Spanish Numbers Practice for Bilingual Learners

Spanish numbers practice is a fun learning experience for bilingual learners. Students can engage in learning Spanish numbers with songs, rhymes, and interactive games.

There is so much to learn when it comes to Spanish numbers. Besides learning phonetics, students learn sequential order, numerical value, and literacy.

When you can combine learning activities that promote all these areas of learning, you emphasize language skills at a much deeper level. 

Reading Spanish Numbers for Bilingual Learners

A numbers activity doesn’t have to consists of the repetition of tedious numbers and counting. Use songs for preschoolers to teach essential numbers one to ten or beyond.

However, when using numbers in a contextual approach, students will develop more in-depth thinking skills and retain more information. So, when reciting fun songs and nursery rhymes, bilingual learners engage with numbers, sequences, and literacy.

Whether you want to use circle time or literacy centers for Spanish number learning, choose books or activities that can quickly reinforce numbers. 

Spanish numbers

Spanish Numbers Learning Activities

For preschoolers, stories are ideal methods to activate prior knowledge and make connections.

  • Use brief stories that bilingual preschoolers are familiar with like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Dr. Seuss’s book, or Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.
  • Implementing a short story emphasizes the use of Spanish numbers and literacy.
  • Print the Spanish Numbers Learning Activity.
  • Next, cut and paste the necessary numbers one through six in the bear story.
  • Here, mama bear is looking for her cubs she lost in the forest.
  • She needs to count her cubs to make sure she has all of them.
  • At this point, count the bears as you’re pasting the number cards onto the paper.
  • Also, you can allow bilingual students to glue the numbers as they’re saying them.
  • Once you finish that part of the activity, use the writing practice to trace each Spanish number with the bonus number seven. 

Deeper Learning Spanish Number Practice

When using the short story of a mama bear and her cubs at the river, bilingual students enrich their level of understanding.

  • As the story unfolds, use the transition words in English and Spanish to signal the sequence of events.
  • Here, young readers can practice reading the story in English and Spanish.
  • Open the discussion with students by asking students about the text.
  • Use index cards or the Dr. Seuss Hat template and label each section one through six.
  • Begin by stating that once you put on the thinking hat, you have to discuss each part of the story.
  • By working with short passages, bilingual learners can quickly identify those signal words.
  • In addition to the text, use the picture to allow students to express what they see.
  • Then, relate the image to the discussion.

Other valuable ways to use Spanish numbers and sequence is in the life cycle of natural events such as flowers, plants, water, or animals. 

Bilingual Life Cycles to Predict Story Sequence

Whether you use a simple story of the life cycle of a plant or flower, these fundamental concepts teach more than science. The science literacy behind each text ensures bilingual learners use all aspects of English and Spanish.

For instance, if you use a life cycle of the butterfly, there’s a sequence of events. Bilingual learners can relate that butterflies emerge from an egg and grow to a butterfly in different phases.

You can use a similar approach to the life cycle of an apple or a flower. Remarkably, in each stage of growth, you can emphasize Spanish numbers, science vocabulary, and reading.

The most amazing aspect of this method of science literacy is the wealth of learning students acquire for life.

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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