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Our favourite books for the Spring term

Here are our most precious recent finds:

‘BUSCAR’ from our favourite new children’s author Olga de Dios. This is her second book and it is beautiful with  her fun and quirky illustrations. Her first book ‘Monstruo Rosa’ by the way is becoming big in China! These friendly monsters are taking over the world with their cute, basic and very important messages.

buscar   monstruo china

El monstruo de los colores – another monster with a great message. Schools don’t really teach our children about emotions explicitly. Yes they provide a ground for practising emotions but how much do they actually talk about them? Here is a book that makes emotions clear and simple for all. Love it love it.

colores

 

Cocorico – My children have been loving this story. All the teachings from the red hen, little red riding hood and the three little pigs all in one simple book about a little chick. The cat says ‘marramiau’ great for practising rolling those ‘r’.

Cocorico

A new book to add more magic to Christmas

Sylvester will help start the yearI recently went to the Christmas party that Londonmumsmagazine.com organised with Eddie Katz.

As always, all London mums parties are fun fun fun.There was dancing, eating, a wonderful Santa and story time with the gorgeous books from farfarawaybooks.com. I heard George and the Knight and was as mesmerised as all the children around me. The pictures were beautiful and a really sweet story about friends having the courage to help each other.

I later looked through the other books they had and fell in love with the cute looking dog in Sad Tales for Me: A Bidography. But I was lucky to take home Sylvester and the New Year which I immediately loved because  of the traditional, gentle drawings, just magic!

I read it with my daughter, now this book has a few sentences in each page written in a bigger font and my daughter has just started bringing reading back home from school, so it is a perfect book for us and perfect timing, I read the smaller font and from time to time she reads a sentence in bigger font. It is a lovely way to share a book.

The story itself also really surprised me, I was expecting another Christmas story since Sylvester looks a little like Santa, I thought it would be another version of the same thing. But no! It is a beautiful story, quite spiritual and a really lovely way to explain the new year, the passing of time and growing old and gives children another thing to look forward to during the Christmas holidays.

[pullquote]Thank you so much for my book! We will treasure it years to come and the story of Sylverster will now be part of our Christmas repertoire. [/pullquote]

!Feliz Navidad! !Próspero Año Nuevo!

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Effective ways to read to our children

We’ve all heard it a million times: Read to your children, it helps develop pre-reading skills.It’s your duty and obligation as a parent.

Okay, so maybe that last one is a bit strong but don’t we have a responsibility as parents to help our children? The point is that those who tell us to read to our children usually have very good reasons for telling us to do so.

Researches confirm that the benefits of reading aloud continue into elementary school: “Listening to stories read aloud by the teacher is one effective way for students to enrich vocabulary.”

According to the Reading is Fundamental campaign(1), every time we read aloud to our children, we are stimulating their imagination.

The Multilingual Children’s Association(2)confirms that “frequent book reading leads to more advanced language skills.” It is not just the type of books, the level, or even the language in which they are written that matters. Literacy is a result of frequency; the old “practice makes perfect” .

If your child is consistently intrigued by the traditions associated with the Spanish language, he or she will be more apt to read about them. Encourage an interest in your native culture buying books in Spanish or borrow them from a local library.

Here are some ideas that the experts recommed to make the most of this reading time and also help to build our child’s literacy skills while keeping it fun: (3)

Make reading a part of every day: Try to read to your child for at least 15 minutes each day. Bedtime is an especially good time to read together.

Hold your child while you read: Sit with your child on your lap as you read. Let him or her hold the book and help turn the pages.

Read with fun in your voice:Use your face, body, and voice to make reading fun. Use different voices for different characters.

Know when to stop: If your child loses interest or has trouble paying attention, just put the book away for a while. A few minutes of reading is ok. Don’t continue reading if your child is not enjoying it. With practice, your child will be able to sit and listen for a longer time.

Talk about the pictures: Point to the pages and talk about the pictures in the book. Ask your child to look at the pictures for clues to what the story is about.

Show your child the words: As you read the book, run your finger along the bottom of the words. Soon your child will realize it is the words that are read and not the pictures. If you’re reading a book in Spanish, feel free to let your child know the English version of a word. Say something like “Perro is called dog in English.”

We are sure there are plenty more ideas on how to read to our children and we would love to hear about them so do please please feel free to leave us a comment!!

(1) http://www.rif.org/ (2)http://www.multilingualchildren.org/(3)Source: colorin colorado