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Hola. I'm looking for easily-accessible (from US) materials to teach my 5 year old Spanish phonics & beginning reading. I found & have Coquito but am looking for additional materials. Also, any leads on beginning readers? Muchas gracias...

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I made phonogram cards and used our favorite books in Spanish like buenas noches luna.

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We use what is available at our library for board books and early reading, but although I love our library, the foreign language collection is not large enough to support a year of early reading. SO, I am looking at using print-yourself readers from Tesoros de Lectura at McGraw-Hill's website. If you look at the tab for Familias (or the tab for Maestros) there is a section called Conexion con el hogar. Under that are weekly readers and activities for K-6.  Using a set of Spanish-language products from an American company makes me want to *sigh*, but this is my youngest and if it isn't open-and-go it isn't going to happen. It is one part of my approach to Spanish - don't judge me! :001_rolleyes:

 

 

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Does your child already know English phonics, or this is first exposure?

 

If your child already knows some English phonics, I would dive right in to reading simple children's books. Easy readers by P.D. Eastman were easy for my DD when she was learning to read in both English and subsequently Spanish. She was delighted in being able to read such a long book in Spanish (she initially read sections over multiple days). Any early readers are great. The Clifford Diccionario (http://www.amazon.com/gran-diccionario-Clifford-Spanish-Edition/dp/0545314348 ) has lots of great short sentences to practice with, and you could let your child pick which ones were of interest.

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Milestone books sells Rod & Staff Spanish curriculum, including lectura: http://www.milestonebooks.com/list/Libros_en_Espanol/

 

Santillana USA is a Spanish publishing company. It can be hard to get practice books though (student texts and teacher's guides are no problem). http://www.santillanausa.com/school/

 

Del Sol Books has a good variety of authentic reading materials: http://delsolbooks.com/

 

Scholastic Book Clubs, Club Leo has a lot of variety of both authentic and translated materials. As a homeschool, you qualify as a class. Click on First Time Teacher if you haven't used it before. You (and I) can also get bonus points if you use my code with your order. https://clubs2.scholastic.com/?esp=CORPHP/ib/////NAV/ReadingClub/TOUT/LetsGo////

 

I mostly used index cards with the letters, then syllables written on them. We played the "silly word game" in which we placed all cards face down. She turned over two at a time and read the word that was made - whether real or nonsense. I used materials from Trillas that I purchased from a local Spanish bookstore or Amazon, and La Pata Pita lecturas. And I bought from Scholastic reading club and Del Sol Books. Scholastic has a set of readers, but they are $66 dollars, or so many bonus points. I used points. :D I used the library some, but at the time they didn't have a wide selection. I would get free trials to Reading A to Z and download their leveled readers.

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I highly recommend the Hagamos Caminos materials by Alma Flor Ada. They are phonetic and gentle, even for a child who is a Spanish Learner and not a native Spanish speaker. They are beautifully illustrated, and workbooks are also available in print and cursive. You can purchase them at http://www.delsolbooks.com/hagamoscaminoscollection.htm

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Thank you, folks! I appreciate all the input & suggedtions & will use them all for my child. Has anyone used the Learning Resources Spanish Reading Rods? If so, were they worth the investment? Many thanks!

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Does your child already know English phonics, or this is first exposure?

 

If your child already knows some English phonics, I would dive right in to reading simple children's books. Easy readers by P.D. Eastman were easy for my DD when she was learning to read in both English and subsequently Spanish. She was delighted in being able to read such a long book in Spanish (she initially read sections over multiple days). Any early readers are great. The Clifford Diccionario (http://www.amazon.com/gran-diccionario-Clifford-Spanish-Edition/dp/0545314348 ) has lots of great short sentences to practice with, and you could let your child pick which ones were of interest.

Yes, she reads English. I hadn't thought of using translated English readers--that's a good idea! I will also use Reading A-Z Spanish selections. Thanks for the idea!

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Anyone have any input regarding the Learning Resources reading rods kits? I ask b/c they can be pricey & would like to know if they are worth it. Many thanks!

I am still looking for any reviews of this resource to get us started. Thanks!

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I highly recommend the Hagamos Caminos materials by Alma Flor Ada. They are phonetic and gentle, even for a child who is a Spanish Learner and not a native Spanish speaker. They are beautifully illustrated, and workbooks are also available in print and cursive. You can purchase them at http://www.delsolbooks.com/hagamoscaminoscollection.htm

Thanks! I looked online at the sample pages & they showed labeled pictures. Does the book systematically teach phonics & reading?

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Milestone books sells Rod & Staff Spanish curriculum, including lectura: http://www.milestonebooks.com/list/Libros_en_Espanol/

 

Santillana USA is a Spanish publishing company. It can be hard to get practice books though (student texts and teacher's guides are no problem). http://www.santillanausa.com/school/

 

Del Sol Books has a good variety of authentic reading materials: http://delsolbooks.com/

 

Scholastic Book Clubs, Club Leo has a lot of variety of both authentic and translated materials. As a homeschool, you qualify as a class. Click on First Time Teacher if you haven't used it before. You (and I) can also get bonus points if you use my code with your order. https://clubs2.scholastic.com/?esp=CORPHP/ib/////NAV/ReadingClub/TOUT/LetsGo////

 

I mostly used index cards with the letters, then syllables written on them. We played the "silly word game" in which we placed all cards face down. She turned over two at a time and read the word that was made - whether real or nonsense. I used materials from Trillas that I purchased from a local Spanish bookstore or Amazon, and La Pata Pita lecturas. And I bought from Scholastic reading club and Del Sol Books. Scholastic has a set of readers, but they are $66 dollars, or so many bonus points. I used points. :D I used the library some, but at the time they didn't have a wide selection. I would get free trials to Reading A to Z and download their leveled readers.

 

Thanks for your reply & suggestions! I just came back to his thread as I believe I'm ready to begin teaching her to read in Spanish this summer & your ideas are wonderful! Much appreciated....

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Thanks! I looked online at the sample pages & they showed labeled pictures. Does the book systematically teach phonics & reading?

Andamos, which is the first book in the series, starts with vowel sounds and then moves on by adding consonant sounds one or two at a time. The new consonant sounds are added to those already taught. I would say, make sure your child knows the vocabulary first. Then teach the sound being introduced in the story and finally, have your child read the lesson to you.

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Andamos, which is the first book in the series, starts with vowel sounds and then moves on by adding consonant sounds one or two at a time. The new consonant sounds are added to those already taught. I would say, make sure your child knows the vocabulary first. Then teach the sound being introduced in the story and finally, have your child read the lesson to you.

Ok, thanks for the more detailed description of the product. I'll look further into this as a viable option then.

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Hola. I'm looking for easily-accessible (from US) materials to teach my 5 year old Spanish phonics & beginning reading. I found & have Coquito but am looking for additional materials. Also, any leads on beginning readers? Muchas gracias...

Try the app Duolingo. My niece had so much fun learning with it.

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