Book review – Arriba, Abajo y Alrededor
by Katherine Ayres & Nadine Bernard Westcott is a wonderful book that was a great hit with all the children. It is simple to read with lovely bright illustrations. I used it to accompany a food unit I did during the Autumn.
With the older children, we read it together, taking turns as we passed it around the class. This was a great exercise for them to practice reading with vocabulary they recognised but in short sentences.
With the younger one as well as simply reading it, we played a game. Whenever I said each of the words in the title the children had to act out the meaning. So when I read (arriba) they stretched up as high as they could, get down on the floor as low as they can when I read (abajo) and spin around for (alrededor). This is great fun and really gets the children listening and understanding first prepositions while learning new vocabulary.
Photo credit: Brandi McGrath Pownall