Spain: Educación Infantil/Preescolar Learning Resources

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Spain Educación Infantil/Preescolar Learning Resource Ideas

Spain, with its rich history, diverse culture, and vibrant traditions, offers a plethora of unique resources for an “Educación Infantil/Preescolar” that follows the Reggio, Steiner, and Montessori principles.

New Resources

  1. Manipulatives & Sensorial Materials:
    • Montessori materials such as cylinder blocks, pink tower, and knobless cylinders.
    • Puzzles featuring Spanish landmarks, like Alhambra, Sagrada Família, or the windmills of La Mancha.
  2. Language Materials:
    • Sandpaper letters in Spanish.
    • Movable alphabets in Spanish.
    • Books and stories based on Spanish folklore, like tales about “El Cid” or “La Llorona”.
  3. Practical Life Materials (Montessori):
    • Tools for food preparation, especially for making traditional dishes like paella, tortilla española, or churros.
    • Fine motor skill activities like esparto grass weaving or lace-making inspired by traditional Spanish crafts.
  4. Mathematical Materials (Montessori & Waldorf):
    • Counting sets using Spanish items like olives, or flamenco castanets.
  5. Natural Materials:
    • Sand from Spain’s diverse coasts, such as Costa Brava or Costa del Sol.
    • Natural items from diverse Spanish regions, such as cork from Extremadura or shells from Galicia’s Camino de Santiago.
  6. Arts and Crafts:
    • Flamenco dance dresses, shoes, and castanets for rhythm exercises.
    • Craft supplies for creating items related to traditional Spanish fiestas like “La Tomatina” or “San Fermín”.
  7. Music & Movement:
    • Spanish instruments like guitars, cajón, and castanets.
    • Traditional songs, dances, and rhythms like flamenco, sevillanas, and jota.
  8. Cultural & Science Materials (Montessori & Reggio):
    • Kits exploring the biodiversity of regions like the Pyrenees or the Balearic Islands.
    • Tools for examining Spanish history, from the Roman aqueducts to the Moorish palaces.
  9. Outdoor Equipment:
    • Gardening tools for cultivating plants found in traditional Spanish gardens, like jasmine or orange trees.

Recycled Resources

  1. Old Clothes: Traditional Spanish dresses or costumes from events like local fiestas.
  2. Used Newspapers: Local newspapers for arts, collages, and Spanish reading activities.
  3. Cardboard Boxes or Tubes: For imaginative play and construction.
  4. Old Kitchen Tools: Used in Spanish cooking, like those for making churros or a paella pan.
  5. Fabric Scraps: From traditional Spanish textiles or costumes.

Local Resources & Crafts (Spain-specific)

  1. Bullfighting Paraphernalia: Miniature muletas (red capes) or banderillas for historical or cultural studies (considering age appropriateness and sensitivities).
  2. Semana Santa Kits: Materials for understanding the processions and their significance.
  3. Spanish Tile Art Kits: Inspired by the famous tiles from Andalusia or Valencia.
  4. Castanet Making Kits: Introducing children to the craft of making traditional rhythm instruments.
  5. Local Seed and Planting Kits: Seeds from native trees or plants like almond trees or saffron flowers.
  6. Dioramas: Of important Spanish settings, such as a typical Andalusian patio, a Basque farmhouse, or a Valencian falla.
  7. Board Games: Traditional Spanish games or games using Spanish landmarks and symbols.

By integrating these resources, children can deeply connect with their Spanish heritage while benefiting from a holistic educational approach that aligns with Reggio, Steiner, and Montessori principles.


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