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Show your child the book "Margaret and Margarita" by Lynn Reiser. Tell him that the book is called Margaret and Margarita.
Ask: “What do you think the book is about?” Tell him that the book is about two friends. Explain that even though Margaret and Margarita are different in the language they speak or the clothes they wear, they like many of the same things: playing, talking, and going to the park.
Read the story to your child in the language you feel most comfortable with. It is ok to read in Spanish. If your child hears a lot of Spanish words at home, it will be easier for her to learn English at school.
Stop often and talk with your child about the story. If the book is too long, don’t feel that you need to read the entire book.
Talk with your child about her friends. Ask, “Who are your friends? What do you like to do with your friends?”
Ask: “How do you treat your friends?” Explain that it is important that we listen to, talk with, share, play with and be nice to our friends. Help your child make friends. Invite a young child to your house or to meet you at the playground for a play-date. When your child plays with family or friends, praise him when he is kind, caring, and listens to his friends.