Thursday, June 14, 2018

New Books in Spanish for Homeschooling Families

Today's post is for all those bilingual homeschoolers out there who are looking for new books for the coming school year!

Whether you do school throughout the summer or take a break, homeschooling parents are always on the lookout for great resources. I am no different. And on one of my routine shopping trips to my local bookstore, I was delighted to find these little treasures.

If you are looking for books in Spanish to use in your bilingual homeschool, be sure to zip over to my shop and see the new books I've added. Some of them include images of the inside pages. I only have one copy of each, so first come, first served.

I do have a fantastic collection of children's encyclopedias in Spanish that I'll be posting soon, too, so be sure to be on the lookout for it!

Here's a peek at the new titles:

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Read Conmigo Father's Day Giveaway

Did you know? In honor of Father's Day, Read Conmigo is giving away a Read Conmigo book collection, an Amazon Echo, and other prizes to TWO super dads.

But the giveaway ends TOMORROW Thursday, June 14th, and winners will be announced on Friday, June 15th.

Enter the giveaway over on their Instagram page.

Monday, June 11, 2018

¡Vámonos! Spanish Curriculum for Elementary Grades

Thinking about starting Spanish lessons with your child or students this coming school year? Then let me tell you about another new Spanish curriculum, whose creators recently reached out to me and asked me to take a look at their program. Today's sponsored post is written in partnership with ¡Vámonos!, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Name of program: ¡Vámonos!
Target age: 1st - 5th grades
Amount of materials: Moderate
Price: $140

¡Vámonos! is a new activity-based Spanish course for kids that uses an adapted immersion approach. I've reviewed quite a few programs over the years and each one is different. Some are literature based while others focus on TPR. Some only use videos, while others offer multimedia resources.

What I really love about the 
¡Vámonos! program is that the lessons are completely centered around activities that engage young children. From games and art to outdoor exploration and cultural activities, the lessons are designed to be fun and help children quickly learn grammatical patterns and vocabulary.

There aren't a lot of materials that come with this program, which helps reduce the cost. Though you will have to provide many of the tools used in the lessons. For example, you would need to have access to an indoor ball, colored paper, marbles, craft supplies, etc. Most everything is something that you probably have already if you have/teach children in the elementary grades.

Basically, you receive one book - the Teacher's Manual - that contains 28 lesson plans. The manual is divided up into six sections:

  1. Lessons
  2. Seasonal Lessons
  3. Music
  4. Games
  5. Printables
  6. Resources

Let's take a look at each one.

The Lessons

Each lesson has a specific theme and focuses on a particular grammar pattern. Then you'll read the following:
  • the objective of the lesson
  • the materials you'll need
  • Activity 1 (Welcome routine - 5 mins)
  • several more activities (up to 7 total) that teach and reinforce the concept being learned.
  • and immersion tips to help teachers create a functional immersion classroom.
The number of activities varies from lesson to lesson because some are games or crafts, others are stories or songs, and others might be "Pair Work" that encourage students to pair up to practice speaking Spanish. I don't think I saw any activities that lasted longer than 15 minutes, which is perfect considering the age of the students for whom this program is intended. In total, each lesson is designed to last 50 to 60 minutes.

For example, take a look at Lesson 1:

As you can see, the focus is on counting. Specifically, the lesson concentrates on teaching students to learn how to ask how many or answering/telling how many. It's not just vocabulary, but rather how to actually have a conversation in Spanish.

I like that you can see a list of the target vocabulary and grammar straight away in the sidebar. And I appreciate that the lesson gives an estimate for how long each activity should take.

Seasonal Lessons

I absolutely love that the program creators have added a separate section for seasonal lessons. That means that these lessons can be used at ANY time during your school year. If you are a homeschooler who starts these lessons in summer, you can just flip to that lesson and boom. You're ready to go! Or if you start this in the winter, no problem.


The music section contains both the lyrics and scores for traditional children's songs from Latin America, with a few modified ones from the U.S. thrown in. But, yes, they are all in Spanish.


