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

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!

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.

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What's Included? 

- Volume One Curriculum 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. 

- Letras y sonidos: 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.

- Mi libro de cuentos: Storytelling Book PDF

This workbook includes one page per week for children to illustrate and narrate each story in Volume One. It provides a fun way to keep a record of the year's books and learning experiences, and an opportunity to build narration skills in Spanish.

Can be printed with either adult- or child-sized lines so narrations told verbally can be recorded by an adult, or children can practice writing their own.

- Mi libro de palabras: 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.

- 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.

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.

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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.

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." In the parent guide each week, you will find a collection of content to weave throughout your days. It is intentionally structured to be flexible and taught in small, short sessions.

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.

Discover the Volume One
Playlist on Spotify

Featuring 100 songs from musicians including:

Take a Look Inside the Samples

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.

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Meet the Author

¡Hola! Soy Emma Butterfield Corbet. 
I am so happy to have you here!


Beautiful Mundo was born because I believe so deeply in the value of language learning. 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! 

Meet the Team of Editors and Artists

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Camila B.

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Rocío Decurgez


Laura Campbell
United States


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Violeta Jaén


Learn More About the Spanish Phonics Program Included in Volume One

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). 
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.

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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 program built into Volume One can now be purchased separately.

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