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Zipping and zooming. Teaching Spanish during car trips.

Teaching Spanish during car trips and let’s not leave out…the fun! 

 Autumn has officially arrived.  The fall leaves are turning colors, the air is crisper, and daylight hours are getting shorter.  Of course, by now, most of our kids are back at school, and their English language conversation has increased as they get instructions from their teacher and socialize with their friends.  We must work a little harder to continue to instill the Spanish language in the homes.

Gone is the summer where days were spent chatting with grandma in Español, or watching a Spanish program.  We don’t have time for that!  We have schedules to keep up with and homework to take care of daily.  Yet, we want our children to speak Spanish.  We want them to enjoy the gift of a second language.  Regardless of whether parents are native speakers or not, it’s time to instill some tricks to the Spanish bag.

Whether we are zipping to soccer practice, zooming to school, or zipping and zooming to visit relatives in the months ahead, let’s use the car ride to our advantage!

  •  Play Spanish music.  There are many children’s music artists that will delight the young ones, but there are also artists that will excite the older kids and adults alike.  Before long, the entire family will be singing along to their favorite Spanish tunes!
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El Camión, Free Coloring Sheet from Monarca Language

  •  Print out some worksheets, and keep them handy in one’s car.  Make sure to carry a pencil and eraser, or crayons in your car.  When you arrive early to swim or music class, these will come in handy and keep your child thinking in Spanish.

 

 

 

  • Make car rides strictly a “Spanish Speaking Zone”.  This works great even if you do not know Spanish.  Your child will have fun teaching you something that you don’t know.  Your child can pretend play that he is the Spanish teacher, and you are the student.  You can discuss colors, numbers, and shapes.  The vocabulary is endless.
  • Spanish books on tape.  Start out with short books that are already familiar to your family.  Familiar stories are always a welcome treat for kids.  If you also have a copy of the book for your child, let your child read along with the book on tape.

By maximizing our time in the car with our family, we are increasing our children’s auditory, literary and oral understanding of the Spanish language.  The added bonus is that through our collaborative teaching and learning of Spanish, we will create wonderful memories that will ultimately provide the gift of a lifetime.  Enjoy making your car trips “solamente en Español” (Spanish only).

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El helicóptero, Free Coloring Printable from Monarca Language

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Transportation Domino Game, Free Coloring Printable from Monarca Language

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~By Diana P. a “mamá latina”

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Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

Share with your children Día de Muertos stories and songs. It is a great way to introduce children to this beautiful and ancient indigenous tradition. My book recommendation has a mix of spanish, bilingual and english books. All books are fantastic and I have used them in class with my students.

… 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.

Aquí tenemos un par de cuentos y una canción para que compartas con tus estudiantes e hijos en casa.

LIBROS

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Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito
Un cuento del Día de los Muertos
By Janice Levy
I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story / Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito: Un Cuento del Día de los Muertos (Spanish and English Edition)  Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

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El Día de los Muertos a Bilingual Celebration
Bob Barner
El dia de los muertos / The Day of the Dead (Spanish Edition)  Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

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Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead
Judy Goldman
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead  Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

CANCION

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Una canción fácil y con un gran ritmo
An easy and great song to celebrate “Día de los Muertos”

Las Calaveras Salen a Pasear
Al sonar las doce de la noche
Las calaveras salen a pasear
Muy contentas se suben a su coche
En bicicleta y también a patinar.
Tumba, tumba, tumba vacía
Ciérrate ya que viene la fría
Jajaja que risa me da
Jajaja no me alcanzará.

Lastly but not least we have some free beautiful día de los muertos printables.

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Free Printables via MommyMaestra

Free Printables via MommyMaestra & teach the vowels in Spanish

Are you teaching your preschooler at home this year? There are a lot of great resources & materials online for you, but not so many if you are teaching them in Spanish. So be sure to get the free downloadable set of 5 Activities to Practice Upper- and Lowercase Vowels that MommyMaestra is giveaway.

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Our three favorite tips for teachers. Happy new school year!

backtoschool Our three favorite tips for teachers. Happy new school year!

Happy new school year!  

  • Plan ahead your music and books

Enrich your students learning experience and cultural knowledge by offering a diversity of songs and stories. Visit your public library website or branch. You will be surprise of how many books and music in Spanish they have! Just plan ahead to make sure they are available when you need them.

  • Visual materials are a must!

Have a white board and color pens handy. Try to draw pictures of what you are explaining or teaching. If you are not Picasso act out the words, it is always fun for everyone in the class!

  • Keep parents involved

It is difficult for parents to know what children are learning in their Spanish class. Send classroom updates regularly that include vocabulary lists, music and book resources. The more parents are involved the more they will support their children bilingual education.

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Aprendiendo la letra Dd

La letra y el sonido de la Dd en español puede ser difícil de aprender para niños que también están aprendiendo a escribir y leer en inglés al mismo tiempo.

Sigue estas sugerencias y no olvides de aportar más ideas en nuestra sección de comentarios.

  • Cómo ejercicio de calentamiento tus estudiantes pueden hacer diferentes sonidos y muecas con la boca y lengua.
  • Pide a tus estudiantes poner la yema del dedo índice entre los dientes. Se darán cuenta que la  lengua necesita tocar el la punta de los dientes de arriba. Ahora pide que digan muchas veces “dadada”. Sentirán como su lengua vibra y hace cosquillas. Sigue practicando con diferentes sonidos. (dede, didi, dodo, dudu).
  • Juega a repetir rimas o trabalenguas.

Din don dan, din don dan… doce campanadas dan.

    • Para introducir la forma de la letra utiliza plastilina u otros materiales que sean flexibles.
    • Practica su forma y su sonido utilizando hojas de trabajo pedagógicas.

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  •  Promueve la lectura utilizando libros fonéticos.

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¿Cómo ayudas a estimular la lectoescritura en casa o en la escuela?

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