Last month we did a version of reader’s theater in Homeschool Hub, adapted for an all ages group. First, we talked a little about theater and plays (some of the kids are part of our local kids Shakespeare group). Next we watched some readers theater videos before diving in.
Part of my re-vamped bilingual storytime plan included monthly visits to read bilingual stories at one of our elementary schools. This school has the highest number of Hispanic kids and ELL families, and the school librarian agreed to let me come read to every single K, 1, and 2 class during library time the last week of each month. I love reading to older kids, and I was super excited to share stories in Spanish, highlight Hispanic authors and illustrators, and make some more connections with the kids.
I figured I could probably bank on at least one kid in each class knowing who I am, and fortunately I was right (although some just remembered me as “the lady who wore the costume“). Most classes had at least one kid who knew a little Spanish, and my favorite part was watching their eyes light up when I spoke to them in Spanish and seeing the pride on their faces as they told me that they/their dad/grandma/mom/uncle speaks Spanish too!
So here’s what we’ve done so far:
My bilingual family storytimes all follow the same outline, and I fill in the blanks with books, flannel stories, apps and activities!
Although this program had a low attendance, I wrangled some older kids who were hanging out in the children’s room this evening with the promise of cookies and Mo Willems, and they LOVED this fun classic.
Book: Estamos en un libro!/We are in a book! by Mo Willems.
As I do, I read first in English, then in Spanish. One older girl translated to English as I read the Spanish version, and I was impressed with her combined Spanish/remembering skills. Continue reading Bilingual storytime: Estamos en un libro!
I first saw the idea for a storywalk somewhere on the internet, but I was reminded of it by Rebecca, and I knew I wanted to put one up! Mo Willems is a big hit our library, both with kids and staff, so I ordered two extra copies of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and started cutting.