If you have been a bilingual teacher for any amount of time, you have surely heard of Estrellita. Created by a bilingual teacher for bilingual teachers, Estrellita has been around for over twenty years. I was first introduced to this accelerated beginning Spanish reading program in 1999 when I was student-teaching in a first grade bilingual classroom in West Chicago.
While Estrellita has long been a mainstay in the bilingual Spanish classroom, it is now becoming a valued resource in the Dual-Language classroom for teaching Spanish literacy to non-Spanish speakers. For an excellent explanation of the similarities and differences in English and Spanish literacy, check out this article by Estrellita's author Karen Meyer titled Supporting Early Spanish Literacy in Dual Language Classrooms.
Because I love this program so much (I will share my reasons later this week), I contacted them to ask about sharing one of their resources with you. I am receiving no compensation other than the pure joy of giving rather than receiving! :)
The wonderful people at Estrellita are offering you their English Parent Packet (value of $44) that is a supplement for the K-1 Beginning Reading Program. If you already have the K-1 Program, you should have the Parent Packet in Spanish. This English supplement contains English instructions for the English dominant parents of students in Dual Language programs.
So would you like to win this resource? Here is how you can increase your chances with up to four entries (one comment per entry):
- Become a follower of I Teach Dual Language (see the right margin of this blog) and leave a comment here that you did or that you had already joined.
- "Like" I Teach Dual Language on Facebook and leave a comment here that you did.
- "Like" Estrellita on Facebook and leave a comment here that you did.
- Do you use Estrellita in your classroom? Leave a comment on Estrellita's Facebook page telling them how it has helped your students. Leave comment here that you did.