Posts Tagged ‘opposites for preschoolers’

How to Teach Opposites / los opuestos To Toddlers & Preschoolers with FUN!

Friday, February 4th, 2011

FREE bilingual language cards on opposites at this link!

So many resources that bring Spanish and English together with opposites as the theme.  Let’s get rolling amigos, amigas / friends!

As a classroom teacher for more than 15 years I use Enchanted Learning’s Web Site often.  Spanish opposite worksheets here.

Those of you who have followed my blog and received our Boca Beth Buzz e-newsletter monthly know very well how much I support this FREE online resource site called

Want something you can buy and hold that will reinforce the vocabulary associated with opposites / los opuestos?  Go here for a cute book from Scholastic with Clifford the Big Red Dog in it.

Try checking out this entire page for more bilingual learning fun selections!

Tune in to this short mini lesson from me, Boca Beth, to help your child learn opposites in Spanish and English via our fun bilingual song.


Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

This is How We Teach Opposites/Los opuestos at Boca Beth

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The melody I wrote our Opposites/Los opuestos song around is One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.

Here are the words to the song:

Sing opposites in Spanish & English
Canta en Español e Inglés
Sing with me! It’s easy, you’ll see!
¡Canta conmigo! ¡Es fácil, verás!
Sí es yes, yes is sí.
No es no, no is no.
SI – NO! YES – NO!
Singing opposites!
Repeat chorus
Arriba es up, up is arriba.
Abajo es down, down is abajo.
Singing opposites!
Repeat chorus
Día es day, day is día.
Noche es night, night is noche.
Singing opposites!
Repeat chorus
Grande es big, big is grande.
Pequeño es small, small is pequeño.
Singing opposites!

Here are the suggested circle time/classroom activities to bring the Boca Beth bilingual song to life:

I ask the children if they have enough energy to help me with my opposite song. (I speak in both languages back and forth as much as possible when asking questions like this. I realize if you only have command of one language that part is impossible, but it’s nice to do if you are bilingual.) I have them practice the four sets of opposites ahead of time with me. We practice shaking our heads for yes/sí and no/no, then we go up/arriba and down/abajo, then we make a sun over our head for day/día and pretend we are sleeping on our folded hands for night/noche and the last is the most fun I tell them with big/grande and small/pequeño. I remind them that it is a sway dance song so let’s “baila juntos/dance together.” We sway dance all the way until a set of opposites. I cue them as to which one is next. 

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

P.S. (Tomorrow we will ask YOU for your ideas on teaching opposites to young children ages 2-8, and the two ideas chosen to share in our blog Spanish Fun for Everyone will provide the writer of the ideas the CD this Boca Beth song is on – More Boca Beth – plus a pair of children’s mini maracas!  Start your creative juices flowing!)

Want Your Child to Learn Spanish, English and American Sign Language?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

If your personal answer is “yes! / ¡sí!” then we have a fun trilingual presentation of our More Opposites/Más opuestos song from our Sing Along with Boca Beth music CD.

Sing Along with Boca Beth CD cover

For the past five years a Pinellas County Public School encouraged their first graders to learn our bilingual songs – encouraging communication in the two most widely spoken languages in this county, Spanish and English!  Then, last year, they added in American Sign Language due to a student in their class who used ASL for communication!

What you will witness in this YouTube video is their sweet, young voices sharing their knowledge of how to sing the opposites in English and Spanish.  Most of the children are Anglo, English-speaking children who have come to embrace the diversity of their community.   Do you?  As an adult are you showing young children that you respect others’ cultures and their languages?  I hope so!  Enjoy!


Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth