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Bilingüe Book Buddy: Luisito's Island

Bilingüe Book Buddy

by Nene Bilingüe

Nene Bilingüe seeks to provide bilingual homes the tools and resources to promote language development while nurturing parent-child interaction. 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, and illustrations. So pick up a book and keep reading!

Book Title: Luisito’s Island / La isla de Luisito

Written by: Maritere R. Bellas

About this book: Luisito misses his home in Puerto Rico. Join him as he shares all the special places and events he remembers with the help of his friends. Travel to this beautiful island with the help of Luisito’s story. Free download of the book when you become a member of Read Conmigo - no-cost to you.


3.a Taíno ABC: Literacy Activity

Materials Needed: Rocks, Permanent Marker

The native Taíno people used petroglyphs as a form of written language. Petroglyphs are ancient symbols recorded on rocks or stones by carving, pecking, or scratching. Many of these petroglyphs can be visited in Ponce, Puerto Rico. We decided to create our own by drawing symbols on rocks guided by the initial sound of letters. On one side, I wrote a letter. The rocks spelled out “ P-U-E-R-T-O-R-I-C-O” We came up with a word that begins with the initial letter sound: /P/ - pato /U/ - urraca /E/- estrella and so on.

You can also copy traditional symbols like the ones found here

3.b Que Bonita Bandera: Math Activity

Materials Needed: Construction Paper: Red, White, Blue, Glue, Scissors

Study the Puerto Rican flag. Can you name the shapes you find? Using the construction paper cut out the shapes like so: Red - 3 rectangles; White - 3 rectangles and 1 star; and Blue - Triangle. Glue these shapes together to create the Puerto Rican flag. Or use these shapes like a puzzle piece to recreate the flag over and over.

3.c El Sr. Macaw: Art Activity

Materials Needed: Ice, Blender, Fruit Juice (your choice)

If you visit Puerto Rico you will most likely run into a Piragüero on the street selling his delicious piragüas. Piragüas are ice cones that are filled with fruit flavor syrups. In a blender, chop a handful of ice cubes. Using your favorite fruit, try squeezing out its juices or blend it with some water to liquify it. Pour the juice over the ice and enjoy a refreshing treat on a hot day.

Need a printable version, be sure to download here!

As always we love to see families trying out the activities and sharing ideas. Be sure to check-out all social media platforms for more tips and ideas.

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