10 Sweet Bilingual Board Books for Raising a Bilingual Child in the Early Years

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As we raise our bilingual children, I have started to make note of the books we read and the things we have done along the way to help teach them Spanish as naturally as possible. One of these has been reading to them from a very young age, the womb. We read books in Spanish, bilingual books, or books in Spanish. The following books are all very special with the goal of sharing sweet little stories to create a connection with the Spanish language. I hope you enjoy this list just as much as we have. As the kids grow, these will become little treasures that will remind you of those times when your kids were so very little and were just beginning to learn the language.

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  1. You are my I Love You – Tú eres mi yo te quiero Easily readable English and Spanish side-by-side text.
  2. Besos for Baby – A Little Book of Kisses: Uses simple Spanish words to teach the Spanish language through love. 
  3. La noche en que tu naciste – On The Night You Were Born: An account of the very special night the baby was born…
  4. I like it When…-Me gusta cuando: Great for teaching how to say I like this, I like that and using examples to explain why. 
  5. This Little Piggy – Este Cochinito: This is a classic nursery rhyme in both English and Spanish. 
  6. Pio – Peep!: A collection of traditional nursery rhymes. *Must* have, start reading nursery rhymes in Spanish from an early age to build literacy skills in Spanish. 
  7. Siempre te querré: An absolute favorite in Spanish. We LOVE this book, my children prefer it in Spanish. 
  8. I Love You Through and Through – Te quiero, yo te quiero
  9. Te amo, te abrazo, leo contigo – I Love You, Hug You, Read to You: The three things the reader promises to do. 
  10. Huggy, Kissy – Abrazos y besitos:  So cute!!! Your child will love this one! 

What books do you like to read in Spanish with your younger ones?

Cuéntame, tell me in the comments below!

Fabi

 

 

 

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Spanish Poetry Tea Time – Eclectic Charlotte Mason Homeschool

 

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The month of May has been mainly dedicated to analyzing what 2016-2017 was like for our schooling. What I am wishing to keep the same as well as the areas I am wishing to further work on.

Since the very beginning of our homeschool, way before we officially started, we have done narrating, read alouds, and nature walks. We enjoy reading bilingual books and having a snack to go with it like we did when we did when we read a book about a monkey looking for bananas (see more How to have Bilingual Story Time at Home). Based on that, we are going to take the plunge and read poetry in Spanish. 

Many Charlotte Mason homeschoolers share their experience of  reading poetry while gathering together at the table during tea time. I have observed this activity throughout many blogs, Pinterest, and Instagram and although I have wanted to do it, I just haven’t gotten to it consistently. We have read poetry and we have had tea time as two separate activities. I think it is time we combine them, enjoy a cup of tea and listen to poems in Spanish.  

Poetry uses such beautiful, rich language to communicate ideas. I may be biased, but I find poetry so rich in Spanish, after all Spanish is one of the romance languages. The metaphors can be so simple, yet they can depict a whole complex idea in just a few words. Perhaps it is the reason I am so drawn to reading it in Spanish. I would strongly recommend reading Alberto Plaza’s lyrics to songs like “Que cante la vida.” One of the lines says “que cante la vida, por todo rincon // que se abran caminos y se encienda el sol”

Poesia Alada: Poesia y arte para volar (Spanish Edition)Poesia Alada: Poesia y arte para volar (Spanish Edition)

So my plan for the upcoming year is to have Poetry Tea Time on Tuesday afternoons with my children. We plan on reading poetry in Spanish to further learn the language, grow in appreciation of rhymes, and gain fluency in Spanish. There is a really good review on Amazon so I think this book will go really well.

According to the description, it says the poems use simple language, perfect to for us to take off with poetry in Spanish!

Per Amazon: “La poesía de Mariana Llanos nos contagia las ganas de seguir siendo niños. Con un lenguage sencillo, tierno e intenso a la vez, Poesía Alada nos brinda más de 25 poemas llenos de aventura, asombro y admiración por las cosas más simples de la vida.”

This is the plan for the Fall semester. I will update you on how it goes. What do you read for poetry time? Do you read it in English or Spanish or both? Let me know in the comments!

Oh before I go, which set do you think we should get? What do you use for tea time? 

Happy Tea Time! Hasta la próxima! 

Fabi

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So far we have been using our regular mugs for tea which has worked fine, although these tea sets do look pretty amazing. These would make a nice addition for our poetry time and make tea time so much more special.

This one Gracie China by Coastline Imports Vintage Blue Rose Porcelain 11-Piece Tea Set, BlueGracie China by Coastline Imports Vintage Blue Rose Porcelain 11-Piece Tea Set, Blue

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Las Manitos – Spanish Nursery Rhyme

Las Manitos is a very short nursery rhyme or canción de cuna that is learned quickly. It has very short sentences and the motions that go along make it really fun to sing along to.

Children from age 12 months or even younger may be able to do the motions along the song.

