One of the main reasons I homeschool is so that we can teach our children Spanish. We want them to learn Spanish as well as develop fluency in the language. It is imperative for us that they learn it and they get to hear it on a daily basis. Besides family and us, we have to make sure to include it during our day too. This is why I use YouTube for teaching Spanish, it exposes them to authentic use of the language and creates opportunities for us to discuss games and traditions and memories from our early years with them that could be related to one of the songs or stories we show them from YouTube.
I have picked most videos based on songs that I remember from my childhood. Many times, I’ll share something I remember about it and then show them the video. Children can pick up songs so easily, they’ll be humming and repeating the words in no time. For example, the song Cucu Cantaba la Rana used to come in a happy birthday cassette my mom had for me. Or Topo Gigio’s songs which I used to listen to before going to sleep in my early childhood and now one of my kids loves.
Most videos are short about 3 minutes or so. I pick songs that are fun, catchy, or that sound cute. Any song that gets them to move around and dance like Chuchua by Piñon Fijo also becomes a keeper. If they have a question about a word, we pause the video to tell them the word if needed.
Because I tend to choose songs, most videos will contain repetitive vocabulary which will ease the process of learning the language. I find that the videos by A Tiempo Preescolar have the most repetitive and predictable vocabulary that comes up through the different songs, games, and stories.
Below are my preferred YouTube channels for teaching Spanish:
- A Tiempo Preescolar: This is a Chilean channel with a lot of catchy songs, stories, and games for the children to play. My children really enjoy Perro Chocolo’s songs and Josefina’s stories. Definitely check out this channel. This is currently our favorite channel!
- Luna Creciente: I use this channel mainly to watch videos of the Mono Silabo, a puppet that teaches how to read in Spanish. If you are in the begining stages of reading or want to reinforce some syllables, check this out.
- Once Niños: Mexican channel with different series such as Monstruario where the children talk and give a description of the monster. Each description comes accompanied with an image. This would be a fun series to watch. Perhaps, have your children draw monsters first; or have them hear the descriptions, pause the video, and have them draw what the description they just heard.
- Biper y sus Amigos: This channel has the most contagious songs for children in Spanish. We love all of them, especially Mami, Los Abuelos, Lavarse los Dientes, and several more. These songs will make learning new vocabulary a breeze! All their songs are also available through Amazon.
- El Reino Infantil: This channel has some cute songs for preschoolers like La Araña Chiquitita or La Lombriz.
- Cuentacuentos Beatriz Montero: This channel has riddles and classic stories told by Beatriz Montero. She is well known in Spain for her storytelling skills.
My children are really into cooking, these are some of the channels we have watched to learn to cook while hearing Spanish.
- Mis Pastelitos: Great way to expand vocabulary on giving directions, imperative tense, and food vocabulary. The recipes look so yummy too!
- Quiero Cupcakes: More recipes to make oh-so-yummy desserts and learn Spanish along the way!
Cuentame: What are your favorite YouTube channels for teaching Spanish to your children? Let me know in the comments.
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