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These printable Spanish bookmarks encourage kids to read in their second language.

These printable Spanish bookmarks let everyone know that reading is worth celebrating. They also remind kids to read more. The…

Resources for teaching kids Spanish city vocabulary with videos, photos, songs and games.

Teaching about our communities can include a wide range of language. For example, we often teach Spanish city vocabulary with…

Parents can use these strategies to help children learning to read in Spanish.

Frequently parents ask me how to help their children who are learning to read in Spanish. They wonder what to…

These 15 types of texts give children Spanish reading practice with different vocabulary and formats.

Reading different kinds of text in Spanish helps kids develop vocabulary and understand the different ways we use language.  The…

A variety of ways that kids can learn language with Spanish song lyrics.

Kids can build reading fluency, learn vocabulary and become familiar with many grammar structures by reading Spanish song lyrics. Like…

This Spanish activity book from Mundo de Pepita has games and crafts to engage children during the summer.

Summer is in full swing, and as part of the Spanish summer reading and language program, Mundo de Pepita is…

Kids learn more words by learning Spanish vocabulary used in more than one context.

As kids are learning Spanish vocabulary, I point out different contexts where we use the same word. Introducing additional contexts…

Readings with armadillo facts and stories with armadillos for kids learning Spanish.

Armadillos live throughout Latin America and often appear in traditional stories and songs. Below, you will find a printable reading…

These printable mini-books in Spanish are an excellent language learning activity.

Fun for Spanish Teachers has wonderful materials for children learning Spanish. I’m highlighting two of their resources – printable mini-books…

The short poem La ardilla by Amado Nervo has easy vocabulary for kids learning Spanish.

The short poem La ardilla is by the Mexican poet Amado Nervo. It is a fun poem to share with…

Printable stacking dolls are good for teaching children Spanish size words.

Printable stacking dolls are a fun and easy way to practice Spanish size words and other vocabulary with early learners…

Readings about trees in Spanish with activities for kids to practice vocabulary.

In the last few weeks, Wisconsin has turned green, and the trees are full of birds and nests. With these…

Sentence building in Spanish kids learn vocabulary and grammar with engaging activities.

Sentence building in Spanish is helpful for kids who are learning to read and also for second language learners as…

A printable Spanish card game to practice country names and size words.

I call this printable Spanish card game Batalla de tamaños. It is based on the traditional game where two players…

Spanish listening games help kids develop the ability to hear key words in context.

Kids practice listening all the time. When they listen to conversation, instructions, music, or a story they are developing their…

I Spy games for kids learning Spanish can be adpated to teach vocabulary related to any theme.

Last week I read Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle’s Oso Pardo, oso pardo ¿qué ves ahí? to a class…

Kids hear and do Spanish actions as they play this spinner game.

This game with Spanish actions keeps kids laughing, moving and thinking. It is easy to make and play and can…

Spanish jump rope rhymes teach children vocabulary, structre and culture as they play.

Kids learn Spanish as they jump rope and chant rhymes.  The combination of movement and language inserts the words and…

Spanish early reader books help children build vocabulary and reading skills.

I am so excited that Lee & Low is now publishing Lulu Delacre’s Spanish early reader books Rafi y Rosi…

The summer reading program in Spanish is designed to strengthen language skills in native speakers and Spanish learners.

This year, Spanish Playground will host its first summer reading program to encourage and support reading and language activities in…

Kids learn family members in Spanish with these activities using family trees.

Making a family tree is a common activity in language classes. Kids label their family members in Spanish. Teachers ask…

This Spanish guessing game teaches vocabulary and letter sounds.

This Spanish guessing game teaches letter sounds, vocabulary and pronunciation. The idea for the game came out of moment of…

Secret messages and codes are fun language activities for kids learning Spanish

As teachers and parents, we want kids to read and write as much Spanish as possible. Like all teachers, I…

Spanish vocabulary games with pictures keep kids motivated and learning.

Debbie Annett is the author of Spanish for You!, a curriculum for home or class use for grades 3-8. She…

Understanding these language education terms helps parents support their children as they learn Spanish.

To provide a valuable experience for children learning language, teachers and parents have to communicate with each other. Inevitably, language…

Telling Stories in Spanish image

Telling stories is a powerful tool to teach Spanish. From picture books to entire methodologies like TPRS, telling stories in…

An printable activity using Spanish candy hearts to teach kids language.

I love how much language is a part of Valentine’s Day. Spanish candy hearts are one great example. I made…

Kids learn Spanish places vocabulary with a children's book and writing activity.

The Place Where You Live /  El lugar donde vives is a beautiful bilingual book about places and how we…

Tips for using themes for Spanish preschool and elementary school lessons.

One of the best ways to teach Spanish is by using a variety of activities related to a content theme. Using…

A simple magic trick to teach kids the verb estar.

