Are you looking for some simple Spanish and English preschool activities to practice in your bilingual home or multi-lingual classroom? Or do you want to boost your child’s language and literacy skills through exposure to different languages? Even if you aren’t bilingual or living amongst multiple languages, exposing young children to different languages can be a wonderful experience. Not only does it build their cognition, vocabulary, and linguistic skills, it also has been shown to nurture empathy and social-emotional development. There are so many reasons for young children to hear and experience multiple languages even if you don’t live in a bilingual home or attend a bilingual school. Reading simple mixed-language books or singing songs that feature words in other languages are a great way to get started. It can be an engaging way to hear new vocabulary and strengthen language skills in both languages. Here are some easy Spanish and English preschool activities that you can try at home or in the classroom.
Marta Big & Small is a fun mixed-language book based in English by Jen Arena and Angela Dominguez. Adorable and engaging, this one has just the right amount of Spanish for new learners, or even for children that are bilingual. Great for learning English or Spanish!
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The Moon, The Sun, The Stars is a sweet and simple song for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. It is a wonderful greeting or bedtime song, or just right for an easy bilingual circle time.
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Hope these two Spanish and English preschool activities help your young children build their language skills and bring them joy!