Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Toy Story 3

We haven't seen it yet, but I hear Buzz speaks Spanish in the new Toy Story. We like the olds ones in Spanish.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Maggie's Learning Adventures-Scholastic

I haven't tried this website with the kids, but I will tomorrow. There are 6 games in Spanish. One of them, Spanish-English cycle race asks in English to translate words from Spanish to English or English to Spanish. It reviews colors, numbers, body parts, days of the week. When you get enough correct answers, you win the bike race. The other games have directions in Spanish. Great practice! You can choose a math game to rescue a dog with a helicopter (I think J's going to like that), a game to label science diagrams, a game to differentiate parts of speech, a speed math game to fly around the world, and a guess the password game (similar to hangman). Reading is required for these games so my kiddos will need help.

We're Enjoying This

The traditional Mexican songs on this album are interspersed with narrative in English.

Los Lobos Papa Lalo

Saturday, June 12, 2010


I love the Spanish version of Barking at the Moon (Ladrando a la Luna). Watch on youtube with lyrics here.  The Bolt DVD has the movie and the Rhino short in Spanish.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Games People Play

J and A have made up their own games. They like to use an old computer keyboard and ask me how to spell words. Then they find the letters.

J likes to race me while writing. He'll pick a passage in a book and we see who can copy it the fastest.

These games help me with my Spanish vocab. They help the kids with spelling and handwriting.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


We went to our first Spanish storytime of the summer at a local public library. J and B loved it. A was a little worried about the Spanish, but she loved the craft. This is one of the songs we sang:

Cabeza & Hombros

Cabeza y hombros
Cabeza y hombros

Rodillas y pies
Rodillas y pies

Cuello y estómago
Cuello y estómago

Ojos y orejas
Ojos y orejas

Barba y nariz
Barba y nariz

Cabeza y hombros
Cabeza y hombros

Rodillas y pies
Rodillas y pies

Watch a fun version on youtube here

Here's a different version with lyrics and a sample.
And here's a worksheet with body parts in Spanish.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


J's still recovering. We're taking it easy and playing Pente, counting in Spanish and identifying the colors in Spanish.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Best Laid Plans

J’s sick so we’ve spent the day in front of mostly English PBS. Some shows have a few words of Spanish vocabulary. You can buy them on Amazon or watch anytime on PBSkids.org.

(The Spanish version of Sesame Street is Plaza Sesamo.)

Friday, June 4, 2010

I Love this Song

You can read the lyrics and listen to Colores, Colores by Bacilos on youtube. Apparently, a student made this video for his Spanish class.  The song is on this CD:

Phineas and Ferb

J and A watched in Spanish on youtube here.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Working on Two Languages

We tried out the Maya and Miguel site in Spanish. J enjoyed this matching game where he matched a picture of the animal to a picture of Maya or Miquel doing the sign for the animal.

J Loves this Game

Unfortunately, it's in English. We need a Spanish version. This game plugs into your television and the player spells words to play the different games: bumper cars, magic letter e, or the spinning cups.

J is learning to read in Spanish. He struggles with differentiating the sounds the letters make in Spanish and English. My hope is that by the end of the summer he has the Spanish phonics all figured out.

The Travel Book

I received Lonely Planet's The Travel Book a few years ago and I still love looking through the beautiful photographs in this coffee table book. Each country on the planet has a two page spread complete with stats and interesting tidbits.
Today, I skimmed through looking for Spanish-speaking countries. J and A also like looking at the photos.

Looks like there's also a newer mini version.