A full year of immersive Spanish language learning through literature, music, movement, poetry, play, and exploration of the Spanish-speaking world.

What's Included?

- Parent Guide PDF

36 weeks of detailed lesson plans and vocabulary guides (equivalent to about one school year) with easily scanned QR codes in the reference section for every link and source. Organized Spotify playlists match the order the songs are introduced in the curriculum to make incorporating the music simple and convenient. 

- Student Phonics Workbook PDF

Introducing all the sounds of the Spanish alphabet, including open syllables, through American Sign Language, music, and motion. Generally, two worksheets are included per week. Original illustrations highlighting animals native to Latin America are included for children to color as well. 

Both print and cursive options available.

- Student Copywork Book PDF

Featuring a meaningful quote from each of the 36 assigned weekly readings for your child to copy and practice their handwriting in Spanish.

Both print and cursive options available.

- Student Storytelling Book PDF

One page per week for children to illustrate and narrate the picture book of the week in their own words.

- Printable Resources PDF 

Including: Lowercase and uppercase letter cards representing the sounds in Spanish (print and cursive options), dot number cards (1-10) for game play, shape cards, emotion board game page, and tiles for transportation bingo.

 

Foundational Beliefs

 

Beautiful Mundo Volume One is built on three foundational beliefs: 

1. Children acquire language through meaningful play and interaction with loved ones and teachers

2. Raising children in a multilingual home shouldn't feel like a hardship, but rather a joy

3. Language is inseparable from culture 

Bilingualism is a wonderful gift to give our children. By raising bilingual children, we are raising better citizens of the world. Research has shown that bilingualism not only increases cultural awareness, but also helps to build positive attitudes about ethnic diversity. Head to our FAQ page for more information about the amazing benefits of bilingualism!

 
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It's All About Immersion!

 

By using Spanish in our daily lives, playing with our children in Spanish, and enriching our understanding of the language by exploring Spanish-speaking countries and cultures, we will be providing the best possible version of an immersive learning experience right at home. 

Each week, this curriculum will help immerse your family in Spanish in a variety of ways:

- Through reading authentic children's picture books

- Listening to music and learning to sing songs in Spanish

- Learning to act out finger plays and rhymes

- Reading poetry

- Acting out daily life activities and playing games

- Exploring the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries through cooking and arts & crafts.

Who is this curriculum written for?

 

Anyone hoping to teach their children Spanish through an immersive and culturally enriching experience! This curriculum can be easily scaled up or down to meet the needs of children ages 0-8+. 

This curriculum was specifically designed for such a large range of ages because we believe it is never too early, or too late, to introduce a new language into your home. Throughout this curriculum, you will always have the freedom to pick and choose, or modify, the activities and material you cover each week. 

Volume One can be used as an enrichment program for homeschooling families, or an after-school program for families whose children attend school or other programs. 

 

Volume One can also be used as a preschool-kindergarten level Spanish language arts curriculum.

If limiting screen time is a concern for your family, please know that this is a literature-based curriculum and NOT a screen-based one. While we do strongly encourage listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks, this curriculum avoids any reliance on screen-time to learn Spanish. Repeating words and phrases from videos might make it seem like our children are learning, but they are not developing the skills they need for real-life proficiency. While screens and media will always have their place (the occasional watching of Coco in Spanish never hurt anyone), it is our belief that screen-based learning should only amount to a very small portion of a child's overall exposure to a minority language.

Do I need to know how to speak Spanish?

 

No, not even a word! This curriculum was designed so that anyone can start teaching their child Spanish, regardless of language knowledge or ability.

Each of us on this journey will be coming from a different background, with a different level of knowledge of the Spanish language, and with different reasons for taking on the challenge of raising bilingual children. 

Volume One was written as a place to start, a helping hand, and a roadmap to follow for monolingual English parents and bilingual parents alike.

At the heart of Beautiful Mundo is the belief that we don't need to be bilingual to raise bilingual children. One of the most wonderful ways to learn, is by teaching.  We can learn together, alongside our children, and share in this special and wonderful experience as a family.

How much time will I need to spend teaching each day?

 

This curriculum is not meant to be scheduled in the sense that you sit down for an hour each day and do a "Spanish lesson." Each week in the parent guide is a collection of content to weave throughout your day, on as many days as possible during the week. It is intentionally structured to be flexible and taught in small, short lessons.

