Bilingual Programs Chapter

By Priscilla Suárez and Vanessa Sáenz

Preschool Program: Mexican Voyage

Books to Share

Adelita by Tomie dePaola.

Fiesta Feminina by Mary-Joan Gearson.

From the Bellybutton of the Moon / Del Ombligo de la Luna by Francisco X. Alarcón.

Magda’s Tortillas / Las Tortillas de Magda by Becky Chavarría-Cháirez.

The Moon is La Luna: Silly Rhymes in English and Spanish by Jay M. Harris.

Moon Rope by Lois Ehlert.

Books to Show or Booktalk

Bajo la Luna de Limón / Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine.

Child of the Sun by Sandra Arnold.

Little Night / Nochechita by Yuyi Morales.

The Moon Was at a Fiesta by Matthew Gollub.

The Woman Who Outshone the Sun by Alejandro Cruz Martínez.

Rhymes and Poetry

A La Luna


Luna, lunita cascabelera.

Eres tan linda, tan hechicera.

Tu luz se cuela por mi ventana,

Y al dormir te digo adiós.

Y al dormir te digo adiós.

Y al dormir te digo adiós.

A La Luna


Moon, little chiming moon.

You are so pretty, so enchanting.

Your light comes in through my window,

And when I go to sleep I will tell you good-bye.

And when I go to sleep I will tell you good-bye.

And when I go to sleep I will tell you good-bye.

Luna Lunera


Luna, lunera, cascabelera,

Cinco pollitos y una ternera.

Sal solecito, caliéntame un poquito,

Por hoy y por mañana por toda la semana.

Luna Lunera


Moody, thoughtless moon,

Five chicks, a calf and a loon.

Come out little sun, warm me like no one,

For the dawn and the morning, for the night and the evening.

El Sol es de Oro


El sol es de oro.

La luna es de plata.

Y las estrellitas,

Son de hojo de lata.

El Sol es de Oro


The sun’s a golden medallion.

The moon’s a silver ball.

The little stars are made of tin,

I love them best of all.

Good Night

(By Priscilla Suárez.)

Buenas noches te deseo.

To you good night I say.

The moon above

Is bright as day

But buenas noches

To you I say.

Audio Recordings

“Arrurru Mi Niño” on Canciones de Cuna Para Niños by Patatin Patatero.

“Blue Moon” on Blue Moon by The Marcels.

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” on The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens.

“Luna llena” on Eya 1998 by Elida & Avante.

“Pídeme La Luna” on Pídeme La Luna by Cali Carranza.

“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on Disney Babies: Lullaby by Various Artists.

“A Whole New World” on Disney Princess: The Ultimate Collection by Various Artists.


Sun, Moon and Star Mobile

photo of sun, star, mobile - large moon/sun combo is the centerpiece, from the centerpiece are strings with blue and pink stars dangling

  • Glue
  • Crayons or Markers
  • Moon face template
  • Large paper plates
  • Star templates
  • Sun rays template
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch
  • Sequins (optional)
  • Gold and silver glitter (optional)

In advance cut yarn to various lengths ranging between 6” and 10”. Then, punch four holes along the bottom edge of the large paper plates and punch one hole at the top. Use the templates provided in this program to trace the sun face onto one side of the paper plate, cutting away the excess paper. Use the template provided or a die-cut to cut out four stars for each child. Punch a hole on one ray of each star. Allow the children to color the different halves of the plate to represent the sun and moon. If desired, spread a light layer of glue on the stars and sprinkle with gold or silver glitter or sequins. Carefully shake off excess glitter and set these aside to dry. Alternately, use crayons and markers to color the stars. Ask parents and volunteers to help the children tie a piece of yarn through each hole on the paper plate. Then tie a star to each piece of yarn. Tie the last piece of yarn through the top hole for hanging.

Find the Sun, Moon and Stars Mobile sun/moon combined pattern, the sun pattern, the moon pattern and the stars pattern at the end of this program.

Web Sites

Kids Konnect - MX

The site provides fast facts on everything about Mexico for homework assignments.

Mexico for Kids

This is the official web site of the Mexican government for children to learn more about Mexico’s culture.

Time for Kids – MX,20344,591663,00.html

Time magazine provides an interactive site for children to learn about Mexico.

Professional Resources

Pío Peep: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes! by Alma Flor Ada, and F. Isabel Campoy.

How Stuff Works – The Moon

This site provides great science project ideas related to the moon.

Mama Lisa’s World

This personal site, available in English, Spanish, and French, offers a collection of fingerplays, poetry, rhymes and stories from around the world.

Program Materials

Mexican Voyage – Sun, Moon and Stars Mobile Sun/Moon Pattern

Printer Friendly PDF Version (17 KB)

sun/moon pattern sheet - centerpiece with set of eyes, smiling mouth

Mexican Voyage – Sun, Moon and Stars Mobile Moon Pattern

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Two half Moon Patterns, each pattern has three holes on the right and one on the left

Mexican Voyage – Sun, Moon and Stars Mobile Sun Pattern

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Sheet with half sun with eye, two smiling faces

Mexican Voyage – Sun, Moon and Stars Mobile Stars Pattern

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Sheet with five stars, hole at the top of each star

Texas Reading Club 2010 Programming Manual / Catch the Reading Express!

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

Page last modified: June 14, 2011