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Six Resources for Bible Study With Kids – Available in Many Languages

Our goal at Bilingual Together is to encourage and resource families of any faith to pursue raising bilingual children. For this reason, our Morning Time Plans are faith-neutral ​so families of any faith can use them to increase Spanish exposure in their home.

That said, we ​love the Bible, and over the years I have found wonderful resources for studying the Bible together as a family. Here, I’ve included ​six of those resources that are available in many languages!

​​Six Multilingual Resources for Bible Study with Kids

​1) ​​Questions With Answers


Dana Dirksen is the ​voice of Songs for Saplings - a non profit organization that is providing music that clearly communicates Scripture and its rich truths in clear, memorable and very enjoyable ways. The Questions with Answers project consists of six albums ​that are available in many languages. Each track makes it fun and easy to memorize the catechism and corresponding scripture verses. We use these songs in our Morning Time.


​Who: ​​​Dana Dirksen

​What: ​​​catechism songs

​Number of Languages: 11

​English, Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic, Chichewa, Swahili, French, Ukrainian, Polish, Swedish, Russian


​​2) ​Bible App for Kids


The Bible App for Kids is a free app with 41 Bible stories. Kids can read on their own or use the narrated read-along option. ​Every story includes ​touch-activated animations, games, and activities to help kids remember what they're learning. ​There's free coloring sheets ​too. ​​Find directions to switch the language​ here.


Who: ​​​​​​YouVersion (the parent company)

​What: ​​​​Bible App for Kids

​Number of Languages: ​9

Portuguese, Chinese (​simplified), Korean, Dutch, English, German, Spanish, Russian

3) ​The Bible Project


The Bible Project is "a nonprofit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated Bible videos and other Bible resources to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere". ​Their videos are now available in ​16 languages, with more in translation. To see a complete list of languages available click here.


​Who: ​​​​​The Bible Project

​What: ​​Bible videos and resources

​Available Languages: ​​​16

​Bahasa, Portuguese, Cantonese, English, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Telugu, Vietnamese

4) ​​Jesus Storybook Bible


The Jesus Story Book Bible is a work of art. Sally Lloyd-Jones beautifully ​tells the redemption story from Genesis to Revelation through key Biblical stories. At the end of each story she points the listener to Jesus. Just as beautiful as the language are the captivating illustrations by Jago. This Bible is an excellent first Bible for children, though my older children still enjoy these stories. ​It is ​available in 38 languages.


​Who: ​​​​Sally Lloyd-Jones

​What: ​​​Jesus Storybook Bible

​Available Languages: ​​​​38

​5) ​The Action Bible


The Action Bible is the Bible in graphic novel form. Illustrated by DC and Marvel Comics artist, Sergio Cariello, the illustrations are ​mesmerizing. With so many images to support the text, it makes ​the reading experience more approachable for many beginning readers or children whose minority language reading skills are not as advanced as their majority language. The Action Bible is available in 29 languages.


​Who: ​​​S​ergio Cariello

​What: ​​The Action Bible

​Languages Available: ​​​​29


​5) ​​YouVersion


​Although this free app is not directed at children, the amazing ​number of languages available make it necessary to include on this list. The app interface is available in 60 languages, and the Bible itself is available in over 1,300 languages! Many of the languages available on this app also have an audio version available so it is easy to listen to the Bible, read by native speakers, in your minority language. Directions for accessing other languages here.  


​Who: ​​​​YouVersion

​What: ​​The Bible App

​Languages: ​​​​1,300+


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​I hope you find these resources useful in your bilingual home!

​​​​​​What other Bible study resources ​do you use with your kids? 

​Let us know in the comments!  

Top Five Quarantine Resources for Spanish Learners

​​With hundreds of free resources popping up all over, I wanted to curate a smaller, quality list of the resources we use in our homeschoo​l. These are the things we go back to again and again on these long days of quarantine. 

​Many of these resources are offered for free or at a discount at this time. If you want to see more resource deals, you can check the "Quarantine" story highlights on our Instagram.

​​I'm starting off with some non-screen resources, ​then a science recommendation that is a combination of an online lesson and a hands-on experiment, and lastly...our favorite literature based Spanish app.

Stay sane, stay healthy!

Enjoy!

