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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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It’s almost Thanksgiving Day, Let’s Teach Children to Express Gratitude

¡Gracias! Thank you! Thanksgiving Day let’s teach children to express gratitude.

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Let’s Teach Children to Express Gratitude.

As children we were all told to say those words to express gratitude for someone’s kindness.  Raising polite and grateful little humans has always been the job of the adults.  Of course, children copy what they see and hear, particularly from their parents.  When was the last time you were able to reflect on your gratitude?  What are you thankful for this year?  Today?

When November hits the calendar, many families start making plans for Thanksgiving Day.  What’s for dinner?  Who are we inviting to share it with us?  What do we need to buy for the groceries?  Will our favorite football team be playing a game on TV?  We are often in a rush to do the holiday “right” that we bypass the true sentiment of the holiday.  Since the focus becomes so much on the success of the Thanksgiving Day feast, it may be easier and more meaningful to focus on the things and people we are thankful for as soon as the month of November hits the calendar.

This November, challenge your family members to think about their gratitude each day of the month.  This is a fun and easy task for each family member because age is not a barrier for this activity.  All you need are a pencil, small pieces of paper and a container such as a mason jar, an empty pail or a big manila envelope.  Ask each family member to write down something they feel thankful for, and help the little ones write down their thoughts, too.  The young ones can also draw a quick picture and you can write down their explanation of the drawing.  Do this each day, and place the pieces of paper in the container your family chooses to use.

Do this each day of the month, and on Thanksgiving Day during dinner take the Container of Thankfulness and share the sentiments in it.  It will be uplifting to hear all of the beautiful words each of your family members has shared for the month.  Whether someone is thankful for relatives, a toy, or an event that occurred on a particular day, it will be a delight to relive those thoughts together.  Moreover, it will build a habit in your children.  Your children will learn that regardless of how tough things may seem on a particular day we all have plenty for which we should be grateful.

I encourage you to try this small activity with your family.  Expressing and feeling gratitude is what brings humanity together.  This activity will give you a glimpse into the hearts of your family members while also giving you the opportunity to share your sentiments with them.

There is so much to give thanks for each day.  Reflect and have fun.

~By Diana P. a “mamá latina”

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