Bilingual Songs & Activities English/Spanish
Sara Jordan does such a nice job of getting kids singing in Spanish with her Bilingual Beginners audio CDs. I always like to see little ones learn songs in a foreign language or watch fun videos before they hit the books. These workbooks are a good follow up option. Older elementary students can use them as their Spanish program and work independently, though I imagine most would need some guidance with the CD. This series could also be used by middle grade students as a review before taking a full Spanish course for high school credit.
Made for young students, Volume 1 goes over the basics such as introductions, common phrases, alphabet, numbers, months, days, food and more basic vocabulary. Also covered are articles, gender, accent marks, and present tense verbs gustar and querir. By adding writing, you are adding to your student's skills beyond listening and singing songs. Dotted half lines are perfect for little ones still perfecting their handwriting skills and English is used 50% in this book. Black & white graphics are perfect for a student to color themselves. For each chapter, there is a group activity that is easily adapted to an individual. Word cards can be printed out free from the publisher's website and every chapter includes a song from the included CD. They are tidy little Spanish lessons for a parent who may or may not know the language themselves. Volume 2 works on building oral communication, cultural differences, simple reading, questions, and present tense of verbs ser/estar and conocer/saber. Vocabulary continues with home, time, calendar, sports, professions, family, etc. Volume 3 works on following directions in Spanish, negatives, adjective agreement in gender & number with nouns, and then prepositions. Your vocabulary includes dates, adjectives, numbers and courtesy