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Bilingual Body Parts

This past Saturday, we had our fourth bilingual story time and I was really pleased. I have to say that one of the best things is when patrons and their children are playing in our kids room, don’t know we’re having story time, and decide to stay. We had two families do that this time, which was particularly nice since one large groups that regularly comes didn’t make it this time.

In any case, we’ve done themes on Family, Colors, Halloween, and now Body Parts.
Some books I have in Spanish of Bilingual versions, but many I just have in English. If I’m lucky I can find a translation online or use my minimal Spanish skills along with Google Translate. My last resort is on the spot translation by one of my great volunteers who attend the story times.

We started off with Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. This book, I read in English, then she translated to Spanish.

I asked for a volunteer from the audience to model for us, and what she ended up modeling were paper strips with body part names on them taped to her. She was a great sport– even with tape on her nose, ear, and mouth. It was cute when she asked if she could take them off, without letting the “boca” label fall off. Gotta love the kids who take one for the team. Her sister had a great time sticking the papers to her.

Oddly enough, I only have the next book in Spanish! Luckily the repetition and Google Translate made this quick work for me. The kids joined in with the actions. They only action I was concerned about (safety) was the donkey kicks. They were great and very careful!

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Our next activity was to sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, but in Spanish. After a quick tune reminder, the kids were quick to jump in! I’m always surprised by how well little ones can repeat words in other languages. Ahh, young minds.

 

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes– Spanish

Cabeza, Hombros, Rodillas, Pies, Rodillas, Pies

Cabeza, Hombros, Rodillas, Pies, Rodillas, Pies

Ojos, Orejas, Nariz, y Boca

Cabeza, Hombros, Rodillas, Pies, Rodillas, Pies

 

Parts by Ted Arnold is a very silly book about a boy who thinks he’s falling apart. The kids got a good laugh out of this one.

I was lucky enough to find a translation of this one! Woo hoo! Thanks to the Utah State Library for this one!  http://library.utah.gov/programs/spanish/documents/Bodies.pdf  

I had planned on reviewing the body parts we learned during our labeling activity, but we were getting a little fidgety. It’s hard to gauge the patience of kids, especially when the books are twice as long because you’re technically reading them twice! The review I had planned was a game of Simon Says… asking them to touch some basic body parts.

I also had a book, If You’re Happy and You Know It… by Anna McQuinn.This would have been a little long for this group but would have been great for our usual group which is much older.

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For our craft, since it is November after all, we did a variation on handprint turkeys. I’m always a little wary of crafts that require paint. Some of my moms pick the washable markers out for their kids, so paint isn’t a subject I want to broach yet.

 

I had them trace their hands and color them in, then glue on a turkey body. It was something like this:

 

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Starting out…

In an effort to spice up my work, I’ve started this blog where I will be posting the ideas and activities that I do for the Story Time at our local library. We do 2-3 story times each week here, some of which are done by some wonderful college students who are taking a course in Children’s Literature. Sometimes I borrow their ideas for later story times, either as is or with some tweaking, most of the time, I come up with it myself. We do a Pajama Story Time and Preschool Story Time each week, a Toddler Story Time twice a month, and a Bilingual Story Time once a month. Hope you enjoy!

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