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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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Teaching about el Día de Acción de Gracias

Teaching about el Día de Acción de Gracias can be very exciting but challenging if your students or yourself didn’t grow up celebrating this holiday. My first time celebrating El Día de Acción de Gracias was as an adult and I didn’t know too much about the history related to Thanksgiving. Quickly I learned to love this holiday. For me, El Día de Acción de Gracias is all about sharing a special meal and evening with family, friends, even people that we don’t know, and reflecting about the beautiful things we all have in our lives. Whether you grew up celebrating it or you are just learning more about this holiday, make sure that you say “Gracias” todos los dias.

EN CASA you can practice with your children to give “Gracias” and to think about their gratitude each day. 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. Learn more about our Gracias challenge…

EN LA ESCUELA I try to incorporate reading, writing and math while learning about this holiday. I have created a Día de Accion de Gracias” Thanksgiving Activity Bundle you might enjoy. It contains 30-pages of math, letter and other cognitive printables. Crafts and Resources too! If you are a Monarca member download for free the bundle or you can always get it at my TpT store.

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If you are looking for a few more ideas keep reading!

Vocabulario Básico ~ Basic Vocabulary

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There are many words to learn, but not worry, once you know them you can use them during dinner with your family or while you’re having lunch with your students. Always consider the age group of your students or children when introducing new vocabulary. I like to introduce no more than 8 new words per lesson.

Algunos Cuentos ~ Some Storybooks

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 Teaching about el Día de Acción de GraciasThese books are some of my favorite! Make sure to check your local library since most of these books I was able to find them there.

Algunos Canciones ~ Some Songs

It is difficult to find Thanksgiving songs in Spanish but here is one that is perfect for this holiday. You can find his music at Amazon or Itunes.blog thanks song1 Teaching about el Día de Acción de Gracias

Another cute song to sing with your young ones is Día de Acción de Gracias by Music with Sara. I love the lyrics, they are simple and the song’s pace is also perfect to sing-along in class.

Más Ideas ~ More Ideas

Our friends at Spanish Playground have lots of great ideas and crafts for Thanksgiving, including a FREE mini-coloring book from us. Make sure to check them!

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¡Gracias por tu atención!

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SPANISH Blog Hop! #fallwinterspanishsale

The holiday season is a great time to practice what we have been learning throughout the school year. The change of seasons allows us to talk about many different topics (food, clothing, winter activities, celebrations, etc). Also, as we get closer to “winter break!” children tend to be more excited and a vocabulary review might be the best option for those last weeks of class.

For our amazing Spanish teacher blog hop, (I’m so excited to be part of!!!) I want to focus in one of my favorite winter review vocabulary topics, “La Ropa en el Invierno”.

What I love about this theme are the books, music, games and crafts I use to enrich the lesson. Here some of the resources I use to teach “La Ropa en el Invierno” :

TIPS AND A FREE CRAFT ACTIVITY 

READ: I love reading Froggy se viste SPANISH Blog Hop! #fallwinterspanishsale. The niños love to chant “Froggy! dice su mamá”. Children are encouraged to act up putting their clothes on, just like Froggy while I am reading the storybook.

PLAY: This game is a mix between musical chairs and Simon says. In México, we call it “Sopla el Viento”. Place chairs on a circle. Each child, except one, is sitting on a chair. If you don’t want to use chairs, children can sit on the floor forming a circle. The child standing in the middle of the circle says: “Froggy dice:”Arriba (or ponganse de pie) todos los niños y niñas que tienen pantalones negros”. Children who are wearing black pants need to find another chair as well as the person who is standing in the middle of the circle. There will be one child without a chair or a place to sit. That child will call out “Froggy dice”. Many of my students like to trick their classmates by saying: “Froggy dice “Arriba todos los niños y niñas que NO tienen zapatos blancos”.

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FREE RANITA PRINTABLE!

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SING: “Ay Margarita”  is the song of a little girl that feels confused about the weather and the type of clothes she should wear. For this song I use a big paper doll with different clothes accessories, I bought in México. If you want to do something more simple, how about singing “Camisa, pantalones, medias y zapatos” to the tune of head, shoulders, knees and toes.

“Camisa, pantalones, medias y
zapatos.
Camisa, pantalones, medias y
zapatos.
Chaqueta, y suéter, botas y
sandalias.
Camisa, pantalones, medias y
zapatos”

FALL/WINTER BLOG HOP ON SALE ~ 20% off

I am featuring 4 theme bundles that are great for vocabulary introduction or theme review. They all include a variety of worksheets. From eye-hand coordination, deductive reasoning to reading and writing activities. A set of dominoes and vocabulary cards to play memory and crafts with detailed instructions, templates and activity suggestion. Curious? Click each image to learn more  about each bundle.  Enrich each theme with storybooks, music and language games!

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Hop with joy because this SPANISH blog hop has lots of awesome sales, great tips and free activities. Make sure to search #fallwinterspanishsale on the teacherspayteacher.com site to find products on SALE.

Ready for more Blog Hoping?


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My 5 Back to School Must Haves

Hola Maestras,

Another school year is underway and I hope you have a wonderful teaching year. Each new school year I make sure that I am prepared and organized for the first month of classes; then I can focus on not only meeting my new students but also setting up classroom expectations. My 5 Back To School Must Haves always keep me sane and most importantly get me on the right track for a positive class rapport.

1. Rapport with Parents: I have a blog for parents to read and interact although I also make sure to send them a quick and simple weekly newsletter via e-mail. I include a list of books, music and key vocabulary & grammar, so that they can participate in their child’s school learning journey.

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2. Classroom Décor: Simple, clean and visually uncluttered. I feel that children concentrate better if the walls have just the right amount of visual cues. One of the few visual cues I use is a poster set of the classroom expectations at child-eye level.

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3. Classroom Organization: Students help organize and put away classroom supplies, therefore I make sure that all supplies are correctly labeled and easy to access.

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4. Weekly Planners: I have a notebook with all my ideas and notes for each lesson but for classroom purposes I use a very simple weekly planner sheet. I just write down the basic concepts, resources and activities I am planning to teach that week. If you are interested in learning more about theme planning check out our thematic planning web which includes a free activity map template and free weekly planning template.

5. Recycle Materials: Yes! At the beginning of each school year I put together a list of the recycle materials I am planning to use throughout the school year.  It helps me plan ahead knowing that I have what I need to create craft and science projects with my students.

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You can find my 5 back to school must (except the recycling list) on sale.

 

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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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