We have found the resources below to be valuable in encouraging our children’s Spanish language and literacy skills:
Individual songs from these albums are suggested throughout our curriculum. Buy the entire album or check out iTunes to buy the individual songs for each lesson.
Lirica infantil (several volumes) por José Luis Orozco
¡A bailar! by Jorge Anaya
Toys – Bilingual/Spanish
Works well for early writing exercises (the “moveable alphabet” of Montessori literacy instruction).
Bilingual Musical table
A great start for your youngest bilingual baby. Baby learns Spanish (or English) opposites and key vocabulary through pushing & pulling, opening & closing, pressing & sliding activities.
Listen to and practice ABCs in Spanish (or English) while making music, too!
Practice letter sounds, letter naming or alphabetical order through fun games. Choose English or Spanish language. (Product claims ages 18 months and up, but it was better suited for our 3-year-old than our 18-month-old.)
Toys – Montessori style
A sturdy, preschooler-sized sensory table. Great for Bilingual Preschooler learning activities such as la búsqueda sensorial o la caja sensorial – or just for simple PLAY.
As the product description says: “Wooden blocks offer children endless ways to exercise their imagination as they improve their hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills.”
Melissa & Doug – almost anything!
plus wooden puzzles, wooden stringing beads, musical instruments……
Technology – Apps
First Words Spanish – Spanish letter recognition and spelling game that also builds vocabulary and reading skills.
*Specific book titles are recommended in each Las lecciones de la tetra (Letter Lesson Plans). The suggested books can be purchased from one of the following publishers:
Arco Iris (Lee&Low)
Cinco Puntos Press
Other book-buying sites