​Five ​​Quarantine Resources for Spanish Learners

​#1 ​​​​How to Teach Nature Journaling

​Nature Journaling is a meditative and calming exercise. You can sketch in your backyard, from a living room window, or even houseplants! How to Teach Nature Journaling is the newest book from John Muir Laws - ​a leading naturalist, artist, and educator. The guide is available for free download. It is in English, but I have found nature journaling to ​be an easy subject to study in our minority language.

​​#2 ​​​​Scribd

​My children adore listening to audiobooks while drawing. It is a wonderful activity for quiet time. ​Scribd is offering free access to their audiobook vault for ​30 days, and their Spanish library is impressive. If you have a library card, you can also check to see if your library offers access to audio books through apps like Hoopla. Audible is also currently offering a limited selection of children's books in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Chinese!  


​​#3 ​Materiales Educativos

​​This site is in Spanish and can be difficult to navigate. However, it is a wealth of free printables. The best way to find what you're looking for is to ​search by the categories on the right sidebar. ​While we rarely use worksheets as seat-work, they do make an excellent springboard ​for interactive activities. 

​​#4 ​​Mystery Science

​​These bite-sized science lessons ​include a multi-media slide show that focuses on answering ​a single question. For example, ​"How Do Germs Get Inside Your Body"? There is a simple experiment following each lesson. While the slide shows are in English, the worksheets that accompany the experiments are available in Spanish. We generally watch the lesson in English, and then speak Spanish through the experiment. Mystery Science ​is offering their most popular lessons for free right now.

​​#5 ​​​​FabuLingua

​​FabuLingua is a Spanish learning app like none other. The app contains beautifully illustrated and interactive books that are first read aloud to the child in English and Spanish, then read in only Spanish, and lastly your child can record their own voice reading the stories in Spanish. Along the way there are interactive games that reinforce vocabulary. There is an option to turn off the bilingual feature (which is what we do) so that stories are read exclusively in Spanish. They are offering their app free during throughout this pandemic.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of these companies or websites. These are simply a list of our favorite resources.



​What resources have been helpful for you during this stay-at-home time? 


Let me know in the comments!  

Five YouTube Channels for Spanish Learning

​​Quantity language exposure is one of the necessary elements for raising bilingual children. One of the easiest ways to get lots of minority words into your kid's brains is to take advantage of screen time!

​​The visual elements combined with native speaking voices make it a great way to get a lot of minority language words into your little one's brains. ​If you ​ask them to tell you about the show afterwards (in Spanish), then the quanitity screen time is paired with quality conversation for excellent minority language exposure!

​​Most kids today are on a screen at some point during a normal week. Not to mention sick days, snow storms, or even just mama-needs-a-break moments​. So let's make those moments count towards minority language exposure!

Enjoy!

​Five ​YouTube Channels for Spanish Learners

​#1 ​Peppa Pig en Español Latino

​Peppa is a fun and spunky pig with a gaggle of animal friends and a little brother George. ​Each episode is 5 minutes long and focuses on themes of family, friendship, compassion, and helping others.

​​#2 ​Spanish Playground

​Older kids may enjoy these shorts with two live actors​ who talk about a variety of topics. Watch them with your kids and talk about them afterwards. This turns quantity language exposure into quality language exposure!


​​#3 ​Pocoyo en Español Latino

​​Pocoyo is an adorable toddler dressed in blue with spunky side kick animal friends. Pocoyo barely speaks, but the narrator's clear voice is easy to follow. This is a wonderful show for very little kids, but older kids may enjoy the silly interactions between caracters.


​​#4 ​Basho & Friends

​Basho wins for cool dude factor, fun, and quality language learning videos. He not only sings in Spanish, but in French and Mandarin as well. So your Spanish learners can try a new language if they're so inclined.

​​#5 ​​​Rockalingua

​Rockalingua posts fun and upbeat songs ​centered around different vocabulary themes. ​Their catchy tunes and ​colorful videos are fun for little kids and older language learners. On their website they have printable coloring pages and online games as well.

Disclaimer: ​​Please take care with little ones and YouTube. These links all point towards wonderful language learning channels, but there is no telling where kids may navigate to from there. Be wise.


​I hope you enjoy these channels!


