So there is something about Valentine’s Day and Spanish projects that go hand in hand around here! The truth is I had to mix up our activities, workbooks and reading projects in Spanish with the boys so I thought, I need different ideas to go along with what we already do. I was also inspired by the work of the Latino Cultural Academy, I am reading Bilingual Is Better: Two Latina Moms on How the Bilingual Parenting Revolution is Changing the Face of America, and I am looking into Bilingual Buds near our home for a week or two of full Spanish immersion (perhaps even Mandarin??) over the summer!
I am on the lookout for my family and yours! I borrowed this latest Spanish colors, math and science idea from one of Diego’s homework assignments. I just translated it! This was perfect for both boys, Diego who is in kindergarten and for our two year-old Santi.
Santi is learning to speak Spanish, he understands all of Spanish and speaks fluent toddler English. This activity really reinforced four basic colors for him in Spanish. Diego and I never said the English words to Santi. We picked up crayons, said the color in Spanish and pointed to the appropriate heart for him to color.
This activity worked well for Diego in so many levels. He guided Santi, he was introduced to the spelling of these Spanish words, and he graphed. Being introduced to graphs at an early age can help children to understand huge mathematical concepts such as sorting, organizing, counting, comparing, and analyzing; all while discussing in Spanish.
Bravo!! Don’t be afraid to do projects at home that seem to instructional rather than creative. My boys loved this! Not only did they practice their Spanish but they collaborated so well together!
Keep the ideas coming!! Please let me know if you have any bilingual project ideas you would like to share!