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Teaching Geography in the Bilingual Dual Language Classroom or Homeschool Plus FREE Geography Signs Printable

Bilingual Geography

 

We love, LOVE, Geography. As a language learner and world traveler, a world map makes my heart beat. Although these days, most of our traveling happens by looking at our world map and finding travel videos on YouTube to help us see the world.

Until we travel again, we are getting to see the world from home and it is so exciting. We are learning the names of capitals, countries, directions, oceans, continents, and so much right from our home. There are a couple of resources that I want to share with you that we use as well as a FREE Printable that we are using in our home.

As we are learning Spanish through content, it is very important that we provide our children with plenty of input in the target language, Spanish. We also want to make this input accessible in print at all times, so we are labeling our home with plenty of signs in Spanish, including signs around our world map for Geography class. 

This month we are focusing our attention on studying Africa’s geography since we recently partnered with Trades of Hope to be a Compassionate Entrepreneur. As world changers we have the opportunity to empower women out of poverty all around the world and send cloth diapers to women in Uganda who don’t have access to any diapers for their babies. Imagine, that.  I would love to tell you more details (leave a comment) or simply visit my website at Trades of Hope to learn more.

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How to Teach Geography Bilingually in English and Spanish in your Homeschool 

Read in English:

One of the favorite books that we use is a fantastic resource, written by fellow homeschooler Jamie Martin. She wrote Give Your Child the World, a book,  filled with lots of picture books and books to read as a family (or read aloud) about different countries in the world.  It is divided into continents and countries.  She also gives a brief description about each book and the ages it targets. 

Although her book is written in English, any family would greatly benefit from it. If I want to read a book in Spanish, I simply go to google and search the name of the book and add the word Spanish next to it. In doing that I can usually find the title of the book in Spanish, if it has been translated. 

This is an excellent book! It is available in paperback (what I have) or also in Kindle format. 

 

Give Your Child the World – paperback

Give Your Child the World – Kindle 

Another fantastic book is The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book: Mind-Blowing Stuff on Every Country in the World. Just by reading this book, you get to go on a world trip, reading facts, seeing pictures, and learning so much about every country. Every country gets a whole page. Love it!!!

The Travel Book – Hardcover

The Travel Book – Kindle 

One last resource in English is Child’s Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures, and People – From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall of China . I love that this book gives an intro to basic terminology used in Geography. This book will be a great companion to use when using the FREE Printable I am sharing with you at the end of this post. 

Reading in Spanish

This is the one book I am very drawn to because I have heard so much about it through different homeschool groups. This one is in my wish-list, hoping to get it soon.

In my home we grew up with a world atlas in Spanish, it is a must have. I really like that this one is in Spanish. It is so important to read in Spanish and build up our knowledge in Spanish. 

 

Keep a Wall Map Accessible (or Visible) 

We spend a lot of time looking at our world map, noticing the countries, names, locations, and pretty much everything in the map. We keep it on the wall as a reference, so that whenever we read a book  and a country or language is mentioned, we can quickly reference it on our wall map. 

Use a World Map for Reference 

For example, a few months ago we read The Family Under the Bridge. This book is set in France where Paris is mentioned all throughout as well as a major river that runs through part of France. During our read aloud, we stopped a few times to find Paris, France and the river on our map. 

Talk about the Terms used for Referencing a Place on a Map

We talked that France is to the East of the United States, across the Atlantic Ocean. We also talked about the countries neighboring (limítrofes) France.  

  • Talk about directions (direcciones) 
  • Talk about neighboring countries
  • Talk about oceans, rivers
  • Talk about location (how far or close to the Equator a country is)
  • Talk about their current season and your own. 
  • Show where the North and Southern Hemisphere are located and its implications to the seasons of the year and the weather. 

Our World Map

This is what ours looks like.  It is so simple, but it has sparked so many conversations around our table.  At some point, I would like to get this scratch map, looks really nice and I think the kids would have fun scratching the places we have read about through our read alouds, places visited, family locations, etc.  

Geography Homeschool Bilingual English Spanish

This is how we label our map in our homeschool using bilingual labels / signs. 

Look at the Globe – El Globo Terráqueo

Having a globe is so important, too. We talk about “El globo terraqueo” (the globe) and that the “tierra es redonda” (the earth is round). It gives us a good reminder of what the earth looks like.  I also really like that we can clearly see La Línea del Ecuador (Ecuador Line) in the globe and follow it all the way around. 

