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Spanish Development at Home

We recently had our Casa del Niño Community Night in which one of the owners, Mariela Barnes, held a talk on how to develop a love of Spanish at home for you and your child. Some of the topics she touched on were: what vocabulary words to use, songs you can sing with your child, and books to read.  It can be difficult if only one language is spoken at home to be able to connect with your bilingual child‘s education if he/she is currently going to a bilingual school. Some things you can do in order to be involved in your child‘s bilingual education is by learning and saying simple vocabulary words to your child, reading bilingual books together, and singing Spanish songs. Here are some recommendations that Ms. Mariela gave at the talk in order to foster a love of Spanish at home.
 

Vocabulary Words:

¡Hola! (hello)
¿Cómo estás? (how are you?)
Ven (come)
¡Buenos días! (good morning!)
¡Vamos a comer (come eat)

 Books:

Quiero a mi mamá porque… I love my mommy because… by Laurel Porter-Gaylord
First 100 Words / Primeras 100 Palabras by Roger Priddy
La Oruga Muy Hambrienta / The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I Like It When… Me gusta cuando… by Mary Murphy
Check out the Spanish section at your local library or the books with “bilingual” labels on the spine in the children’s book section for many more great titles.

Songs:

“Hola amigos”
“Buenos días”
“10 Calabazas”
“A limpiar”
“Arriba”
We will have a YouTube station with these songs on it shortly and will include a link here on our website.