Saturday, August 24, 2013

Learn Spanish with Ladybugs // The Ladybugs and Their Spots {FREE Printable}

If you have been hanging out around here lately, you have seen that we are learning Spanish with ladybugs!  It all started with the Virtual Book Club for kids Summer Camp when we read The Grouchy Ladybug (La Mariquita Malhumorada).  From there we started checking out more books from the library about ladybugs, doing ladybug crafts, learning ladybug facts, and even finding some ladybug books in Spanish!  Here is a look at our Learning Spanish with Ladybugs series so far:

1. Make a Ladybug
2. Spanish Prepositions with Ladybug


And today...
3. The Ladybugs and Their Spots // Las mariquitas y sus manchas  



We had so much fun practicing our Spanish counting with this ladybug story I made.  Each page has a ladybug that has lost its manchas (spots)!  Have your kids or students help the ladybugs get their spots back by coloring them in.  I did this activity with my almost two-year-old, so we chose to use stickers for spots as that is easier for him right now than drawing.  It was also much easier to practice one-to-one correspondence.  As I peeled off each sticker to hand him we counted, "uno...dos...tres..."  When we got to cuatro he pulled the sticker off my finger and said without any prompts from me, "kah-koh!" (his attempt at saying cuatro.)  It made me so happy and thrilled to see that our Spanish learning is actually sinking in!  Yay!  He lost interest after a while and Jefe helped me finish it.  Here is a look at how we put it all together.  (The photos have the instruction in Spanish; the captions have the pronunciation in italics and the translation under that.)

eem-PREE-may ehl KWEHN-toh
Print the story

KOHR-tah lahs OH-hahs
Cut the sheets

ahs oohn FOH-roh
Make a cover

MAY-tay lahs OH-hahs ee GRAH-pah-lahs
Insert the sheets and staple them

KOHR-tah ehl KWAH-droh kohn ehl TEE-tooh-loh ee
PAY-gah-loh ehn lah PAHR-tay day-lahn-TEHR-ah
Cut the frame with the title and
tape it on the front.
Obviously these steps are pretty self-explanatory.  I did all these steps myself, and then brought the book to the boys all put together.  If you are teaching a Spanish class with older students that are practicing mandatos in Spanish, or reading in Spanish, you could present them with the papers and supplies and give them the list of instructions to read and figure out.  I think I might try that idea with my junior high class that starts in September--might be a fun group project to get them working together and talking out loud in Spanish.  If you are making this book with your kiddos (a little older than my one- and three-year-old, you could give these instructions out loud as you do the steps together.  For example, read one step, look at the picture (or explain what it means), then do the step together and repeat!


Like I mentioned earlier, I did the first few pages with my one-year-old and thought stickers would be best for the manchas.  First I read the page aloud, pointed to the number word (nueve here for example) and then said "Let's count to nueve! Uno...dos...tres..." When my three-year-old took a turn doing some pages, I read the page to him and then repeated the Spanish number word (in Spanish) and held up my fingers.  I would ask him "Can you put cinco (or whatever number it was) manchas on the ladybug?"  He was able to peel of the stickers by himself (great fine-motor practice!) and needed only a little help getting the right amount.  


Once we got all the manchas put on, we would count them again together.  So fun!


The last page has a picture of a mariquita with spots on it and asks, "¿Cuántas manchas tiene esta mariquita?" which means, "How many spots does this ladybug have?"  Count them together to find the answer!  Below is a list of vocabulary from the cuento (story) and pronunciation guides.

Feliz spot counting!

Spanish
Pronunciation
English
cero
SEH-roh
zero
uno
OOH-noh
one
dos
dohs
two
tres
trehs
three
cuatro
KWAH-troh
four
cinco
SEEN-koh
five
seis
SAY-ees
six
siete
see-EH-tay
seven
ocho
OH-choh
eight
nueve
nooh-AY-bay
nine
diez
dee-AYS
ten
esta
EH-stah
this
mariquita
mahr-ee-KEE-tah
ladybug
tiene
tee-EH-nay
he has/she has/it has
manchas
MAHN-chahs
spots
cuántas
KWAHN-tahs
how many



5 comments:

  1. I love this activity and story that you created. I will definitely be doing this with my almost 4 year olds.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! Let me know how it goes!

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  2. Another wonderful activity!! I really love this series! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  3. How fun and cute! Thank you for sharing.

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