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Teaching the Spanish Alphabet- El Alfabeto

Monday, June 1st, 2015

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Just as it is important to learn the alphabet in your first language, teaching and learning the Spanish alphabet is very important for children’s bilingual development.   Consonant and vowel sounds are so important to learn when children are being exposed to Spanish.  Grammar, pronunciation, and fluency are taught and practiced through interactive lessons in our Bilingual Fun classes, but we also feel it is so important to incorporate alphabet activities to help kids connect letter sounds and fluency. Of course, the lessons need to be fun, upbeat, and interactive in order to capture the kids attention and make the learning worthwhile!   Some simple and fun ABC activities that we use to teach Spanish to kids are:

1.  Beach Ball letters:  simply write letters all over the beach ball.  Games can include simple letter recognition to a variety of spelling games.  The ball is tossed around in a circle, as the teacher calls out letters or words.  We also use the ball to play ” Papa Caliente”.

2. Loteria:  Letter Bingo is a great way to reinforce letter sounds, listening comprehension, and pronunciation as they must say the letters aloud as they look for them and if they win.

3. Letter Mats:  You can use pre-made letter cards, or simply make large letters cards and laminate.  Place mats all over the floor and do a variety of kinesthetic activities: freeze dance ( name the letter they are standing on), give actions and kids must jump, march, skip, clap, dance around the letters.  Play 4 Corners  ( this is a favorite!), change the letters in the corners so kids get a variety of letter reviews. Mix up mats and time the students as they put the letters in ABC order.  Place letter mats on floor in a mixed up order, and play “Matamoscas” using the fly swatters.

4.  Sing!:   You can sing a variety of Spanish alphabet songs and this is a great way to practice pronunciation and fluency.  Some of our favorites are:  ABC March by Barbara MacArthur,  El Alfabeto by Ms. Lily,  5 Vocales  by Jose Luis Orozco

 

 

Simple, Quick Valentine Activities for Spanish Class

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is a great holiday for practicing Spanish vocabulary and encouraging communication.  Here are 3 very simple ( hardly any prep), quick Valentine activities to use with children learning Spanish.  They can easily be modified for different ages and ability levels.

¡ Feliz Día de San Valentín!

1.  Hunt for Los Corazones

Simply cut out hearts in different sizes and colors ( paper or felt) and hide them around the room.  Give kids clues or a time limit to find todos los  corazones. photo 1 (12)Bring them together as a group and sort by color and size.  Illicit conversation by asking

¿Cúantos tienes en total?   ¿Cúantos corazones son grandes, medianos, pequeños?, etc.

 

2.  Loteria- Bingo

Give children blank bingo sheets and have them fill in all of the squares with los corazones de colores diferentes.  Use candy hearts as the coverings and call out colors.  When a child gets a bingo, encourage kids to communicate using phrases such as ‘ yo tengo un corazón rojo, un corazón verde, etc”.  With older students, you can have them also fill numbers in the hearts and give math problems the questions ” Cinco por nueve son ?”.heart3

3.   Una Estimación- How many hearts will fit?

Draw a large heart and have small candy hearts on hand ( heart stickers or small pom poms work well too).   Ask children to estimate how many hearts it will take to fill up el corazón.  Kids really enjoy guessing the numbers and then count as a group as the heart is filled.  This is a great practice for larger numbers diez- cien.

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Teaching Kids Spanish with Cultural Fun

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

During this session of Bilingual Fun,  the students are having fun ‘ traveling’ to a variety of Spanish speaking countries.  This theme gives lots of opportunity for realistic learning and the kids are able to use their vocabulary in context with many different activities.

We had a great time traveling to Guatemala and learning about los mercados y el arte de tejer.   The kids created their own ‘tapete’ using colored felt and lots of Spanish conversation was practiced reinforcing colors, counting, sizes, etc.   Here are some pics of our hands on Spanish fun!

 

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What a great year for Bilingual Fun- 2014!

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

We are so blessed at Bilingual Fun to interact daily with fabulous families, students, and schools who share our passion for second language learning!   Here is a quick glimpse of the fun we had teaching Spanish to children this year!

Bilingual Fun Spanish for Children

We look forward to 2015 and another great year full of fun with as kids learn Spanish through music, movement, games, and interactive lessons!

“Being Bilingual Means a Brighter Future!”