A​ny ​other YouTube channels for Spanish learning you would add to this list?


Let me know in the comments!  

Authentic Author Spotlight Susanna Isern

Our Authentic Author Spotlight Series i​ntroduces you to the best authentic Spanish children’s authors out there. Each Spotlight ​includes a brief bio and Five Fabulous Titles by the author.

Authentic Literature is a term used to describe books that are written in the author’s native, natural language. Reading authentic literature is an important part of your child’s minority language development.

Today’s Spotlight

Susanna Isern

​Susanna Isern grew up in the shadow of the Pyrenees mountains, and enjoyed her freedom to run wild in nature as a child. She is now a professor of psychology at the Universidad Europa del Atlántico and a mother of three.

​In addition, Isern is an accomplished children's author. She combines her love of literature with her knowledge of psychology to write beautiful stores that ​lift up compassion, imagination, team-work, and empathy. 

​It is hard to believe that she only published her first book in 2011. In just a few short years, she has published over thirty children's books and won numerous awards for her stories.

​The titles highlighted below are my personal favorites from Susanna Isern. ​The first two stories are so beautiful, I regularly cry when reading them aloud to my children. 

​Many of her titles are easily found on Amazon for under $20!

​So without further ado, let's look at some of her books!

​Five ​Picture Books by Susanna Isern

​1) Cartas En El Bosque


This is my all-time favorite story by Isern. A sweet tale of a lonely postman who is constantly helping others mend relationships. ​When they community realizes what he's up to, they come together to ​let him know he is seen.


Author: ​​Susanna Isern

​Publisher: ​Cuento de Luz

​ISBN: ​978-84-16147-94-6


​​2) Oso Quiere Volar


​When poor bear is determined to fly, the other animals laugh at his silly dream. ​But after seeing his perseverance and determination, the whole forest community comes together to help him accomplish his dreams.


​Author: ​​​​Susanna Isern

​Publisher: ​​​Cuento de Luz

​ISBN: ​​​​978-84-16147-44-1


3) Tren de Invierno


A lovely story of animals migrating south (on a train) when they realize they have accidentally left one friend in the cold north! If they turn around now, they might get stuck in the coming snow. Is rescuing their friend worth the risk?


Author: ​​​Susanna Isern

​Publisher: ​Cuento de Luz

​ISBN: ​​978-84-15784-80-7


4) Esto No Es Una Selva


When a little girl refuses to clean up after herself, her mother states in a fit of frustration that ​her room looks like a jungle. ​Then her room starts to change for real​! Will ​the realities of jungle life bring about a change of heart?


​Author: ​​​Susanna Isern

​Publisher: ​​Editorial Flamboyant

​ISBN: ​​​978-84-946035-2-5


​5) La Musica Del Mar


​After a terrible storm ravages a small seaside town, ​all the villagers leave except for one fisherman and his young daughter. As the two of them work to rebuild their lives, the music of the sea soothes their loneliness. This is a story of perseverance and hope. 


​Author: ​​​Susanna Isern

​Publisher: ​Cuento de Luz

​ISBN: ​​​978-84-16733-27-9


Disclaimer: ​Some links on this site may be affiliate links. Should you choose to purchase through these links I receive a minuscule commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!


Now you know, if you're ​at the library, a bookstore, or shopping online, ​anything from Authentic Author ​​Susanna Isern is worth taking home!

​​Want to learn more?

​Click the links below to learn about other authentic Spanish authors we love!

Authentic Author Spotlights

​​​​Who is your favorite authentic Spanish Author? 

​Let us know in the comments!  

What Morning Time Looks Like in a Bilingual Homeschool

​Balancing Morning Time when juggling two languages takes a little finesse, but it can be done. Let me walk you through how we do it around here, and perhaps you'll get some ideas to use in your own home.

If you're new to the whole concept of Morning Time, you might like to read about what is it and how it transformed our homeschool before jumping into the specifics here.

But if you're ready for the details...Let's go!

What is Morning Time and How it Transformed our Bilingual Homeschool

​Everyone who is homeschooling bilingually is swimming up stream. We encourage our kids to swim with us, but many days they ​would rather float easily into the current of monolingualism. We end up fighting to keep them by our side on the journey, and it's exhausting.

