Teaching and Learning Resources

Charla de Autor con Paulina Jara: La Princesa Zanahoria

Charla de Autor con Paulina Jara: La Princesa Zanahoria

El día viernes 29 de octubre a las 11 AM CST nos reuniremos con la escritora Paulina Jara para escuchar su narración del cuento La princesa Zanahoria. Este es el link de Zoom para unirte a la charla: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89239744749?pwd=UzlUeEozaHNGK0QxTVlRTjBzanJ3dz09 Paulina...

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Entrevista con el escritor Carlos Miranda

¿Dónde naciste? En la ciudad de Rancagua en el año 1970, una ciudad cercana a Santiago, la capital de Chile; famosa por la mina El Teniente, la mina de cobre subterránea más grande del mundo. ¿Dónde vives? Actualmente vivo en...

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Strategies for using authentic Spanish literature

Strategies for using authentic Spanish literature

Using authentic (i.e. untranslated) Spanish texts can be daunting, especially if the author comes from a country or culture other than your own. Don’t let your discomfort stop you! Spanish-speakers are an incredibly diverse group of people; their dialects, historical contexts, and cultures vary greatly from one region to the next. Exposing our young readers to this diversity through literature will benefit them greatly and we as teachers need to step up to the task of doing it well!

Here are some of our favorite strategies for making the most of an authentic Spanish text with U.S. bilingual students.

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Tips for reading aloud to children in your second language

Tips for reading aloud to children in your second language

What does it look like to teach literacy in Spanish when it’s not my first language? How can I be genuine about my lack of knowledge yet still be competent, knowledgeable and command respect? This moment -- when you’re reading aloud to children in your second language and you come across an unfamiliar word -- is a fork in the road for educators. How we handle unfamiliar words really shapes the learning environment. It’s uncomfortable, challenging, maybe even embarrassing -- but it’s also a critical opportunity to model what it means to be a language learner.
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Top 11 Tips for Successful Virtual Read Alouds

Top 11 Tips for Successful Virtual Read Alouds

Caitlin Kiley  Making your virtual read aloud enjoyable and engaging for your students means drawing on a lot of skills you would use in a regular classroom setting, but there are some strategies that will up your distance learning game. Don't miss these tips for...

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Why read aloud to your students

Why read aloud to your students

Caitlin Kiley  When I think back to elementary school, the thing I remember loving most about the school day (besides recess, of course) was when my teachers read aloud to the class. By the first day of fifth grade, we...

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TEACHERS NEEDED for Spanish Read Aloud Guides

TEACHERS, we need your help!  Books del Sur is building a bilingual cadre of teachers to help create teacher guides in Spanish for our print and digital Read Aloud Collections.  Unlike most educational companies, Books del Sur was founded by...

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