! My kids actually do it themselves sometimes because they think it’s funny. If your child has watched a DVD so many times that they know the lines of the characters word-for-word, (that would be the Harry Potter movies at my house), it’s time to switch it to Spanish.
If you have some Spanish language channels in your cable/satellite package – even better. We have a lot of channels in español so we have quite a bit to choose from, but there’s one channel we no longer have that I miss. For a few months we had HBO Latino, and during that time we discovered “El Perro y El Gato” which is a fantastic Spanglish show for kids. There are a few episodes online though, so call the niños over here and click play.