Where do we find rest?

It is so important on this bilingual journey to find spaces of rest. An oasis, a safe harbor, where our minority language is embraced ​with joy and laughter. ​For us, in our homeschool, we have found that respite in Morning Time.

Language Journey Interruption: A Cross Country Move

​What do you do when you lose your community?

​I wrote previously how excited I was when I finally found a community to support me on ​this journey to raise bilingual kids. ​It wasn't long, however, before we had to leave those precious families.


My bilingual son was three and a half when a job opportunity moved us across the country. We moved from a diverse urban city to a homogenous town in the Appalachian Mountains.


The first thing I did when we arrived was seek out bilingual opportunities for young kids in our new town. Guess what I found? 


Nothing.


​Everything I had read and researched about how to raise bilingual kids emphasized the importance of two main factors.

​1) You need exposure to the minority language.

2) The child must feel the need to use the minority language.​

​I was in control of the exposure part - just speak to him in Spanish. But I could not create a need for him to use Spanish in and of myself​. ​I am not a native Spanish speaker, and my son knew that.


It was our Spanish Immersion Coop that had created ​the need for him to speak Spanish. But we left that behind. ​I saw the effects of losing the “need” to use Spanish very quickly. How quickly?


One month. 


It only took one month for my little guy to realize he didn’t NEED to use Spanish with me. Previously, if I was speaking to him in Spanish he would respond in Spanish. If I was speaking to him in English he would respond in English. 


I remember clearly, one month after our move, I asked him a question in Spanish and he began to respond in Spanish, paused, and looked at me. I saw the realization dawn on him. “I don’t need to talk to mom in Spanish...she’s speaks English too!”


And he responded in English. 

My heart sank. I felt it was the beginning of the end of all I had worked for.

​​​Our story continues. Major transitions are not the end. But for now...


What about you? Have you found your people?

I'd love to hear your story. Let me know in the comments.

Authentic Author Spotlight Mar Pavón

Our Authentic Author Spotlight Series i​ntroduces you to the best authentic Spanish children’s authors out there. Each Spotlight ​includes a brief bio and Five Fabulous Titles by the author.

Authentic Literature is a term used to describe books that are written in the author’s native, natural language. Reading authentic literature is an important part of your child’s minority language development.

Today’s Spotlight

Mar Pavón

Mar Pavón was born in 1968 in Manresa, Spain. When she was a child, her parents filled her mind with beautiful stories. With ​a head full of stories, she was eight years old when she realized she must write. And so she began.

Two different elementary school teachers encouraged her passion for the written word, and at the age of thirteen she decided without a doubt to pursue a literary career.

In her early years her published works were for an adult audience, but her writing took a turn towards children’s literature after the birth of her first son in 1996. 

We are thankful it did! Her children’s books explore a multitude of themes ranging from the silly and absurd to titles that deal with fear, sickness, and loss. Regardless of the theme, you will find her books packed with fabulous language and accompanied by equally fabulous illustrations. 

On a personal note, her book “La Gallina Cocorina” was the first Spanish-language title my children truly fell in love with! I have most of it memorized it from reading it so much. 

​In addition, many of her titles are easily found on Amazon for under $20!

​So without further ado, let's look at some of her books!

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Five Fabulous ​Titles ​from

Mar Pavón

​#1 La Gallina Cocorina

My children LOVE this book. You follow the hilarious doings of a mother hen as she haphazardly tries to care for her three chicks. It's a rhyming laugh the whole way through, and it's a series!


​Author: ​Mar Pavón

​Publisher: ​Cuento de Luz

​ISBN: 978-84-​937814-6-0

​​#2 ​¡Eso No Es Normal!

​Another humorous story with a meaningful ending. An elephant with an abnormally long trunk is made fun of by ​​another animal, until that trunk comes in handy in a time of need.


​Author: ​​Mar Pavón

​Publisher: ​Nube Ocho

​ISBN: ​978-84-​944137-8-0

​​#3 ​Un Tractor Muy, Muy Ruidoso

​Join one unconventional farmer on a bumpy ride home! The illustrations in this story are marvelous, as are the numerous adjectives townfolk use to describe this eccentric farmer as she passes by.


