Wednesday, December 10

Bilingual Christmas Storytime

This storytime was for a Migrant Head Start preschool in my area. My coworker put together this storytime.

Read Aloud Books

El Mejor Muneco de NieveWritten by Margaret Nash, illustrated by Jong Saupe

Robby builds a snowman for each of his neighbors.

Froggy Gets DressedWritten by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy wants to go play in the snow, but his mother reminds him of needed clothing. This is a really fun read to do with corresponding felt pieces, dressing up frog like you would a paper doll.

El Arbol De NavidadWritten by Alma Flor Ada, illustrated by Terry Ybáñez

A poem about decorating the family Christmas tree in both English and Spanish.

Songs and Rhymes

Hello Song
Hello, hello, hello and how are you?
I'm fine, I'm fine, and I hope that you are, too.

Now everybody clap your hands
clap your hands, clap your hands
Now everybody clap your hands
c'mon and clap your hands

Hola, hola, hola y ¿como estas?
Estoy bien, muy bien, y espero que tu tambien.

Now everybody wave hello,
wave hello, wave hello
Now everybody wave hello
Hello, hello, hello!

Action Rhyme: Snowflakes
Snowflakes are falling
One fell on my head.
One fell on my nose.
One fell on my hand,
The other fell on my toe!

Los copos de nieve están cayendo
Uno cayó sobre mi cabeza.
Uno cayó en mi nariz.
Uno cayó en mi mano,
¡La otra parte cayó en mi dedo del pie!

Song: Snow, Snow, Snow
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Snow, snow, see the snow,
Falling to the ground,
Take some snow and pack it tight,
And make it nice and round.

Roll, roll, roll the snow,
Roll it on the ground,
Stack it tall, don’t let it fall,
A jolly snowman mound!

Song: Jingle Bells/Campanillas
(we passed out different colored jingle bells to the kids)
Campanillas, campanillas,
tra la la la la
Que alegría
todo el día
Que felicidad—¡Aye!

Shake your bells, shake your bells
Shake your jingle bells
If you have the color _____
Shake your jingle bell, ohh!

Games and Activities

Felt: Mitten, mitten, where do you hide?

Or, of course, "Mitón, mitón ¿dónde te escondes?" Basically, this is a super fun game where you hide the mitten behind one of the hats (without the kids seeing which one!) and ask the kids which colored hat we should look under first. They all call out their favorite color and so we say this rhyme:

Mitten, mitten, where do you hide? 
Are you under the (color) hat? Let's peek inside!

And you take off the hat to reveal (gasp!) whether or not the mitten is there. The kids love it.

Craft: Ojos de Dios

Prominent in Latino culture, Ojos de Dios make great ornaments for your tree. It's pretty easy for kids to do: just glue two popsicle sticks together in a cross shape and weave away. Turns out we didn't have much time left over to do it, so the kids took them home.

Other Book Ideas

A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of ChristmasWritten by Pat Mora, illustrated by Magaly Morales

The Jacket I Wear in the SnowWritten by Shirley Neitzel, illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker

Un Dia de NieveWritten by Ezra Jack Keats

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