My Peruvian son-in-law, Jorge, does a simple magic trick little children love. Our family was together in Mexico over winter…

A printable Spanish story and scene to teach vocabulary and language in context.

I love telling stories with language learners, and I do lots of different story activities. One of my favorites is…

Use free printables in Spanish class to engage kids in fun language games and activities.

There are wonderful activities available online that were not originally intended for teaching a second language. If you want to…

Spanish New Year I Spy and word search games for kids teach celebration vocabulary.

Are you planning a New Year’s celebration with friends and family? These Spanish New Year games are fun for kids…

Spanish rhyming words teach important pre-reading skills.

Rhyming is an important early literacy skill. To adults, rhyming seems simple, but it takes practice to learn to hear…

Spanish winter reading program keep kids reading over break.

Winter break is almost here. That means it is time for the Spanish Winter Reading Challenge! Ideally, children read and…

Easy Spanish reading activity based on adding details to a picture of a snowman.

Drawing can be combined with easy Spanish reading for a fun comprehension activity. In this printable activity, kids do an…

Spanish Thanksgiving resources for teachers and parents to celebrate the holiday with kids.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Fall, food, friends and family, and acknowledging and giving thanks for all we have. There…

Spanish colors in a fun color-by-word page.

I am in Nicaragua this week working on an early literacy project. Whenever I’m here, things are a little quieter…

Spanish syllables are fun and easy for kids to practice with these printable wheels.

I like to use hands-on activities for kids to practice Spanish syllables. I recently made this wheel and wanted to…

Spanish Halloween songs, books and activities for kids.

Kids love Halloween! The costumes, the ritual of trick or treating with friends and family, the spookiness, and, of course…

Spanish sayings with printable matching cards to teach language.

Popular refrains and proverbs are a part of daily life in Spanish-speaking homes. Spanish sayings put everyday events into a…

Finger plays in Spanish teach kids language and culture.

There are many traditional finger plays in Spanish. Kids love games with actions, and these are perfect language learning tools…

Teaching kids Spanish is easier with these reminders for difficult days.

Most days, teaching kids Spanish is fun. Playing together and watching your children learn will motivate you. Most days, you…

Peru facts for kids in a reading and crossword puzzle.

It is important to introduce children to different Spanish-speaking countries. These Peru facts and crossword puzzles are a good place…

Kids learn school supplies in Spanish with these six fun activities.

It’s here! Some of you have already started a new school year, and the rest of us will start soon…

A printable birthday poster to use with kids learning Spanish.

Quest Stories makes beautiful personalized books to celebrate a child’s birthday. They are working on a Spanish edition of the…

Spanish reading comprehension actvities based on basic math skills for language learners.

Math problems are excellent reading comprehension practice. Proble+ (pronounced proble-mas) are engaging online games that combine Spanish reading comprehension and…

Spanish game for kids teaches animals, places and verbs.

With my own kids growing up, I always wanted them to speak as much Spanish as possible. I looked for…

Spanish reading program for K-6 has many effective activities for language learners.

Various publishers have wonderful support materials for their Spanish texts online. These materials include printable activities and online games and…

Spanish nursery rhymes on free downloadable posters.

The Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play campaign offers a series of posters with traditional Spanish nursery…

Spanish Poem about fall for preschoolers to act out.

This is an easy poem Spanish poem about fall. It is about leaves falling in autumn. I made it up…

Dum dum dada song adapted for Spanish learners.

Dum Dum Dada is a song with clapping and hand motions. Kids often play this group clapping game at camp…

Printable poster of qualities parents need if they are raising bilingual kids.

Raising bilingual kids is a complex, challenging undertaking. Of course, if there is one thing being a parent teaches you…

Kids learn vegetables in Spanish with a video and picture cards.

It’s summer, and the vegetables are delicious! It is an excellent time to talk to kids about vegetables in Spanish…

Spanish phrases for Independence Day on a printable poster.

Independence Day in the United States is just a few days away, and lots of families and friends are gathering…

Pledge of allegiance in Spanish for kids.

The 4th of July is an opportunity to talk to children about the history of the United States. The celebration…

Spanish beach activities for kids including songs, yoga, video and more.

Summer means water play for kids. It’s a great time for language play too. Spanish beach and water activities can…

Día del padre printable poster for children learning Spanish.

Father’s Day is next Sunday! Spanish Playground hopes kids celebrate their dads in as many ways and languages as they…

Lil' Libros publishes bilingual books for babies and toddlers.

It’s never too early to start a second language. That is one of the many reasons the bilingual board books…

Spanish summer activities for kids like nature walks and traditional games keep them learning Spanish during vacation.

It’s almost here! Summer means a change of routine for most families. It can be a challenge at times, but…