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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Children's Spanish Books for the Kindle

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If you have a digital device like an ipad or smartphone you can download this chapter book (Un príncipe en la nevera) for free.  I'm not sure how long it will last so it might be a good idea to grab it while you can.  It looks like a cute book and it has an average of 4.25 stars out of the 29 reviews on Amazon.

This book would be best for kids with a high level of Spanish.  I could easily see doing some sort of project with a short chapter book like this in Spanish IV.

Do you use digital books with your kids or students?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fun Spanish Book of the Week

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I have a boat load of Spanish books.  New to our Spanish book library is ¿Quién se esconde?

On the first two pages are 18 animals.  Don't skip these pages like I did the first time I read this to my kids. It'll come in handy as you keep reading.  You don't just want your kids to point to the animal that is hiding or crying or backwards or mad.  You want your kids to try to answer with the name of the animal in Spanish.  My second grade daughter liked this book so much after I read it to her that she read and translated it to her non-Spanish speaking dad.

Other children's books in Spanish that we have loved are:

Froggy Se Viste (Froggy gets dressed)- perfect to go along with teaching about clothing in Spanish.

¡Quiero mi plátano!

Salta Ranita Salta

Harry y el terrible Quiensabeque

Do you have any favorite books in Spanish?


Saturday, March 22, 2014

We Needed a CD Like This!

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If you live in Virgina, Maryland, DC, or a few other select areas you should try to get your kids to a live Andrés Salguero show!  His music is cross-cultural, Spanish and English, upbeat and fun!

His new CD is called ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! is due to be released next month (April 2014).  Get ready to have some fun with salsa, bachata, plena, mariachi, vallenato, bolero, and champeta! It is obvious that Andrés has marinated in all types of Latin music and what a fun  introduction his music brings for our kids! 

We were given the ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! CD to review and already my kids and I have listened to it several times, which says a lot! From the first song we were hooked.  I can definitely see myself using this CD in my homeschool Spanish class (and when I go back to work as a paid teacher).

The musicianship is a pleasure to listen to. My husband, a music major in college, really enjoyed the instruments and the various rhythms.

This CD is perfect for a bilingual preschool all the way through second grade or so. I would even use some of the songs in teaching middle school and high school Spanish.  For example the song "If I had a Mariachi" would be perfect for introducing the conditional tense, usually presented in Spanish III.

I am hoping Andrés records more videos like the one below!

I think my top three favorite songs from this album were:

¡Salta, Salta!, If I Had a Mariachi, and Love Song

You can sample all of the songs here:

I noticed on his website  that an all-Spanish version of ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! will be coming soon.  I will definitely be interested in that version as well.  Hopefully he'll make his way over to the west coast some time soon!


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