​Author: ​​Mar Pavón

​Publisher: ​Cuento de Luz

​ISBN: ​​978-84-​15619611

​​#4 ​​La Noche de los Ruidos

​This ​book deals seriously with a child's fear of the dark. Some of the illustrations may be scary for very small children. However, when you turn the book around and read it the other way, ​children can see where each of the bumps in the dark originate.


​Author: ​​​Mar Pavón

​Publisher: ​​​Cuento de Luz

​ISBN: ​​9​78-​84-15784-96-8

​​#5 ​Ser Filiberta

​This is another silly book that deals with a child's imagination and the ​need ​to listen to children. When María declares she is Filiberta, all chaos insues as her parents try to "fix" her. In the end, a listening ear is all she needs...well, and space to imagine.


​Author: ​​​Mar Pavón

​Publisher: ​​​Cuento de Luz

​ISBN: ​​9​78-84-15619-69-7

Disclaimer: ​Some links on this site may be affiliate links. Should you choose to purchase through these links I receive a miniscule commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!


Now you know, if you're ​at the library, a bookstore, or shopping online, you can confidently grab anything from Authentic Author ​Mar Pavón!


​What are your favorite titles from Mar Pavón? ​


​What author deserves to be our next featured Authentic Author?

Let me know in the comments!  

What Our Bilingual Homeschool Looks Like for 2019

One of the biggest questions I get asked is How exactly do you homeschool in two languages?


I figured the best way to answer the question is just to tell you what we’re doing this year. ​Keep in mind, this is only one way. It seems there are as many ways to make it happen as there are families out there.


Also of note, we have an all-day enrichment program on Tuesdays, and my Big and Middle Lady take one class out of the house on Thursday. I’ll get to our Thursday schedule later in the post.


But for Monday, Wednesday and Friday our day flows as follows.


Morning Time in Spanish

Time: About 1 hour


We begin each day with Morning Time. If you’re not familiar with Morning Time, check out this post from Pam Barnhill. Basically, we start our days together, reading literature, singing, memorizing beautiful language, writing, and playfully drilling Spanish vocabulary.


For us, this time is completely in Spanish. It is a way for me to start the day strong connecting as a family and using our minority language. Here’s what we use for Morning Time: 


​Morning Time Resources

1.

Prayer & Scripture - We’re reading from the Proverbs each morning this year. We use this NVI/NIV ​Bilingual Bible.

2.

Songs for Saplings. These catechism songs are ​available in 10 languages! We learn them in both ​Spanish and ​​English. Mastering one song before moving to another.

​3.

Morning Time PlanFor the bulk of our morning time we use our 10-week seasonal morning time plans. They include weekly poetry memorization selections, excellent book recommendations, nature and craft activities, and 100 seasonal vocabulary word flashcards. Currently we’re using Cesta Mañanera OTOÑO, our fall themed plan. ​If you're curious to see it you can download a free trial here.

​4.

Handwriting Without Tears​This is a great program, and their materials are available in Spanish. They offer both print and ​​cursive books. We ​end Morning Time with 5 focused minutes of handwriting while the Littlest colors in a coloring book.

Math in Spanish

Time: 20 mins each child


​From Morning Time we roll right into math. Math is a subject we do entirely in our minority language. ​First I tried a curriculum in Spanish, but it wasn't a good curriculum.


I didn't want to sacrifice quality of education just to be able to do something in our minority language. ​So I found a work around.


My trick to making this work as a non-native Spanish speaker is to choose a scripted curriculum. In other words, a curriculum that writes out exactly what I’m supposed to say during each lesson.

Working on Shiller Math

​That makes it easy for me to ​see exactly what vocab I'll need. ​If I don't know certain words, ​I look them up and jot it down right there in the manual so when we get to that lesson I can roll smoothly along.

​Math Resources

1.

​​Shiller Math. This is an open-and-go, scripted Montessori based math curriculum. This is our first year using this curriculum, and we ​all really enjoy the hands-on nature and bite-sized lessons.

2.

Saxon Math​ also makes a scripted math curriculum for homeschoolers that is solid and many families love. We used it for Kindergarten, it just wasn’t a good fit for us.

English Language Loop​

Time: 40 mins


​At this point in our morning the school language switches to English. If you are not familiar with Loop Scheduling, check out this post from Read Aloud Revival. But basically, I spend 40 minutes each day working on phonics, spelling and grammar.


