Parent Survey- We want to hear from you!

March 13th, 2014  / Author: Annrose

Bilingual Fun Feedback request

 

Hola amigos,

We are thrilled to have connected with hundreds of families in the Bilingual Fun program in the past several years.  We are always trying to keep things fresh, fun, and most of all effective!  As many of you are current and past Bilingual Fun participants, we would be grateful for your feedback and thoughts.  Please take a sec to fill out our survey below.  All answers will remain anonymous.  Of course if you have additional feedback or requests,  you know you may contact me directly at Jennifer@bilingualfun.com.   We love teaching your children and interacting with your families!   Thank you for letting us be a part of your language learning experience.  Mil gracias por todo! :)

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Bilingual Learning with Music and Movement

February 25th, 2014  / Author: Annrose

5 Monitos- 5 Little Monkeys

 

Kids of all ages love the song about the 5 little monkeys swinging the tree, teasing Mr. Alligator…. While teaching this song in Spanish, the kids are able to easily make connections with the movements they know from the English version, as they listen and participate with the Spanish version.     I use the musical version from Dr. Jean’s Ole, Ole, Ole Cd.  Here are the lyrics and movement suggestions for kids learning Spanish.  This is a fun activity to engage the bilingual development through music and movement!

 

5 monitos   ( hold up 5 fingers)

columpiándose en un árbol ( swinging motions with arms)

molestando al caiman (  teasing motions with hands next to ears)

no me puedes agarrar ( wag finger and shake head)

llegó el caiman muy calladito  ( slither arms slowly like an alligator)

y

agarró

al monito fuera del arbolito (  snap hands together like an alligator’s mouth).

Review the song and movements after singing.  Kids will easily be able to respond to the vocabulary and make connections with the movements!

Valentine Spanish Activities

February 6th, 2014  / Author: Annrose

 

With el Dia de San Valentin approaching, we want to share a few ideas for extending simple holiday activities in Spanish.

Teach Formas y Figuras: los corazones are the highlight of this activity. Simply use colored paper or colored felt. Cut out a variety of different shapes, including many hearts. Have students place them on the feltboard or large paper when you call out the shape, encouraging kids to make a collage. As a reinforcement, ask kids to count los corazones and identify the color of each.

 

Word Scramble: this is a great activity for practicing the alphabet and letter sounds. Teach and reinforce several different words pertaining to Valentine’s Day ( amor, tarjeta, beso, abrazo, te quiero,etc). Scramble the words and have kids work in teams to unscramble and spell correctly.

Los Dulces—Sorting: use conversation hearts ( sold in Spanish at many stores!). Give kids a small pile of hearts and have them make a simple graph of each color. Reinforce with the group, making a class graph discussing student’s favorites. Practice me gusta, no me gusta.

Loteria: use a simple blank template for Bingo and have kids write their own words in the blanks. Use conversation hearts or heart cut outs as cover pieces. Great practice for reinforcing Valentine vocabulary in Spanish.

Kids Learn Spanish at Home with Fun Resources

January 28th, 2014  / Author: Annrose

Online Spanish Games and Apps for Kids

 

Real life interactions and exposure are important ways to keep your child’s language learning stimulated.  However, supplementing their exposure with various materials and resources are an integral part of their language development.     Kids learn Spanish through games and play based activities. Since many families are inside their homes this winter due to freezing temperatures, I thought I would share a few good sites to help children learn and practice Spanish from home or on the go with bilingual and Spanish apps.

One of our favorites is Oh Noah from PBS Kids. Great audio and simple for kids to follow along on their own.

http://pbskids.org/noah/howdoyousay.html

Online Free Spanish is filled with great activities for kids learning Spanish

http://www.onlinefreespanish.com

Great Bilingual and Spanish Apps
Gus on the Go

http://www.gusonthego.com/

PicPocket Boods

http://www.picpocketbooks.com

Holiday Number Activities in Spanish

December 15th, 2013  / Author: Annrose

 

Practice Spanish Numbers with Fun Holiday Activities

Here are a few activities that the Bilingual Fun kids have been doing to reinforce numbers, using Holiday themes in Spanish.

