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Bilingüe Book Buddy: Siesta

Updated: Oct 17, 2019

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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: Siesta

About the Author: Ginger Foglesong Guy lives in Seattle, Washington. She grew up in Mexico, Arizona, Switzerland, and Costa Rica. She is also the author of bilingual books Bravo and Fiesta.

About this book: Follow a sister and brother as they collect items throughout their home in preparation to camp-out in their backyard. The items they collect are of all the colors, just like the sarape they use for their tent.


3.a Name Sort: Literacy Activity

Materials Needed: Color Construction Paper, Color Dot Stickers, Sharpie

Easy set up and loads of fun! This activity lends itself to practicing letter recognition, letter names and sounds, name recognition, and color matching. Designate a different color per letter in the child’s name. Write each letter on a matching construction paper which will be taped onto the wall. Have your child read their name, and say the letter each time they stick a letter-sticker onto the paper. This activity can also be done with shapes or sight words.

3.b Cotton-Ball: Math Activity

This activity promotes fine mother and early math skills. You can start a pattern and have your child end it. You can dictate a pattern and have your child stamp it. You can stamp a pattern and have your child name each color. For older children, they can copy a pattern or create their own pattern.

3.c DIY Jorongo: Art Activity

Materials Needed: Paper bag, Scissors, Paint, Paint brushes

A sarape is a colorful woven blanket traditionally from Mexico. Sometimes sarape material is used to make Jorogos or Gabanes, which are wearable blankets like ponchos. Pre-cut the paper bag to allow for a hole for the head and the sides to be open. Using the book illustrations or an actual sarape for inspiration, have your child paint the lines on their Jorogo just like the sarape.

Click here for a PDF download of Bilingüe Book Buddy Vol 3

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