Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NACHO Lectura Inicial: A Spanish Reading Workbook

One of the requests that I get on a regular basis is for materials that teach children how to read in Spanish. I always refer parents to my FAQ page located in the top menu of this website. And now, I have another wonderful resource to add to that list!

Last month, Sra. Jackie Amaya-García sent me a workbook that she says, "¡Es el libro con el que aprendimos todos en latinoamerica a leer!" And after looking through it, I believe her!

Take a look:

NACHO: Libro Inicial de Lectura is an awesome workbook printed in Colombia by SUSAETA ediciones. They publish a collection of (Spanish) reading and writing books for kids ages 4 - 13. This particular book is the first in the series, and helps beginning readers to master writing and reading by learning syllable combinations. The book is colorful and I love how even the text is in different colors to stress syllable learning, as well as individual letter sounds. (It sort of reminds me of Dick & Jane titles from my own childhood...but in Spanish!) Each page has a section at the bottom for copying sentences or to practice new reading skills.

I went to SUSAETA's website and gave a big whistle. I think some of you would let out a little WEPA! if you could see everything they have available.

BUT, you say, these are all the way in Colombia! How am I supposed to get my hands on these little tesoros?

Well, lucky for your, Cultural Bytes, a foreign language enrichment program out of Burbank, CA, is the rep for the US & Canada for this book and all titles from Susaeta. So you can purchase NACHO Inicial for only $16 + shipping.

But I wouldn't stop there. You can also find handwriting and spelling workbooks on Cultural Bytes' site.

And hey, if you live in California in or around the Burbank area, check out Cultural Bytes' summer Spanish camps. You can also find Sra. Jackie doing Spanish storytime at a few Barnes & Nobles. Just visit their website for more information.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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  2. Thank you for passing on this resource. I teach my children Spanish and English at all grade levels and it's hard to find resources for spanish material except going to one's own country to purchase it.

  3. Thank you for passing on this resource. I teach my children Spanish and English at all grade levels and it's hard to find resources for spanish material except going to one's own country to purchase it.

  4. I have a 6yo boy and a 10yo girl. While I was growing up I tried a handful of times to learn Spanish (I remember actually wanting to learn it and being excited!) but unfortunately, when I started middle school, it was simply taught too fast for me to catch on; I'd fall so far behind the rest of the class that it felt impossible to catch up while also actually learning and retaining the language. I ended up giving up entirely until recently.

    At 32yo and speaking only English I've experienced what the consequences truly are in the real world. I've always wanted and intended on both of my kids learning a different language. I want to learn one too so I've decided that I'm going to learn *with* them!

    My small town here in North Dakota has absolutely zero language learning opportunities other than high school courses. The closest options are 1.5 hours away, just to get there! So I just wanted to say thank you posting this. This workbook series is how I'm going to introduce Spanish to my kids and learn it with them! Now I need to find active activities/games to go with it. I'm so grateful to have found your blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. Hi, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing! I should probably point out that this book and the others in this series are probably best suited for Spanish speakers who are learning to read and write in Spanish. If you are looking for a program that you use with your children at home, I would highly recommend Risas y Sonrisas homeschool program, or one of the others designed for parents to teach at home. You can find a full list of Spanish-learning curricula and read my reviews here: http://www.mommymaestra.com/2013/03/a-comprehensive-list-of-spanish.html
      Good luck!!


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