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English the American Way: A Fun ESL Guide to Language & Culture in the U.S. w/Audio CD & MP3
The dialogues are clever and realistic including some slang. The book helps students grasp American idioms and structures such as why I'll is not pronounced like ill.It is a good supplement for students who have a working knowledge of basic English. Children and parents have used it to study independently.



ESL Games: 176 English Language Games for Children: Make your teaching easy and fun
While playing games, children and older students grasp practical words easily. Action and fun reinforce learning and remembering. Games can be adapted for small or large groups.


The ESL / ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels
It is mainly grade 4-12+ but techniques are effective with English learners at all proficiency levels. The book has tips for motivating and interacting with students as well as communicating with parents of English learners. It includes reproducible forms, worksheets, sample lesson plans, and suggestions for student assignments.


ESL Activities and Mini-Books for Every Classroom
For use with Grades 1-4, this teaches basic English to students who speak only a little English or none at all. The quick and easy guide has tips for assessing the child’s needs and abilities, communicating with the student’s family, and much more. The pictures are black and white so kids can color the appealing images helping them engage in learning.


ESL Worksheets and Activities for Kids
for K-3: beginner to intermediate level for learning English. This book has worksheets, mini books, and other activities that keep students engaged and having fun while they are learning. There are activities for shapes, numbers, time, months, days, weather, prepositions, family, money, and animals. Plus there are flash cards in the back of the book to help practice vocabulary. All of the pages are designed to be reproduced and used as handouts.


Oxford Picture Dictionary Content Area for Kids English Dictionary
The pictures build vocabulary for children who don't know English. They need these basics before using a regular dictionary. Pictures are colorful and well categorized making the meanings clear.


Blip and Blab ESL Video Course
Number of tapes 10, Run Time 250 minutes, Program for kids 4-12 with 28 original songs. Two fun-loving muppet aliens from another planet explore the English language as they interact with 6 kids. The ten segments are in a 6-Video Series. The entertaining story progresses from the basics such as numbers and letters to conversational English.


This is for children to read independently but some teacher guidance is helpful.

A Funny Dolch Word Book #1
Un Libro Cómico #1 de la Palabra de Dolch

In one of the short stories, enjoy the play on words in English with the verb "fly" and the noun "fly." Share usage notes with readers. Compare the Spanish words for the verb and noun, "fly." The instructions for teachers include free resources and a list of each Dolch word as it is introduced in each story.
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Bilingual Books for Children

Am I Small? Bin ich klein?: Children's Picture Book English-German (Bilingual Edition) These books introduce perspectives on essential themes like friendship, mindfulness, and happiness.
Am I Small? is also available as a bilingual book in
English-Spanish,
English-Norwegian,
English-Italian,
English-Korean,
English-French,
English-Russian,
English-Japanese,
English-Swedish,
English-Finnish,
English-Chinese [traditional],
English-Arabic,
English-Haitian Creole,
English-Greek,
English-Brazilian Portuguese
and in English with many other languages.



10,000 White Horses 10,000 Caballos Blancos
Picture a clear blue sky along the coastal beach, miles and miles of the mighty ocean offering up her latest show just for you. A spectacular panoramic view of breathtaking waves of imagination will give you memories to last a lifetime. In this poetic story a young girl experiences some of that feeling during her outing at the beach. Having missed the first wave, she is dunked by the second one, and finally catches the third.
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This is for children to read independently but some teacher guidance is helpful.

A Funny Dolch Word Book #1
Un Libro Cómico #1 de la Palabra de Dolch

In one of the short stories, enjoy the play on words in English with the verb "fly" and the noun "fly." Share usage notes with readers. Compare the Spanish words for the verb and noun, "fly." The instructions for teachers include free resources and a list of each Dolch word as it is introduced in each story.
$5.95 Amazon, or
$4.17 check, purchase order, PayPal or
$3.50 Ebook at PayPal.

More books will be added. Often there are complaints about translations of children's bilingual books so care is being taken selecting books. That makes it a slow process.

A Dolch Sight Words Spanish List is below.

A complete list of Spanish Dolch words is hard to find because of several things. The famous Dolch list is from English 1st - 3rd grade books Edward Dolch surveyed in 1936. Many of the words cannot be translated verbatim. In the sentence, Take a big jump, the word hacer (to do or to make) expresses the idea better than tomar (to take). In English, we would not say, Do a big jump or make a big jump. An English word can have different meanings in Spanish. I saw the fly fly by. Vi la mosca volar cerca. We can play with my can. Podemos jugar con mi lata.

Many of the English words must be known by how they look (on sight) because they do not follow decoding rules, e.g. to, too, two. There is also the problem of homonyms such as read and red.
Many words cannot be pictured. The poem I Can't Draw an AT illustrates this well.

English Dolch words are helpful to study because mastery means knowing 50% to 75% of the words in most 1st - 3rd grade book. Below is a list of many Spanish-English Dolch words. A list is good but usage in the context of books aids comprehension. See the complete lists of Dolch sight words in English.

I can = yo puedo
you can = tú, usted puedes
he, she, it can = él, ella, lo puede
we can = nosotros podemos
you can = te, ustedes pedéis
they can = ellos, ellas pueden
all = todo, todos
and = y
away = lejos, ausente
big = grande
but = pero, sino
good = bueno
here = aquí
little = poco, pequeño
new = nuevo
now = ahora
out = fuera
please = por favor
soon = pronto
there = ahí, allí, allá
today = hoy
together = junto
what = qué
where = donde, dónde
where (questioning) = ádonde
who = quien, quién
why = por qué
with = con

The 95 Dolch Nouns

apple = manzana
baby = bebé
back = atrás, espalda
ball = pelota, bola
bear = oso
bed = cama
bell = campana, timbre, cascabel
bird = pájaro

birthday = cumpleaños
boat = barco
box = caja
boy = niño, muchacho
bread = pan
brother = hermano
cake = pastel, tarta, bizcocho
car = automóvil, coche, carro
cat = gato, gata
chair = silla
chicken = gallina, pollo
children = niños, niñas
Christmas = Navidad
coat = abrigo, chaqueta
corn = maíz
cow = vaca
day = día
dog = perro, perra
doll = muñeca
door = puerta
duck = pato
egg = huevo
eye = ojo
farm = finca, rancho, granja
farmer = agricultora, granjero
father = padre
feet = pies
fire = fuego
fish = pescado, pescados
floor = piso
flower = flor
game = juego
garden = jardín, huerta
girl = niña, muchacha
good-by (goodbye) = adiós
grass = hierba, césped
ground = masa, suelo, tierra
hand = mano
head = cabeza
hill = cerro
home = hogar
horse = caballo
house = casa
kitty = minino, gatito, gatita
leg = pierna, pata
letter = letra
man = hombre
men = hombres
milk = leche
money = dinero
morning = mañana
mother = madre
name = nombre
nest = nido
night = noche
paper = papel
party = fiesta
picture = foto, lámina
pig = cerdo
rabbit = conejo
rain = lluvia
ring = aro, argolla, anillo
robin = petirrojo
Santa Claus = San Nicolás
school = escuela
seed = grano, germen
sheep = oveja
shoe = zapato
sister = hermana
snow = nieve
song = canción
squirrel = ardilla
stick = palillo
street = calle
sun = sol
table = mesa, meseta
thing = cosa
time = duración, hora, tiempo
top = cima
toy = juguete
tree = árbol
watch = reloj
water = agua
way = manera
wind = viento
window = ventana
wood = bosque, madera

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