Category: Spanish Language Summer Program

Spanish Language Summer Program Day 6: Los Animales (The Animals)


Spanish Language Summer Program: Day #6

In my constant search for bilingual books, and websites I came across Read Conmigo. Read Conmigo is a literacy program that promotes English/Spanish bilingualism. When you sign up on-line you receive free access to books, activities and resources. You can download the books to your computer as a .pdf file or to your tablets or smart phone!

Upon signing up, I received via regular mail an actual hard copy of one of their books: Animals Are Unique Just Like You “Los Animales Son Unicos Como Tú” How cool is that! 

I used this book to kick off day 6 of the Spanish language summer program. I love that their books are dual language. You can read in both the target language Spanish, and/or in the community language English. For the Spanish lesson I read the book in both languages. 
Once we finalized story time we reviewed the animal vocabulary found at the end of the book. The names of the animals with pictures are in both English and Spanish.  My little helper was saying out loud the names in Spanish, and the children repeated. 
I also printed out the Spanish animal kit (coloring pages, flash cards, etc.) that can be found on Spanish Playground.* The night before the Spanish session my child colored the full-size pictures, and wrote the names of the animals. During the Spanish session I would show the picture or flashcard, and my son would say the name in Spanish.   We sang  Boca Beth’s “The Animal Song/La canción de animales” and I especially enjoyed watching my son belting out those notes singing…. 

♫ Hay un perro afuera,
Hay un perro afuera, 
Hay un perro afuera,
¡El dice woof!
There is a dog outside,
There is a dog outside, 
There is a dog outside, 
He says woof!♫ 
To end our session we played a game!   My son spread out the full-size pictures on the floor, and he’d call out the names of the animals in Spanish. The children would run to the animal and step on it. However, the catch was that they had to say the name of the animal in Spanish before they stepped on it!  It was fun, and kept the children on their feet!  Click here for a full  list of suggestions and activities that you can use with the Spanish animal cards. 
My son looked so confident and comfortable singing in Spanish, and calling out the names of the animals. It fills my heart with joy, and he feels so important and special! 
*A special thanks to Spanish Playground for the complimentary animal pack! ¡Gracias!

¡Hasta luego!

Spanish Language Summer Program Day 5: Story Time with Tito Puente Mambo King


Tito Puente Mambo King – Rey del Mambo book review and activities 

Spanish Language Summer Program: Day #5

For our Spanish Language Summer Program I always consult with my helper {wink} the theme for our Spanish lesson. I give him suggestions, and he decides what he’d like for us to do. This time he chose the book Tito Puente Mambo King for story time at summer camp. I was especially excited about this book because I love sharing with little man biographies of notable Latin figures.

I love that this biography on Tito Puente’s life is appropriate for younger children (pre-school and kindergarten); though I’m sure older children will enjoy it as well. The wording on the book is easy enough to learn new Spanish words!  I also love that the book is a dual language book. Each page is in both Spanish and English. 

The author portrays Tito’s passion for music starting at a very young age. My 5 yr. old loves this book, and especially loves the catchy “♫♫¡tum, tica, tac, tic, tum tic, tom, tom!♫♫” It makes him want to play his drums, maracas or tambourines! 

My son and I enjoyed this session. As I read to the children, he would either play the maracas, the “claves” or the tambourine.  The children enjoyed story time, and we let them play with the instruments.  I also gave them a coloring page of Tito Puente that I found here. I was pretty excited that NickJr. had coloring pack on Hispanic Role Models! We had the opportunity to share with his friends at summer camp the story of a famous Latin figure. 
I am constantly looking for cultural books of Latin role models to add to our home library (for my son), and this is an excellent acquisition!  

Do you have any good suggestions on multicultural books? Please comment below! 


Spanish Language Summer Program Day 4: Latin Children’s Song “Los Pollitos Dicen Pío, Pío, Pío”


Spanish Language Summer Program: Day #4

I grew up listening to the Spanish children’s song  ♫♫”Los pollitos” (The Little Chickens)♫♫, and it was a song that I wanted to pass on to my child.  When we started singing the song he loved it! It didn’t take him long to learn the intro: ♫♫Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío. Cuando tienen hambre, cuando tienen frío. La gallina busca el maíz y el trigo…♫♫

He loved the song so much that he wanted to share it with his friends at summer camp, and I was happy to oblige! I was pretty excited when I found a guide for “Los Pollitos” from Spanish Playground. The guide includes: coloring pages, cut-out for stick puppets, etc., and I love it!
In preparation for the Spanish language summer program little one and I practiced the song.  I used the guide to tell the story, and  he helped me cut-out the puppets. I pulled out the Spring felt board we created, and cut-out a felt barn.   
I was pretty excited when he started looking for the felt letters to spell out “los pollitos” because he would say the letters out loud in Spanish, and then as he was looking through he’d say, “Esta no es la letra. Aja te encontré”… I about died! Ha! He was talking to himself in Spanish! 
Before the Spanish session little man helped set-up the board. 
For the Spanish session we had story time, sing-along, a little chick that actually chirped, and a YouTube video of “Los Pollitos.”

I noticed some songs have a slight variation towards the end, but if you’re interested in the lyrics click here.

The children had a great time, and my son enjoyed taking the lead in singing the song. Until our next Spanish session! 
¡Hasta luego! 

Spanish Language Summer Program Day 3: Story Time and Yoga with Sofía en una Aventura por la Selva


Spanish Language Summer Program: Day #3

For our third day of the Spanish Language Summer Program we had story time with Sofia en una Aventura por la Selva by Giselle Shardlow.  

