Bilingüe Book Buddy: Hairs Pelitos
Updated: Aug 15, 2019
Bilingüe Book Buddy is a monthly publication to promote biliteracy and activities for children ages 2-8. The activities that accompany each featured book are called "Libro-Tivities". 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 or sayings, and illustrations. So pick up a book and have some fun!
Book Title: Hairs - Pelitos
About the Author: Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, and artist whose work explores the lives of the working- class.
About this book: A girl (Esperanza) describes how each person in her family has hair that looks and acts differently. A story from The House on Mango Street.
3.a Hidden Letters: Literacy Activity
Materials Needed: White Paper, White Crayon, Watercolor Paint, Water
Easy set up and loads of fun! This activity lends itself to practicing letter recognition, name recognition, sight word practice, or even as a reading activity. First, using the crayon write the letters or words you’d like your child to discover. Have them use the watercolor paint to paint on the paper. The wax from the crayon acts as a barrier and resists the paint, exposing the secret message underneath. Toddlers and Preschoolers can uncover their names and/or names of family members. Preschoolers and early readers can practice letter identification and letter sounds. Emerging readers can uncover sight words in either language and read them as they uncover each word.
3.b Line It Up: Math Activity
Materials Needed: Construction Paper and/or Butcher Paper, Sticker Dots, Medium or Thick Sharpie, Painter’s Tape
This activity incorporates fine motor skills, coordination, and independence with forming and identifying geometric shapes. Draw shapes and lines (zigzag, strait, wavy etc.) on the paper. Find a wall to stick the paper and provide your little one with dot stickers. Have your child place the stickers along the black lines to form the shape or line. You can fill-in the shapes a certain color and have your child sort the color dot stickers by shape. They can also practice patterning along the lines. Talk which line looks like their own hair or family members hair.
3.c Self Portrait: Art Activity
Materials Needed: 12x12 White Card-stock, White Paper, Markers, Tissue Paper, Mirror
Talk about how unique and special they are to you, your community, and this world. Have them look at themselves and draw what they see. Encourage them to use different colors, like the illustrations in the book. Precut tissue paper into squares or have your child cut or rip it. Glue the pieces at random on the 12x12 card-stock. This will serve as their background for their self portrait. Cut out their self portrait and clue it on top of the tissue. Have them choose a location to display their art.
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