 

Our goal will be to seize every opportunity to include the Spanish language in our everyday lives. Volume One is designed to be playful and fun, rather than stressful and tedious.

A Collaborative Effort

 

Volume One was written in collaboration with a law student living in Mexico. She is also the artist behind the graphic illustrations on the covers of Beautiful Mundo Volume One. It has also been reviewed by Violeta, a teacher and mom in southern Spain. As native Spanish-speakers, their editing and translation work was invaluable to the development of this curriculum. We worked closely together to ensure accuracy on every page, and in every translation. 

   

It's important to note that the Spanish language is spoken a little differently wherever you go. This curriculum is more closely tied to Latin American Spanish. However, efforts have been made to remain as neutral as possible in the vocabulary choices and special notes regarding some of the differences have been included.

At the heart of this curriculum is the hope that it will inspire happiness in our homes and create opportunities to share special moments with our children. That incorporating another language into our daily lives will be a fun and shared adventure, rather than a struggle or source of frustration.

Meet the Author

 

¡Hola! I'm Emma and I am so happy to have you here!

Growing up in California, my Spanish language journey began in seventh grade at my public middle school. I ended up in the classic, "I can understand much more than I can speak" scenario, and with no true proficiency in Spanish. The truth of the matter is that many of the ways the Spanish language is taught in the United States are failing.

As someone who deeply values bilingualism, I desperately wanted to find a better way for my children to learn. I read every list, blog, and program description I could find. Nothing I found matched my hopes and I quickly discovered that everything seemed to be video or app-based. The more I learned about the science behind language acquisition, the more disappointed I became with my options.

It didn't take long before I began to wonder, is it even possible to introduce another language into our home? Do I have to compromise my beliefs about screen-use with my children because it is their only hope of learning another language? 

Beautiful Mundo was born because I believe there are others out there just like me. By creating what I was so desperately searching for, it is my deepest hope that I will be able to help the next family overwhelmed at the thought of teaching their children Spanish. I believe no matter how unfavorable the circumstances we may be in for raising bilingual children, it can be done. Through teaching our children, we can teach ourselves. What an exciting and beautiful journey to begin! 

Read the full story.

A Note on Spanish Phonics

This curriculum can be used with, or without, the Spanish phonics workbook. It can be incorporated whenever you feel your child is ready. Every child moves from the emergent stage of literacy development (think of this as the pretend phase: pretending to read books, pretending to write with scribbles, etc.) to the beginning stage (using the alphabet and learning to “sound-out” words) at different times and ages. In many ways, the Spanish language is easier to learn than English. Many letters in Spanish only make one sound, and the phonetic patterns are generally more consistent than in the English language. If your child already knows how to read in English, it is recommended that you incorporate Spanish phonics right away (a path through the included workbook is built into the Volume One curriculum guide). 

 

Language at its most basic level is made up of universal sounds, or phones. This workbook approaches phonics by focusing on individual phonemes: the smallest units of sound found in any language. Letters represent phonemes in words. 

Rather than learning the alphabet in a traditional order from A to Z, this workbook was carefully and specifically designed to teach phonics in a way that makes sense for the Spanish language. We will introduce vowels before consonants, and then move through consonants in a way that staggers and mixes the types of articulation required to produce the sounds. Generally, we will move through simpler sounds first and then progress to more complex sounds later on in the year.

The Spanish language is syllabic, meaning that syllables fall within and between words. As we learn the sound /m/, for example, we will also introduce the open syllables: ma, me, mi, mo, and mu. By teaching these syllables (consonant sounds in combination with each vowel) we will be providing our children with the tools they need to begin decoding Spanish text.

Bring phonics to life by learning about animals native to Latin America! For each letter and sound there is an illustration that corresponds featuring many animals native to Central and South America. We encourage you to explore! Dive a little deeper and do some research with your child each week to learn more about these fascinating animals. Fun fact: all of the graphics in this workbook are based off hand-drawn illustrations the author's husband sketched for her. 

The phonics workbook also includes a brief parent guide to help you get started. The worksheets are written entirely in Spanish, and a list is also included with useful phrases for you to begin teaching and instructing in Spanish right away.

For more information about Beautiful Mundo, head over to our FAQ section.

Still have questions? Send us an email, we are always here to help.

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