Spanish for Children and Families

Welcome to Episode 6 of Spanish for Children and Families! Whether it's morning, afternoon, or night where you are, I'm thrilled to have you join us! In this episode, we take a slight detour from our language lessons to address something equally important: the emotional and practical aspects of teaching Spanish at home.

In this episode, we reflect on last week's exploration of greetings, colors, and the enchanting story of Luna la Mariposa, which we offered both in Spanish and a bilingual version, with a free PDF available for download at our website, We deeply appreciate your invaluable suggestions, questions, and feedback, which you can continue to send to

Today, we pivot from our planned lesson on numbers 1 to 10, which I will cover soon, to address a heartfelt message from a listener who is navigating the challenges of teaching Spanish to her 6-year-old at home, dedicating this episode to anyone facing similar hurdles. We delve into acknowledging difficulties, addressing feelings of shame and frustration, and the importance of being ready to adapt our teaching strategies. We also discuss setting realistic expectations by understanding each child's unique growth path and the significance of celebrating every small victory along the way. Additionally, we offer strategies for managing emotions, including normalizing mistakes, setting achievable goals, and practicing self-compassion. Looking ahead, we preview Part Two, where we will explore planning ahead, tuning into your child's interests, and dealing with negative influences, continuing our journey into the realities of teaching Spanish at home.

Key Takeaways:

Teaching and learning Spanish at home is a journey with its ups and downs. It's crucial to acknowledge the challenges and learn from them.
  • Each child's learning process is unique. Understanding and adapting to their pace and interests can make a significant difference.
  • Celebrating small wins and setting realistic expectations are foundational to a positive learning experience.
  • Strategies like normalizing mistakes and practicing self-compassion are essential for both parents and children.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Luna la Mariposa Story and Free PDF:
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Next Episode Preview:

Don't miss Part Two of "The Realities of Teaching Spanish at Home," where we'll look deeper into planning, engaging your child's interests, and navigating through negative influences.

Thank you for listening to Spanish for Children and Families. Remember, it's okay to take breaks and breathe, but don't give up on this rewarding journey. ¡Hasta la próxima!

What is Spanish for Children and Families?

Jenny Corredor Varela is a native speaker, Spanish coach and program creator. With more than 21 years of experience, she has helped children, adults and families learn this beautiful language whether they speak Spanish at home or not. In the Spanish for Children and Families podcast, she shares great tips for language acquisition, overcoming challenges and raising bilingual children. She also shares Spanish lessons and helpful resources.
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