Bilingual Programs Chapter

Toddler Program: Explora las Formas / Explore Shapes

Books to Share

  • Color Farm by Lois Ehlert.
  • Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert.
  • I Know Shapes / Las figuras by Susan Nations.
  • Mira las formas con Gato Galano / Calico Cat looks Around by Donald Charles.
  • Mis primeras formas by Isidro Sanchez and Horacio Elena.
  • Shapes (My World) by Alvin Granowsky.
  • Spot’s Big Book of Colors, Shapes and Numbers / El libro grande de Spot: colores, formas y numeros by Eric Hill.
  • Un cuento de peces y sus formas by Joanne and David Wylie.
  • Wake Up City by Alvin R. Tresselt.

Bulletin Board

Flying Kites

Make either one big colorful kite or a variety of small kites to decorate the bulletin board.

Nametag

Shape Up!

Prepare a variety of shapes, including triangles, circles, rectangles, etc., to use as nametags. Shape patterns are located at the end of this program.

Decorations

Decorate the program room or children’s area by hanging various shapes from the ceiling.

Refreshments

Buy or make cookies in geometric shapes, including rectangles, circles, and squares. Serve with punch.

Rhymes and Poetry

Metamorphosis

(Traditional.)

I’m an egg. (Curl up in fetal position)

I’m an egg.

I’m an egg, egg, egg,

I’m a worm. (Open up and wiggle on the ground)

I’m a worm.

I’m a wiggly, humpty worm!

I’m a cocoon. (Curl up in a fetal position with hands over the face)

I’m cocoon.

I’m a round and silky cocoon!

I’m a butterfly. (Stand and fly around using arms for wings)

I’m a butterfly.

I’m a grand and glorious butterfly!

Metamorfosis

(Tradicional. Translated by Alexandra Corona.)

Soy un huevo. (Enrolla tu cuerpo en una bola)

Soy un huevo.

Soy un huevo, huevo, huevo.

Soy una lombriz. (Movete como una lombriz y mueve los pies)

Soy una lombriz.

Soy una lombriz feliz.

Soy un capullo. (Enrolla tu cuerpo en bola con las manos arriba)

Soy un capullo.

Soy un capullo de seda y redondo.

Soy una mariposa. (Muevete como que andas volando)

Soy una mariposa.

¡Soy una gran y gloriosa mariposa!

Jack, Jack

(Traditional.)

Jack, Jack, down you go, (Crouch down low)

Down in your box, down so low.

Jack, Jack, there goes the top. (Pop up)

Quickly now, up you pop.

Jack, Jack, down you go, (Crouch down low)

Down in your box, down so low.

Jack, Jack, there goes the top. (Pop up)

Quickly now, up you pop.

Juan, Juan

(Tradicional. Translated by Alexandra Corona.)

Juan, Juan, para abajo vas, (Agachense)

Abajo en tu caja, muy abajo estas.

Juan, Juan, hay va la tapa. (Salta para arriba)

Rápido, ahora para arriba saltas.

Juan, Juan, para abajo vas, (Agachense)

Abajo en tu caja, muy abajo estas.

Juan, Juan, hay va la tapa. (Salta para arriba)

Rápido, ahora para arriba saltas otra vez.

Fingerplays

La Pelota

(Tradicional. Translated by Alexandra Corona.)

Aquí esta la pelota que guardo en la repisa. (Forma el círculo con los dedos)

La lanzo al aire y la atrapo,

Y la boto yo mismo. (Haz que la lanzas, la atrapas y botas)

Aquí esta una pelota, te la aviento a ti.

Favor de agarra la y aventármela

Otra vez a mí, también. (Use los movimientos apropiados)

The Ball

(Traditional.)

Here’s a ball I keep on the shelf. (Form circle with fingers)

I can toss it, and catch it,

And bounce it myself. (Pretend to toss, catch and bounce)

Here is a ball, I’ll toss it to you.

Please catch it and toss it

Right back to me, too. (Use appropriate motions)

Dibuja un Circulo

(Tradicional.)

Dibuje un círculo, dibuje un círculo, (Dibuje un círculo con tu dedo en el aire)

La mas redondo que pueda estar,

Dibuje un círculo, dibuje un círculo

Nada más para mí. (Apúntate a ti mismo)

Dibuje un cuadro, dibuje un cuadro, (Dibuje un cuadro en el aire con tu dedo)

Como la figura de una puerta;

Dibuje un cuadro, dibuje un cuadro,

Con cuatro esquinas.

Dibuje un triángulo, dibuje un triángulo, (Dibuje un triángulo en el aire)

Con tres esquinas.

Dibuja un triángulo, dibuja un triángulo,

Nada más para mí. (Apúntate a ti mismo)

Draw a Circle

(Traditional. Translated by Alexandra Corona.)

