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Tag: Day and Night

Spanish in a Basket was such a treat to get in the mail! It is a lovely wicker picnic basket filled with bright, beautiful toys to help introduce children to Spanish. When I opened the basket, I found colorful wooden fruits and vegetables, hand-knit finger puppets, soft animal friends, and a bright table-setting. There were also 4 CDs and a DVD with 20 audio Spanish lessons for kids ages 3 to 8. Beth Manners, creator of Spanish in a Basket…

It is easy to talk about the calendar and the weather in Spanish with these colorful materials. They are provided by the Asociación mundial de educadores infantiles and they are all PDFs that you can download and print. There are signs with the Spanish months and the days of the week. There are numbers for the date, both day and year. There are also colorful signs for the seasons in Spanish. My favorite part of this collection is the very…

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Se hace de noche is a traditional rhyme in Spanish that tells the story of a vampire, or a witch in some versions. It does not really have anything to do with Halloween originally, but it fits in well with other Halloween vocabulary. The story starts out sounding spooky and the suspense builds. Then there is a silly, harmless ending that makes children laugh. It is really a Spanish joke, and kids love it. This is a story that children…

9letras is the blog of Alberto Abarca Fillat of Huesca, Spain. Alberto shares educational material for teaching Spanish and the website has an impressive number of printable activities for young Spanish language learners. All of the material is created by the author, and lots of the activities have pictures to help Spanish learners interpret the language. Many of these activities with pictures are designed for beginning readers. They also work well with children who do not read yet, if you…

My students really like clapping patterns with Spanish words. I keep it simple by using a combination of beats on the table and clapping. We all do the rhythm and say the words in unison. For example, the most simple rhythm we do is to these words: Sí, sí No, no No sé. I use this simple pattern: 1. Sí, sí – Two beats on the table – palms down, both hands at the same time. Nod your head yes…

Storybird is such an amazing resource that it is hard to know where to begin to write about it. It is a collaborative storytelling site, designed to let children, or anyone, write art-inspired stories. The tremendous variety and excellent quality of the art make Storybird a wonderful tool for teaching and learning Spanish or any language. There are endless ways that the beautiful illustrations on this site can be used as a teaching tool. For the moment, I will make…

Children learning Spanish will identify with Juan, the little boy in this song who protests that it is too early to get up for school. Arriba, Juan is a traditional song in the form of a conversation between Juan and his mother.  It is fun to have different people or groups sing the two voices. This is a great song for kids who are learning to roll the rr. Because they are singing and moving more air through their mouths…

This is a song with pictures, perfect for the very littlest children learning Spanish. Luna has the words luna (moon), sol (sun), caracol (snail), girasol (sunflower), ruiseñor (nightingale) and corazón (heart). The idea of labeling common objects to a familiar tune is one that you can easily adapt and use with your own pictures. The tune here is a variation of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. In general, words used in context are best for language learning, but this is a…

The website Presencias de Música is a wonderful resource for anyone teaching Spanish to children.  The site is maintained by a group of volunteers, under the direction and supervision of Prof. Pablo Bensaya of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The purpose of the site is to provide resources for music education to teachers in countries, or classes, where the first language is Spanish.  However, the material that they have made available is also a resource to those teaching Spanish to children in…

Knowing the days of the week in Spanish allows children to understand and communicate important information. That is why the days of the week are some of the first vocabulary taught in beginning Spanish classes. You can teach your child the days of the week in Spanish and use that vocabulary to talk about family activities. Here is some useful information about the days of the week in Spanish: The days of the week are not capitalized in Spanish. The…

This short, simple song asks the sun to warm the Earth.  It is a good example of how word families extend a child’s vocabulary as she learns Spanish.  Children can hear the relationship between the common words calor (heat) and frío (cold) and the verbs calentar (to heat something)  and enfriar (to make something cold) that are used in the song. Also, most children are introduced to the word sol early in their contact with Spanish.  The association of the…

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This activity is from Manualidades para niños; thanks to them for the permission to embed the video! Make this sun with your child and at the same time provide the opportunity for her to listen to and understand native-speaker Spanish.  Your child hears Spanish as she listens to the instructions, and the images make the meaning of the language clear.  Follow these simple steps to make the most of the craft as a language-learning activity. 1. Watch the entire video…

I love this pretty little song in Spanish.. It captures a child’s puzzlement at the changes in the moon and its coming and going. I also like the confidence it shows in Mom to be able to explain things! The phrase yo no sé or no sé (I don’t know) is vocabulary that all parents, and children, can easily add to their daily routines. If children learn this irregular Spanish verb form when they are young, it will never give…

Oso bajo el sol is the bilingual edition of Bear in Sunshine. Like the other Bear books in this series the illustrations are fanciful and full of details that create a world that appeals to children and adults alike. In addition to pictures that support the Spanish words about weather and the seasons, there are stars, flowers and animals to point out and to count.  The bilingual edition includes Spanish vocabulary words and a pronunciation guide. The beautiful illustrations and…

This Spanish song is short, simple and always popular with even my youngest groups. It lends itself to actions that reinforce the words the children are singing including  día, noche, sol, luna, pequeña, mayor, frío, and calor. You can see the actions in the video. The kind people at Yo canto y bailo está canción have given me permission to embed this video.  The words and a translation follow. La luna es muy pequeña y el sol es muy mayor…