When students are in high school learning Spanish, the reading practice they often get is in a textbook or from excerpts of novels or articles for teens or adults written by Spanish speaking authors. These resources provide a great opportunity to build vocabulary, cultural knowledge, grammar skills, verb usage, and comprehension.
But, one resource I like to recommend parents and teachers add to the Spanish reading mix are children’s books and novels. I like to take advantage of these resources because they provide students with an opportunity to more easily learn everyday Spanish language usage.
The reading level of these books for a native Spanish speaker is at a child’s level which provides high school students with something easier to read, but that uses the Spanish language at its various difficulty levels. For example, in the page examples you see in this picture from the El osito polar book, there are verbs used in the present, preterite, and imperfect tenses. There is also grammar usage of indirect object pronouns. Students in the second semester of their second year of high school Spanish, would be able to read this fairly easily.
In the example of the pages shown from El cachorrito de Arturo, there is use of verbs in the preterite, present, and future tenses. There is also use of verbs in the subjunctive as well as direct and indirect object pronouns. This material would be more easily read by third-year high school Spanish students.
If you are a teacher, you will be able to look at some children’s books or novels and determine what would best fit your students.
If you are a parent, I would offer this advice:
Personally, I have found that reading children's books and novels really helps build the high school student's everyday Spanish language skills while challenging them to read at a native level. They don’t feel overwhelmed with these materials and enjoy them.
I know many times I have read things, and as I was reading them, said to myself, "Oh, so that's how they say that!"
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