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Bilingüe Book Buddy: Señorita Mariposa

Nene Bilingüe seeks to provide bilingual homes the tools and resources to promote language 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: Señorita Mariposa

About the Author: Ben Gundersheimer aka Mister G is a Latin Grammy Award-winning artist, author, activist, and educator. His bilingual performances aim to dissolve boarders and foster cross-cultural connections. Link

About the Illustrator: Marcos Almada Rivero lives in Mexico where he leads workshops on books and animations at book fairs, movie festivals, and for children in underserved communities.

About this book: Señorita Mariposa is based on Mister G’s original song of the same title, and Mister G’s first picture book. This book is a fascinating look at the monarch butterfly’s epic annual migration.

3.a Milk Weed: Science Activity

Materials Needed: Millk Weed seeds or Plant, Soil, Garden area or Pot, Gardening Tools

Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed. Milkweed plants provide all the nourishment the monarch needs to transform from caterpillar (oruga) to an adult butterfly. Talk to your children about habitats, and how milkweed is important to a monarch’s habitat. Due to climate change and loss of habitat less and less monarchs are able to make their long journeys. For the planting process children can help with digging a hole and watering. Milkweed is good for monarchs but can be toxic for humans if eaten or if contact is made with the sap. Once planted, children can water the plant and watch it grow, it is advised they do not handle the actual plant. In planting milk weed you are helping the monarch butterfly with their yearly migration.

3.b Observando Insectos: Math Activity

Materials Needed: Clear Containers with covers, Plastic Insects, Dot Stickers

Prepare the activity by placing different numbers of dot stickers on each container cover. Have your child count the dots and match that number of insects into each jar, covering once their filled. Once all the containers are covered, have your child make observations about what they see. Try naming the insects. Describe the colors. Describe and name the parts they see.

Butterly = Mariposa

Bee = Abeja

Centipede - Cienpiés

Dragonfly = Libélula

Ladybug = Mariquita

Body = Cuerpo/Abdomen

Wings = Alas

Legs = Pies

Head = Cabeza

3.c Mariposas: Art Activity

Materials Needed: Coffee Filters, Clothes Pins, Watercolor Paint

Create colorful butterflies and use your imagination to help the butterflies migrate around your home. In preparation for this craft, be sure that your watercolor paint is well diluted to make painting easier. Taking a clean coffee filter, have your child paint and decorate it. (explore different techniques of painting/splattering/blotching etc) Allowing time to dry, take the finished coffee filter and pinch it in the center spreading the two ends to resemble wings. Take a pin and pin the center. You can decorate the pins if you’d like. Make a few butterflies then help them migrate around your home.

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Read aloud with Mister G

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