HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends

HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends

by Judy Martialay




¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish Visit New Places and Make New Friends! Introduces children to Spanish. The purpose of the book is to give children an enjoyable experience learning the language as well as to teach them a useful skill. The age range of children is roughly 6-10, although it should include the largest age range possible. It is especially useful for parents and children who reside in the many districts where foreign language is not offered in elementary school. My hope is that kids and their parents will be inspired to continue their study of Spanish throughout school, so that they can truly communicate to the millions of Spanish speakers throughout the world. The book can be used by older children themselves. It can be adapted for use in Foreign Language in Elementary School , FLES, programs and in Foreign Language Experience, FLEX, programs. It can be used by librarians. It would make a great gift for grandparents, relatives or anyone who has a child in his or her life and would like to give that child the beginning of a truly world class education. It can be used by parents, whether or not they speak Spanish, and their children. There is an audio version of the book on http://polyglotkidz.com. Children and parents should follow along with book and audio so that they learn the best pronunciation. The book begins with an introduction, where Pete the Pilot invites children aboard his magic plane for an imaginary trip to Mexico. On board, children are given some basic words and expressions to learn. Parents and children will have best results when learning the Spanish when they repeat often, and use the Spanish in everyday life situations. The book is designed to help them do that. When the children arrive in Mexico, they meet Panchito, the jumping bean, and they follow his adventures while learning Spanish, and becoming acquainted with the culture of Mexico. When they return, they bring their Spanish back home with them. In the activities section, they are encouraged to use Spanish in every day situations. For example, they have a treasure hunt of people and objects around their house. They can have fun putting on a skit with their friends. In the Culture Corner, kids learn more about the different customs that they meet during the story, and they get more ideas on how to use their Spanish. They can sing the traditional song for breaking the piñata. In the craft section, children can make a mask with frijoles, beans that they encountered in the story. There are more opportunities for using Spanish. With the vocabulary section, they can hear again how each word or phrase is pronounced. With ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish, children engage in a variety of activities designed to accomodate a variety of learning styles, and enjoy communicating in Spanish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991132409
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 11/30/2015
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 30
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Judy Martialay was born in Mount Vernon, New York, and received a BA from Mount Holyoke College and MA from Columbia University. She taught Foreign Language in elementary school, middle and high school. During and after retirement, she devoted time to public advocacy for foreign language education with the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers. Her dream is to give all children the opportunity to experience a foreign language, as early as possible. Judy has traveled to Mexico, France, Spain, Italy, Algeria, China, Ethiopia, Greece, Israel and other countries. She loves guitar, oil painting, and gardening. She is currently studying Japanese. She lives in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with husband Javier, has two daughters and one granddaughter.