Letra Las Manitos Canción de Cuna – Nursery Rhyme Lyrics:

Las manitos, las manitos,

Dónde están?

Aquí están.

Ellas están aquí,

Ellas están aquí,

Y se van.

Y se van.

This is a favorite nursery rhyme!

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How to Make Spanish Pancakes with Dulce de Leche

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How to Make Spanish Style Pancake Crepe

Whenever you are in Chile or somewhere else in Latin America and your friend invites you over for pancakes…be prepared to be served rolled up pancakes made as crepes filled with dulce de leche or manjar – a caramel sauce over it and possibly confectioners sugar over it. 

Our bilingual / bicultural family loves having a Panqueques Chilenos night every once in a while with a special request: Abuelita – Grandma has to make them. Thanks to my Mamá for sharing her recipe and the steps she takes in making them. It sure is a favorite! 

The original name for this crepes pancakes is frisuelos which comes from Asturia, Spain. This are now widely made all throughout Latin America and served as pancakes. 

In Chile, these crepes are known as pancakes when served using sweet fillings (see our favorite below). On the other hand, these are called crepes when served using savory fillings

How to Make Perfect Easy to Flip Spanish Crepe Pancake


The Spanish Crepe Pancake is made with a VERY thin mixture prepared in a blender just like the Dutch Pancake, although cooked and served differently.  

We used to use regular teflon for making pancakes until we noticed the teflon started to wear off and we just weren’t getting the same results. Pancakes would cook unevenly and stick. 

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This is what we use to make the pancakes:

 

Recently we made the switch from using a teflon pan to using this ceramic frying pan and I just can’t believe how much easier it is to make pancakes with it! Nothing sticks and it is just SO easy to wash!

You can easily flip pancakes as the smooth bottom of the pan, allows for easy turning of foods. I strongly recommend it to make Spanish Crepe Pancakes.

 

 

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Spread this delicious, creamy, caramel spread known as  manjar – dulce de leche – cajeta over your pancakes. Or eat it on french bread or even by the spoon! I won’t tell.   This is the kind we keep at home that goes so well with our Spanish Crepe Pancakes.

The KEY ingredient to fill sweet pancakes is using Dulce de Leche. You can find it at most grocery stores as well as Amazon Pantry.

Spanish Crepe Pancake Recipe

Spanish Crepe Pancake Ingredients:

  • 3/4  cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup  all-purpose flour

Spanish Crepe Pancake Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend all ingredients for a few seconds using this powerful blender until everything is mixed.  
  2. Refrigerate mixture for at least 1 hour before cooking. Transfer it to a bowl and cover it if needed. 
  3. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and whisk it again by hand once. The idea is to have a mixture with no bubbles. 
  4. Heat your non-stick frying pan, cover it with butter, and cook each pancake. I like to do them the size of the pan. So they can be large enough to fill them up and roll. 
  5. I use a ladle to pour mixture on the pan, about 1/4 of a cup. Then turn your pan so the mixture spreads and cover the whole surface of the pan. 
  6.  Cook for 45 to 60 seconds until the edges begin to brown and can be slightly lifted with a spatula to turn the pancake. Or flip them in the air if you are skilled. I haven’t gotten there yet. Soon, hopefully. 
  7. Cook the other side for 45-60 seconds as well. 
  8. Like my Grandma used to say, the first one was a test pancake. So go ahead and eat that one and prepare another one.  🙂 It’s all fun in the kitchen! 
  9. Stack them on a plate and serve warm at the table.
  10. Spread manjar or dulce de leche. Roll them up and top it with confectioners sugar if desired.  

 

Hope you enjoy this recipe and the dulce de leche will sweeten up your day! 

Cuéntame – Tell me in the comments:

How do you like to eat your pancakes? 

 

Fabi

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Easy Spanish Black Bean Soup Recipe Made with Dry Beans

Whenever you are in Florida, you are sure to find Black Bean Soup or Frijoles at just about every restaurant as a side dish. In our bicultural family, we like to make this soup using dry beans to make it extra hearty. It is just so easy to make and it sparks conversations about Central America’s geography, play Spanish music in the background, and learn to say frijoles-porotos-beans so that we adequately know what they are called depending on where we are.

In Chile, black beans are known as porotos negros. In Central America – Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, they are known as frijoles. In English, they are called Black Beans.

 

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Make Quick Dry Beans Using a Instant Pot- Pressure Cooker

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If you want to make quick dry beans without needing to spend extra time soaking them, I recommend using a pressure cooker. That is what we have used my entire life. In fact, a pressure cooker is a staple of every Spanish kitchen. Everyone has one! 

The Instant Pot has come and made it way easier than it used to be. 

Just dump the ingredients, push button, cook, and serve. 

 

As an alternative to using the Instant Pot, you can use Black & Decker’s pressure cooker. It’s available on Amazon and has excellent reviews! Get it here.

