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Every Kid Deserves the Chance to Learn and Grow

Pair these FREE educator-developed printable activities with your favorite Encantos videos, books, and songs to help your child develop critical reading, writing, math, and social emotional learning skills. Plus, check out our Tips for Grown-ups to help reinforce the teachable moments in each lesson.

Oct 08, 2021 -

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Canticos Learning with Little Chickies/Los Pollitos

By: Nuria Santamaría Wolfe

Learning is fun with Canticos! We design every book to help kids learn as much as possible while helping them to become bilingual in Spanish and English.

Learning is fun with Canticos! We design every book to help kids learn as much as possible while helping them to become bilingual in Spanish and English.

Here are some tips to help you maximize the bilingual benefits, learning and fun with the first title in the Canticos book series: Little Chickies/Los Pollitos – the quintessential classic Spanish nursery rhyme that tells the story of three little chicks and their mother hen. The story serves as a metaphor for the demanding nature of babies and the unconditional love and care given to them by their parents.

  1. Talk

Use the book to talk about topics like farm animals (the sounds they make, what they eat, where they live, etc.) and babies (how they communicate their needs and how parents respond).

This is a great book to discuss springtime and to cover holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day.

  1. Sing

The simple lyrics and catchy tune sprinkled with the “pío pío pío” of the little chicks, will have you and your little ones singing in both English and Spanish. Not a Spanish speaker? Don’t know the tune? No problem!

Check out the sing-along video, part of Canticos’ larger Emmy-nominated YouTube cartoon series, to see the lyrics and to hear the correct pronunciation.

  1. Read

Canticos books are available in two formats.

Reversible board book: Read the story once in English. Flip the book and read it in Spanish. Open the book across to see all spreads and 1. Lay it flat on the floor to see the whole story at once or 2.Stand it up and connect the ends into a circle to sit inside and be surrounded by the story.

Little board book: Pick one language to read the story through to the end. Start again in the second language.

  1. Write

For your little ones that are just starting to learn their letters, they can practice tracing the shape of the letters in the book using their fingers. Older kids learning to write can practice writing simple words like ‘chick’ and ‘hen’ as well as onomatopoeic ones like ‘pío’ and ‘gulp’.

  1. Play

Get little ones saying “pío pío pío” as they open and close their hands imitating a chick opening and closing its beak. Or get them flapping their ‘wings’ as they bend their arms at their elbows and raise them up and down.

Find more resources in our Parents Learning Hub here.

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Ask a Bilingual Expert

Raising a bilingual child? On this page, our very own Director of Learning Design and Efficacy, Sophia Espinoza, addresses some of the most common questions, concerns, and curiosities around the benefits of bilingualism. Get the scoop below!

Sophia Espinoza is a career educator and curriculum designer with seven years of experience teaching in private and independent schools across the country. She is an expert in 21st-century education, including technologically-powered personalization, multilingual and multicultural curriculums, and social-emotional learning.

Sophia began teaching in Chicago Public Schools through Chicago Teaching Fellows, learning to support both English Language Learners and students with neurodiverse needs. Among her proudest accomplishments is launching the AltSchool Spanish Immersion Program, with the mission of creating bilingual global citizens who are socially conscious and environmentally aware. Sophia holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and M.A.Ed. from Dominican University.

Benefits of Bilingualism (FAQs):

Any advice on managing two Spanish dialects in the household? Does this cause confusion for kids?

What do you recommend if I’m not completely fluent and my child’s school doesn’t have an immersion class?

Do you recommend teaching different subjects in different languages? For example, the solar system in English and the days of the week in Spanish? Or is it better for kids to try to learn in both languages all the time?

We speak Spanish and English in our home but my child almost always answers or talks back in English. How can I go about encouraging her to respond and speak more in Spanish?

Should I set aside time or create activities for each language or is it okay to mix them both together?

Any advice for households where one parent speaks Spanish and the other English? Can this be confusing for children?

How can my child learn language through play?

What are the social and cultural benefits of bilingualism?

What are some of the cognitive benefits of bilingualism?

What are some strategies for raising bilingual children?

What are some common misconceptions about raising bilingual children?

What are some of the cognitive benefits of bilingualism?