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Montessori treasure baskets help parents create a rich language experience.

Montessori treasure baskets are a collection of objects for children to explore. These objects are often related to a theme. Treasure baskets can also be an inexpensive, fun, focused way to speak Spanish with kids. Montessori is the inspiration for this language activity, but there are two important changes to the original concept. The original Montessori treasure baskets are intended for babies and toddlers. Adapted for language learners, treasure baskets can be used with a wide range of ages. In…

Spanish Valentine activity for kids with a printable hidden hearts search.

This picture with hidden hearts can be used in lots of different ways to engage kids with Spanish. You can use it for speaking, listening or writing activities. Here are a few suggestions. You will be able to think of other ideas for using this Spanish Valentine activity. Kids can: – Look for and count the hearts to practice numbers and the words el corazón. – Color the hearts to practice colors. – Look for and count the hearts to…

spanish story valentines day

This review was contributed by Brooks Lindner from Sonrisas Spanish School. He writes about the Spanish story Adivina cuánto te quiero by Sam McBratney. This delightful story of filial love is one that will charm children and is also very practical for teaching Spanish. The story begins with the little hare, Caramelo, saying to his dad, “Adivina cuánto te quiero.” (“Guess how much I love you.”) Then, Caramelo tries to demonstrate to his dad how much he loves him in…

This online game in Spanish, Un día en el circo, is from a set of activities called Diverland. The activities are part of Proyecto Ludos, online educational resources sponsored by the Spanish government. The game has seven different activities to practice positional words. The activities use the words in these pairs: abajo-arriba (up-down) dentro-fuera (in-out) encima-abajo (on top of-under) delante-detrás (in front of-behind) cerca-lejos (close-far) a la izquierda-a la derecha (to the left-to the right) If you do not want…

Educapeques is an educational portal with lots of resources for teachers and parents. On the website, Editorial Educapeques of Spain offers games, printables, stories and poems for children. Many of the activities and materials can be used with Spanish language learners. You will want to explore Educapeques to find what best fits your situation, but I will mention a few materials that work well with kids learning Spanish. Printable Spanish Games for Kids This printable Juego de letras is a…

These two online games are from Educapeques. They are designed to teach basic concepts and prepositions to native Spanish speakers and are also excellent online games for teaching Spanish vocabulary and agreement to language learners. Children see a set of four simple drawings and hear clear audio instructions telling them to click on one of the images. The objects in the drawings are familiar, so the instructions kids hear will have words like mesa, vasos, casa, árbol, perro, niño, gato…

Sticky notes have to be one of the handiest inventions ever. In addition to keeping us organized, they are wonderful for language activities to teach kids Spanish. You can rearrange sticky notes, so they are perfect for matching activities. You can put them on a wall, so everything is bigger and kids can stand up and move. You can put them anywhere, so language can be applied to the physical world (I couldn’t resist the pun). They come in fabulous…

This Spanish song and dance are a fun, active way to teach children the words izquierda, derecha, adelante, and detrás. La yenka was first popular as a dance for adults in the sixties and then recorded for children in the eighties by Enrique y Ana. Since then it has been recorded by many children’s artists in Latin America and Spain. It is included in lots of collections of canciones infantiles, or children’s songs in Spanish. The chorus of the song…

I have written about 9letras before, but with the school year starting I thought it would be a good idea to remind teachers and parents of this great resource. 9letras is a blog by Alberto Abarca Fillat of Huesca, Spain. Alberto shares educational material that he creates for teaching Spanish and his website has a huge number of printable activities for young Spanish learners. These are some of the features and pages that make 9letras especially useful. 1. Lots of…

This activity involves acting out a series of movements with prepositions, like encima de una silla or debajo de una mesa. The objects are imaginary in this game; we are just pretending to climb over a chair and go under a table. The game is quick, physical and I have used it with students of all ages to practice prepositions with other vocabulary. It works as well at home with one child as it does in a class. To do…

One of my favorite websites is Made by Joel. Joel Henriques is an artist and designer in Portland and he shares art and handmade education projects for children on his site. He has many beautiful free printables that are excellent for language activities. Below you will find links to the paper cities, but take time to explore the whole site. It is full of wonderful art activities for kids and adults. For my classes, I am always looking for scenes…

Si yo pongo mis dos manos para arriba is a rhyme that children learn in preschool in Latin America. The actions perfectly reinforce the meaning of the words and it is an easy rhyme for little children to learn. This is an excellent video of the Spanish rhyme Si yo pongo. The images exactly correspond to the words and the audio is clear and slow. The words are on the screen, but I included them below with a translation. Si…

These bunnies are so cute! You can help your child learn Spanish by talking about this picture. The questions that follow, like all the Learn Spanish with Pictures activities, are ordered to help children master the vocabulary and gain confidence with the language. Start with Describe the photo (1) and be sure to point to the objects in the picture as you talk about them. Use gestures, facial expressions and actions to help your child understand what the words mean…

“Y ahora, pon un círculo rojo alrededor del triángulo. Mira, ¡ya llegó tu comida.” (And now put a red circle around the triangle. Look your dinner is here!) I used to entertain my kids waiting in restaurants or before appointments with drawing games where we gave Spanish instructions to each other. All we needed was paper and pencils and the game passed the time quickly and fairly quietly. Below you will find a couple of my printable Spanish activities to…

Chillola is a website designed to let children explore different languages. The site has lots of basic Spanish vocabulary accompanied by images and native-speaker audio. It also has a variety of printable activities. The vocabulary is divided into categories including numbers, colors, shapes, school words, animals, fruit, vegetables, food, the calender, weather, time, house, vocabulary, prepositions, and opposites. The activities for several of the categories show one screen with pictures of all of the vocabulary and the words in Spanish…