This September we joined a preschool coop. Each week we focus on a letter of the alphabet and do activities centered around that letter. So of course, we are working on learning our letters in Spanish as well. I am not an educator. I do not know all the theories and research behind bilingualism and learning the alphabet. Sometimes I wonder: Should we keep the Spanish alphabet seperate from the English one? Should I teach them at seperate times? Do my kids need to know their English alphabet (their first language) before I introduce them to the Spanish alphabet? Will it confuse them to learn both simultaneously? And you know what I decided? We are just going to GO FOR IT! We will work on learning our ABCs and our alfabeto! Our first week of coop we did the letter A, which of course meant we did apple activities! For our Spanish A, we learned the word árbol. The fall is a great time of year to talk about trees; it is the time of planting trees, watching leaves change and fall revealing bare branches, finding all sorts of seeds and pods that fall to the ground, and watching the animals use the trees to get ready for winter.
- tempera paint (pintura témpera)
- dish soap (lavavajillas, jabón de cocina)
- cups (vasos)
- paintbrushes (pinceles)
Las partes del árbol
Songs, Poems, and Printables
SpanishPlayground.net has an awesome poem/fingerplay to learn about árboles, hojas, and viento. Check it out here!
Spanish Together (on YouTube) sings a fun song about hojas falling out of the tree. It teaches colors too!
Print out the FREE Printable below and practice counting trees and planes in Spanish, color in a picture of a tree, or cut out trees and planes (aviónes, another word that starts with A) to make the shape of la letra A.
|Hunting for la letra A|
|Making a Big A and a Little A with our dot marker.|
|Sculpting la letra A with playdough.|
|Building la letra A with nature.|
|Making la letra A with árboles.|