Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Screen Time & Language Learning - Say It Two Ways Thursdays

I feel lucky that Spanish is such a big minority language where I live that I'm able to get quite a few television shows in Spanish.  Since Chiquita started watching TV I've recorded the weekly Dora, Diego, Backyardigans and Pocoyo that come on our local Spanish language station once a week.  I even found that a few other channels had Spanish-language alternatives if I just changed the audio language setting on my remote (Baby First is a great one available in lots of languages, online too!). 

I never expected to let her watch much television at this age, but when we watch programs in Spanish I never feel guilty.  I know some families that only watch television/movies in their minority language, we're not that good (she LOVES Wonder Pets).  How do you feel about screen time in your minority language?

A couple of our most popular links from last week were about language learning media:

Elmo Chinese for Kids- Kid World CitizenKid World Citizen shared a new program with Elmo in Chinese.  Sesame Street has, in my opinion, always been a leader in global awareness and languages.  I learned some of my first Spanish on Sesame Street.

spanish song for kids josefina la gallina

We love YouTube as another source for great minority language kids videos.  Spanish Playground shared a fun song and video in Spanish that gets kids up and moving.  Chiquita and I listened to the song and did the movements until I got too dizzy to spin anymore.  It was really fun.

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  1. I don't let Liam have much screen time. He had next to none until he was a year old. Now that he's 15 months I'll let him watch 5- 10 minutes here and there and only in Spanish. He loves Little Pim DVDs and Oh, Noah on the PBS website and app!

  2. You know, it never occurred to me before to show my daughter programs that were in a different language. It's a great idea. I'm going to go search Netflix now for shows that she can watch!

  3. I agree, Sesame street has always offered quality programming and i have never felt guilty about them. I did not know that they had other languages though. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh, how interesting. I can see how tv could be beneficial in the minority language. We try to follow her school's rules of limiting all television and media, but we do break down when she is sick or one of us is and needs a break. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!