Gracias a todos nuestros alumnos y familias por ser parte de Bilingual Fun  🙂

Teaching La Casa y La Familia- Spanish for Children

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

 

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Our Bilingual Fun lessons are structured on thematic topics, and this Fall the kids spent several weeks learning and practicing words and conversation associated with Family and House.  This is always a fun theme, as there are so many activities and lessons that promote natural learning in Spanish.  The kids always have a blast with toy houses!  It is a great listening/ comprehension activity and vocabulary identification.  It is easily adaptable for all ages and kids age preschool- 5th grade have fun with the interactive lesson!   The older kids think it is very funny to create ‘ una casa loca” with furniature  and family members in strange places.    As long as they are able to explain and identify the words, it is a fun, creative way to use their Spanish language skills.  They love putting the bathtub en la cocina,  or the doghouse en la sala,etc.   We also used play ” Veo, Veo with  a small object, by hiding it the house and kids have to locate it using Spanish vocabulary.

Here are some fun, interactive, and easy activities we use to supplement the Casa/ Familia lessons with our Bilingual Fun kids:

  • Movement and music-  Four Corners is a top requested game with our elementary kids.  We place 4 visuals from our vocabulary in 4 corners of the room ( la abuela, el primo, el hermano, la tia).  Music is played and kids dance, jump, hop, march, etc.  The music stops and they must all quickly go to any corner they choose.  A visual or vocabulary word is chosen ( ex:  el primo), and all kids at that corner must sit down.  The game continues until there is a winner ( or several kids left standing). Very fun activity because the kids are active and moving, paying attention to commands, and reinforcing the Spanish thematic concepts.
  • House Murals:   using large butcher paper  (or cheap white wrapping paper),  the classes created house murals.  The younger kids did free drawing and  Spanish house vocabulary was reinforced as they drew, while some of the older students had to follow specific commands as they drew their ‘casitas”. Ejemplo:  dibuja 3 ventanas, 1 puerta verde, una chimenea muy alta, etc.
  • Family Charts:  with all classes, lots of conversation was practiced and reinforced using “Familia’ visuals so that kids could make connections with their own families.  We kept track of answers on a white board, so kids could see the info and use it for conversation.  Kids were asked ” ¿Cómo se llama tú tio?,¿Dónde viven tus abuelos?
  • Libros/Stories:  some of the classic favorites were read and re-inacted in class, such as Ricitos de Oro y Los 3 Oro, y La Casa  Adormecida. These are familiar stories and kids can easily follow along in Spanish.
  • Baby Pictures/Las fotos:    the kids bring in baby pictures of themselves and we have to guess ¿Quién es? ..  The kids love this one and lots of conversation naturally occurs with this activity.

The Casa/ Familia unit is always a great unit to do as we transition to Thanksgiving, as many students will be connecting with family over the holiday and words and phrases can naturally be reinforced before and after the holiday!

 

 

Easy Halloween Spanish Songs for Kids

Monday, October 27th, 2014

 

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An easy Spanish class activity to incorporate some Halloween vocabulary and practice pronunciation and fluency is to use familiar songs!  Singing to the tune of 10 Deditos or 10 Little Idians, it is simple to modify and add Spanish vocabulary.  We add sounds and movement, so that children can make the song interactive.

 

Introduce the vocabulary with visuals so that all kids can identify the Spanish word and the object.  Teach the kids the tune and counting rhythm.  At the end of the song, make a funny sound that is associated with the Halloween word.  Kids love this part and they even come up with their own versions!  Fantasmas- ooooooh!  Bruja-  hehehehe!  Gato negro- meow! Dulces- yum, yum, yum!

 

10 Fantasmas

1, 2,3 fantasmas

4, 5, 6 fantasmas

7,8, 9 fantasmas

10 fantasmas

Booooooo!

 

10 Brujas

1, 2, 3, brujas

4, 5, 6 brujas

7, 8, 9 brujas

10 brujas

He he he he he ( witches laugh)

 

10 Dulces

1, 2, 3, dulces

4, 5, 6, dulces

7,8,9 dulces

10 dulces

Yum yum yum!

 

10 Gatos Negros

1, 2, 3, gatos negros

4, 5, 6, gatos negros

7, 8, 9, gatos negros

10 gatos negros

Meow!

Simple Spanish Activities = Lots of Conversation Practice

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Sometimes the best teaching and learning activities are the simple ones.  As a teacher, I feel like I am always planning, creating, organizing, and preparing activities and lessons that my students will like and that are effective and engaging for their Spanish language development.  I love when simple activities turn into great conversations, and allow kids to naturally practice communicative skills and learn Spanish while having fun!  Here are some examples of very simple activities that can be used for conversation builders.

