Bilingüe Book Buddy: Book Fiesta
Bilingüe Book Buddy is a monthly publication to promote biliteracy and activities for children ages 2-8. The activities that accompany each featured book are called "Libro-Tivities". Libro-Tivities are academic and fun activities to help families re-engage with bilingual books.
Reading bilingual books can promote biliteracy, inclusivity, and multiculturalism through storytelling, expressions or sayings, and illustrations. So pick up a book and have some fun!
Book Title: Book Fiesta
About the Author: Pat Mora is a poet and author. She founded the community based, literacy initiative El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros in the United States. Día is celebrated on April 30th.
About this book: Read about the history of Día and how its celebrated.
3.a Letter Painting: Phonemic Awareness Activity
Materials Needed: White Paper (Cardstock), Black Sharpie, Washable Paint, Q-Tips
Practicing letter writing, naming, and identification in a colorful way. Write the alphabet on the sheet. Provide your child with different colored washable paint. Have them dip the Q-tip into the paint and trace each letter. Depending on how long your child can focus on the task, this activity does not have to be started and finished in one sitting - taking brain breaks can be useful. For older children, you can have them practice their weekly spelling words or sight words.
3.b Tube Counting: Math Activity
Materials Needed: Paper Rolls, Black Sharpie, Counters (any small objects)
Write a number on each tube. Provide counters so they can count as they place them inside the vertical tubes. Counters can be any small objects such as: foam counters, bear counters, assorted plastic animals, plastic pouch tops etc. This activity reinforces one-to-one correspondence as well as number sense (understanding the value of each number and their relationship with one another) For older children, you can write operation (+, -, x, /) facts on each tube and have them place the correct number of items in the tube.
3.c Celebration Banner: Art Activity
Materials Needed: Long Butcher Paper, Assorted Art Supplies & Tools
Choose something you’d like to celebrate. The parent can choose to write the message on the paper. Have the child decorate the banner. Using a variety of art supplies and painting/drawing techniques provide an opportunity for open and free creativity. Be sure to hang the banner up so everyone can admire their work.
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