I hope you have all had a great week!
Yesterday was our homeschool co-op day. One of the classes my youngest children have been involved in for the last few weeks is Spanish. Each week they practice a lot of role playing, with the children taking turns being the “guest” who comes and says, “Hola!” to which everyone in the room responds, “Hola!” and they go through other words and phrases they are learning. “What is your name?” “My name is _____” “Good morning”, and so forth.
I knew my 3 year old and 6 year old were picking up a good bit, even from just this hour a week. But I didn’t think about the other little ear’s that might be learning. That is, until yesterday.
Our first student stepped out to begin the “script”, and walked back in the room. Everyone waved and said, “Hola!” Including Nehemiah, my 13-month old! He has some words, but isn’t a consistent talker yet, so it definitely took me by surprise! He repeated it on several other occasions yesterday (possibly because I thought it was so funny I kept trying to get him to repeat it!).
It was a great demonstration of how easy it is for littles to learn a variety of languages. I’m very excited about it, even if we might get some strange looks when my pasty white baby greets strangers with, “Hola!”
Has your family learned a foreign language? Do you have any funny moments to share?