Want a suggested circle time activity to use with preschoolers and early elementary school-aged children for use during counting fun? Here you are amigas and amigos:
Ask the children if they remember how to count from 1 to 10 in English. Count together using your fingers for visual aides. Then ask if anyone knows how to count from uno a diez (or desde diez) in Spanish and count together again. Have each child take a musical instrument, tell them we will be counting from 1 to 10 in Español e Inglés/Spanish and English, dancing in a circle/circulo and have them follow you, the teacher, around in a dancing circle to sing the song. When it comes time in the song after ten or diez I ask the children to “STOP” “PARA” and make noise/hace ruido until the words begin again. We always have this song as our 2nd one each language session for the same reasons as before.
Would you like some FREE audio clips to hear, read and repeat the numbers in Spanish and English? Go here to my FREE audio clips section of my web site for helping YOU introduce a second language to your little ones!
Our friends over at OnLineFreeSpanish.com have lots & lots of lesson fun associated with counting in Spanish. Go to their site - it’s free to use.
I suggest you make a counting book after listening to our Boca Beth bilingual song for kids titled Me gusta contar/I Like to Count! It’s easy to do and will help to reinforce the language learning fun!
Go to this link for a bilingual coloring page that shows the numbers one – five or uno-cinco.
Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!
P.S. (Make a bilingual book with your child, snap a photo, e-mail the photo to me at BocaBeth@msn.com, and I will mail you a Boca Beth children’s t-shirt for your efforts! Hurry! We want to see YOUR bilingual books!)