When teaching children more than one language, it’s helpful to have books in your home library in all the languages you are teaching them. Not only does it help them learn new vocabulary words, but consistently reading to your children can help create lifelong readers.
But before I share with you what I do to teach new Spanish words to my kids, I want to make something clear. I love books, and I know it’s important to have a variety of books at home for our kids to look at and read.
However, I try to keep things clutter free and simple at home . So I reuse supplies as much as I can, and I try not to purchase a lot of the same basic teaching material for my early learner. For instance, I limit material or books that teach names of shapes, animals, numbers, and colors.
How to Reuse Books to Teach Basic Vocabulary Words in a Second Language:
All you need are a few children’s board books, masking tape, scissors and markers.
This tip works best if the board books you use only have one or two images per page and one or two simple vocabulary words.
Next, cut a piece of masking tape, stick it on the page of the book, and with a marker write the word in the second language.
Repeat this process to every page of the book(s).
If you don’t already own any books similar to the ones mentioned in the video and your budget doesn’t allow the purchase of any, please consider going to your local library and checking out a few books to read to your child.
However, if you are just starting to purchase books to add to your child’s library consider buying bilingual books from the start.
If you can’t find any bilingual books to your liking you can always implement the tip I shared with you above and in the video.