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March 23, 2024

Nurturing Bilingual Brilliance: 7 Ways to Practice Spanish Outside the Classroom

Discover effective ways to keep mastering Spanish beyond the classroom walls! Explore practical tips, resources, and engaging activities to elevate your language skills on-the-go.

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As a Spanish immersion daycare and preschool, we understand the importance of creating a holistic Spanish immersion experience for your child. It’s baked into our philosophy as a company and tightly woven into our curriculum. 

And as parents of a child who’s on the path to becoming bilingual, you play a crucial role in reinforcing language learning beyond the classroom. 

If you do not commonly speak Spanish in your house, it’s important that you create Spanish language opportunities at home and seek them in your community for your impressionable little one. This encourages continuous learning and helps your child naturally absorb a second language through conversation and context, similar to how they learn their first language.

To help your child practice Spanish outside the classroom, here are seven practical and effective tips:

1. Create a Language-Rich Environment at Home

One of the most effective ways to support your child’s Spanish language learning journey is by creating a language-rich environment at home. Surrounding your child with Spanish in daily life helps reinforce what they learn in the classroom.


  • Label everyday items around the house with their Spanish names 
  • Play Spanish music during playtime
  • Engage in daily routines using Spanish phrases, such as during mealtime or bedtime (i.e. Estoy cansado/a = I’m tired)
  • Encourage your child to express themselves in Spanish, fostering language confidence (i.e. Estoy emocionado/a de ir al parque = I’m excited to go to the park)

By integrating Spanish into the daily fabric of your home, you make language learning a natural and enjoyable part of your child’s everyday life.

2. Read Bilingual Books Together

Reading is a powerful tool for language development. Incorporate bilingual books into your child’s reading routine to enhance their vocabulary and comprehension skills in both Spanish and their native language.


  • Choose books with vibrant illustrations and engaging stories that capture your child’s interest
  • Read aloud together, allowing your child to follow along and ask questions
  • Encourage discussion about the story and its characters in both languages
  • Make regular visits to the library to discover new bilingual books and resources

Reading together not only strengthens language skills but also provides valuable bonding time between you and your child.

3. Cultural Exploration Through Cuisine

Food is an integral part of culture, and what better way to explore the richness of the Spanish language than through its culinary delights? Turn mealtime into a cultural exploration by introducing your child to Spanish cuisine.


  • Make simple Spanish recipes together, involving your child in age-appropriate cooking tasks 
  • Label ingredients in Spanish and discuss their names during the cooking process
  • Explore traditional Spanish dishes and their cultural significance
  • Share stories or memories related to Spanish cuisine, creating a multi-sensory experience

Culinary adventures not only expose your child to the language but also provide a window into the cultural nuances tied to Spanish-speaking regions.

4. Play Language Games and Activities

Play-based learning is a cornerstone of early childhood education, and a key part of our curriculum at our Spanish immersion daycare and preschool, too. Infuse language learning into playtime activities that engage your child’s imagination and creativity.


  • Play board games or card games with Spanish instructions
  • Use flashcards with images and Spanish words for interactive learning
  • Incorporate language into outdoor activities, such as scavenger hunts with Spanish clues
  • Engage in role-playing games that encourage conversation and vocabulary use

By making language learning a fun and interactive experience, you stimulate your child’s curiosity and enthusiasm for mastering Spanish.

5. Embrace Technology for Language Learning

In the digital age, technology can be a valuable ally in supporting your child’s language learning journey. While we don’t leverage any technology in our classrooms, you can certainly find educational educational apps, online resources, and interactive games that cater to bilingual development at home. 


  • Explore language-learning apps designed for young children that incorporate games and interactive lessons
  • Use educational websites and platforms that offer age-appropriate Spanish content
  • Opt for Spanish-language cartoons or educational videos when you facilitate screen time

When used mindfully, technology can be a dynamic tool outside of classroom learning and provide additional exposure to the Spanish language.

6. Foster Connections with Spanish-Speaking Communities

Building connections with Spanish-speaking communities creates real-world opportunities for your child to practice and immerse themselves in the language.


  • Attend cultural events or festivals organized by the local Spanish-speaking community
  • Seek out playgroups or social gatherings where Spanish is spoken; check your local library and park district for upcoming events
  • Connect with Spanish-speaking families in your neighborhood for playdates

Fostering connections outside the home and school environments reinforces the practical application of the Spanish language in various contexts.

7. Celebrate Spanish Language Milestones

Celebrate your child’s achievements in Spanish language learning, both big and small. Recognition and positive reinforcement play a vital role in building their confidence and motivation to continue progressing.


  • Acknowledge language milestones such as learning new words, forming sentences, or expressing ideas in Spanish
  • Create a visual chart or sticker system to track language accomplishments
  • Celebrate language achievements with small rewards or special activities
  • Share your pride and enthusiasm for their language progress, reinforcing a positive attitude toward Spanish learning

It can be easy to forget to celebrate the small wins in the midst of it all, but by celebrating their language learning milestones, you’ll instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. This will, undoubtedly, motivate them to continue exploring the Spanish language.

Finding ways to practice Spanish outside the classroom is a collaborative and continuous effort that will enhance your child’s educational experience. By creating a language-rich environment, incorporating bilingual reading material, exploring culture through cuisine, playing language games, embracing technology, fostering community connections, and celebrating milestones, you empower your child to become bilingual and bicultural.

At Tierra Encantada, we believe in the power of partnership between parents and educators to nurture a love for language learning. Together, let’s continue to cultivate bilingual brilliance in the younger generations, creating a foundation for a lifetime of language proficiency and cultural appreciation. ¡Vamos juntos! (Let’s go together!)

If you want to learn more about our Spanish immersion daycare and preschool, find a center near you to schedule a tour.

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