Bilingüe Book Buddy: Proudly Bilingual
Proudly Bilingual / Orgullosamente Bilingüe
The perfect book for all bilingual children. Explaining bilingualism as two lanes with holes, curves, and bumps that sometimes intersect. This book is perfect to celebrate being bilingual with all the complexity it is.
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: Proudly Bilingual / Orgullosamente Bilingüe
Written by: Araceli Rodríguez
3.a Literacy: Las Sílabas / Syllables
Materials Needed: Hands, optional: index cards and markers
Choose a theme to pick words from: a particular room in the house, action words, words to do with a specific sport etc. Say a word and its translated counterpart, “Basket / canasta.” Count the syllables for each.
Place hand under chin. Say the word and count how many times your chin touches your hand. OR
Clap it out by saying the word slowly.
To take it a step further, you can write down the words on index cards and cut the syllables up to help with reading and spelling in both languages.
3.b Math: Cuenta Salteada / Skip Counting
Materials Needed: Optional: Hundreds Chart
Skip counting can help with multiplication and general number sense. Practicing skip counting in both languages helps transfer knowledge from the dominant language to the target language. “Vamos a contra x por x / Lets count by x’s” Usually this starts by counting by 2’s and 5’s. If you choose to use a hundreds chart, laminate it and have your child color or circle the numbers before counting them. Count the first half in Spanish and the second half in English. Count them in Spanish one day and the next in English. Take turns counting - you in English them in Spanish. Find a variety of ways to make it a fun way to count together.
3.c Juego en Familia / Family Game Night
Materials Needed: Favorite family game boards
Take a game the whole family enjoys playing together. If you usually play the game in one language, try playing it using your second language. For example, take your Loteria game. If you usually call your cards in Spanish, try calling them out in English for a change. If you play Candy Land in English try saying the colors in Spanish instead. Changing up the language in which you play a family board game may bring in a different challenge or just a new way to enjoy a family favorite!
Tira el dado - Roll the dice
Spin - Gira la flecha
Take/move 5 - toma / mueve 5 pasos
My/Your turn - Mi/Tu turno
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