Sunday, November 25, 2018

Must-Have Books for Bilingual Kids Ages 2-7

Have you ever had this happen...where you try and try to get your kids to speak Spanish or learn Spanish with you and all your attempts fall flat? And then one day something catches the attention of one of them and s/he starts reading something in Spanish or trying to learn something without your prompting and you try to play it all cool while on the inside you're freaking out in a mental happy dance?

That's what happened with these bilingual bear books. When I became an ambassador for Barefoot Books, I immediately bought all the Spanish-language books they had available. So we had these bear books lying around. One night one of them made it into our bedtime story pile (I might have been the one to add it *wink*). My 7-yo picked it up and started reading it! 

He doesn't usually like to read aloud to me (in any language), so this was really exciting for me! I think he liked the book because it was perfect for his reading level (in both languages). We read through the English and Spanish together, and since it is part of a series, he wanted to read through them all! 

Each night at bedtime for the next few nights we read them. This is huge for us, because my kids aren't usually asking to read books in Spanish. I kinda have to force coax them to read Spanish with me.

Another draw to these books is the "non-fiction" part in the back where you can learn some fun facts about the theme of each book. For example, in the book Bear at Home-Oso en casa, the back of the book has a blue print or floor plan of Bear's house. Perfect for my little mini-engineer.

  • Learn about the names for different members of the family.
  • Learn about weather and seasons

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Bear on a Bike-Oso en bicicleta
  • Learn about different forms of transportation

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Bear at Home-Oso en casa
  • Learn about the names for different rooms & objects of the house

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Bear about Town-Oso en la ciudad
  • Learn about different places in the city & maps

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Bear at Work-Oso en el trabajo
  • Learn about community helpers

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Bear in a Square-Oso en un cuadrado
  • Learn about telling time

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Books About Africa in Spanish

When learning about any topic, books are the best place to start! And ever since I made my first Spanish booklist for kids back in June, I have started to realize that we can find those books/topics in Spanish too! This time we were looking for books about Africa in Spanish. I'm participating in a series called Kids Read the World, hosted by Kid World Citizen, and our first stop is Africa! We have already read Nos fuimos todos de safari and Las crepes de Mama Panya which you can read about here. Those books took us to Tanzania and Kenya. Today I'm sharing with you three picture books about Africa in Spanish that will take us to Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Cameroon.