My Oldest is in 2nd grade, and I spend 15 focused minutes with him looping phonics and spelling. What that means is that we work through two lessons from All About Reading, regardless of how many 15-minute segments it takes us.

​All About Reading Time

​​Then we do one lesson from All About Spelling, then ​two lessons of All About Reading, then one lesson of Spelling. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. ​While we are working, the Middle Lady reads to the Little Man (or they play). Then we switch.


The Middle Lady is in Kindergarten, and so we are only doing 15 minutes of All About Reading. I’ll add All About Spelling ​once her reading becomes more fluent. While we’re working, the ​Biggest reads one book to the Little Man, sometimes in English, sometimes in Spanish. Then they play.


​​The last 10 minutes of our English Language Loop is spent working through First Language Lessons by Susan Wise Bauer. These lessons are extremely bite-sized, and so even though we don’t spend much time on them, we can actually move forward each day. Most of the time. 🙂

​English Language Resources

1.

All About Reading. We've used this since day one and LOVE it. It's an open-and-go, sequential, and complete phonics program that uses the Orton-Gillingham approach.

2.

All About Spelling. This is the only spelling program we've used, and we love it. It uses the same Orton-Gillingham approach. I feel like the​ combo of these two programs are ​giving my kids an incredibly solid base in phonics and spelling.

3.

First Language Lessons​. This is a classically based complete grammar program written by Susan Wise Bauer of The Well Trained Mind. It includes copywork, narration, picture study, and it's entirely scripted.

​I'm sensing a theme in my curriculum choices. Scripted curricula must be my love language...


At this point in the morning, we are ready for a 30 minute snack & play break! ​​We ​move from snack ​into​ read aloud time.


Read-Aloud - History, English Lit, Science

Time: ​45 mins - 1 hour


​This is one of my favorite times of the day as the kids grab something from our read-aloud basket (think coloring books, wiki-stix, or other hand-busying projects) and we find a comfy spot - often heading outside.


I read to them for as long as we can make it. Most days we’re talking around 45 minutes. We cover our history, English literature, and science reading here (Spanish Lit is covered during Morning Time).

Keeping busy while Mama reads aloud

​We use the Tapestry of Grace booklist for history and literature, and I always read these subjects in English. 


History has proved to be a subject that is too difficult for me to manage in my minority language. I’m sure a native speaker could do it, but I came to terms with my limits, and we study history solely in English.


We use the Exploring Nature With Children curriculum for science, and there are excellent book suggestions for each weekly theme. I always look to see what books are available in Spanish for the weekly science theme, ​so we read both English and Spanish books for science.

​Read Aloud Resources

1.

Tapestry of Grace. This is a fabulous K-12 complete curriculum based on the classical education model. It is priced as such. I love this curriculum, and we ​follow their syllubus and book recommendations for history and literature. However, I do believe any good book list will serve you well for these subjects.

2.

Exploring Nature With Children. This is an absolutely gorgeous curriculum that guides you through a year of nature study. ​Each week has a different theme ​with a fabulous book list (as well as art, poetry, nature journaling prompts, and activity suggestions). ​It is based on Charlotte Mason principles​.

3.

Your Local Library. I would be remiss if I did not mention the library as a read aloud resource. I spend some time ​online each week ​requesting holds for books about 4-6 weeks in advance of when I want them. Then on our weekly library visit, I pick up whatever books have come in and save them for the proper week. If you are having trouble finding certain titles, ask your librarian about interlibrary loan. This is especially helpful when searching for minority language titles.

Lunch & Quiet Time

​Time: 90 minutes


By now it’s about noon. A​fter Read-Aloud we do a quick pick up, then gather around the table and eat. After lunch, everyone finds a quiet spot for an hour. This is my time to ​work ahead in my math manual and write in Spanish vocab, get online and requests holds from the library, read for fun, answer emails, or stare at the ceiling. 🙂


The Afternoon

​Time: ​After quiet time until dinner.


​After Quiet Time, our pension for formal schooling goes way down hill.


I use the afternoons for nature walks and journaling (again, following the Exploring Nature With Children curriculum), involving the kids in dinner prep (home economics), heading to a museum or park, or declaring free-time until dinner.

