Saturday, August 8, 2009

Ayudame Por Favor

I had my job interview on Wednesday. I have to wait until next week to hear back. They're hiring 33 people. Apparently there are somewhere around 30 daycare centers in our city owned by them. I'm hoping that one of the ones near my place chooses me. The interviewer said that I'd get medical and dental plans with them after 3 months. Which means I could claim Skyler's meds. That would be awesome. So I've got my fingers crossed that I hear back from them.

The last couple of weeks have been horrible weatherwise. I'm pretty sure it's because I finally have time off. So it has to be rainy, gray and cold so that we can't enjoy our time together as a family. We've been mostly stuck inside (I've been crocheting of course. Preparing for the next 10 months of lovely winnipeg winter). Today is supposed to be a big party with smolder's family out in the country, but it's so icky outside I'm not sure if it's still going to happen. Sigh. I really want to go though. It would be nice to get out of the apartment. I took Skyler for a walk the other day but it was so windy I didn't really enjoy it at all.

I've been trying to focus on speaking Spanish with Skyler more, I usually do spend a good amount of time per day naming objects and talking about things, but I tend to get caught up in all the English around me from time to time and forget to converse with my son in our other tongue. So I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for Spanish books or tv shows/cartoons. (I find I speak it more when I hear it being spoken or read it, like right now we're watching Handy Manny.) Since no one around here speaks Spanish, tv and books are pretty much the only way to go. Unless someone wants to be my spanish penpal/msnpal. And while Dora the Explorer is cute it only teaches one or two words in an episode so it's not exactly what I'm looking for.

So any ideas?


Stacie said...

I don't know how much help I'll be, but I totally get this problem. We have quite a few toys that both spanish and english (and french) settings. We'll flip them back and forth on occasion, but mostly stick with english. We also have books with both languages listed. Our therapist suggested we stick with one language for a while so everyone can catch up with their language skills and introduce the spanish when they are a little older. At that point, my husband is going to speak to them in spanish while I speak in english.

LuckyOnce said...

It's very cool that you're teaching him Spanish. I really wish I were bilingual so that I could teach D another language, but I don't have the impetus to teach myself!

Karen said...

Most DVDs will let you set the language options so that you can watch in English or in Spanish. A lot of TV shows are also broadcast in spanish so if your TV will let you change the language settings, you should be able to watch Dora in all Spanish (with maybe one or two English words, LOL). My kids sometimes watch their cartoons in different languages just for the fun of it. Apparently it's more interesting if you have no idea what's going on.

Stacie said...

I don't know any Spanish, but Laney's great great aunt talks to her mostly in Spanish. She says bottle in Spanish and other things I'm sure (I don't speak it).

I think it's absolutely wonderful that you want to teach Sky.

Azaera said...

Yeah we actually did watch Handy Manny in the spanish setting today, but it bothers me for some reason that the voices aren't right. Haha I know that's silly. I guess Vald.errama does it for me as Handy Manny. Haha. Oh and I love it in all spanish because I'm fluent in both so I actually do understand it. However Chuck grew up in a french family and sometimes he watches the cartoon network in French with Sky and that goes right over my head. I can make out a few words here and there but that's it.

LitterOf1 said...

Ohhhhhhhhh I have the PERFECT thing for you. I am not Spanish but I saw this at a baby expo and it is AMAZING. You'd have to send for it from Florida but the bilingual DVDs and CDs are incredible and your boy would adore them. It is (take away the ......) Please let me know what you think of this by clicking EMAIL on my profile.