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The Benefits of Reading Children’s Spanish Literature in Your Elementary Spanish Class—Part 3

We continue with our discussion of the benefits of reading children’s Spanish literature in the elementary Spanish class:

Reading books provides the opportunity for review of previously taught material. An authentic children’s book (as opposed to a “reader” that has been written to teach a specific topic) usually has multilayered themes within it. For example, we recommend the book A comer, about a family in Spain, for several of the Sonrisas lessons. The book covers the seven days of the week and family vocabulary, so through shared reading, you can review and reinforce that vocabulary each time you read the book even if you are reading it to teach a different theme.

Reading books provides an opportunity for you to check for understanding. As you review previously taught material through reading, you are also checking for understanding. As you are reading, if you realize that students are not understanding review questions, you can incorporate a relevant review activity into your next lesson.

Sonrisas Spanish School creates, publishes, and sells preschool and elementary Spanish curriculum and Spanish music for children. The Sonrisas Spanish School Curriculum can be used to teach Spanish to children at the preschool and elementary level, as well as home school Spanish. The Sonrisas Curriculum consists of fun, effective, standards-based lessons for the most effective language-learning experience for kids—one based on human-to-human interaction.

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