Vivamos la granja is a rhyming story that playfully introduces children to life on a farm. It is written by Jan Dobbins and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith. The book comes with an audio CD that sings the story, a wonderful Spanish language learning experience for children. You can purchase Vivamos la granja from Barefoot Books.
Children love the family and animals depicted in this beautiful book. The illustrations are full of captivating detail, and give parents and children plenty of opportunity to talk about life on a farm.
Spanish Language Activities for Vivamos La Granja
Here are a few suggestions for expanding on the language in the story with children learning Spanish.
1. Take full advantage of the audio CD that comes with the book. Listen to the song and turn the pages, as you point to the illustrations to help your child understand. When you know the song, dance to it, sing along and act it out.
2. Play with the rhyme in the story. As you read the book to your child, emphasize the rhyming words. When your child knows the story, pause as you read and let her fill in the word.
3. Count objects in the books to reinforce the words in the text and the illustrations and practice Spanish numbers. The story asks children to count cubos and huevitos (pails and eggs), but they can also count gallinas, niños, ovejas, ratones, árboles and caballos.
4. Use word families to reinforce and expand on the words in the story. For example, the text uses the word granjero (farmer), but does not use the word granja (farm). As you read with your child, be sure to point to the illustrations and use the word granja so that she can make the connection. These are examples of words in the text that should be connected to word families.
Granjero (farmer) is in the story – Use the word granja (farm).
Gallinero (chicken coop) is in the story – Use the word gallina (chicken).
Rastrilla (rake – the command form of the verb) is in the story – Use the word rastrillo (a rake).
Potrero (corral) is in the story – Use the word potro (colt).
Bebedero (water trough) is in the story – Use the word beber (to drink).
Hornear (to bake) is in the story – Use the word horno (oven).
5. Do yoga to learn or practice Spanish animal words. Acting out vocabulary with yoga is a fun way to play with Spanish and the movement enhances language learning. Kids Yoga Stories has a yoga sequence for Vivamos la granja, with a description of the yoga poses. As you do the sequence, say the words in Spanish. This is the vocabulary you will use:
la vaca – cow
la gallina – hen
el cerezo – cherry tree / el árbol – tree
la oveja – sheep
el caballo – horse
6. Use the language from the story as you play with farm animal toys. Sing the song and move figures to match the words.
7. Learn other farm songs. Spanish Song for Kids – En la granja de mi tío
8. Reinforce vocabulary with picture cards games: Spanish Animals – Picture Cards and 25 Activities
Visit Kids Yoga Stories for yoga sequences for other stories about farm animals. The books are available in English as well.
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