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The Alto Mayo region of Peru is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen. It’s where my husband is from and where we met: the “high jungle,” the part of Peru where the jungle and the mountains meet. Greens and blues, of every shade, and brown rivers winding their way through. The deeper into the low jungle you go, the more tropical birds and animals you can find.

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Español in the Jungle: Unit Two

Español in the Jungle: Unit Two

Inside: Free Spanish printables for kids.

Español in the Jungle Unit 2

And Unit Two is ready! To read more on why I decided to put together these Spanish units, read this. Each unit gets more fun to make! As the students learn more words, the games and activities can become more creative, too. Unit Two introduces:

– Asking and responding to ¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name?)

– Colors

– Four new verbs

Español in the Jungle Unit 2

The unit also includes puppets to print out for storytelling, ideas for games, scripts for dialogues, and a Bingo game.

Here are links for supplementing the themes from Unit Two:

Color Pronunciations from LingoHut

Color Pronunciations (for kids)

What’s Your Name? Pronunciation (for kids)

Page of Coloring Sheets, includes practice of colors – for your little one (or big one!) who loves to color

Monkey Mask – just in case your kids get into the monkey theme and want more!

Have fun learning Spanish together! Let me know if you have any links to free activities that would go with this unit.

You might be interested in my Preschool Spanish Lessons as well!

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Español in the Jungle: Free Spanish Unit One

Español in the Jungle: Free Spanish Unit One

Inside: Free Spanish worksheets and lessons for kids.

I am so excited to post the first unit for my Español in the Jungle series! I am in the process of putting together units for parents and teachers who may not speak Spanish fluently– or at all! I came up with this idea because I would eventually like to introduce a third language to my kids. I don’t speak French, and can’t afford classes or tutors at the moment. There are tons of free resources on the internet, but without knowing French myself, I don’t exactly know where to begin. I want a way for us to learn together, without relying solely on technology.

My units are designed especially for parents who would like to begin Spanish with their kids, but are not fluent speakers. You can begin from scratch, right along with your children! Essentially, I have done the work of breaking down beginning Spanish into a sequence that builds into games and stories, and allows you to take advantage of free internet resources in a logical manner. There are a lot of worksheets, videos, and games out there that are wonderful– but it can be difficult to know how to use them. As I find new resources, I’ll simply add them to the list of ideas for each unit.

The Español in the Jungle series is for:

– Homeschooling families who want to study Spanish together

– Families whose schools don’t offer Spanish

– Spanish teachers and tutors looking for ideas

The characters in the units live in the jungle, because that’s where learned Spanish and fell in love with it. I base my lessons on movement, games, storytelling, and songs, and include some worksheets and links to worksheets as well. I recommend going with what interests your children, and using the activities that are age-appropriate. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or suggestions!

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Español in the Jungle: Unit 1  introduces basic greetings and two verbs, and is a free printable with 9 pages of ideas and activities. Here the links to resources that go with this unit:

Buenos Días Song

Pronunciations from LingoHut

Buenos Días, Buenas Noches Game

Greetings Matching Worksheet

Greetings Worksheet

 

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Luz Verde, Luz Roja – But With Verbs!

Luz Verde, Luz Roja – But With Verbs!

Inside: How to play Red Light, Green light to learn verbs in Spanish.

 

At first, I started out just playing “Red Light, Green Light” in Spanish, which is also fun. You simply yell “¡Luz verde!” and everyone runs toward you, and then yell “¡Luz roja!” for everyone to freeze. If anyone moves, tell them “regresa” and they go back to the start line.

My students, though, love to play outside and after a couple of rounds there wasn’t enough vocabulary to keep them learning. We decided to turn it into a verbs game. When we play it this way, whoever is “it” calls out a specific action to perform, like “baila.” Everyone advances, dancing. When “¡Luz roja!” is called, everyone freezes and anyone who moves is sent back. So simple, but it’s amazing how they never tire of this one! Often I will stand at the front and yell out what action to do (so I can control what they’re practicing) and the student who is “it” just concentrates on saying “luz roja” or “para” and catching unlucky moving friends.

This is adaptable for whatever you are working on and can of course work for any language. Here are some variations:

You can use simple, basic verbs: camina, corre, nada, baila, etc.

Or more complicated terms: conduce un carro, juega futbol, toca la guitarra, etc.

If you’re learning animals: nada como un pez, corre como un caballo, salta como un conejo, vuela como un pájaro, etc.

Note: You may wish to change the way I conjugated these verbs. I kept it simple, since most of my classes that are practicing these words are beginners. It would technically be more appropriate to use the affirmative Uds. command form since these are being given as plural commands. I adjust based on the class. 

 

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Our Favorite Bilingual Pictionary

Our Favorite Bilingual Pictionary

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As you build up your Spanish library make sure you have this one: Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever / El mejor libro de palabras de Richard Scarry. It is a must for for every Spanish/English-speaking family with little ones. In fact, I just walked over to the computer here with it, and Janio gave me an extremely hopeful look: it is one book he always asks for.

If you aren’t familiar with Richard Scarry, you are in for a treat. He has wonderful little stories, but even better are the detailed, imaginative drawings. He manages to pack every page with interesting illustrations without being overwhelming.

Many Spanish language resources are full of Spanish picture dictionaries and flashcards, but I think it’s much better to have real literature in your hands. Most of the dictionaries’ illustrations that I’ve seen are lacking or too busy. This may not be a dictionary, technically, but it’s much more engaging and worth your money than most illustrated dictionaries.

I love this book because even though my Spanish vocabulary is fairly extensive, as my son gets older there are more and more words I realize I don’t know. (Crane? Windmill? Boxcar?) We pretty much camp out on the trucks, trains, and farm pages right now, but hopefully I’ll get to study words for the grocery store and house one day too.  If you are wanting to teach your baby or toddler Spanish, but feel nervous about a limited vocabulary, this should help tremendously.

 

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