This list includes ideas for supplements for writing in Spanish so you can provide your student with many of the same language exposure and practice that bilingual speakers are exposed to in both languages – writing is an important part of learning a language. Including these supplements can give your child a much more authentic and meaningful language experience. Add Songs or rhymes, Audio or video from native speakers, Conversation, Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Games, Crafts, Self-review, Fun/ Student Choice, Grammar, and AP study supplements. Finally, once your child is ready, try out the Spanish Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff.
SPANISH SUPPLEMENTS FOR WRITING
The Spanish book from the “In 10 Minutes a Day” series. SPANISH in 10 minutes a day®
Inklewriter lets you write free Choose Your Own Adventure style stories.
There are many sources of free worksheets. LanguageTutorial.org is one of them. There are worksheets in French, Danish, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese.
HelloTalk’s website says that you can “Learn a language by chatting with native speakers from around the world.” This is an app. This app has many features, but are probably not appropriate for children. However, there is one feature that can encourage writing and is probably safe even for young children, with supervision. The text chat with a robot feature is a nice simulation for younger children to be able to join in with chatting, without letting them reveal information about themselves to strangers via an app. In our homeschool I’ve found that online chats really made a difference in motivating my children to be good spellers in English. In addition to text chats with a robot, there are text chats with real people in other countries, and also “classmates” who are learning the foreign language along with you. I would not let students use the chat feature with real people without adult supervision, but this could be a feature you decide will work for your student. The app also has lots of cultural info, very short posts by natives talking about current events, etc. However, it’s aimed at adults. There are also video links, but while I found some very good videos, there were also videos mixed in that were very adult-oriented. They covered dating topics and things like “How to Swear in German.” These would be important things for a fluent speaker to know, eventually, but I know parents want to use their judgment for when their child is ready for topics like this.
Pixton lets students make their own cartoons. It’s relatively quick and doesn’t require much artistic skill. You can make cartoons to illustrate conversations.
ChildrensBooksForever.com has free children’s books online in many languages. The languages available are Afrikaans, Danish, Butch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Chillola.com has many easy elementary school worksheets.
At Jiskha.com you can get help with homework subjects on some websites like this one, including foreign language. I think that something like this would be most useful for correcting written work, so I am placing this website in this category.
This website allows you to easily create your own copywork handwriting sheets.
This website allows you to easily create your own copywork printing sheets.
This website allows you to easily create for own copyworking pre-handwriting sheets.
There are printable comic worksheets that can also encourage writing. Doubles as a craft.
Make your own copywork sheets using curriculum, books, songs, and rhymes that. This is easy if you use websites designed for this task. You can use the same page all week, just print it five times. Younger children can use just one sheet and do one line per day.
Magnetic Poetry – Spanish Kit – Words for Refrigerator – Write Poems and Letters on the Fridge – Made in the USA
Magnetic Poetry – Spanish Kit – Words for Refrigerator – Write Poems and Letters on the Fridge – Made in the USA – Age 11 and up version, or age 5-11 version available. Magnetic Poetry – Kids’ Spanish Kit – Ages 5 and Up. Magnetic Poetry, available in Dutch, German, Hebrew Alphabet, Italian, Kid’s Chinese, Kid’s French, Kid’s Spanish, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Teach Them Spanish – Grades K-5 available. These are very reasonably priced for a yearlong workbook. They’re a good basic supplement to a non-traditional course. Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1