Spanish books for kids to learn about ladybugs

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What’s more amazing than to find tiny ladybugs in your garden? Well, these insects are wonders of nature that help plants stay healthy. And there are many great picture books to educate children about ladybugs.

Even the life cycle of ladybugs is an amazing lesson in science. Although it can be complicated to understand for many children, many nonfiction books prepare this science miracle in simple terms. What are some great books to teach children about ladybugs?

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Educational book review: Learning about Annie Fox and the adventures of Raymond and Sheila

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Independence of young children is not described in a manual. And, definitely, there are no specific rules. Parents and educators are puzzled how to educate children and show them how to express their feelings. And sometimes it’s not easy.

Expression of feelings for some children is a new adventure. Many young children can easily express happiness and enthusiasm. Yet, there are some who attempt to refrain from being angry or upset. But how can parents and educators teach children to control their feelings?

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Books are excellent ways to show children how to express their emotions. Author Annie Fox in her Spanish translated books of the adventures of Raymond and Sheila delightfully tells how children can express different emotions in various ways. The stories of Fox are wonderful addition to any parent’s home library.

Readers can get a chance to win 3 digital copies of ¿Eres Mi Amigo? and 3 digital copies of ¿Estamos Perdidos? in English or Spanish. These digital copies are great for your Kindle, tablet, computer, or cellular phone. Simply follow the giveaway rules. Anyone can be winner.

Giveaway rules: (Ends 02/26/2013)

  1. Fill out the form below. Winner will be contacted via email. (1 point)
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  4. Visit Raymond and Sheila website (1 point)
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Winner will be determined with most points and will be announced in Spanish4Kiddos newsletter. Good luck!

Enjoy the following interview with Annie Fox to learn more about the author and her inspiration for the wonderful stories.

1.  The adventures of Raymond and Sheila are wonderful and entertaining to read. What was your inspiration for all your characters? 

My own kids were the original ‘Raymond and Sheila’ (not their real names!) Unfortunately, we don’t see many loving sibling relationships among kids. Just the opposite! But my daughter and son had a very special bond, growing up. They’re adults now and they are still such close friends! I wanted to celebrate that and inspire kids to get along better with their siblings.

2.  Raymond and Sheila are kids with so much in common to other children between the ages of 5 and 8. Why are they represented as animals?

So I wouldn’t have to worry about any child, of any ethnicity, feeling ‘left out’ because the characters didn’t ‘look like them.’ Raymond and Sheila obviously do not look like anyone who would be reading these stories. And yet, they are so very human in their responses to what goes on around them. It’s easy for the reader to forget that they are alligators. Instead, they will think, ‘That’s just like me!’

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3.  Many children may feel embarrassed about having an imaginary friend. How does Raymond help other children trying to overcome these life skills? 

Snowball is such a great friend… so supportive, affectionate, encouraging. Many children have an imaginary friend or a stuffed animal/doll that they relate to, ‘as a friend’. Raymond is never embarrassed about Snowball! And he helps children who read the book understand that friendship is something we all need to learn about, so we can become good friends to others. Raymond shows us that we can learn about friendship from many different sources.

4.  Independence is so important for young children. Older siblings or family members help them recognize the importance of being safe at all times. Do you have any suggestions for parents, big brothers or sisters?

Learning to become more independent is a process. Parents and big brothers or sisters can help the younger ones in the family by giving them opportunities… little by little, to make their own decisions while learning how to stay safe. As a little sister myself (with 2 older brothers) I know it’s sometimes easy to treat a younger sibling like a baby. Not fair and not helpful! Help younger ones master age-appropriate life skills and the whole family benefits.

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5.  Shelia is so worried about her brother. It seems anxiety on the rise for young children than before. Can you recommend ways to cope with distress for young kids?

I often teach children (and parents) to take slow deep breaths whenever they are feeling nervous or anxious. Sheila is worried when she can’t find Raymond, but what I admire about her, is that she doesn’t just sit there and worry. She goes out looking for him! That’s a great lesson. Don’t let your worrying thoughts drag you down. If you’ve got a problem, do something about it! It will help you feel more in control and you might even get an award for being The World’s Best Sister/Brother!

 

 

Annie FoxAbout the author:

Annie Fox, M.Ed., has been teaching and creating innovative content for kids for 30+ years. Check out Annie’s latest book, Teaching Kids To Be Good People: Progressive Parenting for the 21st Century (Electric Eggplant). Parents and educators can contact Annie at AnnieFox.com.

Spanish books for kids: Teaching children to get dress

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Do you often struggle with children to get them dress before heading out the door? It’s not easy to teach kids the importance of getting dress. It’s more than a struggle. But how can parents help children in getting dress?

Picture books are excellent resources to help educate children about getting dress. Whether it’s using the proper clothes for adequate whether or using dress-up costumes for playtime, children can learn the right time to use these clothes.

The Spanish books listed here show dressing can be a learning experience at any age. Many of these books should be read together and emphasize the need to use certain items at particular items.

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“Clothes/La Ropa” by Mary Berendes

This picture dictionary is a great tool to teach children the different names of clothes in Spanish and English. Kids can learn what clothes are right for each season and type of weather. Names of accessories are also included. Additional resources are available. ISBN: 9781592969890

“Nuestra Comunidad Global: Ropa” by Lisa Easertling

This nonfiction Spanish book explains the difference in clothes and the other types of traditional clothing in other culture. Illustrations are followed by simple easy-to-read text. It also depicts the different uniforms workers use to do a particular job. ISBN: 9781432904470

“Mi lugar preferido” by Dana Meachen Rau and illustrated by Julie J. Kim

Children will love to read how this little girl’s favorite place to hide: the closet. While other family members discover the best place to be, she finds hers. In there, she can imagine she’s many different people, read, and so much more. The closet is more than a place to store your clothes. It’s a place of imagination. ISBN: 051625250X

“Vístete, Robertito” by Lone Morton

This bilingual picture book is a great illustration of how children can be undecided. From trying on sweaters for summer or bathing suits for winter, it can be an unexpected experience in getting dress. The book greatly presents the many clothing children like to wear in a humorous way. ISBN: 0764151290

“Está preparado señor coc?” by Jo Lodge

In this fun pop-up book, Mr. Crocodile has fun trying on different clothes from his closet. Preschool children can enjoy this Spanish colorful picture book and find a great surprise at the end of the book. ISBN: 9788426361929

“Froggy se viste” by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

When Froggy decides to go outside to play in the fresh snow of the season, he finds that winter can also mean plenty of warm clothes. His mom advises him to wear socks, pants, socks, and other clothing. But as his enthusiasm builds up, it also makes him tired and sleepy. This Spanish book is great for emergent readers. ISBN: 9780670874149

Find these great books at your local library, bookstore or Amazon: Children’s section. And read them with your kids to inspire literature in a fun way. Add them to your home library today.