Draw a circle, draw a circle (Draw a circle with pointer finger)

Round as can be;

Draw a circle, draw a circle

Just for me. (Point to self)

Draw a square, draw a square, (Draw a square in the air)

Shaped like a door;

Draw a square, draw a square,

With corners four.

Draw a triangle, draw a triangle, (Draw a triangle in the air)

With corners three.

Draw a triangle, draw a triangle,

Just for me. (Point to self)

This Big Circle Is My Head / Este es el circulo que esta formen mi cabeza

Do the fingerplay, “This Big Circle Is My Head” / “Este es el circulo que esta formen mi cabeza” available in English and Spanish in The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories and Fingerplays by Pam Schiller.

Songs

The Donut Song

(Traditional. Sing to the tune of “The Turkey in the Straw”.)

Oh, I ran around the corner,

And I ran around the block.

I ran right into the bakery shop.

I grabbed me a donut

Right out of the grease.

And I handed the lady

A five-cent piece.

She looked at the nickel,

She looked at me.

She said, “This nickel

Is no good to me.

There’s a hole in the níckel

And it goes right through.”

Said I, “There’s a hole in your donut, too!"

“Thanks for the donut. Good-bye!”

La canción de la Dona

(Tradicional. Translated by Alexandra Corona.)

Oh, corrie a la esquina

y alrededor de la manzana.

Me encontré una panadería

me compre una dona,

acabada de salir del horno

a la señoríta,

le di un cinco.

Ella mirando a mi moneda se quedo,

y después a mi.

Me dijo, “Este cinco

no vale nada para mi.

Hay un hueco en el centro de este cinco,

Y se puede ver para el otro lado por el hueco.”

Yo dije, “¡Pero hay un hueco en tu dona también!

“Gracias por la dona. ¡Adiós!”

La Rueda

La Rueda” on El Regalo 2 by Tatiana. Play this song and add some movements to it. For example, since the song is talking about the wheel, make rolling movements with your hands.

Stories

Tell “Roll On, Roll On” by Pam Schiller on page 31 of The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories and Fingerplays by Pam Schiller.

Tell “The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs” on pages 59-61 of Fifty Fabulous Fables by Suzanne I. Barchers. The book is available on-line through NetLibrary, a TexShare resource.

Crafts

Moving Shapes Mobile

Materials
  • Construction paper in various colors
  • Precut die cut shapes
  • Crayons
  • String
  • Plastic clothes hangers
Directions

In advance, cut the die cut shapes and punch a hole on the top center of each shape. Cut four or five pieces of string for each child. Let the children decorate the shapes with crayons. Ask the parents or caregivers to tie one end of the string through the hole of each shape and the other end to the hanger. They can tie four to five different shapes onto the hanger. For safety, use only plastic hangers with very young children.

Videos/DVDs/Films

If you have public performance rights, show these videos and DVDs, or segments of them, to the children. Otherwise, display them for home use. The length listed is for the entire film.

  • Meet the Shapes. (30 minutes)
  • Winnie the Pooh Shapes and Sizes. (30 minutes)

Web Sites

Fisher Price

www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=30&e=gamesLanding&mcat=game_infant,game_toddler,game_preschool&site=us
This toy manufactures provides age-appropriate interactive games and on-line coloring pages, including several with shapes.


Games for Children Ages 1-5

www.kidspsych.org/oochy2.html
Mental health professionals offer a variety of on-line activities that encourage creativity and cognitive skills.


Literacy Center

www.literacycenter.net/parents_teacher/shape_center.htm
This site provides interactive activities in several languages, including Spanish, to help a child with shape recognition.

Professional Resources

  • The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories and Fingerplays by Pam Schiller.
  • El Regalo 2 by Tatiana.
  • Fifty Fabulous Fables by Suzanne I. Barchers.
Tatiana


www.tatiana.info/music/lyrics/er2.html
Contains the lyrics in Spanish to the song “La Rueda”.


Vermont Center for the Book Mother Goose Programs


www.mothergooseprograms.org/activities/2106.pdf
This program is designed for 3-5 year olds and includes lessons and fun activity games on shape recognition.

Craft Materials

Shape Up! Nametags – Circles (Page 1 of 6)

circles

Shape Up! Nametags – Hexagons (Page 2 of 6)

hexagons

 

Shape Up! Nametags – Ovals (Page 3 of 6)

ovals

Shape Up! Nametags – Squares (Page 4 of 6)

squares

Shape Up! Nametags – Stars (Page 5 of 6)

stars

Shape Up! Nametags – Rectangles (Page 6 of 6)

rectangles



Texas Reading Club 2008 Programming Manual / Texas Reading Club Jubilee: 1958-2008! / Texas Celebrates 50 Years of Reading


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Page last modified: June 14, 2011