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. But I also have a page dedicated to Resources for Parents of Children Learning to Read in Spanish. 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:

What are Nacho Books?

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 you, 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 story time at a few Barnes & Nobles. Just visit their website for more information.

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


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