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Bilingüe Book Buddy: Sofi Pinta Sus Sueños

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: Sofi Paints Her Dreams / Sofi Pinta Sus Sueños

About the Author: Raquel M. Ortiz Rodriguez has worked as a museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum and El Museo del Barrio. She also writes scholarly articles about cultural arts, music, and identity. She is a professor at Boricua College in New York City.

About the Illustrator: Roberta Collier-Morales has been an illustrator since 1980. Her theme has been celebrating diversity on the planet.

About this book: This book is a sequel to Sofi and the Magical, Musical Mural. Sofi is an imaginative girl. When she walks into a public garden in NYC and sees an unfinished mural she gets transported to the Dominican Republic where she helps her friend write a song. Then to Haiti where she helps a new friend finish their sculpture.


3.a Las Rimas: Literacy Activity

Materials Needed: “Rimas” Word Cards (download)

Download “Rimas” word cards, print, and cut them out. Talk to your child about rhyming words and how rhyming words have the same ending sound. As an example, you can refer back to the book when Sofi helps her friend Juan write a song by choosing rhyming words.

Song & hand gestures to use:

“Piña / Niña” (hold out a hand for each word, you can hold a card on each open hand)

“Esas dos riman” (tap your open hands together 3 times)

“Suenan igual al final” (touch your ear)

Start by selecting and pairing the words to show your child. Then you can begin by showing them a card and providing 3 options to help them select which words rhyme. Later you can play Memory by placing all the cards face down and selecting matching rhyming words.

3.b Imanes y Más: Math Sensory Activity

Materials Needed: Magnets, Metal Color Rings, Sensory Filling

Prepare the activity by selecting a sensory filler. We used black beans so that the colors would show up once picked up by the magnet. Dump the metal color rings into the bin with the filler. We created a simple sheet with color circles to help the kids sort by color. As they play talked about magnets and how the magnet attracts the metal. When they have taken out all the color rings and sorted them, you can dump everything back in and play again.

3.c Mezclando Colores: Science & Art Activity

Materials Needed: Primary color play doh

Introduce the three primary colors (colores primarios). Talk about how these colors can not be created by mixing other colors, however they can be used to create secondary colors (colores segundarios) by mixing two at a time. Make guesses as to what colors would be created and check your hypothesis by combining the play doh colors. Following the science experiment, use the 6 play doh colors for imaginative play.

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