Hola y Bienvenida

I’m Rachel, and I’m so glad you’re here.

Rachel and her son

I created Small World Spanish to help busy parents of preschoolers like you and me introduce Spanish to our kids without adding any extra stress or mess to our lives.

We already have enough of that as it is.

So many days feel like we’re in survival mode.

Everyone needs to be fed, dressed, bathed, pottied, hugged, and kissed, all the while the Cheerios on the floor and the laundry piling up in the hamper won’t stop staring you in the face.

You know you’d love to teach your kids Spanish, but how do you even start?

Where do you find the time?

Do you just start singing some Spanish songs and reading some Spanish books to them, hoping they’ll catch on?

Where do you even find the best Spanish books and songs?

And what if you haven’t taken Spanish class since high school?

How on Earth can you expect your kids to speak it, when you don’t feel confident with it yourself?

It doesn’t help that everyone seems to have an opinion about it, and they don’t hesitate sharing it with you:

Spanish? That’s… interesting. What’s the point? Everyone speaks English here.

They’re so little! Wait until they’ve mastered reading in English, then start with some Spanish. You’ll slow them down in school and they’ll fall behind their peers.

Or…

Why have you waited so long to teach your kids Spanish? You know they learn best when they’re little, right? My mom’s friend’s daughter started speaking only Spanish to her baby the day she was born, and now she speaks both languages perfectly… and she’s only two!

The pressure and judgment that we moms face about every aspect of our parenting, including raising bilingual kids, is so real it’s almost palpable.

I know you’ve felt it, because I’ve definitely felt it.

My name is Rachel, and I’m a former Spanish and ESL teacher who now stays home raising two toddler boys who are 13 months apart.

The last couple of years have been a whirlwind, to say the least.

I’ve loved learning Spanish ever since I was a kid, and my whole education and career have revolved around it.

I majored in Spanish in college, studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain for a semester, worked as a Spanish immersion camp counselor, and eventually taught K-12 English as a Second Language as well.

It should be a no-brainer that I would raise my kids to be Spanish-bilingual, right?

That’s not quite how it worked out.

I always thought that being a teacher would make me a great mom, and that it would be easy for me to teach my kids Spanish from a very early age.

Teaching my kids Spanish somehow fell away to the back burner amidst the fun and chaos of raising my boys.

Other things just took priority, and before I knew it, they are now almost 3 and 4 years old, and still don’t speak hardly any Spanish.

So, I’ve decided that now is the time.

We are going to start learning Spanish, but it needs to be stress-free and mess-free.

That’s why I created Small World Spanish – To share our Spanish learning journey with you, and show you that if we can do it, you can do it too.

I can’t deal with cleaning up finger paints from all over the walls, furniture, and floors right now. I just can’t.

We are going to do this in the simplest, easiest, most fun way possible.

I’m going to share some easy-peasy ways to introduce your kids to Spanish, no matter what your own Spanish level is.

I’ll post ideas to get your preschoolers loving Spanish through reading, art, music, play, technology, and more!

No pressure, no judgment.

Just fun, laughs, and pride when your kids start not only speaking Spanish, but enjoying it too.

Ready to take the first step?

I created some illustrated Spanish labels for your home that you can grab for absolutely free! You can get them here.

Spanish labels for your home

They’re an easy way to start creating a Spanish print-rich environment in your home. Not to mention, you’ll never forget to mix a little Spanish into your day when you have Spanish labels in your face!

So grab your free labels, browse through the blog, and get your kids started with Spanish without any stress or mess!

And no matter how you’re feeling about things today, always remember that you’re doing great.

Un fuerte abrazo,

Rachel

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