Sunday, June 10, 2012

SUMMER 2012 EXPOSE YOUR CHILD TO A FOREIGN LANGUAGE




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.

TO THE READER:
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.

ACTIVITY THREE:  GEOGRAPHY/ HISTORY:  LEARNING ABOUT PEOPLE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES/POST READING- 
  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.