Schools in many parts of the United States are increasingly offering dual language programs. The most common type of dual language programs is the two-way approach, also known as “TWBI” (two-way bilingual immersion). In TWBI programs some of the children are native speakers (in the target language), some are bilingual, and some come from English-only homes. Some programs teach in English for half the day and the other half in the target language (this is called the 50/50 model). Other programs are almost entirely in the target language in kindergarten and first grade (this is called the 90/10 model). The goal is to have all children test at grade level in both languages by fourth grade.
Although there are many language combinations, the English/Spanish pair is currently the most popular in our area. You can click here to see a list of Spanish TWBI elementary schools in the South Bay.
It's almost Halloween! ¡Calabazas, fantasmas, monstruos! ¡Ay, ay, ay!
1. Song about a pumpkin, calabaza.
2. Story about a ghost, fantasma.
3. Song about a monster, monstruo.
An important part of the preschool years is playing with letters and sounds of the languages we speak. We do this often with word games, rhymes, songs, chants, tongue twisters. I remember my own children playing sounds when they were younger, often making up their own nonsensical words. This would, of course, leave us laughing and would encourage more of the play with the sounds of our languages.
I like to practice this song with the children, with each child having their own copy of the paper. I encourage children to lay the paper flat on the floor or on the table and to follow along with their finger. I like to have my own copy to model how I follow along with my finger, too.
This song teaches:
"chair, chair, ch, ch, ch; silla silla s, s, s; mano, mano, m, m, m..."
Don't worry about the letter names. We can use other songs, games, and activities to teach letter names and other emerging literacy skills through meaningful play experiences. Follow along with the video or audio below. Have fun with this song!
Email your favorite maestra for a downloadable pdf file to the poster below. You can also find the English song on your favorite music player, including YouTube.
Los animales de la Granja
Pájaros y Huevos
Pelotas en Movimiento
Pasitos is an eco-friendly, bilingual community based on learning and fun. Through a play based Reggio inspired curriculum, children gain the necessary literacy skills to make them successful in both Spanish and English. At the same time, they build social and emotional skills in working with peers and the maestras. Together these skills help open their minds and language capabilities. Teachers interact with the children to build strong academics and positive social skills.