“Last Stop on Market Street” Book Review

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For Black History Month I was able to review another children’s book thanks to Multicultural Kids Blog. This time our book was “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt De La Peña. I review books based on how my children see them and if they can relate to them. This book is not only bright and colorful but teaches a good lesson to little ones.

The book tells the story of a little boy and his grandmother that take their regular bus ride after church one day. The little boy can’t understand why he can’t stay behind and play or why his friends don’t have to go to where they are going either.  The grandmother then helps him see the beauty in their surroundings when he cannot. When they arrive at their destination, it is revealed to the reader that they were going to volunteer at a soup kitchen as they do every Sunday.

It really is a lovely story that teaches kids about charity, helping others, family and finding beauty in the most unlikely places. I love telling my kids stories like that. My only issue with the book is the grammar. I find myself correcting it every time I read it.  I know that it was written to show the way people sometimes speak, but I have worked very hard to speak English properly and intend to teach my children the correct way to do so as well.  In my mind if I show them how not to say things, they may do it just to spite me. Yes, I know how silly that sounds.  I will try to teach them that people speak differently around the world; not only in different languages, but in different ways in the same language. I will continue to correct them when I can, though. That is just a mama thing. That might be a post for another time.

Back to the book: It was a great story with lovely pictures and a good lesson. I would recommend adding it to your collection. I hope you enjoyed my review. Now go out and read more!

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Library love

books2Is it silly that I feel like a kid in a candy store when I go to the library to get children’s books? I found some in English, some in Spanish, some for papa to read to M, some for me to read to each and even one for me for inspiration.  Happy reading!

Do you go to your local library? What are you reading these days?

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Learning Fun

Learning Fun

What can I tell you about our learning adventures?  As you may know, I am a bilingual mom looking for ideas to make learning fun.  I have become a little obsessed with Facebook pages from other bilingual moms, teachers and groups that focus on this.  I am not nearly as creative as they are, but I am a very good imitator. So here are some ideas I like.

1. Rhyming is one of the best way to learn.

That is why I really like this little rhyme to teach words to my kiddos:

pollito, chick

gallina, hen

lápiz, pencil

pluma, pen

ventana, window

puerta, door

maestra, teacher

piso, floor

I like it so much I have decided to rearrange the play room to add our own school corner to it.  (I wonder if I can find school desks for cheap. How cool would that be?) I am pretty sure that there is more to this song, but this is what I found. I plan to find other rhyming words to change it up now and then.  Any suggestions?

  1. Felt Figures.

I like making felt animals.  We made a circus for their BDay party and a little house with our family, but the ocean has been by far their favorite. I will write a quick post on how to make these soon.  It’s so easy.

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  1. Library books.

We love getting library books in Spanish to help our learning.  Just the other day I went and got 18 books to last us for the next two weeks! Yep, I love books! Fortunately, our library has a great selection. I can’t wait to go to Mexico and find more. They seem to enjoy them as well.  I hope their love of books grows with each passing year.

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  1. Music.

As always, there are the songs we still like to sing: can’t have a fun learning experience without music. We still sing the songs I mentioned in a previous post by Jose Luis Orozco. But we also listen to some oldies but goodies. For example, have you ever heard of Topollillo? He was a puppet mouse that may seem a little creepy and extremely cheesy now. Back in the day, though, he had the best goodnight song ever. We even played it as the last song at our wedding reception. We now sing the first verse every night.  My four year old can sing it all the way through and even papa joins in.  My two year old yells to the rhythm since he hasn’t gotten the words down yet, but at least he’s trying.

These are some of the things we do to help learn Spanish and I am so glad google is around to help in my search for new things. My husband thinks I am a crazy googler, I google everything. I hope these ideas I found help you a little in your adventures.  I can’t wait to keep learning from other parents so that our journey continues to be fun. Here is to keeping our bilingualeyes shining bright! Gracias!
 

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Book Review #2

Time for another book review!  Here are three more books that checked out of the library recently. 

  • The first book is “¿Donde Esta el Ombliguito?” By Karen Katz.  This book has super cute pictures which helps you review some body parts with your little ones. We made it into a game where they had to find their own or somebody else’s eyes, feet, belly buttons etc.  They loved it.
  • Next is “Mi Casa: Un Libro en Dos Lenguas / My House: A Book in Two Languages” by Rebecca Emberly. This is more of a picture book showing the different parts of a house (including family and pets) in English and Spanish. It shows you everything from the outside in and in every room.  Great for vocabulary review.  Being that my babies are so little (2 & 4), their attention span is a bit limited. So we were only review a couple of rooms at a time or else it became information overload. Each room had so many items to look at and learn.  It is very thorough and probably better for older children.
  • And last for now is “Mi Libro Grande de las Palabras” by Roger Priddy.  This book has real pictures of objects, emotions, activities, colors, numbers, alphabet, family, food, animals…you name it, and it’s got it!  It is a great review of vocabulary but a little overwhelming for little ones as well. There are a lot of pictures per page as well.  We ended up breaking it up in different lessons. They still liked to leaf through and look at pics, especially the cars and trucks section. Boys will be boys. 🙂

I hope you like this review and I would like to keep adding to this as the weeks go by.  If you have any books you would like to review, message me and I will happily post your reviews as a contributor.

Hasta Pronto!

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Review of Local Library Bilingual Books #1

the boys sharing their books before bedtime.

the boys sharing their books before bedtime.

One of the activities that I like to do with my boys is go to the public library. Now that I am a part of Bilingual Parents Connect and being held accountable for reading to my babies in my native language, getting books has been on the top of the priority list. We found the Spanish section in the library and can now get bilingual books to read to them on at story time.  I never realized how many there are to choose from.  It’s a wonderful thing to see a whole section devoted to Spanish speaking kids. Hopefully my future books will be there one day.

I will be writing little reviews about the books as we get them focusing on how my boys reacted to them and which were the most popular.

My first review consists of the three books we first checked out. They are “The Usborne First Thousand Words” by Heather Amery  and Stephen Cartwright, “Cuckoo/Cucu” by Lois Ehert and “Como Comen Los Dinosaurios?”  by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.

“The Usborne First Thousand Words” is a great teaching book for little ones. We can just sit and go over the words while looking at the cute pictures.  Both boys liked to look at the book even when I wasn’t reviewing the words with them.

“Cuckoo/Cucu” is a great bilingual book.  The story is printed in English and Spanish together so the kids can have the translation for each part told at the same time.  This helps them know what the words mean right away.  The pictures are beautiful and very colorful, which catches their eye right away. It was a cute story.  They still run around singing “Cucu” from time to time, so it definitely stayed in their minds.

“Como Comen Los Dinosaurios” is a very cute story that not only teaches Spanish by having both English and Spanish together for easy word recognition, but also teaches manners. It shows how bad dinosaurs eat compared to well behaved dinosaurs eat.  This is a very good tool to teach your own messy dinosaurs.  My kids have been all of the bad dinosaurs at some point or another and still are at times. Both loved the pictures of dinosaurs and the story.  This one was the most requested read of that week.

I hope you like this review. I would like to keep adding to this as our library trips continue, maybe twice a month. If you have any books you would like to review, message me and I will happily post your reviews as a contributor.

Have a great week! Hasta Pronto!

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