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Zipping and zooming. Teaching Spanish during car trips.

Teaching Spanish during car trips and let’s not leave out…the fun! 

 Autumn has officially arrived.  The fall leaves are turning colors, the air is crisper, and daylight hours are getting shorter.  Of course, by now, most of our kids are back at school, and their English language conversation has increased as they get instructions from their teacher and socialize with their friends.  We must work a little harder to continue to instill the Spanish language in the homes.

Gone is the summer where days were spent chatting with grandma in Español, or watching a Spanish program.  We don’t have time for that!  We have schedules to keep up with and homework to take care of daily.  Yet, we want our children to speak Spanish.  We want them to enjoy the gift of a second language.  Regardless of whether parents are native speakers or not, it’s time to instill some tricks to the Spanish bag.

Whether we are zipping to soccer practice, zooming to school, or zipping and zooming to visit relatives in the months ahead, let’s use the car ride to our advantage!

  •  Play Spanish music.  There are many children’s music artists that will delight the young ones, but there are also artists that will excite the older kids and adults alike.  Before long, the entire family will be singing along to their favorite Spanish tunes!
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El Camión, Free Coloring Sheet from Monarca Language

  •  Print out some worksheets, and keep them handy in one’s car.  Make sure to carry a pencil and eraser, or crayons in your car.  When you arrive early to swim or music class, these will come in handy and keep your child thinking in Spanish.




  • Make car rides strictly a “Spanish Speaking Zone”.  This works great even if you do not know Spanish.  Your child will have fun teaching you something that you don’t know.  Your child can pretend play that he is the Spanish teacher, and you are the student.  You can discuss colors, numbers, and shapes.  The vocabulary is endless.
  • Spanish books on tape.  Start out with short books that are already familiar to your family.  Familiar stories are always a welcome treat for kids.  If you also have a copy of the book for your child, let your child read along with the book on tape.

By maximizing our time in the car with our family, we are increasing our children’s auditory, literary and oral understanding of the Spanish language.  The added bonus is that through our collaborative teaching and learning of Spanish, we will create wonderful memories that will ultimately provide the gift of a lifetime.  Enjoy making your car trips “solamente en Español” (Spanish only).

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El helicóptero, Free Coloring Printable from Monarca Language

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Transportation Domino Game, Free Coloring Printable from Monarca Language















~By Diana P. a “mamá latina”

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Trabalenguals or twist your tongue…Learn spanish and practice pronunciation with a fun activity.

Twist your tongue or traba tu lengua with a trabalengua a tongue twister, you can do it and so can your kids!

A fun way to learn spanish and practice pronunciation is with a tricky rhyme or tongue twisters, un trabalenguas. Not only will this be a very engaging and fun activity for children but it has many long term benefits such as;

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Practice Spanish, listening skills and focus with a tongue twister.


  • Stimulates memory
  • Strengthens listening perception
  • Builds focus and concentration
  • Improves pronunciation and articulation
  • Boosts confidence

Make sure you start slowly, and remember to repeat many times. Don’t worry about making mistakes because everyone makes mistakes, it’s part of the fun.



You will have fond memories of these rhymes for years to come and so will your students or children.

These are some of the trabalenguas I remember from my childhood.

Tres tristes tigres tragaban trigo en un trigal en tres tristes trastos.
En tres tristes trastos tragaban trigo tres tristes tigres.

R con r cigarro,
r con r barril,
rápido ruedan los carros, 
cargados de azúcar del ferrocarril.

Cómpadre, cómpreme un coco,
cómpadre, no compro coco
porque como poco coco como
poco coco compro.

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Three learning styles to teach children “Las Vocales en Español”

By incorporating these three learning styles you can help maximize the time spent teaching children. Let’s plan a lesson teaching las vocales in Spanish as an example.

First, let’s review the learning styles: Visual, Aural, and Kinesthetic

1. Visual:
The child benefits most from seeing the information being taught. In this case a student learns by seeing the subject being taught either as a graphic base {visual learner} or a text base {read/write learner}.
For visual learners, you can use many tools to teach, for example, objects such as pictures, charts, shapes, patterns, diagrams… and so on. These kids will very much enjoy using color and illustration activities. The read/write learner learns by seeing the information in a word form. They benefit most from reading and writing. These students may love to rewrite notes, lists and powerpoint presentations.

2. Aural or Auditory:
The student learns best via hearing. Tools for teaching this style are lectures, group discussions, reading out loud and music.
Even having music on while learning or reading out loud help this student.

3. Kinesthetic or tactile learners:
This is a hands on approach type of learner. The child benefits from using all the senses. Here the subject being taught could become a real life event such as a field trip therefore using taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing.
For this student taking more frequent breaks during a lesson maybe a benefit.

Ready? Now let’s teach las vocales.

Use a drawing and coloring worksheet.

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Listen to a fun song and singing along.

Baila Baila Music – Las Vocales

Playing a game. Can you find an object that starts with the letter A? Make sure to sound out the sound of the letter. Have the child stand up from their location and encouraging movement in the lesson.

Teachers Tip: If you are beginning to teach reading and writing in Spanish, make sure you spent enough time learning the vowels. These 5 letters are key to successful reading and writing.

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