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HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Pete the Pilot boards the children on his plane and off they zoom to Mexico. While on the plane the children learn some basic Spanish words and phrases so they can speak with the Mexican people when they reach their destination. The children meet up with Panchito, an adventurous Mexican jumping bean who is very excited and happy to accompany the children as they experience Mexican culture at it's finest. This educational and fun book contains both English and Spanish words. The Spanish words and phrases are printed boldly allowing the young readers to differentiate between the two languages. The fact that the book is not in text-book form but woven into a lovely story will be a great hit with children learning a new language. The author has added additional activities to accompany the story: a list of words and useful expressions that are contained in the book, instructions and a template to help children create a mask, and encouraging words to help children perform a skit so they can practise their new found language to family and friends in Spanish, just to name a few! If your child is interested in learning a new language this book is a gentle, interesting and educational way to get them started.
connywithay More than 1 year ago
“Welcome aboard Pete the Pilot’s magic plane. Pete takes you to France. On the way, learn words and phrases in French …” the contents page explains at the beginning of Judy Martialay’s children’s book, Bonjour! Let’s Learn French: Visit New Places and Make New Friends. ~ What ~ This forty-page paperback targets children ages six to twelve years old and their parents who want to learn French. With no scary scenes, the book contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful, simplistic illustrations and photographs are on most pages. A website with a downloadable audio for correct word pronunciation is available. This book teaching about France and its culture, people, and language provides a story as well as educational tools. When Pete the Pilot flies the readers to the country, they are introduced to two children making a sand castle at the beach. At night, a snail named Louis resides as king of the sand castle until dogs run by, accidentally destroying it. The next day, the children rebuild the castle for their king snail. Other chapters offer conversational French, the culture of France, learning to paint an impressionist painting, and a compilation of the words and phrases used throughout the book. There is an acknowledgment page at the ending. ~ Why ~ I like that this book promotes learning through a story, following it up with reiteration, repetitiveness, and practice. Having all French words in a bold font makes them easy to locate. One of the best features of this is that one can go online and download the audible book, so proper pronunciation is used when reading the French words out loud. ~ Why Not ~ Due to the long paragraphs on the pages, it would best be read to some children as it may frustrate some. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Some may find the book either too hard or simple to understand regarding French words, but it would be enjoyed greatly by those trying to learn a new language. ~ Wish ~ While the ending pages have all French words used with the French word first, having an English index alphabetically at the back might be helpful for those who need to look up a word quickly. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a beginner book on learning French from an English perspective, this may be the ticket, especially if you use it with the audio version. Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Educational The book is intended for children to give them a head start at learning Spanish. This is a good book for anyone who wants an introduction. It also tells a story through the character Pete the Pilot. It also has some activities that lend to the learning of Spanish. It's a bright and vibrant book, and worth reading if you're looking to be introduced into the Mexican culture. This book also allows you to access the link http://www.polyglotkidz.com to download the audio of this book (best for proper pronunciation).
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paola (age 9) for Reader Views (11/2016) “Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish” by Judy Martialay takes you on Pete the Pilot’s airplane to Mexico to meet Panchito, a jumping bean who will show you more about this country. Starting with the landing in a field of beans where Panchito begins the journey, he shows how high he can jump, and tries to make the beans on the trees play and talk to him. Soon he sees the farmer counting the rows of trees, and pulling the beans and putting them in a basket. Panchito jumped into one of the baskets and the farmer put them in his truck and went to the market to sell them. At the market, Panchito had fun watching all around him from the basket. He jumped from the basket to another stand that had candies, and from there into a bag, and then to a piñata, and so on. It is a fun story that will teach about the culture and food and when you are reading it, you can learn how to say it in Spanish. After the story, there are more, games, songs, and even a craft activity. I am sure many kids will enjoy and learn not only Spanish, but also the culture of another country. I liked the size of the book and the drawings. A note from Paola’s Mom: “Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish” by Judy Martialay is a very complete book in which the kids will enjoy not only the story and journey of Panchito, they will read, learning also how to say it in Spanish. In Panchito’s adventures, they will find some culture, songs, a skit to practice, and a craft. For those kids that know the language like Paola, it will help them practice the language. Paola enjoyed the book and will take it to school to share it with her classmates in Spanish class.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Hola! Let's Learn Spanish is a fun way for kids to learn Spanish! As kids follow the adventures of Panchito the jumping bean, kids will learn everyday Spanish in a fun way that will stick with them to help them learn the language. With the book going from English to Spanish, kids will be speaking the language like a natural! I was truly amazed with this book and how well it teach's somebody the Spanish language but in a fun kind of way that you won't be thinking that this is a lesson. I would recommend going to the website before starting this book to get audio while reading the book so the words would make more sense. I so wished that something like this was out when I was taking Spanish for school that it would have made learning so much easier and you get to have a little bit of fun as well! Thank You to Judy Martialay for coming out with a Spanish book for kids to adults that makes learning Spanish a little bit easier!! I received this book from the Author in exchange for a honest review!
Epic_Book_Quest More than 1 year ago
( review via http://epicbookquest.com ) In this fun and imaginative book by foreign language teacher Judy Martialay, Pete the Pilot takes readers to Mexico, where they meet Panchito the Mexican jumping bean. Adventures abound as Panchito explores the Mexican culture, learning lots of Spanish words and phrases along the way. Panchito’s adventure begins in a bean field, when he hops into a basket of beans and is whisked away to the market- el mercado. After exploring the many sights and sounds of the village, he finds himself at a birthday party –fiesta de cumpleaños– where he makes lots of new friends and learns even more words to say in Spanish. What a fantastic book! Kids will love to follow along with Panchito through his many antics and adventures which make language learning fun. Full of adorable illustrations, the story is so entertaining that you don’t feel as though you are practicing language lessons or drilling vocabulary. Each new word is introduced with the English translation, then repeated throughout the book so that readers can practice them multiple times. Included in the back of the book are several activities for kids to continue practicing what they’ve learned, including a quiz, a skit to perform with their friends, interesting facts about the Spanish language and Mexican jumping beans, a song about a piñata, and more. Readers can go to http://www.polyglotkidz.com for the audio accompaniment to the book. ¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish is a engaging and wonderful way to get kids interested in learning a second language, highly recommended! Rating: 5 stars I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends by Judy Martially is a fun way for young children to learn Spanish. The book is geared to children ages six to ten. Ms. Martialay has compiled a variety of activities and approaches through which children, and their parents, can quickly learn some basic Spanish words and phrases as well as learning about the culture. There is an audio narrative that is to be used in conjunction with the book. Hola starts with an engaging story about a Mexican Jumping Bean. The author reads the story in English while another narrator enunciates some of the words and phrases in Spanish. Students can easily determine the meaning of the words through the simple sentence context. The story is quite cute, and it will appeal to you children. After the story, there are a variety of lessons such as introductions, conversations, and things found in and around a home. A skit is provided for students and parents to act out. The physical activity of the skit reinforces the words learned. Furthermore, there are age-appropriate cultural lessons. I enjoyed learning about jumping beans, bargaining in a market, parties and pinatas. Lastly, there is an interesting lesson on masks that includes a craft project. The combination of stories, skits, crafts and lessons provides a wonderful introduction to Spanish language and culture. I would have loved a resource such as ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish: Visit New Places and Make New Friends when my children were starting school.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
The author uses some clever tricks to help readers learn the Spanish language. Pete the Pilot takes us with him on a virtual trip to Mexico, teaching us a few basic Spanish words on the way. We are also introduced to some phrases in the text with Spanish translations in bold. In Mexico, we meet Panchito the Mexican jumping bean. We visit the bean field, the market, and a child's birthday party. More phrases are introduced in context throughout this silly story, which is sure to hold your child's attention. The words and phrases learned in the story are then reinforced in a segment called "It's your turn", with practical exercises designed to get children talking to their friends and family in Spanish. Then we go on a "Treasure Hunt" to physically find the objects in question; this activity further reinforces memory retention. Also included is an "expression diary" to keep track of how many times a week we use a selection of Spanish phrases. Further activities include a short skit that will get the children acting and speaking in Spanish, cultural facts about the Spanish language and Mexico, the words to a piñata song in both Spanish and English, and a fun craft activity making a mask. Also included is a full list of all the Spanish words used, along with their English translations in alphabetical order by chapter; this list would be more helpful in straight alphabetical order, not separated into chapters. The cute, colorful, hand-drawn illustrations throughout the text will appeal to children of all ages. They are supplemented by a few color photographs. The author presents a fun and innovative way for children to learn a new language. A pleasure to read. Un placer. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2016/01/hola-lets-learn-spanish-by-judy-martialay.html