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BLAST Early Learning

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Rubia and the Three Osos written by Susan Middleton Elya; illustrated by Melissa Sweet

A rhymed retelling of Goldilocks and the three bears, featuring a little girl named Rubia, a brand-new ending, and an introduction to more than thirty Spanish words and phrases.


My Colors = Mis Colores by Rebecca Emberley

Introduces colors in Spanish and English, along with the words for various objects that appear.


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin, Jr.; pictures by Eric Carle

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them.



Open-ended Questions for Rubia and the Three Osos?:

· Look at the cover of the book, and listen to the title. What do you think “oso” means?

· How would you feel if someone ate your food and broke your chair?



Cabeza, Hombros, Rodillas y Dos Pies
(Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Spanish)
Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y dos pies
Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y dos pies

Ojos, oidos, boca y una nariz
Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y dos pies


Vocabulary Word:

notice: v. To see something


“She noticed three sillas, where we could sit down...’”

(taken from Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya)



Numbers in Spanish

Teach the students the numbers from 1-10 in Spanish.











Paper Plate Maracas

Give the kids a paper plate, and turn it over. Let them decorate the bottom with crayons, markers, or paint. When they finish decorating, fold the plate in half. Staple around the edge, leaving an opening to put in rice or beans. Staple the rest of the opening closed.


Get out a map or globe and show the students where Spain and Mexico are.



Counting Ovejas

words by Sarah Weeks; art by David Diaz

"Counting Ovejas" is a bilingual tribute to the power of sheep in putting one very unsleepy boy to sleep.


My Grandma = Mi Abuelita written by Ginger Foglesong Guy; illustrations by Viví Escrivá

In this bilingual story, a boy and his family fly from the city to the country to visit his grandmother.



Bravo! by Ginger Foglesong Guy;

pictures by René King Moreno

In this bilingual story that introduces simple vocabulary words, a little girl and boy pick up seemingly unconnected objects on their walk around the yard, providing a surprise for the reader.

My Shapes = Mis Formas by Rebecca Emberley

Introduces shapes in Spanish and English, along with the words for various objects that appear.