As I read Sofía en una Aventura por la Selva in Spanish, I pointed out some key words in English to benefit the little ones. Before each yoga pose, I asked the children what did they see in the picture? If it was an animal I’d ask them what noises did they make? Then I had them repeat the words in Spanish after me: autobús, tucán, jaguar, etc.

My little helper was by my side, and he instructed the children how to do each of the yoga poses.  

The yoga poses in the picture from top to bottom are:

  • Autobús (Postura de la montaña)
  • Tucán (Postura del guerrero)
  • Jaguar (Postura del gato)
  • Saludar al Sol (Saludo al sol)
  • Mariposas (Postura del zapatero)

English translation:

  • Bus – Mountain Pose
  • Toucan – Warrior 3 Pose
  • Jaguar – Cat Pose
  • Salute the Sun – Sun Salute
  • Butterfly – Cobbler’s Pose
The children were really excited about this session. They had story time in Spanish, and practiced some yoga moves! Even the teacher was doing the yoga moves, too! The children especially loved it when I handed them a coloring page of Sofía doing the Sun Salute pose for them to color.  
This book is one of our favorites, and my son loves it! You can check out my review here. For the English version of the book check  Kids Yoga Stories or if you’d like to print the coloring page click here.   Until our next session!

¡Hasta luego!

Spanish Language Summer Program Day 2: Matching Number Games in Spanish


Spanish Language Summer Program: Day #2 

Note: I used these to learn the numbers in Spanish, but this can well be done in English as well. 
For our second day of the Spanish Language Summer Program we learned the numbers in Spanish. I used recycled caps and egg cartons. (I had been saving the caps and egg cartons ever since I first saw the idea here.)  I also used numbered googly eye stick puppets that my 4 yr. old made. 🙂 I bought a bag of felt sticker numbers, and wasn’t sure what to do with them. Until, my child comes up with the idea of making puppets! He has a thing for puppets like the ones here

My baby keeping himself busy with crafts. 

His work of art! 
For his Spanish Summer Language Program we sang Boca Beth’s song “¡Me gusta contar!” I made copies of the lyrics for little one’s teachers so they can sing along with us.

♫♫¡Me gusta contar! 
I like to count! 
¡Me gusta contar! 
I like to count!
Uno, dos, tres- 
One, two, three! 
Cuatro, cinco, seis- 
Four, five, six! 
Siete, ocho, nueve- 
Seven, eight, nine! 
Y diez- 
And ten! ♫♫

For the full lyrics click here.

Then we had a matching number game. I used the numbered googly eyes stick puppets, and the egg cartons numbered with the caps. The children were paired in twos, and my little helper would call out the number in Spanish. The children would place the cap in the corresponding number in the egg carton. 

This was such a fun learning experience especially for my little man! He loves to help, and showcase his Spanish language skills. 
Today was the 2nd day, and I’m feeling the love from these kids!!! After the session, I got tons of hugs from the girls, my child didn’t want me to leave, and another boy started crying as I left! Awe!!! I’m spreading the Spanish bug to everyone, and they are loving it! Now every time I drop my child off in the mornings they are asking me when I am coming back again to teach them Spanish? Feeling so popular!
What creative ways do you use to teach your child Spanish or another language? 

Spanish Language Summer Program Day 1: Learning Spanish With Board Games


Spanish Language Summer Program: Day #1 

This summer I really, really wanted to enroll little one in a Spanish language immersion camp, but it wasn’t possible this year. 
However, I wanted to keep my son’s “momentum” going. He had just graduated from his Spring Spanish language session, and is soaring with confidence! How was I going to do it? Especially when the opportunities to be exposed to the target language in my community are zero?
So I reached out to the awesome blogger, mother, and Mandarin Chinese language instructor Amanda! She is also better known as Miss Panda Chinese. She gave me some wonderful ideas, and of course I ran with them! One of her tips was to create a group learning opportunity. You can read about her awesome multilingual parenting tips here.

Afterwards, I met with the director, and teacher of my son’s summer camp; and they approved for me to volunteer a Spanish Language Summer Program!  Although, I’m quite aware that the children in my son’s summer camp have little to none exposure on the Spanish language, this will help my son showcase his knowledge of Spanish. Therefore, he’s been designated as my little Spanish helper. 

For our first Spanish Language Summer Program we did some singing and played a board game.  
We kicked off the Spanish lesson with the catchy song from Hap Palmer: ¿Cómo te llamas? Every time they heard the question, “¿Cómo te llamas?” The children would say their names. Little one and I sang: 

♫♫Vamos a jugar, un pequeño juego
El nombre del juego es ¿Cómo te llamas?
Cuando las personas se reúnen
Se saludan y preguntan: ¿Cómo te llamas?

¿Cómo te llamas?
¿Cómo te llamas?
¿Cómo te llamas?
“Mucho gusto”
“El gusto es mío” ♫♫
(For the complete lyrics click here.)

Shortly after we sang the song we played the Bilingual Zingo! Since I didn’t have enough boards for all the children so we paired them up. My helper would call out the animal names in Spanish, and show the chip to the children. It was such a fun game that the children wanted to play again. 🙂

To end our Spanish session for the day we walked, galloped, tip toed, ran, skated, and hopped to Greg and Steve’s: Listen and Move in both English and Spanish! The song starts in English, and then instrumental (to see if the children can remember what the sounds tell you to do). But, instead I would say it in Spanish. 🙂 
Needless to say the children were excited, and wanting more! I guess they will have to wait until our next session. 
Did you know that board games are a great way to teach a second language? Becky from Kid World Citizen has some great suggestions that you can find here.

How do you teach your children Spanish?