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Veronica Vera, an English Major at Wellesley College, shares the benefits of Spanish reading and storytelling in her home and recommends you:

  • Share stories in your first language

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Melanie Kerr; a Literacy through the Arts teacher at Mattahunt School who reads, sings and tells traditional tales with Spanish words to Kindergarteners; offers these tips:

  • Read stories from other cultures
  • Remember you have an eager audience
  • Let the story become part of you
  • Don’t be afraid to ad lib and share the excitement
  • Read for long or short periods

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Laurie Joy Haas, Executive Producer of Words that Cook!™ and co-author of Read it Aloud! A parent’s guide to sharing books with young children, gets Chip the Cookie-Bookie Bear's help to suggest you and your children:

  • Make up stories around noisy words

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Mared Alicea-Westort, Director of Multicultural Programs at Wellesley College recalls lessons from her own grandmother’s knee, including:

  • Use stories to guide behavior
  • Use characters as examples

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Motoko and Eshu Bumpus, International Storytellers who give our studio audience stories and tips on building excitement into storytelling, suggest you:

  • Introduce trouble
  • Have a character do what is forbidden
  • Try it – everyone is a storyteller
  • Read, read, read
  • Read stories ahead of time
  • Make stories your own
  • Tailor stories to your child’s emotional level
  • Relax, let yourself go
  • Let kids help with voices
  • Help build your child’s vocabulary
  • Play and have fun with language
  • Introduce morality through stories

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