Bilingual / For the Children

By Rose Treviño

Parent & Child Program Title: How Your Child Learns

General Points to Cover

  • Everyone has certain things they do well.
  • Parents should observe their child to identify what their child does well.
  • Howard Gardner has identified 8 different intelligences that everyone possesses.
  • Teach your child using different learning styles.
  • Read poetry books to your child.

Books to Read (English and Spanish)

Un gato y un perro/a Cat and a Dog by Claire Masurel.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

La oruga muy hambrientapor Eric Carle.

Olivia by Ian Falconer.

Olivia por Ian Falconer.

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry.

El árbol es hermoso por Janice May Udry.

Hands-on Activities

Life Cycle Wheel

  • Paper plates
  • Dried beans or seeds
  • Green leaves
  • Cotton balls
  • Green pasta
  • Small twigs
  • Colored tissue paper cut into small squares
  • Black chenille stems
  • Blue
  • Pencils or markers

Introduce the activity by talking about the four stages a caterpillar goes through before becoming a butterfly.

What Children Do
  1. Divide a paper plate into four sections by folding it in quarters and marking the lines.
  2. Glue a bean or seed onto a leaf and glue the leaf on the paper plate for the “egg” stage.
  3. Glue the green pasta for the “caterpillar” stage.
  4. Glue the cotton ball for the “chrysalis” stage. (Note: Eric Carle’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, mistakenly uses the word “cocoon”, which is for moths.)
  5. Make a butterfly by twisting the chenille stem around a square of tissue paper.
  6. Glue the “butterfly” on the last section.
  7. Talk about the four stages of the life-cycle.

Arm Tree

  • 11” x 17” paper
  • Crayons and markers
  • Pencils
  • Yarn
  • Tissue paper
  • Rough rubbing plate or real bark
  • Glue
What Children Do
  1. Trace an arm and hand on paper.
  2. Cut and glue small pieces of yarn to the bottom for the roots.
  3. Make the bark on your tree by using a rubbing plate or real bark and rub with the side of a brown crayon.
  4. Make the twigs and leaves on the branches using markers and tissue paper.

Texas Reading Club 2009 Programming Manual / Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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