The Benefits of Reading Children’s Spanish Literature in Your Elementary Spanish Class—Part 4

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

Many children’s Spanish books provide opportunities for students to gain an understanding of the relationship between the practices, products, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures. Not only can a book draw students into the target language experience, it also can expose students to the target culture. A book that is not only for Spanish speakers, but also about a Spanish-speaking culture, provides a perfect avenue to address the standards for Culture which state that students gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures. This can be done not only through illustrations but also through conventions of speech that are presented in an authentic way in the literature. 

In summary of this series on using children’s Spanish literature in your elementary Spanish class: when you read children’s Spanish literature to your class, your lessons become authentic, dynamic, and most important, engaging. Children love it when adults read good books to them, so reading children’s Spanish literature is not just effective methodology—it’s enjoyable.

Sonrisas Spanish Schoolcreates, 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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