I learned my first Spanish words — agua and the numbers 1-10 — when I was about four years old from watching Sesame Street. In fifth grade, when we got to choose what foreign language we would learn the following year in middle school, without any hesitation I chose Spanish.
Perhaps it was the fact that we had a number of Spanish-speakers in my town, or I knew that it was an incredibly useful language to learn, but I have pretty much always known that I wanted to learn Spanish. That skill paved the way for me studying abroad in Madrid, Spain for a semester my junior year of college and the five-month backpacking trip Sam and I took around South America after we got married.
While my Spanish has always been decent, one thing I regret was starting to learn a second language so late in life. For the longest time, before I became a mom, I envisioned hiring a Spanish-speaker caregiver for my future children so that they could be afforded the opportunity to truly become bilingual at a young age. While for various reasons that is not likely to happen, at least not in the foreseeable future, and I still toy with the idea of sending Eve to the local bilingual Spanish elementary school. Eve is already learning Russian from Sam and his parents — how amazing would it be for her to add Spanish into that mix?
While it’s unclear at what age Eve will learn Spanish in a more formal way, I want to do what I can to introduce her to the language. Recently I was contacted by Lourdes Ramon, the co-founder of Kids’ Candor, a “comprehensive educational subscription box encompasses games, original bilingual music, dual language activity materials, books, toys, and easy-to-use guide cards” (as described on their website). Lourdes founded Kids’ Candor with her husband, Jorge, in 2014 after they realized there was a real lack in high-quality materials for young children that promoted bilingual learning. Being both native Spanish speakers, it was important for them to raise their two young children in a bilingual household, and thus Kids’ Candor was born.
Eve was excited to open her kit and discover what was inside. Our kit was shape themed and included a Melissa & Doug wooden shape sorter, a Spanish-English Eric Carle shape matching book, an original musical cd with songs in both English and Spanish about shapes, and a shape craft activity.
Eve had an absolute blast with the shape sorter. I have to admit how impressed I was with her ability to fit in the shapes ,which were much more complex than the cheapo shape sorter I had previously purchased. My favorite part about the kit was that included a stack of activity cards with instructions in both English and Spanish on different learning activities around the theme that promoted fine and gross motor development, language development, and creativity. Plus I learned how to say a bunch of shapes in Spanish, something I realized I never learned besides circle and square.
Each kit is especially designed for a specific age range: 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-3 years, and 3+ years. They can be purchased individually, with themes such as travel, counting, and colors; or as part of a subscription available at two levels, starting at $25.00.
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