1. Simple coloring activities in Spanish:  when practicing colors, I lay out crayons throughout the circle and when kids need a certain color, they have to look for it and ask their friends if they can borrow a color.  The kids really get into using their vocabulary and practicing the question and answers.  Example:  ¿Puedo usar el rojo? ¿Tienes el color morado? No lo tengo.  Si.  Gracias. De nada. etc.   These are words and phrases that they are confident with, so the communication is a great way to practice fluency.

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2.  Number recognition and counting in Spanish:   an activity as simple as allowing a child to use a pointer and count 1- 20 is a great way to illicit speaking practice.  I have my other students give the counter several commands such as ” busca cinco, or busca veinte, or cuenta hasta 8″.  Both students are having a chance to speak and communicate.  Kids loving taking turns and giving their friends commands to follow.  With older students, we take turn giving math equations out loud and the counter has to find the answer, ” cinco por tres,  veinte menos ocho, etc.”

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3. Play I Spy in Spanish, Veo Veo:  kids love to play I Spy and it is such a simple activity that can be modified in so many different ways.  We simply play it using colors and kids have to spy things around the room.  But another variation is to allow children to look through books and pick a central theme.  For example, using Dora books, we try to find family members, friends, or specific items.  When the child finds it, more conversation is sure follow:  ‘¿ qué hace Dora? ¿por qué está corriendo Boots?  ¿de qué color es la mochila? Etc.

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Spanish Camp for Kids- 2014

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Spanish Summer Camp 2014

¡Viva la música!

Children will be creating their own instruments and learning about music, rhythms, and cultural songs from various Spanish speaking countries.  We will make drums, maracas, guitars, and play them in our own band!  Traditional games and activities played at Fiestas will be enjoyed as well!  Parents join us at the end of the last day for a special presentation.

 

Join Bilingual Fun this summer for interactive and fun filled Spanish camp!  Our Spanish summer camps provide an opportunity for children to practice and learn Spanish in a natural environment through music, movement, games, interactive lessons, crafts and more! Bilingual Fun offers Spanish classes and camps which are designed to introduce children to the language through cultural and  age appropriate immersion activities, through fun, play based activities.

 

Healthy snacks will be provided each day.  Campers are encouraged to bring their own water bottle.

 

Camp session will be divided into two age groups:

Preschool- K , and 1st– 5th grade

 

2 locations:

August 5, 6, 7

Farmington Hills- Orchard UMC

 

August 12, 13,14

Plymouth-PraiseBaptistChurch

 

9 am – 12 noon

Tuition: $80/child.  10 % sibiling discount

 

Registration:

Please send an email to info@bilingualfun.com with the subject line Spanish camp.   Let us know which week you are interested in and how many kids you would like to register. We will send you an online payment link and instructions to pay via check.

 

Space is limited, so please contact us today!  We look forward to seeing your kids at Spanish Summer Camp! 

Learn Spanish with Guessing Games

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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!

 

Kids Learn Spanish with Familiar Books

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

 

Using familiar books and stories is an easy way for kids to learn Spanish.  We love to share well known stories and books with our students, as they can easily make language connections with topics they know.  All of the Eric Carle books are fantastic, and Oso Café is favorite that we use for so many different activities to teach Spanish to children.

 

Here are a few ideas that work well in our classes and at home:

 

1.  Freeze Dance:   use the animals from the book, and place them all over the floor.  ( Great templates at dltk.com).  Play music and give kids various commands.  When the music stops, have the children look for a particular animal and they must stand by it. Example:  Busquen el caballo azul.  Repeat various times.  This is a great way for kids to make color and animal identification.

2. Bean Bag toss:  See picture.  I found this awesome floor mat at Five Below ( www.fivebelow.com).  We use colored bean bags, and give kids commands to toss them on a particular animal.  Then we take turns having the kids give each other the commands.

3.  Yo Veo:   We reinforce the phrase from the book ” yo veo….”, then hand out visuals from the story.  The kids sit in a circle, and they go around the circle and say what  animal they see sitting next to them.  We exchange the visuals several times so that kids get a chance to use a variety of vocabulary.  Great production practice!

4.  Favorite Animal Drawing:   As a culminating activity, the kids choose one of the animals from the book and illustrate it.  They each take a turn showing their drawing and telling the class:  Mi animal favorito es el pato amarillo, etc.

 

These activities are simple and can be adapted for a variety of ages.  Children will learn Spanish while having fun with these simple, interactive lessons!

 

 

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