Archive for the ‘Cultural Activities’ Category

Fun New Album for Little Language Learners

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

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I am very excited to share a new video by  123 Andrés! Cosquillas is a fun, upbeat song from 123 Andrés’s new album Arriba Abajo.  This song has a fun, upbeat, cumbia rhythm and style, with great vocals and clear singing. Perfect for kids learning Spanish, and it is on sale right now at Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

123 Andrés is a Latin Grammy nominated artist and entertainer.  His music is an interactive celebration of Latin culture for kids and families.  the range of rhythms and musical styles on his new album Arriba Abajo will inspire movement and motor skills as well!  Exactly what I use to teach our little ones Spanish! I love the interactive nature of the songs and awesome beats and vocals!  As a bilingual educator, these songs are exactly what I am looking for when adding interactive lessons to my classes.  His songs focus on educational themes, but with fun rhythms and lyrics.  I can see why Billboard magazine has hailed him ” A rockstar for little language learners”.  It is definitely a great combination to make language learning fun for kids!

123 Andrés presents live concerts for children and families, and facilitates professional development seminars for educators, library professionals, and cultural arts institutions.  He has some great concerts planned for the summer, so be sure to visit www.123andres.com for the latest details, and maybe you can catch him live!

Be sure to Like 123 Andrés on Facebook!  I would highly recommend adding Arriba Abajo to your music collection , as it is a bilingual learning treasure!  I received a copy to review and I could not be more impressed!

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  🙂

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! 

Valentine Spanish Activities

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

 

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.

Holiday Number Activities in Spanish

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

 

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

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

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

 

 

 

Learn Spanish with Freeze Dance!

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Teaching Spanish to children is so much fun, especially when the lessons are active and play based! The classic Freeze Dance is fun activity that can easily be modified for all ages and different vocabulary themes.  It is a game we use over and over in our Bilingual Fun classes, changing the commands, the vocabulary, the rules, etc.  The objective is to get the kids up and moving, while listening and speaking Spanish.

Jungle Animal Freeze Dance was a hit this week in our classes!

I found animal print felt pieces at Hobby Lobby, but have seen them at all craft stores.  I simply cut each piece in half so that I had double the amount for large classes.  Felt pieces are perfect for scattering on the floor, as they are durable for little feet to stand on over and over again!

  1. While music is playing kids had to do a variety of actions ( brinca! salta! marcha! baila! corre! aplaude! etc). 
  2. When the music stops, each child finds an animal print to step on.
  3. Animal identification was reinforced by asking kids who was standing on El Tigre or La Jirafa, etc.
  4. Variations included:  Giving commands for specific animals.  Example:  If you are standing on La Cebra- salta 5 veces.  Or if you are standing on El Leopardo- aplaude 3 veces, etc. 

Here are some pics from our Jungle Animal Freeze Dance.  Muy divertido!

 

 

Make Your Next Museum Visit a Bilingual Experience

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Beat the Heat by Visiting a Children’s Museum: Tons of Bilingual Venues!

 

The heat is on this summer and although we love the beach, pool, and sporting activities,  I also love a great, indoor educational opportunity!    One of our favorite things to do to beat the heat  is to visit Children’s museums.  There are so many amazing museums throughout the country and there is sure to be one close to where you live.

 

Many of the museums are bilingual venues, with the signs and displays in both English and Spanish.  Even if they don’t have bilingual signs, the displays and themes are a great way to let your kids practice Spanish ( point out familiar vocabulary, describe activities in Spanish, play I Spy and look for colors, count the different themes, etc).  Many of the children’s museums have thematic displays ranging from science, to weather, food, to animals, and so much more!

We recently visited one of our favorite museums:  The Children’s Museum of Houston.

This venue is amazing with all signs and audio info available in both English and Spanish.  My kids always have a great time exploring  the displays!

Some of the favorites were caring for los animales enfermos en la oficina del veterinario,

shopping en el supermercado,

playing el detective en la division de  crímen ,

taking out dinero del banco ATM,

fishing en el río,

 

and so much more!

 

Find a Children’s Museum in your community here.

Stay cool this summer and include some bilingual fun in your next museum visit!

Spanish Music for Children: Win a copy for your family!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Putumayo Kids Presents: Latin Dreamland

On April 23rd, Putumayo Kids adds to their best selling collection of lullaby recordings with a new release, Latin Dreamland. The 10 calming melodies from around Latin America will ease the journey of little ones into la tierra de los sueños (dreamland).

On Latin Dreamland, artists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, and Peru perform traditional and new material. Additionally, the colorfully packaged CD includes a 16 page booklet of information about the artists and songs.

After listening to this lovely CD for several nights at bedtime, I asked my son which was his favorite and he chose “El Eco” por Las Incas, while my daughter loves the traditional “Cielito Lindo” por Marta Gómez. This is a beautiful CD to add to your Spanish language music collection for any family or teacher raising bilingual children. The sweet, calming melodies are easy to understand and excellent for listening comprehension of the Spanish language.

Of course we want to share our great find with our amigos de Bilingual Fun!

For a chance to win, leave a comment below telling us why you would love a copy of Latin Dreamland.

Also, please take a moment to like Putumayo Kids on Facebook or follow Putumayo on Twitter.

Deadline: May 1, 2013

 

Disclaimer: I was sent the above mentioned product to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

 

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