- 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.
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.
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 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.
A Collaborative Effort
Volume One was carefully edited and reviewed by both native Spanish-speakers and native English-speakers. We worked closely together to ensure accuracy on every page I had written.
For several months I worked with Camila, a law student living in Mexico City, to ensure that the Spanish I had written in the curriculum wouldn't sound funny to a native speaker. She is also the artist behind the graphic illustrations on the covers of Beautiful Mundo Volume One. The parent guide and phonics workbook were also reviewed by Violeta, a teacher and mom in southern Spain. Additionally, Rocío, an Argentinian student and chemistry technician, reviewed the phonics workbook and offered me valuable insights. For example, that "cerdo" is a better word choice for pig than how I had originally written it as "cerda" because that can also mean something like a brush (such as the group of hairs on a toothbrush). As native Spanish-speakers, their editing, native knowledge, and double-checking of my translation work was invaluable to me. Any information shared about the editors I have worked with has been provided with their explicit permission and with respect given to their privacy as requested.
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.