5 Ways to Help Your First Graders with Bilingual Reading


If you are wondering how to teach a struggling First Grader how to read, or even what are some of the best ways to teach your First Grader how to read, then stick with me!  In this post I'm going to show you some amazing ways and resources for teaching First Grade Reading--In English AND Spanish!

5 Ways to Help Your First Grader Read in Spanish and English!

Before diving in to the 5 ways to help your kiddo with bilingual reading, I want to let you know that you can do this, and you are not alone.  Sign up with your email right here for a freebie so that you can receive weekly teaching tips and tricks for your Bilingual or Dual Classroom.

In addition, please take note that the actual teaching strategies and methods for teaching reading in English and Spanish are different, but there are some similarities.  I will highlight ways to help Bilingual Reading, and these are similar and adapted ways to encourage bilingual reading.

Let's Dive Right In!

#1.  The First Way to Help your First Grader with Bilingual Reading: Be a Reading Role Model.

So what does that mean, anyway?  Role modeling reading can happen in a few different ways.  Your best way to model your own love of reading is to read a lot yourself.  

But how do you show kids that?  A great way is to choose some of your favorite books and display them in your room so that the kids can easily see them.  When the books are in sight, then this will foster curiosity.  Even if the kiddos are 'reading' the pictures, this is a great start.

When you display your favorite books in your room, then use those books intentionally as your read - aloud books.  Kids love to hear you read.  Heck, a lot of adults like to hear teachers read!!  Take advantage of that amazing read-aloud time to show your kids how much you love the books, and how much you love to read.  That love of reading is contagious, and the kids will pick up on that.

#2.  The Second Way to Help your First Grader with Bilingual Reading:  Lead kids to make predictions

Since you are already taking advantage of your read aloud time every day, you might as well slide predicting what happens next in Every. Single. Story.  Yes, the more you teach kids to predict, the sooner it will become a habit for you and for the kids.  

Predicting is important because not only does it get students to use critical thinking skills, but it also gets them to activate their prior knowledge, hereby engaging with the story.  As you bring in the predictions, draw on prior knowledge about the story, the setting and the characters. 

#3.  Third: Use Retelling to the fullest potential so that you can help your First Grader with Bilingual Reading

Retelling can happen in any setting, just like predicting can.  Going back to reading aloud to your class, or individual kiddo....this is a great time to add retelling.  There are a lot of different ways to do this.

I am going to point out that a great way to retell is by sequencing pictures on a time-line.  In my Super Simple Stories Bundle you will find 8 stories that are all bilingual and each one has timelines that you can use.  The time lines are differentiated and teach transition words to aid in the process of retelling the story.

#4.  Help your First Grader with Bilingual Reading by giving them choice

I'm going to refer back to you as a reading model and how you display your favorite books so that your kids can access them, at least visually.  This is giving them a wide variety of choice, and it is right in front of them--easy to see.

I'll also refer to that Bundle again...There are 8 stories!  The stories are super easy for you to make available to your kids because they are digital in PowerPoint.  You can upload them to your Google Drive, or on the kids' devices so that they can read them.  

Not only are the stories digital, but they are also printable in both black and white AND color, if you so desire!  I print up copies in black and white so that the kids can use them in their independent reading pack of books, but I also make a couple class copies in color available so that kids can read them with a partner if they like.
Bilingual Stories first grade

#5.  Finally, you can help your First Grader with Bilingual Reading by teaching story elements and mood 

Teaching story elements can be as simple as pointing out characters and setting during a read aloud.  You can take it a step further by having the class identify the story elements on paper.
Bilingual Story Elements
This is a fun and engaging way to teach story elements!  While teaching mood to first grade may seem to be a daunting task, I simplify this for you in the bundle by using colors and fun emojis to show mood.  Kids also have the opportunity to show how they think the characters may be feeling by drawing the character's facial expression!

First Grade Bilingual Reading
To wrap up, I encourage you to check out the Super Simple Stories Bundle right here because you will be able to present your readers with 8 choices of stories in digital or printed form with TONS of activities that are geared toward helping your kiddos sharpen their reading skills without you going on a search for resources every single weekend!

Digital and Printable Bilingual Stories First Grade
Click the image to see the bundle!

Happy Teaching in Your Dual Classroom!!

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