For educators (teacher or parent)
Suggestions to use the Vowels workbooks
I have been a Bilingual First Grade teacher since 1999. My previous 8 years of experience were in Spain, with children from 3rd to 8th grades. That change was a real challenge!!!. I must say that as hard as a First Grade teacher has to work, for me it is the most rewarding age to work with. It is then when their minds explode with joy, and pride because...: "I CAN READ!!"
The books are designed for children who are begining the adventure of reading and writing in Spanish.
What are those lines for?
Depending on the level of each child, lines can be used to :
Practicing the letter they are working on.
Practicing syllables with the same vowel.
Writing their own words.
Design of A,E,I,O,U... Las vocales y TU ( nivel1) Ahora TU (Nivel 2)
Both books have 5 stories, to work each of the vowels. The first page is always one big vowel for the child to go over it with the finger, until they have in their mind how to write it. Next, they can practice in the 2 boxes, following the model .
The illustrations make it really easy to feel a champion!!
Self-confidence is very important when we are learning any new skill. Making predictions is a wonderful tool to help the child feel smart and succesful .We made sure the illustrations are so easy to associate with the text that anyone will be able to "guess" what the story is about. And we wanted them to be funny too, but in black and white because everybody loves to add their own colors.At the same time, if they have to read the text and understand what the words say ( Ex:"Veo un osito amarillo") they will be developing their comprehension skills and having FUN.
What about the words ?
Each story has words with the vowel they are working on, and/or the one they have already studied. Most of them have the easiest construction: (consonant , vowel) but there are some exceptions: un, el, este...( sight words mainly).
The font is the same that they will be using to write,( not the famous "a" that they don't recognize) the spaces between words are very defined, and there is an asterisc under each word to help them to "jump" with their finger and understand the concept of words with spaces between them ( a real challenge at the beginning, right?)
Differences between the levels.
In the first book, the vocabulary is very easy, there are 5 sentences per vowel and at the end of the book, all the sentences in each story are together with activities to do with them.
The second book has longer stories, higher vocabulary, and interrogative and exclamative sentences.
I think you will agree, children learn faster when they have fun. I hope these books give you as much joy as they gave me while they were being produced. If you want to share your ideas to improve these materials or have any suggestions, please don't be shy. The goal of these books is to help our bilingual students with the best we can offer them.
And the square on the right corner?
Can be used to count and write the number of words in each sentence. But if the child is not ready, what about drawing a happy face, or a sticker, once he/she has read the words?