For the little ones I love the books from "De la cuna a la luna" published by Kalandraka. They are super simple but beautiful. Poetry for babies. You can also look on youtube for sung versions of those books.
Tracey, I also like Pep Bruno, and he has a blog, and your comment reminded me about it. I will check it, maybe I can find some tips there. And maybe we open a thread for picture books in Spanish. There I have more, but for sure I am always happy to hear about new titles.
I read aloud to my three children (8, 4 and 2) a lot in my native language, Spanish, but I've just noticed that since we switched to longer books, most of what I read to the older one are translations from other languages.
For example I have read him Harry Potter, the Hobbit, books by Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Michael Ende, Astrid Lindgren...
But not so many books originally written in Spanish and even though we will continue reading translations I would like to also read books originally written in Spanish.
I am looking for books for a elementary school age, not picture books or poetry (there we have quite a lot from Spanish speaking writers) and also not for teenage novels.
So far what I can recall that we have read from originally written in Spanish are... - "Historia de Nadas" y "La alucinante aventura de Juanito Tot y Veronica Flut" by Andres Barba. Both awesome books and also awesome to be read aloud. Those two books brought me to the idea that I should read more books by Spanish speaking authors. - "Mago por casualidad" by Laura Gallego, fantasy genre, I did not enjoy it as much as I expected by my son liked it.
They are books for learning Spanish as a foreign language but they are all in Spanish though. They have some example pages on the link so you can take a look and see if this is what you are looking for. The bilingual resources they could recommend me were German-Spanish based so of no use for your case.
I have a couple of Spanish children songs and audio books CDs in the car that I put on a lot on our car rides. At home I usually have also Spanish music playing when we are doing crafts.
And specially in November/December, I have some CDs with Spanish Christmas songs that I play a lot while we bake cookies or do Christmas crafts.
I love then to hear when my son sings them Spanish songs by himself or when my daughter asks me for the "panda" song when she gets in the car.
Right now I am preparing some more CDs since we are traveling to Spain by car and we will have some long drives. And since it is so hard to find audio books in Spanish I wanted to do a self made one with the different members of the Spanish family reading for the kids, but I have still not manage to do it.
In my case my husband is very supportive and also speaks very well the minority language, and I think both things played a key role in how good my 5 year old speaks the minority language now.
When my son was born we used the OPOL approach, my husband talking to him in German and me in Spanish, but with the time (and thanks to my husband speaking very good Spanish), Spanish has become also the family language when we are all together.
Also we once had some issues with part of his family not being happy about me talking in Spanish with my kids when in their presence, and he was then also very supportive in explaining to them why it is so important for us to maximize the Spanish my children hear, specially from me and specially also in the first years.
And he has also helped meeting other Spanish speaking families, whenever he hears someone speaking Spanish with kids, he approaches them to tell them about the Spanish play group we have organized here and inviting them to join.
I always have a few children books in my kindle so that when we travel somewhere I don't have to bring books to read to my 5 year old but I read him from the kindle instead (which saves space and weight when packing.
I wanted to share the Spanish resources I use for my kids (2 and 5) who have Spanish as a minority language. If you have any other Spanish preschool resources to share, please do so.
Music - Cantajuegos: it is a series of CDs/DVDs very popular in Spain, with children classical children songs interpreted in a modern way. In the DVDs the singers (together with children) perform the songs accompanied with gestures that kids find fun to imitate. - I also found the music I listened to as a child as download in amazon: Teresa Rabal, Enrique y Ana, Los payasos de la tele - Ruidos y ruiditos from Judith Akoschky, a collection of CDs with classical children songs interpreted in a lovely way.
Audiobooks: Here so far unfortunately I have not been able to find as much as there is for example in English and German, so any tips in Spanish audiobools are welcomed! - sonandocuentos.blogspot.de/ This blogs has a few audio versions of modern children books. My older son asks for them a lot on car rides. - www.lalirondalla.es/blog/ audio audio books with stories by the author combined with music.
Fingergames: Also not much here, when I compare to what I see in English or German :-( - Tamara Chubarovsky (www.vozymovimiento.com): self created finger games, there are some free videos in youtube if you look for her name.
The current Sendung mit der Maus alternates shows with real people explaining things to the kids with short cartoons sometimes with sometimes without words. The current episode can be seen online, though maybe not from outside Germany (www.wdrmaus.de/aktuelle-sendung/index.php5).
Maybe you can try finding the things you enjoy (and miss) more about Mexico and talk to your children about it. Like tell them old family stories, or sing to them your favourite Mexican songs, or read to them your childhood favourite books or legends you know about Mexico, or your favourite Mexican childhood movies. Or introduce any Mexican traditions you think you and your kids would enjoy.
Also I would try if you can find some kind of connection between things that interest your children and Mexico. Like for example if your son is into soccer talk about the Mexican team in the World Cup, or if they like to cook, cook with them some typical Mexican recipe, or if they like crafts, do with them a pinata, or if they are interested in animals, find some books about wild animals in Mexico.
And another that could help is talk to your family in Mexico via Skype. My children love to talk to their family in Spain in the computer.
My children both liked the books Elodie recommends, specially the Findus books. And also some of the books from Annamari's post (I introduced my son to chapter books with the "Kleine Drache Kokosnuss" and then with the "Das magische Baumhaus" series (Magic Tree House).