 

Video –

What is Geography? Qué es la Geografîa? Video for children in Spanish.  Thanks to YouTube we are also able to go on world tours. Search the name of a country or city and type in virtual tour. Definitely preview videos before showing them to your kids, just in case. 

Cooking World Foods

Another interactive, hands-on way to learn Geography is by making food recipes from a different country. We have made Dutch food, Chinese, Chilean, Mexican, and Italian food so far.  It has been a joy to share the kitchen with my kids while they learn Math and Geography at the same time. 

This cookbook is fantastic!!!! Eat Your Way Around the World is a cook book with recipes from around the world. Each section is divided by continent and by country. You could easily pair it with Give Your Child the World. 

Bilingual Geography Signs – Free Printable 

So far I have only put up the north, south, west, and east signs. I will be adding more signs as we encounter more Geography terms in our readings. One curriculum I would love to try is Beautiful Feet Geography.  It would be a study on Geography through literature. 

Get Your Bilingual Geography Signs Free Printable for your homeschool or classroom. Let me know in the comments if it is useful for you or if you would like to see more resources like this one.  

Download your free printable below:

Bilingual Geography Signs

 

Have fun learning Geography! 

 

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Bilingual English and Spanish Unit Study on George Washington for President’s Day Dual Language

 

Dual Language Unit Study on George Washington (1)

This week we studied George Washington, the first President of the United States. While studying his life, we have also covered a few other subjects to create a bilingual – Dual Language unit in English and Spanish.

George Washington was a brave man and a leader. These are two qualities that our students can learn from studying his life.

Writing a Biography – Escribir una Biografía

Studying someone’s life is a perfect opportunity to introduce students to write their autobiography. They can talk about when they were born, show pictures, talk about who they are with their class.  Use adjectives (adjetivos) to describe personal characteristics. 

 

History – in English

We enjoyed reading this book from the Who Was series. It is so easy to read, complete with lots of facts and information on top events.

Who Was George Washington?Who Was George Washington?George Washington's BreakfastGeorge Washington’s Breakfast

Historia (in Spanish)

I really appreciate the comment in Instagram the other day that the Who Was series is also available in Spanish!!!! We will be picking it up from the library and read a chapter of it. I am already planning ways to include this series of books into other units.

¿Quién fue George Washington? (Who Was...?) (Spanish Edition)¿Quién fue George Washington? (Who Was…?) (Spanish Edition)

Writing / Escritura

Write Letters: We learned to date the letter, how to address it (Dear _______,), whereas in Spanish it is Querido(a) _______:

We wrote letters that included a few sentences and a question to ensure that we would get a letter back.

We also practiced writing our names in cursive to sign the letter off.

Dental Health – Salud Dental 

Did you know George Washington had terrible teeth? He only had 1 real tooth of his own!!! It is so important to teach our children from a young age to take good care of their teeth by being diligent in their cleaning.

Recommended Books to read in English about Dental Health

Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter) (Golden Look-Look Books)Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter) (Golden Look-Look Books)The Night Before the Tooth FairyThe Night Before the Tooth FairyThe Berenstain Bears Visit the DentistThe Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist

Recommended Books to read about Salud Dental in Spanish

Mis primeras rutinas. Cómo enseñar a tu cocodrilo a lavarse los dientes (Spanish Edition)Mis primeras rutinas. Cómo enseñar a tu cocodrilo a lavarse los dientes (Spanish Edition)Los Cocodrilos No Se Cepillan Los Dientes / Cocodriles Don't Brush Their Teeth (Spanish Edition)Los Cocodrilos No Se Cepillan Los Dientes / Cocodriles Don’t Brush Their Teeth (Spanish Edition)10 Pasos Para Tener Dientes Felices (Spanish Edition)10 Pasos Para Tener Dientes Felices (Spanish Edition)

Economics – Economía

  • Discuss the meaning of Importing and Exporting (importación y exportación).
  • Discuss what are taxes. 
  • Play selling and buying play food, paper, and other things with an added tax (impuesto) for each item. 

Paying Taxes (True Books)Paying Taxes (True Books)Lemonade For Sale (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Mathstart: Level 3 (Prebound))Lemonade For Sale (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Mathstart: Level 3 (Prebound))

Hope you were able to get some ideas for a Dual Language Unit Study on George Washington.

Cuéntame:

Let me know in the comments what ideas you have that could be included in this list. 

Hasta la próxima! 

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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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