Spanish Phonics Books for Beginners

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One of the basic skills of speaking is pronunciation. You know how to read already in your language but what about this new language. It sounds different. You must learn a whole different set of sounds. These reading books are full of the practice you need to hone your reading and pronunciation skills.

How do you start reading a Spanish phonics book?

The best way to start reading Spanish books is at the easiest reading level. This gives all language learners an advantage. They are simple to read and have basic vocabulary. Best of all a quick win is very motivating towards your language learning goals.

Before anything, you need to know how the Spanish letters sound. This is especially important with each of the five vowels and the new and different consonant sounds in the Spanish language.

The next step, is learning how the syllables sound. A syllable is a group of letters within a words. There can be one or more syllables in one word. Put the syllables together to pronounce a word. After this, intermediate and advanced learners cover the concepts of stress, accents, intonation and how words blend together.

For now, these books are ideal for beginners to practice reading and pronunciation. They are perfect for small bite size Spanish phonics lessons.

Spanish Phonics Book – Silabario

First, the most basic of phonics books are the silabarios. Teachers use a silabario to teach children how to read Spanish. They introduce the letters, sounds, syllables and basic words to new language learners. Many pictures follow along with the content. This is why they are perfect for any Spanish learner.

What is a silabario in English?

The Spanish word “silabario” is translated as a book of syllables in English.

Spanish Phonics Books Vocabulary

fonética — phonetics
fonología — phonics
pronunciación — pronunciation
lectura — reading
sonido — sound
sílaba — syllable
palabra — word
silabario — book of syllables
cuentos fonéticos — phonics stories

Every country has their own version and some countries have many different kinds. You won’t find them in your local bookstore or library, usually. Here are some available online:

Nacho – libro inicial de lectura

Used by many schools and families to teach reading to children. If it works for children, it works for any language learner too. A complete introduction to the letters and syllables of Spanish.

Rosita – Lectura Inicial

Like most silabarios, Rosita covers the alphabet sounds, syllables and words. Also towards the back of the book is a group of poems and rhymes to practice with.

Silabario hispanoamericano

Since 1951, Sr. Galdames uses a combination of phonics, sensory and object lessons in this syllable manual. A great way to learn the sounds and words of Spanish.

Coquito de oro integrado

Combines reading and writing into one book. A plus for read and write style learners. There are 54 lessons of instruction. It claims to take 3 months, maybe sooner depending on your pace and ability.

Mi método de lectura

A great focus on syllables which are organized by different types, such as simple, blends and pairs. It begins with the sounds of the alphabets.

Spanish Phonics Book – Phonics Stories

The English word phonics or phonetics is translated “fonetica” in Spanish. Here are more useful Spanish words and phrases for phonics:

Mi primer libro de lectura

The next step after completing a syllable book. A collection of short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts for reading and speaking practice. The text covers a variety of common topics and has complimentary pictures.

Spanish for Kids

10 themes with 100 vocabulary words. There is one simple sentence with a picture per page and an online audio. They are very easy to read for kids and good for adult Spanish learners too. Choose the level one or two.

  • Introduces the vowel sounds
  • Each page focuses on an alphabet letter
  • Combines the letter with each vowel
  • Cover several basic vocabulary words
  • Has a sentence using the new vocabulary
  • Ends with a poem or short piece of writing

Reading phonics stories aloud

The biggest complaint kids and adults share is not being able to understand. Naturally, it is frustrating. However, can be avoided by using read aloud strategies. That’s why it’s so important to start with easy reading. Then, once you can understand easy, go one level higher.

Phonics Book Activities

Silbarios are designed to be interactive. Meaning, the content is meant to be read, spoken, repeated and written. This builds each of the language skills.

  • Hear – Listening
  • Read – Reading
  • Say – Speaking
  • Write – Writing

While you’re developing these skills, your vocabulary and pronunciation is improving.

Tips to Learn the Spanish Sounds

Spanish Alphabet Sounds | Beginning Phonics

Alphabet Banner Craft | Beginning Spanish Sounds Activities

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