Tango una Mascota Preschool Associations Book by Talking with Rebecca is designed to teach basic animals and associations to Spanish-speaking children. I use it in "Speech Time" group circles for Birth-3 and Developmental preschools. Using velcro to attach pictures in the book is designed to function with nonverbal children and children using picture exchange systems.
Simply print out a copy of the book (formatted for double sided printing). If double sided printing is not desired, print out each page, glue on tagboard for increased durability, and laminate. Then, order pages in book and punch holes in top and bottom of all pages. Use metal rings to attach pages together.
The “what is it?” pages of this book are designed to be used with velcro. Print out two copies of the animals page and cut out the squares. (Glue on tagboard and laminate if desired.) Place velcro inside the squares in the book and on the backs of the animal pictures. Place the correct animal and one foil on each “what is it?” page.
While reading the book, have students select the animal from the group of 2 on the page. Later, have the students match the animal to the black animal shape (I do this when re-reading the book later during circle after all the animals have been identified once).
Targeted animals and associations are:
Cat - mouse, miau
fish - water, bubbles (open and close mouth with a popping sound)
bird - cage, pío pío
dog - bone, guau
bunny - big teeth, carrots
Suggestions for group circle activities:
1. Read book focusing on animal identification (receptive language)
2. Receptive vocabulary by identifying toys of the animals or expressive vocabulary stating animal names or have students make the associations with objects or cut and paste the animals onto a picture of a living room, etc.
3. Re-read book - have students identify animals and match “same” with animal shape page (either keep animal pictures on velcro board or have each student hold an animal and identify when they have the needed one)
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