Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Lesson Made Fun For the Whole Family


I have found that things that would otherwise be boring, dreaded, or hard can often be fun, rewarding and something that I look forward to…simply by sharing it with my family.

I’ll give you an example…

In the summer of 2009 we committed to going to Panama as a family with a small group from our church. None of us spoke Spanish and we decided to download some Spanish lessons from Itunes to learn a little bit of it. Now, my husband had already been undertaking this endeavor for a few months so he was a little bit ahead of us. But the girls and I knew just a few words.

It was amazing to me, how hard it was as an adult to try and teach my brain to grasp a different language. Let me just clarify and say that I in no way, have learned Spanish! HA HA But I HAVE learned a few more words and that’s a step in the right direction. Regardless of what I did or didn’t learn, the neatest memory for me is just being in the car as a family and reciting and laughing over Spanish words and expressions together. My girls picked up on some of the words much easier than my husband or I did. (That’s youth for ya!) And they laughed and giggled at how we tried to master the intonation and expressions.

It was more about doing something together, being in it together than it really was about learning Spanish. We were sharing an event, a milestone in life together. We were looking forward to something together, heading into it together, and learning TOGETHER.

I think Spanish words and expressions will always bond the four of us together. We will forever be double-checking with one another on a word or simply relishing the time that we tried to undertake something new together as a family. In fact, this experience has encouraged my oldest daughter to take a Spanish class at school – something that she never even considered prior to us listening to the lessons together in the car.

You never know just what will create a bonding memory as a family. So let your ideas be limitless! I never would have predicted that trying to learn a language would end up becoming fun family time. But it did.

1 comment:

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thanks for the encouragement along these lines. I have two college-age sons, so we have to get a bit more creative in making memories with them. As for our younger two in grade school, we're always with them, so it's a bit easier.

Both my older sons speak Spanish and will use their ability on a mission trip this summer to Bolivia.

Have a blessed weekend.

peace~elaine

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