I wanted to add more recommendations: - The audio book from "The Gruffalo" is very nicely done, it comes with both The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child in German, plus The Gruffalo Song both in English and German. - From Axel Scheffler, this two are favorites of my 2 year old: "Wo ist mami?" and "He duda" - And some originally written in German that my children also like: "Lauras Stern" from Klaus Baumgart and from Helme Heine "Freunde" (Friends) and "Der Hase mit der roten Nase" - For children already used to have chapter books read to, books from Otfried Preußler.
In my case with my son I never acted as if I didn't understand if he would talk to me in German. At the beginning when it was just words, I would say this "daddy says X, mommy says Z" and then as he grew older I would just do what Tatyana says. There was a time when he was around 3.5 I think when he started asking me why should he talk to me in Spanish if I understood German anyway, and I explained him that I did speak German but not as good as Spanish and I wanted to be able to talk to him "at my best" and also that all his family in Spain did not speak German and that if he was not able to speak Spanish he could not talk to them, he was convinced by this explanation.
With my daughter, she started daycare when she was 16 months old. Before she was home with me so when she started the daycare all the words she said were in Spanish and I was very proud. Two months later she had replaced "si" and "no" for German "ja" and "nein", and was mostly talking German and no Spanish then I read the post from Tatyana and I started pretending I did not understand correctly when she used the German words with me. So for example I would ask her "do you want a banana?" "ja" "oh, you don't want one" and she would go "si, si". She was back to "si" and "no" with me pretty fast. But that's the only time I've done it so far. Right now we are back to the "daddy says X, mommy says Z" method. We will have a month vacation in Spain over the summer and I hope this will have a big impact on her Spanish.
How nice to find more people in the forum with Spanish as minority language.
In my case my children have German as majority language (we live in Germany and my husband is German) and Spanish as minority language (I am from Spain myself).
What I did when both my children started talking and would use some German word with me is for example if my son wanted water and said "water" I would go (in Spanish) "Oh, you want agua, you know daddy says "water" but mommy says "agua", can you say it also? agua?" Since you use the OPOL approach, you can give this a try.
I am actually from Spain but I live in Germany and German is the majority language of my kids.
I think a very good resource in German are the "Fingerspiele" (finger games) like for example "10 kleine Zappelmänner". My children are always learning a lot of these finger games in the kindergarten and I always wish I had also such nice games to teach them in Spanish. If you google you will find a lot.
For books, one all-time favourite of my children is "Der Grüffelo" ("The Gruffalo" in English). Or actually anything from Axel Scheffler they always like.
And also I would recommend the "Der kleine Drache Kokosnuss" series from Ingo Siegner. I introduced my son to chapter book reading (me reading) when he was about 3 and a half with the first book of the series and we have read a lot of them (not all, because I read to him in Spanish and not all are translated to Spanish).
Also another great resource in German (which unfortunately we don't have so much in Spanish either) are Hörbücher (audio books). I think most of the German children books also have an audio version.
My children do not watch TV in German, but here is very popular "Die Sendung mit der Maus".
"Mitmach Buch" from Hervé Tullet (called "Press Here" in English): it all starts with a yellow dot that the child should press to see what happens next and then each page asks the reader to execute a new action. All the children I have read this book to loved it.
"Von Kopf bis Fuss" from Eric Carle (called "From Head to toe" in English) which invites the child to imitate different animal movements. My 2 year old loves it.
My name in Marta and I am from Madrid, Spain, where I grew up. I came to Germany with an Erasmus Scholarship to do my last year of college, I met a nice German guy (who is now my husband) and ended up moving to Germany 13 years ago.
We have two kids, a boy who is 5 and a half and a girl who is 2. For me it was clear from the beginning that I wanted my kids to speak Spanish, first of all because even though I have a good German level, Spanish is still where I can express myself better, and then also because I wanted my children to be able to speak to my family in Spain.
When my son was born we started with the OPOL approach, my husband talked in German to him and I in Spanish. Since we both speak well the other language, I would also speak Spanish to him and he German to me. With the time as my son grew up my husband was talking more and more Spanish when I was having a conversation with my son and he wanted to say something, and after a while Spanish turned to be our family language when we are all together.
I am very happy with the current level of Spanish of my son, even though if you had asked me 5 years ago I would have thought it would be much easier. With my daughter I feel she speaks more German than her brother did at her age, so I am putting extra effort in offering her as much Spanish as I can.
I want also to use the chance to thank you Adam for your blog and your forum. You are really a big source of inspiration for me!!
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Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them!
Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids!
Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Many thanks, Marisa! In my humble opinion, more bilingual kids = more empathy in the world = a more peaceful planet.
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Raquel: ^ Loved the Top-Secret Research studies!!
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Adam Beck: Muchas gracias, Raquel!
Oct 24, 2017 5:24:58 GMT 9
Mayken: Me too! Can't decide which top secret file I'd want to get my hands on first!
Oct 26, 2017 4:44:55 GMT 9
Amy: ml1 extended week-end ahead with ml1 grandparents flying in tonight
Oct 28, 2017 4:31:57 GMT 9
Mayken: Follow-up on my daughter's visit at my old ml school: the headmistress suggested a penpal set-up between the class there and my daughter's class here. Let's see what my daughter's regular ml teacher says. I think that'd be cool. (The kids are in 2nd grade.
Oct 28, 2017 6:09:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Have a fun weekend, Amy! And Mayken, that sounds like a great idea! Cheers to you both, and to all!
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