Spanish Black Bean Soup Recipe 

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Spanish Black Bean Soup Ingredients

  • 1 lb of dry black beans – this is the brand I prefer
  • 1 medium onion – finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper – finely chopped
  • Oil to sauteée the onion and red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced (or more if you’d like!)
  • 2 quarts Chicken stock 
  • Additional spices: Paprika and cumin
  • Salt to taste

To garnish Black Bean Soup:

What you have in stock, our preferences are avocado, fresh tomato, cilantro. 

For extra creamy soup, add sour cream when serving warm soup. 

How to Make 2 Meals using Black Beans Soup 

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What I love about making Black Bean Soup is that I am able to get two different dishes from one. We eat Black Bean Soup the first day, then Black Beans and Rice on the second day using the leftover soup.  

I simply make yellow rice using this key spice to make Latin Rice for our Black Beans!

Black Beans Soup Directions:

  1. Sautée the onions, red bell pepper, and garlic using oil. Add paprika and cumin to it. 
  2. Add dry black beans and chicken stock. Select Pressure Cooker. Cook for 45 min. to an hour. Or until beans are soft and tender. Make sure to cook them with plenty of liquid!!! 
  3. Serve and use toppings for more flavors! 
  4. Enjoy!

 

Cuéntame – Tell me:

What is your favorite dish to make in the Instant Pot? 

If you liked this recipe, please share with your friends! 

Fabi

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Literature Unit Study for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen- Spanish Books And FREE Printables


Owl Moon

Author:  Jane Yolen

Grades: Pre-K – 3rd grade

This book is excellent for introducing the concepts of figurative language in English or in ESL.

Beautifully written story of a girl going owling with her Pa one night. The text describes the entire setting, the time spent between the girl and her Dad. It also teaches never loosing hope.  We are going to be doing some activities to go with this book. Use sections of the story for copywork, find figurative language in use throughout the text. 

Language:

  • Figurative language: onomatopoeia, comparisons, metaphor.
  • Creative writing: Write about a special time going to see something for the first time.

Science:

  • Study owls: discuss what it means “nocturnal”.
  • Study Great Horned Owls – some really good information on the National Geographic Kids site. 

Art:

Spanish:

¡Buenas noches, Búho! (Spanish Edition)

Búhos increíbles (Ciencias: Aprende vocabulario)

La noche del pequeno buho (Spanish Edition)

El dia del pequeno buho (Spanish Edition)

Other Picture books on owls:

White Owl, Barn Owl: Read and Wonder

National Geographic Readers: Owls

Owl Babies

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Little Owl’s Night

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12 Board Books to Read in Spanish with your ToddlerA

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Board books are books made of sturdy materials for toddlers. These books are made to withstand throwing and handle the little hands that will hold them. 

I have such fond memories of reading board books to my children since they were babies and them growing up into toddlers still wanting me to read those same books to them. Books become tradition, become part of our family culture. Reading is as important as what we eat.   The vocabulary found in board books is simple: short sentences and expressive words. The pictures speak volumes.  

 

Reading board books will also help them learn language skills such as intonation, imitation, and comprehension skills. 

 

Here are some ideas on some things you could say in English and Spanish: 

  • What do you see here? Qué ves aquî?
  • This color is ______ . Este color es __________. 
  • Look here. Mira acá
  • What does he / she look like? Cómo se ve él o ella? 

 

Start raising children bilingually from the time they are babies. Read to them from a young age so they can start learning vocabulary  and build fluency in two or more languages.  

 There are so many books out there but these 12 have been my children’s favorite books to read when they were toddlers. Hope you enjoy them. 

 

12 Board Books you Have to Read with your Toddler in Spanish:

  1. Diez deditos de las manos y Diez deditos de los pies / Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes bilingual board book (Spanish and English Edition)

  2. ¿Dónde está el ombliguito? Un libro para levantar la tapita por Karen Katz (Spanish Edition)

  3. ¡Te amo, te abrazo, leo contigo!/Love you, Hug You, Read to You! (Spanish Edition)

  4. El camioncito Azul (Little Blue Truck, Spanish Edition)

  5. First 100 Words Bilingual (Spanish Edition)

  6. Huggy Kissy/Abrazos y besitos (Leslie Patricelli board books) (Spanish Edition)

  7. A is for Airplane/A es para avion (Alphabet Books) (Multilingual Edition)

  8. I Love You Through and Through / Te quiero, yo te quiero: (Bilingual) (Spanish Edition)

  9. Clifford’s Bedtime / Clifford y la hora de dormir (Spanish Edition)

  10. Cliffords Bathtime / Clifford y la hora del baño: (Bilingual) (Spanish Edition)

  11. Canticos: Los Pollitos / Canticos: Little Chickies

  12. Goodnight Moon / Buenas Noches, Luna (Spanish Edition)

 

*** Cuéntame – Chime in ***

What has been your son or daughter’s favorite Spanish board books? What would you add to the list?

 

Fabi

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