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This weekend you may have celebrated Children’s Book Day. If you work with Spanish language learners, you may also want to recognize World Book Day, or El Día Internacional del Libro later in the month. This is a wonderful way to celebrate part of Spanish history and culture. UNESCO designated April 23 as a day to recognize the importance of books and authors and to encourage everyone to read. The date is symbolic because Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de…

Reading to your child in Spanish is one of the best ways to expose her to the Spanish language.  Many libraries have picture books in Spanish and you can also buy them in bookstores and online.  These are a few factors to consider as you choose picture books in Spanish to read with your child. Most important The best book in Spanish to read to your child is the one that interests her, that she will listen to, and that…

Me gustan los colores is a picture book with wonderful photos supported by a clear Spanish text. Each page has four photos of objects of one color, red for example. The objects are labeled in Spanish – manzana roja, naríz roja, pájaro rojo, rosa roja. The text that follows the pictures says El color rojo me gusta a mí (I like the color red.) and then asks ¿Te gusta el rojo a ti? (Do you like red?).  This pattern is…

“I like it!”  “I don’t like that!”   Children express what they like and don’t like many times every day.  It is an important part of establishing their identity.  You can teach them to communicate these ideas in Spanish. Gustar is the verb that is used in Spanish to express the idea of liking something. Gustar uses a different grammatical structure than many verbs, but children quickly understand and use this common Spanish verb.  For more information on the grammar of…

This game is designed to teach opposites to native Spanish speakers, but it is also a great online game for learning Spanish. It uses common Spanish nouns and adjectives and has plenty of visual support to make the questions clear, help kids find the right answer, and reinforce vocabulary. There is a street scene, and the game makes a statement about the picture and asks a question with an opposite.  For example: Hay un pájaro negro. ¿Puedes encontrar el pájaro…

In Spanish, verbs change to match the subject of the sentence. Children learn Spanish verb forms if they are exposed to them, that is, if they have the chance to hear the different Spanish variations of the verb. One of the simplest ways to expose a child to verbs forms is to use the yo (I ) and tú (you) forms of common verbs in situations where it is obvious what you are saying.   A great verb to start with…

The game “rock, paper, scissors” is played all over the Spanish-speaking world.  In most countries it is piedra – rock, papel – paper, o tijera -or scissors. (In Peru it is called janquenpón, from the Japanese yan-ken-pon, and in Chile it is called cachipún.) Teach your child to play this simple game in Spanish.  The actions reinforce the meaning of the Spanish words.  In addition, rhythm aids pronunciation.  It is a great way to use Spanish with your child! Click…

Drawing, or coloring, with your child can be a wonderful Spanish language activity. The key is to talk about what you are doing in Spanish. The picture clarifies and reinforces the meaning of what you are saying. Also, the process offers the opportunity to repeat Spanish vocabulary and structures many times. 1. Draw or color a picture with objects that your child know the name of in Spanish or that are words that she is learning. Include, for example, the…

Me gusta (I like it.). ¡Me gusta mucho! (I like it a lot!). No me gusta (I don’t like it.). These are common Spanish phrases that are easy to use in many situations with kids. I introduce these phrases during the first few classes, and then for focused practice, I do this simple activity. I put a variety of food items in a bag: an apple, mustard, an onion, a carrot, chocolate, a hard-boiled egg, etc. I pull one thing…

Spring is here and it is time for parks and playgrounds. Add this Spanish playground vocabulary to your time outside. Remember to use the words as often as you can. Repetition is good! On rainy days you can use the same Spanish words as you draw or play with toys inside. park – el parque playground – el patio (de recreo) swings – los columpios monkey bars – el pasamanos jungle gym/general playground equipment – los juegos swimming pool –…

Teaching a second language, as a parent or in a classroom setting, is hard work. Providing comprehensible input – language supported by a context to make it meaningful – takes a lot of energy. However, repetition can make your life easier. Children need repeated exposure to language to learn. At busy times, you don’t have to be creative. Fall back on language activities like these: – Re-read favorite Spanish or bilingual books. – Play memory with picture cards. You can…

Look at the picture with your child. Read the questions that follow and answer them together. Do not worry about understanding every word in the questions. You can often understand the main idea without understanding each word. The ability and the confidence to listen (or read) for the main idea is a very important language-learning skill. It is good to guess at a meaning that makes sense in the context. As your child hears words repeated, she will understand them…

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…