TIME is the #1 obstacle
for a mom entrepreneur’s success,
that is why it is critical not to waste it with
the wrong curriculum for your type of
So before you spend more precious time
wondering what curriculum to purchase or
writing your own, you may want to
understand the three major goals you
need to achieve with your curriculum.
Why Busy “Mamápreneurs” Like You Need to Think Differently About the Curriculum for Your Language Program
I have been helping teachers improve their language instruction for several years, and one of my favorite aspects of that is helping moms start their own language programs.
I myself were once a mamápreneur starting my own “Sueños de colores” Spanish immersion program back in 1999, and I learned many lessons the hard way.
A few years latter (2007), I started rewriting my curriculum and repackaging it for licensing to other language programs and in two more languages (French and Chinese) – I learned quite a few more things doing this as well.
These are the type of lessons that I like to share with other mamápreneurs like you today.
Let me explain one thing that should be obvious to any mom starting her new program but that… mmm, regrettably I think that most miss (including myself back then):
You are NOT a school teacher and you should NOT plan your content as a school teacher.
This doesn’t mean that you can do anything you want: you better offer great value or you will not see your hard won students any more.
What it means is that what is suitable for a school is not necessarily suitable for an independent program – you will struggle if you apply the wrong model to your setting. Car wheels do not work well on trucks.
One way in which the game is quite different is that you need to recruit your own students – and if you haven’t discovered this already, this is not always easy.
Unfortunately, students don’t grow on trees (oh, but wouldn’t that be wonderful!).
Sound marketing is an important first step to attract new students, but you will quickly see that the golden key to your success will be to have lots of happy students that come back year after year.
In order to attract those happy, IDEAL students—defined as the ones that will continue to be engaged and committed to your program year after year—you need to change your mindset and think differently…
And it all starts with your curriculum—yes, that’s right:
If well designed, your curriculum will not only be your “content” but an essential part of your business strategy.
In other words, your curriculum can make your business grow.
[Do yourself a favor and engrave that on your forehead: “Your curriculum can make your business grow.”]
Unfortunately, it can also make it shrink or even stop…
That is why it is so important that you learn about the 3 essential goals I mentioned BEFORE you take any further steps with your curriculum.
Announcing My Upcoming Webinar “Secrets to a Successful Spanish Immersion Program”
I invite you to join me in a free webinar focused on the 3 curriculum goals for mamápreneurs. We will discuss those 3 goals – and in addition – I am going to take you behind the scenes to show you exactly how I design and structure my lesson plans.
As an example, I will provide you a walk through of my “Three Little Pigs” Spanish lesson plan unit for preschoolers. I have never offered this tour before.
And if you speak other languages? Not to worry as the concepts of this webinar apply to any language.
On top of that I will try to answer as many of your lesson plan questions as possible so that you can start growing your business.
So sign up now to guarantee your spot at the webinar!
*2014 update: Ever since I posted this blog on 2012 I’ve continued working on this very unique curriculum. It’s now called “Mpressarias Curriculum” and you can take a look at it at Spanishlessonplansnow.com (it will soon be available in more languages).
All the best,
Ana Lomba is changing the way people think about and interact with young children learning languages. Her Parents’ Choice award-winning books, lively songs, games, stories, and mobile applications are quickly becoming favorites with teachers and parents who want to nurture young children’ inborn language abilities. Key to the success of Ana’s break-through method is a focus on the family as the ideal environment for early language learning – even her signature curriculum for language programs is built with parents in mind. Ana has taught toddler, preschool, elementary school, and college-level Spanish courses, and held leadership positions with some of the most influential language organizations in the US, including ACTFL, NNELL and FLENJ. After graduating with a law degree from Spain, her native country, Ana pursued graduate studies at Binghamton University, Princeton University, and NYU. She lives with her husband and three children in Princeton Jct., NJ.
si, ya he comprado el E-guide!
tu “Language Mamapreneur” suena interesante, espero poder compartir tambien mis experiencias y actividades, una de las mejores ventajas de este medio: compartir!
Suerte a ti tambien con tu website.
Seguimos en contacto
I am about to start my own business in early learning teaching and having been thinking about it for a long time it is great to see my thoughts are shared! I totally agree with your approach to teaching languages. I am Spanish too , from Valladolid, and qualified to teach languages in secondary education which I have been doing for 12 years in a school in London. I have also designed and taught courses for adults, so early learning is new to me too! I have taught a couple of years yr 3 students (8 years old) and loved it! but have always been intrigued about the little ones, being mother of a bilingual and trilingual(second marriage) children too.
I am really enjoying reading about your experiences and thinking of purchasing your book.
Thanks for being so inspiring!
Ana Lomba says
Encantada de conocerte. I am about to launch another project and website called “The Language Mamapreneur” for moms like you who want to start your own program. I hope to have it available soon. I envision it as a place not only for me to offer my stuff, but also, as it grows, for everyone to share their experiences and get some exposure. I am very excited about it, let’s see how it goes 🙂
Buena suerte con tu proyecto y espero que te guste la guía (¿te refieres a la Spanish for Preschoolers E-Guide, no?)
Connie Montgomery says
Hi Ana! Bravo! I am grateful, as many more are, for your important work. We have been busy starting our non-profit, Literacy, Language and Cultural Centers (LiLaC), Inc. LiLaC is a non-profit public benefit corporation for public and charitable purposes. The specific purpose of this corporation is to promote family literacy and parent education holistically through a home visitation program that addresses parents’ educational aspirations, literacy development with an emphasis on multilingual acquisition, parents as teachers of their children, health-nutrition knowledge, practices and resources. Our target populaion is low income Hispanic parents. We have partnered with a native Mandarin Chinese speaker, who weekly provides rich interactive talk with our pilot study baby, who is now nine months old. His mother is Mexican and his father is from Nicaragua, so Spanish and English are a daily experience. I am partnering with Dr. Kendall King, University of Minnesota regarding our multilingual emphasis. Our work is in-part based on Patricia Kuhl’s research at the University of Washington. We are also partnering with Dr. Jerry Stein, University of Minnesota, and his program “Learning Dreams” for parents. Geoffrey.Canada’s work with the Harlem Children’s Zone has been an invaluable model for us. I had the great privilege of meeting with Bill Strickland, (Manchester Bidwell, a job training center and community arts program in Philadelphia). We look forward to partnering with him to bring job training and an a cultural arts center to our community, designed to support and enhance the cultures represented by our diverse population here. Please — let’s keep in touch!!!!! My best, Connie Montgomery
Ana Lomba says
Congratulations, Connie! I am very happy to know that this project that you started with so much passion and enthusiasm a few years ago is finally taking off big time! I am very impressed at the list of your collaborators, and I can’t wait to hear more about your experience as you grow the program. By the way, sorry I didn’t get back to you on your last e-mail. It’s been a harsh few months with my daughter and I have been sidetracked (and worried) about everything, but things are improving and I am back on the language-learning trenches 🙂 Yes, let’s keep in touch. I wish you the best of luck with this wonderful project and I’ll be happy to help with whatever it is. Ana