 

Gingerbread Dice Game:

1. Simply write numbers all over a gingerbread template.

2. Give kids each a dice and have them take turns rolling.

3.  They must find their number on the gingerbread man, say it in Spanish.  We used magnets, but you can simply have kids cover the number with a sticker, colored pom pom, or do individual activity and have them circle the number. Lots of language objectives can be practiced:  question/answer, listening practice, number identification, etc.

4. With our older students, the kids worked in pairs and had 2 dice.  They practiced multiplication sentences  and had to find the larger numbers. Ejemplo:  cinco por ocho son cuarenta, etc, etc.

Hide the Object

1.  Find a simple Advent Calendar with pockets ( The Dollar Tree has a good selection).

2.  Use holiday themed stickers or foam shapes to hide in the pockets.

3.  Choose a variety to reinforce vocabulary.  We used la estrella, el osito, el regalo, el copo de nieve, etc.

4.  Have kids close their eyes and hide the visuals in the number pockets.  Then kids take turns guessing where it is hidden.

5.  Before each child takes a turn, ask the question as a group, so that all kids are having a chance to produce the language.

6.  Depending on the age of the kids, allow students to hide the visuals and lead the question/answer activity.

This is a very fun activity and the kids love to anticipate where it may be hidden.  Advent Calendars give a good opportunity for children to practice the numbers in Spanish from uno- veinticinco.

Los Libros- Spanish, Bilingual, and Cultural Holiday books for kids

December 7th, 2013  / Author: Annrose

Children Learn Spanish through Holiday Books:

We all know reading is an essential part of language development.  Using books during the holiday season is an excellent way to teach children about the Spanish speaking culture, as well as enhance listening comprehension and vocabulary.  Here are some of our favorites:

Uno, dos, tres, Posada -por Viriginia Kroll

N is for Navidad– por Susan Middleton Elya

La Leyenda de la Flor de la Nochebuena– por Tomie de Paola

Merry Navidad– por Alma Flor Ada

La Primera Navidad de Clifford– Norman Bridwell

Too Many Tamales– por Gary Soto

Historias de Navidad para la hora de dormir– Renea Brumbaugh

La Primera Navidad– por Alia Zobel

Mi Primer Libro– La Navidad– DK Publishing

La Nochebuena– por Antonio Sacre

El Burrito de Belén– por Emily Kingon

Celebra La Navidad y el Dia de Los Reyes Magos con Pablo y Carlitos-  por Alma Flor Ada y F. Isabel Campoy

 

 

 

Teach Clothing in Spanish- La Ropa

November 13th, 2013  / Author: Annrose

There are so many fun, interactive ways to reinforce la ropa when teaching Spanish to children!  Fashion shows, Loteria, Yo Veo, are just a few of the classics that the Bilingual Fun kids participate in during La Ropa unit.   Guessing games are a favorite because they allow students to practice identifying vocabulary and they encourage language production and fluency.

Here are 2 simple, fun guessing game for kids learning Spanish:

What is Missing?

Place a variety of clothing items on a table.  Review and reinforce the words.  Have kids close their eyes and remove an item.  They must guess the missing item correctly in Spanish.  Vary the difficulty level, by taking away various items, allowing the activity to be student led, ask questions about the color, size, etc.  This is a very fun way to practice a multitude of vocabulary and to get the kids speaking Spanish!

¿Dónde está…..?

Simply use flashcards, or printed clothing pictures in a pocket chart, and hide a small sticker or item behind one.  We used a small flower sticker for this activity.   There are many ways to make this interactive, by choral repetition of the question, then allowing kids to take turns guessing a vocabulary word in Spanish. The kids love to make a big deal saying ‘ no está o si está aqui! You can vary this and repeat it several times to practice fluency and listening comprehension.

Mister G ABC Fiesta- Fun Bilingual Music!

October 21st, 2013  / Author: Annrose

 

 

 

A celebration of music and reading is presented in Mister G’s latest release ” ABC  Fiesta”,  which is filled with a blend of Latin rhythms, funky acoustic guitar, that makes you want to dance and sing!   Music and songs are some of the best ways to expose and reinforce the Spanish language to kids, and this latest CD by Mister G is fun, upbeat, and educational.   I love that there are voices of bilingual children featured, as well as several playful interludes illustrating how certain Spanish words are used in different ways throughout Latin America.   Not only are the songs great for enhancing listening and fluency, but also to spark conversation about culture and language!  One of my favorite songs is ABC Fiesta, which is a celebration of  letters, words, and reading in both Spanish and English.  My kids love to dance and sing along to Cocodrilo, as well as the interactive Frota Tu Panza, which is a great lesson for body parts!

