How I Helped My Kids Understand Their Culture
Bonus: they're learning so much this year.
I couldn't be prouder of my Mexican heritage.
My parents are immigrants, and keeping the traditions of our country alive in our family is something that is very important to me.
Now that I have 2 kids of my own, I want them to know and be proud of where they come from. Allison is 3, and Noah is 5 and while my parents and I spoke Spanish to them non-stop when they were little, as they've gotten older, they have lost interest and never try to speak it unless I prompt them.
It's so important to me that they speak Spanish, but you know how kids are- all they're focused on is playing games and watching television. I wanted to try and find a way to make learning Spanish fun and interactive for them, but I had no idea where to even start.
After speaking to another mom, she recommended Muzzy, a cartoon that teaches kids up to 1200 words and phrases through cartoons, online games, and worksheets.
I know my kids love cartoons, so this sounded like the perfect way to keep their attention. Muzzy helps kids gain a conversational grasp of a new language in an easy-to-digest format.
Turns out, there is a "window of opportunity" in younger children when learning a second language is just as easy for them as learning their native language before the age of ten. I definitely wanted to capitalize on this time frame, and Muzzy sounded like the perfect solution.
On top of wanting my kids to be proud of their family roots, I read that bilingual kids excel with high scores on standardized tests and are more successful in math than students who know one language. Plus, I could actually feel good that they'd be getting some productive screen time.
Muzzy has a bunch of languages available-German, French, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Italian, and of course, I went for Spanish! I subscribed for $9.70 a month for 3 months and couldn't wait to show the kids.
A couple of days later, I popped in on them watching Muzzy and went about my usual set of to-dos. Usually, I can hear fighting or some sort of commotion, but when I went to check on them- they were totally engrossed in the cartoon! After just a few days, my son started saying little words here and there- it was such a proud moment for me when he asked for leche instead of milk!
My kids have been watching Muzzy for a couple of months now, and I'm so happy with how far they have come. Each lesson builds off of the last one, so they're making progress while advancing their Spanish at the same time. It's also been a godsend on days where I needed to keep them entertained. I used to feel so guilty just sitting them in front of a screen all day but with Muzzy they're actually learning and embracing their heritage.
Update: Muzzy is offering a limited time Spring offer: Save up to 67% off a subscription if you purchase today!