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Froggy Se Viste: Clothing Materials in Spanish

During the winter months, I introduce vocabulary related to clothing. It is a meaningful and practical way to teach not only clothing vocabulary but to also to talk about the weather and the seasons.

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Froggy Se Viste

To introduce new vocabulary, I always use a children’s book or song to connect grammar and context to the theme. One of my favorite books is Froggy Se Viste by Jonathan London. The story is engaging and repetitive making the perfect combination to learn Spanish in context. That said, I modify the story emphasizing the sentence structures I want my students to learn.

 

 

Here is a compilation of clothing materials in Spanish I created as well as other fun materials and lessons I found online.

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Día de Muertos $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Al sonar las doce de la noche las calaveras salen a pasear… Con canciones humorísticas y decoraciones coloridas es como celebramos está gran tradición. El Día de Muertos es una celebración mexicana que honra a nuestros seres amados que ya se han ido.

When the clock strikes twelve the skeletons go out for a ride… With humorous songs and colorful decorations we celebrate this very important tradition. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition celebrated on November 1st 2nd that honors our loved ones that have departed.

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Here are two lovely bilingual books to read this week and a fabulous Gift Card Giveaway!

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El Día de los Muertos 
Bob Barner
Available on Amazon.com

About the book:

Un libro bilingüe, en donde dos niños preparan un altar con flores, calaveritas de azúcar, pan de muertos y comida deliciosa.
Follow two children as they celebrate their ancestors on this vibrant holiday. They offer marigolds, sugar skulls, and special bread, and make delicious food. By spreading marigold petals, they guide the dead home to join the festivities.

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Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito
Janice Levy
Available on Amazon.com

About the book:
¡Es el Día de Muertos y es tiempo de celebrar! En este libro bilingüe, una niña pequeña se prepara junto con su familia para honrar la memoria del abuelo.

It’s the Day of the Dead! It’s time to celebrate! In this bilingual book, a young girl is busy helping her family prepare to honor those who have died–especially her grandfather. She misses him very much and is excited for his spirit to visit that night.

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 Día de Muertos $50 Gift Card Giveaway

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Collect the eight letters and unscramble them to find the secret word. Enter the Secret Word into the giveaway widget below for your chance to win!

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Tips on how to maximize your bilingual books at home and in the classroom

If you are reading this post you probably have bought or read a bilingual book to your classroom or child. You probably put some thought on how to use the book. Should I read back and forth between the two languages? Should I read it twice? Should I cover one language with my hand so that my students don’t get confused? I asked colleagues and bilingual parents if they had a favorite way to read a bilingual book and it seems that there is some confusion about how to take advantage of these types of books.

So, are there advantages of buying and reading bilingual books? In my opinion the answer is: Yes! I think that it’s not as intuitive as one would expect, but with a few tips I’m sure you will find that they are a great classroom and home reading resource.

Here are a few tips on how to maximize your bilingual books:

1. Choose the right age group: It sounds obvious but many times we are so excited to find bilingual books that we overlook the age group, the story or the amount of text in each page.

2. Reader’s Theater:  Is a way to practice and improve student’s fluency and speaking skills. Choose a bilingual book or make a script from a bilingual book that is easy to follow and has a few characters. The niños don’t have to memorize the script, but it is always better if they have an opportunity to read the story before the activity.  Some children will read the text in English and some the text in Spanish.  Switch the groups, so that everyone has a chance to read in both languages.

3. Story familiarity: This is one of my best tricks I used with my Spanish immersion students. During the first few weeks of class, I read Spanish or bilingual books that my students were already familiar with in English. It was always easier for them to follow the story and feel more comfortable with the new language (Spanish).

 Tips on how to maximize your bilingual books at home and in the classroom

Most of my students knew this book in English and they loved to hear it in Spanish.

4. Easy to read: Even if your child or student is fluent on both languages they might appreciate reading bilingual books that are easy to read. They can see how each word is spelled in both languages.

 Tips on how to maximize your bilingual books at home and in the classroom

Green Light Readers serie is perfect for bilingual beginning readers.

 Tips on how to maximize your bilingual books at home and in the classroomLast but not least! Here are two bilingual mini books you can read and color. You can do a reader’s theater activity or simply have your students read each mini book by themselves. Each book has a questionary at the end. bilingual minibooks Tips on how to maximize your bilingual books at home and in the classroom

Bilingual mini books

Did I mention both mini books are free when you get our food theme bundle? or you can always get them separately.

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Bilingual Minibooks

Let me know what you think!

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Books and Songs for Easter and Spring in Spanish

Getting ready for spring and easter!

Happy Spring to all! Spring blooms, longer days and beautiful rainbows we can all be thankful for. As Easter is quickly approaching let’s celebrate new beginnings and cultivate what is important to share with our niños.  

To get you inspired we’ve gathered a small but thoughtful list of some of our favorite books, songs and other teaching resources for Easter and Spring in Spanish.  Continue reading

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Spanish Children’s Series Book Giveaway

Do you want to incorporate more Spanish into your child’s life? Awesome! We have a thoughtful giveaway to help you succeed. Monarca Language sponsored by Santillana USA is giving away a set of 5 children’s books of the famous books and television series Caillou.

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