Seed hunt for Nature Study

​​That's our basic Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule! We've been at it for a month and it's been working really well.


Now we get to Thursdays.


​Thursdays are odd days as the ​Biggest and Middle Lady have one class at co-op that starts at 10am. So we start our morning as usual with our Spanish Morning Time routine (detailed above at the tippy top of this post).


Then we head to co-op and stay for lunch with our friends. When we get home from coop, I gather the kids for intentional Spanish instruction.


Spanish ​Language Instruction 

Time: 45 minutes, once a week


​Just like with our English phonics lessons, I spend 15 focused minutes with each of my two Bigs learning and practicing Spanish phonics.


​Then I have my Biggest read a Spanish book to all of us. The Middle Lady is not at that level yet in either language.


If attitudes and interest are ​holding up, I read a book or two in Spanish as well​.

​Piggie and Gerald in Spanish

​​I have also started working systematically through Spanish grammar with my kiddos during this time. I am creating this material as I go, using First Language Lessons by Susan Wise Bauer as a guide.

​​

​Spanish Language Resources

1.

​​Nacho Books. ​We use the ​Libro Inicial de Lectura. There is no instruction on how to teach Spanish phonics, but each page introduces a new sound/syllable. The price on Amazon fluctuates tremendously, but you can always grab it at Cultural Bytes​​​ for $16.

2.

​Gramática Clássica. This year I'm ​taking my children though a classically based Spanish grammar that I'm writing. ​If you're a homeschool parent interested ​helping me beta test it this spring, ​go ahead and send me an email to let me know.

​​And that's our week in super detail!


If you've read this long, I'd love to hear how your weeks are organized, and how you merge two languages in your homeschool. Let me know in the comments!

Five Fabulous Spanish Alphabet Books

​Books are my love language. And books in SPANISH? Even more so!

I know from experience it can be time consuming to find books in Spanish on specific topics, and even harder to track down the books on said list.

In an effort to make this as easy as possible for you to find these titles, I include the Title, Author, and ISBN for each of my recommendations. I also include ​links to both Amazon and the publisher. 

​And remember, ​the library is your friend. If your library doesn't have these titles, ask about interlibrary loan or request that they purchase them.

So without further ado..​.

​Five Fabulous Spanish Alphabet Books

​#1 Abecedario Escondido

Simple text with fabulous illustrations. The letters are hidden in or part of each illustration, ​so kids can enjoy finding the letter on each page.


​Author: Imapla

​Publisher: Editorial Juventud

​ISBN: 978-84-261-444-7

​​#2 AbeceCirco

​Each page has a single sentence in which each word begins with the same letter. For example "Unicornios únicos usan uñas ultramodernas". Unique unicorns use ultra-modern nails. The accompanying illustrations, say, of unicorns flying through flaming circus hoops with rainbow painted toe nails?...are incredible!


​Author: ​Daniel Nesquens

​Publisher: Anaya

​ISBN: ​978-84-678-6145-7

​​#3 Los Niños Valientes

​This book produced genuine gut laughs in my kids. Each letter is for a name, and that person does something brave...​or silly. Like jumping rope with a snake, or licking socks. We read this one many times.


​Author: ​Fermín Solís

​Publisher: ​Libre Albedrío

​ISBN: ​​978-84-942313-5-3

​​#4 ​De la A a los Zapatos

​This book ​has gorgeous whimsical illustrations with short poems for each letter. Each letter is highlighted a different color in "its" poem, so it's easy for kids to point out the emphasised letter.


​Author: ​​Florencia Stamponi

​Publisher: ​​Ediciones Lea

​ISBN: ​​9​78-987-718-155-5

​​#5 ​​Animaletras

​Similar to the previous book, this book also has short rhyming poems for each letter. However, these poems are all based on animals with bright, colorful illustrations to match. The Amazon Link goes to a Scholastic reprint with a different cover, but it is the same book!


​Author: ​​F​rancisca palacios

​Publisher: ​​​Editorial Amanuta

​ISBN: ​​9​78-987-718-155-5

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So there you have it! Five fabulous Spanish alphabet books. I hope this saves you some time searching!


A​ny books you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments!  

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