Mister G, is a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning artist, whose music has been featured in People Magazine, on national television,  and is currently on the Latin Grammy ballot as a contender for Best Chidren’s Album of 2012 for his previous album Chocolala.    He has extensive  experience from being awarded a songwriting scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, earning a Master’s degree in elementary education, and a critically acclaimed career performing for adults, and now is inspired to create children’s music.  We are so happy he did!   As a bilingual educator and parent, I am always looking for fresh, upbeat music that kids and parents will love, to help foster the Spanish language development.  ABC Fiesta is a perfect combination both for enjoyment and to be used as a teaching tool!

I hope you have a chance to check Mister G out live, as he has a multi city tour going on right now.  Check out www.mistergsongs.com for dates and locations.  A few of the upcoming concerts include:

Oct 27      Academy of Music Theater     Northampton, MA

Nov. 9     Schuba’s Tavern                        Chicago, IL

Nov. 10   Musical Merry Go Round        St. Louis, MO

Mister G will be playing concerts through December 15.  Check out his site for a date and location nearest you!  If you would like to hear some samples of the newest songs, you may listen here.  Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY!

When we find great bilingual music, we love to share it with you!  Now is your chance to win a copy of Mister G ABC Fiesta for your family or classroom!  Simply leave a comment here on the Bilingual Fun blog stating why you would love to have your own copy!  We will chose a winner on  10/28.

Gracias! :)

 

* The opinions expressed in this review are those of Bilingual Fun.

Learn Spanish with Guessing Games

October 14th, 2013  / Author: Annrose

Teach Children Spanish with Fun, Interactive Games

 

Kids love guessing games and they offer a great opportunity for language production.  They are so many easy, fun methods to make a guessing game fun and interactive.  Kids learn Spanish with they are playing and interacting, therefore in our Bilingual Fun lessons, we use a variety of guessing games as a successful teaching strategy.

 

By repeating the question and context vocabulary, children  are listening and comprehending new words.  When they have the turn to take a guess,  the language production is enhanced and Spanish is being taught and learned without kids even realizing it is a lesson!   Using a variety of different questions, words, voice intonations, and repetition all add to make the activity exciting and interactive.
Here are few simple ideas for different types of guessing games:

1.  Use a pocket chart with number flashcards.  Hide a small picture or flat object behind a number.  Be sure that the object pertains to the lesson topic, so that context rich conversation can be reinforced.

2.  Use colored bean bags or colored cups, hide the object or number under each color.

3.  Use felt pieces on a felt board ( shapes or colors work well), hide a felt number of felt object.

4.  Repeat the question for each child taking a guess.  Have other students take turns asking the question as well.  Continue to reinforce the vocabulary for each question.

5.   Be expressive when they find it or do not find it,  repeating expressions and phrases.  Encourage all kids to repeat along with you.

6.  Be creative and have fun!  We usually incorporate a guessing game in each lesson, merely changing the method and vocabulary.  Kids love the suspense and they especially love when they guess it correctly!

 

Teach Body Parts in Spanish- Sr. Papa

September 20th, 2013  / Author: Annrose

 

Children love Mr. Potato Head!  We use el Sr. Papa for many different activities when teaching the Bilingual Fun students the parts of the body.  It is a great way to make learning Spanish an interactive and fun activity.   Besides simply saying the words as you create ‘la cara” -  you can have kids get in partners or small groups and play  a dice game to encourage production and communication.

Instructions:

Kids will roll the dice and for each number, they will add the appropriate body part. They must be repeated in Spanish each time the part is chosen.  Here is a great printable to use for this activity from Play 2 Learn Printables.

Roll :

1- los pies

2- las orejas

3- los ojos

4. la nariz y la boca

5- la gorra

6- los brazos

Or you may do this activity using the actual Sr. Papa toy.  As an extension activity, have children decorate and draw their own Sr. Papa.  This is a great reinforcement as they can share their creations and describe in Spanish.

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