My Spanish Journey
I have a family tree half-rooted in Mexican-American culture. I grew up loving my family’s heritage: delicious food; beautiful Christmas traditions; community involvement; a legacy of hard work, faith and deep family ties. But I didn’t grow up speaking Spanish.
My language journey began freshman year of high school, included two month-long mission trips to El Salvador, and continued through my college studies. At the University of California, Davis, I earned my degree in Spanish with Honors. Then I completed my California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Spanish at California State University, Sacramento.
My journey continues through listening to my favorite Spanish podcasts and through sharing my love of Spanish with others. Over the last 15 years, I’ve taught preschool, high school, and all grades in between. Now I work with students of all ages in-home, online and at local homeschool learning centers in Loomis, Auburn, Lincoln and nearby areas of Placer County, California.
How Day By Day Spanish Began
For many years I taught exploratory Spanish classes at a local K-8 elementary school and as a volunteer at the school my children attend. My students and I met only once or twice a week for 30 to 45 minutes. Our classes were fun and full of Spanish, but I wasn’t satisfied with the results. Language learning requires regular (daily is best!) contact with the language, so I began exploring ways to expand this learning opportunity for the families at my school. I began looking for YouTube videos, books, podcasts, and apps that could expand my students’ experience with the Spanish language.
I often meet parents looking for ways to help their kids learn Spanish and many friends have asked for recommendations to help them improve. I wanted to create an easy way to share resources and to encourage others with my own experiences. So Day By Day Spanish was born. Come along! Enjoy the journey! And please let me know how I can help you as we walk this path together.
Why learn Spanish?
Hablando se entiende la gente.
By talking, people come to understand one another.Traditional proverb
Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.Michael Gove
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.Nelson Mandela