Fun, fun, FUN! I love all the games, which include popular ones from Latin America. Some are meant to be played inside, while others are best done outside. And the creators have been nice enough to include links to online demonstrations where needed, such as with jueguemos en el bosque and la olla de los frijoles.


Of course, many of the activities in the lessons just need a printable resource, so this section includes all the blackline masters. Just choose the one you need and make as many copies as necessary for you to use in your classroom.


And finally, we have the Resources section which includes a list of the suggested Spanish books used in the lessons, a list of music products, useful books and articles, as well as a list of craft websites.

Overall, I think this curriculum would be great for homeschool co-ops and community groups, as well as traditional schools. Does the teacher need to be fluent in Spanish? Yes, or at least they need to be familiar enough with the language to create an immersion-style classroom.

I think that I would have liked to see a list of all the materials needed for the program listed in the beginning. but perhaps, the creators will incorporate one for Book 2, which is scheduled to be available in 2019? 😉

If you'd like to purchase Book 1 (described here), learn more about the program, or download a sample lesson, visit

Disclosure: I received a copy of ¡Vámonos! Book, 1 for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Read Around the World: Marti's Song for Freedom

One of my favorite series to participate in is the Read Around the World series by Multicultural Kid Blogs. I love following along and learning about amazing books recommended by bloggers scattered across the globe. It is a way for me to introduce my children to other countries and travel the world without leaving our living room.

The books represent countries far and wide. From Egypt to Indian to Sudan to Japan, these books are such a delight to read and so different, reflecting the diversity of cultures worldwide.

My selection for this year is shown above. I really loved this book and am happy to recommend it to everyone. I hope you enjoy it!

This post contains affiliate links.

• Book title: Marti's Song for Freedom 
• Author: Emma Otheguy
• Language: English and Spanish (Bilingual)
• Country/Culture: Cuba

This is the most recently released picture book featuring a Latino poet, and it is a beautiful tribute to the Cuban poet and activist, José Martí. Beautifully written, it is the story of Martí's life, how and why he left Cuba and his subsequent fight for Cuba's independence. With gorgeous illustrations by Beatriz Vidal, the book also includes excerpts from Marti's most famous work, Versos sencillos.
Ages 7-12

If you'd like to follow along, too, visit or the hashtag #ReadtheWorldMKB on your preferred social media channel.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Free Download: The Letter "U"

Summer is the perfect time to learn a new language! It's also a hard time for Spanish learners to remember to practice or find resources that will help them maintain what they've learned so far. (Boo hiss, Summer Brain Drain!) 

Fortunately, we have this month's freebie from MM sponsor, Spanish for You! to help you! It is the final one in a series on Spanish vowels. You can find all the other mini-lessons here. Or visit the Spanish for You! website for more awesome Spanish lessons.

Today's download is a 4-page mini-lesson to help Spanish learners use and pronounce the letter "U." The file comes with an introductory page that is to be used with the audio file to learn how to pronounce the letter U as it is used in words and sentences. There are also two worksheets that allow you to practice reading and writing in Spanish, as well as and a fun board game. As always, there is also an audio file to help you learn the proper pronunciation.

And if you are looking for books about the Spanish vowels, check out this post!

Remember! Spanish for You!'s program is geared for middle schoolers and is the perfect choice for homeschoolers and afterschoolers alike because their concepts are carefully divided up into manageable bundles that are available for immediate download from their website.

If this is your first time here, you can find other free samples from Spanish for You! here. There are some fantastic downloads of games and activities for you and your family to enjoy. If you enjoy this activity, be sure to visit the Spanish for You! website where you'll find tons of additional resources for you to help your young Spanish learner!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Free Download: Bilingual Summer Fortune Teller

I'm over at Spanish Playground this week with a free download!

Celebrate summer and boost Spanish or English vocabulary with my printable fortune teller/comecocos. It's fun!

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