Reading Practice Ideas for 1st Grade Dual-Language Immersion Students

Your child is very special indeed! As a dual-language immersion student, they are now in their second year of learning the Spanish language, among everything else a normal 1st grader will learn. In kindergarten, your star student learned the sounds of the Spanish alphabet and should be somewhat comfortable with sounding out, and reading very simple sentences.

You may be feeling left out and in the dark. How can I help my child learn to read in Spanish, and practice with him or her?….…I don’t even know Spanish myself!

Now that your child has entered first grade, there is a great deal of reading progress to be made. Your child will be focusing on a great deal of sight words, which are high frequency words in the Spanish language that should be memorized on sight.

Here are some simple ideas to help your child make substantial progress reading this year:

1.     Read ‘Beginner Reading Level’ Bilingual Books Together

This type of book can be hard to find, but will be the most effective for you and your child at this stage. The key is to find basic books written in a Level 1 style, which your child can read in Spanish, which also has the words in English. This will help you to coach your child better, as you actually understand what is being told in the story. If the book, eBook, or app has pronunciation audio, this will be a huge plus. (so you can check your child’s pronunciation, and even learn along with him/her.)

Some great places to find leveled, bilingual books designed for 1st graders:

BookLingual –– BookLingual books are specially designed to help children in K-2nd grade learn to read as they are becoming bilingual. These books are a top choice by dual-language immersion parents. There are more than 30 books available for purchase.

Language Lizard –– This site offers a very wide selection of bilingual books at different reading levels. You will find some nice titles here to order and have for reading with your child.

2.     Get More Activities and Resources to Help You – The Parent

The key here is for you to get more comfortable with teaching and helping your child in Spanish. Even if you are not fluent in the language, you can still learn and utilize the concepts that are necessary for reading progression. Here are some things to look at and try with your child:

Hagamos Caminos – This is a really great set of books designed to help beginning Spanish readers. These will be easy for you to work with and administer.

Coquito – This classic reading workbook is used in Latin American countries to help their children learn to read. I personally use this workbook with my daughter and highly recommend purchasing a copy.

Mommy Maestra – Check out their article titled “Resources for Parents for Children Learning to Read in Spanish/”

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