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Aula Editores is a Chilean company that publishes a series of magazines for teachers: Aula Creativa, Aula Infantil and Aula Herramientas. The magazines are not available in print in the U.S., but the publisher does make many printable Spanish materials available to download. Aula Infantil The first magazine, Aula Infantil is for teachers and parents of preschoolers. The printable Spanish material supports the articles and the activities in the magazine, so it is labeled by edition, without a lot of…

Hi, I’m Andrew, and I’ll be your friendly guest poster today. I run a website called How to Learn Spanish and I’ve been a big fan of Jenny’s site for a while. I believe, based on my own experience, that resources for learning a foreign language that are designed for children are also some of the best possible resources for adults who are learning a language. I’m constantly encouraging my own readers to check out various children’s learning resources, many…

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…

Relajo en la cocina is a Mexican story that I read to my children when they were little. It is published by CONAFE (Consejo Nacional de Fometo Educativo) and is now available online in the Biblioteca Digital del ILCE (This is an amazing resource. If you have not checked it out, be sure to take a look). I loved reading this short, rhyming story with my kids and still use it with students. In terms of language learning, it is…

I have used activities with comic strips in Spanish and ESL classes with lots of success. Kids love them, and comics lend themselves to all kinds of language activities. Many of you are already familiar with MakeBeliefsComix.com, but if you have not taken a look, the website has a wonderful tool for letting kids create comic strips online. The comics they make can be printed or emailed. The site also has printable blank templates where kids add text to a…

Online Spanish games for kids from the publisher Teide.

These online Spanish games are provided by the Spanish publisher Editorial Teide as support for their textbooks. They are designed for children in Spain, but many of the activities are also appropriate for Spanish language learners. These online Spanish games for Primer Ciclo (6-8 years old) Deal with basic concepts, vocabulary and language structures. Some of the games are very simple, for example, categorizing objects as duro or blando. Others, like Viviendas diferentes use more language and would also be…

Tesoros de lectura is a Spanish reading program from MacMillan/McGraw-Hill. It is the counterpart to the English program, Treasures. As a part of the program, the publisher makes available a variety of support materials for teachers and families. Specifically, there is a weekly letter with activities to send home. Although the activities are intended for classes using the Tesoros de lectura program, they provide excellent examples and are a wonderful resource for teachers and parents working with children learning Spanish…

The website Aplicaciones Didácticas has a collection of short Spanish readings for children. The readings have comprehension questions that can be answered online, or you can print the reading and questions. The 40 Spanish readings are not arranged in order of length or difficulty. Some of them are very simple and appropriate for many language learners, so it is worth reading several to find the ones that work for you. There are a variety of topics, but all of the…

I just cannot bring myself to write a real back-to-school post yet, but I know that a lot of us are thinking about classes. If you are exploring resources for school or to use at home with kids learning Spanish, take a look at ARASAAC, the Aragonese Portal of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. The site offers “graphic resources and materials to facilitate communication for those with some sort of problem in this area.” The users of the site work with…

I often get questions about Spanish programs for adults from parents who want to learn Spanish with their children.  I recently had the chance to try Visual Link Spanish, and I thought it might be something Spanish Playground readers would be interested in. I tried Level 1: Sentence Building and Conversation. This Spanish software program is intended for adults, but it could certainly be used by motivated high school students. The Basics of Visual Link Spanish This Level 1 course…

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London are beginning and they are great fun to talk about with kids in any language. The following resources provide information about the Olympic Games in Spanish. The information and activities are at a variety of levels and can be adapted for children learning Spanish. 1. Calendario Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012- This calendar shows all of the scheduled events of the Olympic Games. It is from El mundo, a Spanish newspaper. Under Seleccione…

OnlineFreeSpanish has nine activities to teach farm animal vocabulary in Spanish. The games combine an image, the written word, and sound. These are not whole language activities; they focus on individual words. Teachers and parents can make the most of these games by building a context, using the words in sentences, and relating the words to each other. Like the other games on OnlineFreeSpanish, the farm animal activities include pronunciation. The words are pronounced normally, then pronounced broken into syllables…

The Noyo Spanish Vocab app for iPad is a supplemental vocabulary builder for beginning Spanish learners. It is available from iTunes and you can read more about the application on the Noyo website. There is also a version with no English text for children in immersion programs. Noyo Spanish Vocab consists of detailed scenes grouped by themes: los viajes, la comida, los deportes, la ciudad, la casa, los animales, las estaciones, la escuela. In the scenes, children are introduced to…

Spanish activity books for children to use over the summer.

Printable Spanish activities can keep children reading, writing and thinking in Spanish during the summer. It is common for teachers in some countries to compile Spanish activity books for their students to do over vacation. The activities can sometimes be a little dry and boring, depending on the teacher, but they can also be a valuable way to maintain contact with the language. Below are several sites with cuadernos de actividades, Spanish activity books, at different levels that you can…

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…