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Bilingüe Book Buddy: Call Me Tree


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Nene Bilingüe seeks to provide bilingual homes the tools and resources to promote language and nurture parent-child interaction. Libro-Tivities are academic and fun activities to help families re-engage with bilingual books.

Book Title: Call Me Tree / Llamame Árbol

About the Author: Maya Christina Gonzalez is an author, artist, educator, and activist. She is the co-founder of Reflection Press, an independent press for children’s books. Maya has co-created School of the Free Mind an online learning environment. She currently lives in San Francisco.

About this book: Inspirational book for nenes to dream, grow, learn, and keep being free.


3.a El Árbol de Numeros: Math Activity

Materials Needed: Dot Stickers, Construction Paper, Dice, White Board, Dry Erase Markers

Create your tree trunk and foliage using construction paper. For number recognition game, randomly write numbers 1-6. Have your child roll the dice, count the number of dots, and locate the number on the tree. Using the dot stickers, they cover the number after each turn. For the addition game write numbers 2-12 at random. Have your child roll both dice. Write a numerical equation. To find the sum (total) have your child count all the dots together. Your child will locate the sum and cover it with a dot sticker.

Language Practice:

plus = mas

add = sumar

"six plus two equals eight" = "seis mas dos es igual a ocho"

find = encuentra

stick = pegar

"find the number five" = "encuentra el numero cinco"

"stick the sticker over it" = "pega la calcomanía en __"

3.b Bilingual Yoga: Kinesthetic Activity

Materials Needed: Bilingual Yoga Download

Print out the bilingual yoga poses (link above). Use these to try out different yoga poses with your nenes. Practice the poses together, take turns, find more poses, or even create your own. This activity is perfect for naming body parts, taking time to calm the mind, and outdoor time.

Language Practice:

Hand = Mano

Arm = Brazo

Knee = Rodilla

Leg = Pierna

Foot = Pie

Balance = Balance / Equilibrar

3.c Amate: Art Activity

Materials Needed: Brown paper bag, Scissors, Black Washable Paint, Water, Brush, Black Marker, Crayons or Pastels

Amate art is a traditional Mexican folk art. Amate is special paper made from fig trees. You can see many nature inspired bright paintings on this special paper.

1. Cut the sides of the paper bag so you have the two separate large pieces.

2. Crumple the paper.

3. Dilute your black paint using 1 part paint 2 parts water.

4. Flatten out the paper.

5. Using a brush paint the bag, the paint will collect on the creases. Let it dry.

6. Tear off the edges leaving a jagged edge.

7.Using a black marker outline your design.

8. Using your crayons or bright pastels color-in the design.

Language Practice:

Crumble = Crujir / Desmigar

Paint = Pintar

Color (v) = Colorear

Nature = Naturaleza

Download a Printable Copy Here

We hope you enjoyed reading the book and making the activities. If you try the activities please be sure to share on social media by tagging us, we'd love to see your learning and creativity. Instagram @nene_bilingue Facebook @Nene Bilingüe

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