Sunday, June 10, 2012


Would you like to challenge your child academically?  Are you interested in helping your child learn how to learn?  Exposing your child to a foreign language early on will set him/her for later academic success in other disciplines.  I have written all of my children’s picture books to make it easier for parents to introduce a foreign language to their young children.  Feel free to read some of the articles I have written on the subject of foreign language acquisition:HERE  and HERE

If you decide to purchase my trilingual book : MARIE AND HER FRIEND THE SEA TURTLE

Here’s some activities that will help make reading the book more meaningful.

Did you know something mysterious happens as you read?
As you read this story written in English/French/Spanish you will encounter
many knew words.  Do the pre and post reading activities, these will help you understand and
learn some new French and Spanish words.

ACTIVITY ONE:   FINE ARTS TIE IN :   RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ART AND TEXT IN PICTURE BOOKS/ PRE- READING-   Before reading the story look over the pictures on the following pages and see if you can guess what is going on.
Page 2- What is the girl doing?
Page 6- What is the girl staring at?
Page12- Why do you think the girl is pushing the turtle?
Page16- Can you guess why the girl is so surprised?
Page 20- What are the adults talking about?
Page 22- Why is the girl crying?
Page 26- Why do you suppose the girl is now smiling and happy?
Page 28- What are the adults doing with the turtle?
Now go back and read the story, compare your answers to what really happened in the story.

ACTIVITY TWO :   LANGUAGE ARTS TIE IN : IDENTIFYING WORDS  AND COMPARING MEANING OF  WORDS/ POST READING-   After you  are done reading the story, see if you can find the English meaning for the following Spanish words.
Muchacha, nombre,  mañana, tareas, isla, sol, brillar, Nuevo, tortuga, descubrimiento, mar, enorme, suavemente, noche, estómago, brazos, guisado, ojos, diamantes.   Now compare the Spanish meaning to the French.

  1. What is the name of the first black republic?
  2. What year did that country become independent?
  3. Who is Toussaint L’Ouverture?
  4.  Where is Hispaniola located?
  5. Can you name the two countries that make up Hispanoila?
  6. Which part of Hispanoila speaks French and Creole?
  7.  Which part of Hispaniola speaks Spanish?
  8. What is the weather like? Is it hot or cold?

Here's a free coloring page of the cover of  Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.


  1. Reading is very important in our family, matter of fact my 5 year old is on a 3rd grade reading level, and hasn't even started kindergarten yet. Will be checking out your books. I am now following you, and found you via Mingle With Us' blog hop. You can find me at
    Have a great day!

  2. New google friend and fb follower. Would love follows back.

  3. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Linky Party. I hope you have a wonderful weekend xo P.S. I'm having a party at Katherines Corner today and you are invited!

  4. I love teaching my child. Although I don't speak any foreign languages fluently, but it would still be fun to teach some songs or stories. We love geography and that would help them understand the differences between cultures. I am a new follower. Hope to see you at Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Nicole, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  6. Thanks for the tips! I'm a new follower and would love if you followed me back at

  7. Your activities and thought are just incredible. Great following through the blog hop. Stop by for a blog visit with me anytime.

  8. That is amazing that you write books!! Love your site!


  9. Aside from having 1300 number, company owners should prioritize teaching their employees proper grammar.