Thursday, July 30, 2015

Music and My Bilingual Child {Plus Mister G's New CD Los Animales Giveaway!}

Music has played a big part in my child's bilingual language learning.   I used music to make his language learning exciting, and ¡divertido!   When we started our bilingual journey, his exposure to the target language was minimal. Besides reading to him in the minority language, and perusing YouTube for cartoons in Spanish, music was and continues to be the best resource to continue to teach my child Spanish.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Birthday Celebrations from Around the World

July is little one's birthday month! I can't believe he'll be turning 7 yrs. old! To celebrate such a milestone, I want to take him, and my readers on a virtual trip to look at birthday celebrations from around the world.  We'll take a look at how moms like you and me celebrate their children's birthdays with birthday cakes, traditions, themed parties, invites, and so much more!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

All About Me {Free Spanish Printable}

With summer in full swing I'm looking to focus more on Spanish activities with little one.  An on-line search for an "All About Me" Spanish printable proved to be unsuccessful! So I set out to create a free printable for my readers! He's already used it, and it was loads of fun!  



¡Lee Todo Sobre Mi! was created out of the need to have my son read and write in Spanish, hence reinforcing his Spanish biliteracy.  Little one had his Spanish playgroup come over, and together they completed this activity. 

To make it more fun I printed it on an 11x17 sheet of paper because I wanted it to look like a poster. :)   **Note, the free printable is set to print on a standard 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.

Click below to get it.



Hope you enjoy the free printable as much as the kiddos enjoyed it! 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #28


A homeschooling month in Spain

The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place where bloggers can share multicultural activities, crafts, recipes, and musings for our creative kids. 



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Here's my favorite from this past month's Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop! A Homeschooling Month in Spain from Navigating by Joy. Homeschooling in Spain is a dream come true! Who knows maybe one day we'll be able to visit Europe. 

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Thank you for linking-up, and we can't wait to see what you've been up to!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Seeking Out Opportunities when Raising Global Citizens

We live in a small southern town in the U.S.A. with not many cultural opportunities.  Unlike bigger cities such as, Chicago, Los Angeles or NYC that have major festivals, and are a melting pot of cultures. However, as a parent raising a global citizen it's as simple as seeking out opportunities! Opportunities to have your child exposed to the music, food, arts, and books of other cultures.  

I'm super excited to be participating in Creative World of Varya's A-Z of Raising Global Citizens. My letter is "O" for opportunity!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Cooking with Kids: Kulfi a Frozen Dessert from India

With the hot summer days upon us we have ventured into making a Kulfi Frozen Dairy Dessert. The Kulfi is described as an ice cream. A delicious treat that is put in a mold with stick or in individual custard bowls (that look like little clay pots) and frozen. They are garnished with pistachios, cashews, and cardamom. Mangoes, strawberries and other fruits can be added to it as well.  Kulfi is sold by street vendors, and they keep them in a large pot called Matka with ice and salt.



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Discovering India with Kids

Little one has been discovering India through the exhibits that we've seen at the International Festival where he was able to see how a woman was getting a henna tattoo done on both her hands by an Indian woman dressed in traditional attire, and he also had the opportunity to see a small exhibit of Indian dolls, and clay pots. 

He's learned about India through his subscription to Little Passports, about the music, instruments, and culture in the children's book Dances of India; and through hands-on activities such as making a colorful peacock craft the national bird of India.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Discovering India with Kids: Peacock Craft on Multicultural Kid Blogs

We had so much fun making this peacock craft for Multicultural Kid Blogs as part of the Cutting Tiny Bites Around the World Series! Click on the link or the picture below so you can see how you can make it with your kiddos! 






Friday, June 5, 2015

It Takes a Village to Raise a Bilingual Child

When I talk about my child's bilingual journey I often express how I was the "only one" who spoke the heritage language, how we were immersed completely in the community language; and how challenging it was, but in retrospect I realize I didn't raise a bilingual child by myself... it took a village! 

I could have not done this without rallying up the troops directly or indirectly. You may be asking, how do you rally up someone indirectly? Read along, and I'll tell you how.

  • Online community - I often turned to a group of amazing mommas from all walks of life, who were also raising bilingual, and multilingual children for advice.  
  • Spanish playgroup - I was blessed to have met some friends with children who spoke the minority language, hence the Spanish playgroup was created!  
  • Extended family - although at a distance they were a great support system especially little one's Abuela and Titi Gladys.  They often sent books, and materials in Spanish to aid him in his language journey. 
  • Immersion trip to our language heritage country - Being immersed and surrounded by the now community language (Spanish) worked wonders for our son. Listening to everyone from the flight attendant to our family members helped him in ways you can't even imagine.  Even weeks after returning from our trip he started saying words in Spanish that he had heard. 
  • Non-bilingual friends - these are the troops that I rallied indirectly!  By creating a Spanish Summer Camp Language Program for my son's (English only) preschool friends helped and boosted his language learning.  He was my li'l helper during the program, and he taught his non-bilingual friends Spanish.  This boosted his confidence by leaps and bounds. We also had bilingual playdates with non-bilingual friends for the same reason. 
I was never really alone in little one's bilingual journey I had a village all along, and I have many people to thank for making this journey an amazing one! ¡Gracias! Thank you! 

This post was created for inclusion in this month's "Raising Multilingual Children: Blogging Carnival" hosted by Marianna from Bilingual Avenue

Do you have a village to help you in raising a bilingual/multilingual child? Please share! 

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