Bilingual Reading: Pumpkins and Harvest Time

Bilingual reading about pumpkins does not have to limit to books to Halloween or spooky stories. Many bilingual pumpkin stories carry a message of harvest time.

While children might like to read funny Halloween stories, encourage them to seek other types of bilingual literature. Learning about pumpkins in a fun reading activity can motivate them to learn other language skills.

Reading Dual-Language Books

Encouraging to read any type of book is just as vital as learning another language. How do you incorporate literature and language skills into a lesson?

Of course, you can find typical bilingual books at different reading levels. While those are fun to read, try to add more learning into reading.

One way to emphasize language learning is to use vocabulary games, letter identification, and prepositions.

Whether you use prepositions to identify objects around the classroom or a Halloween theme, you might want to consider technology as well. For instance, using technology can help you develop various ways to play vocabulary games.

There are plenty of apps and websites that engage children to seek, play, and learn words. However, don’t let the fun stop there.

With ebooks and writing practice, you can captivate the mind of your young learner with reading. Many books contain colorful images, rhymes, and stories in both English and Spanish.

Seek books that have parallel reading pages. In that way, you can read in English and point out words in Spanish.

Or, you read in Spanish and seek the words in English. Either way, you’ll be able to identify terms that are specific in English and Spanish.

However, when the bilingual text does not follow the context or are on separate pages, the meaning might get lost. Also, bilingual reading does not have to stop on the last page. 

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Using Bilingual Reading Pumpkins

Continue bilingual reading with fun themes of pumpkins, Halloween, or harvest time. When you read traditional books, try to find dual-reading in both languages.

  • If you can, add Halloween vocabulary terms or words to each page or create a word wall.
  • Another way to use Halloween terms is to use charts with terms or anchor charts.
  • Also, add bilingual reading as you use interactive texts.
  • For instance, use the bilingual pumpkin prepositions ebook.
  • As you read the text together, you’ll notice that your students need to take action on each page.
  • Whether that action is counting or identifying letters, this activity encourages students to read and understand that instruction.

For each, your students will find a preposition.

  • Where are the pumpkins? How many are there?
  • These questions are a few of the many ways that you can add teacher-directed instruction as you are reading together.
  • In the end, you can add other activities like bingo, vocabulary games, or matching.
  • A fun way to review bilingual prepositions might be to place the candy in the pumpkin bucket or treat bag.
  • Use the list of bilingual prepositions and practice modeling each.
  • You can select a few bilingual terms to add to the bucket or you can go one-by-one.

Regardless of the method you choose, encourage your students to practice saying the term, locating the preposition, and identifying it in the ebook. In that way, the reading passages prompt your students to deepen their learning.

Bilingual reading during the fall season or Halloween encourages little readers to have fun with reading. Using simple ways of reading comprehension can also enhance learning language skills.

With a short story of bilingual pumpkins, your students can engage in dual reading and learn Spanish prepositions at the same time. 

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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