Favorite of the Week
Spanish Early Readers
While I’ve been talking to my son in Spanish since the day he was born, I haven’t always done a great job of expanding our vocabulary outside of our daily routines. Before my son entered a dual language program, he was learning in English about dinosaurs, geography, and the life cycle of caterpillars. He was always so excited to share what he had learned with me, but he wasn’t able to do it in Spanish because he didn’t have the Spanish vocabulary. As it turned out, neither did I.
It was time for me to do some homework and stay up with the day-to-day school curriculum so I could help him express his exciting days in Spanish. Since I didn't have the words to explain metamorphosis, dinosaur species, or even why we have thunderstorms, I found some wonderful non-fiction resources to help me expand my vocabulary – and my knowledge! I love the early readers, in Spanish, from National Geographic Kids. They’re a great way to learn about the natural world and they’re also fairly affordable.
Continued learning is critical for parents raising bilingual children – we’re an integral part of the process. My kids know that I’m not as fluent as native speakers, so I make sure to say “Let’s learn together!” I’ve personally learned so much through these resources that I even impress myself when I’m able to explain things on my own!
Looking for more? Check out my list of fiction and non-fiction early readers/ Level 1.
Have you read these books? What did you think? Make sure to comment below.
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