Monday, February 8, 2016

Sopa de Hortalizas (Coleccion Dos Lenguas) Reading Fair Project

I am constantly looking for Spanish or Bilingual children's book for my little man so I was delighted to find Sopa de Hortalizas (Coleccion Dos Lenguas) (Spanish Edition) (affiliate link) by Puerto Rican author Angeles Molina Iturrondo.


Animal books are my son's favorite, and I love that this book is a two in one. Presented in both English and Spanish with discussion questions for parents. 

This book is a favorite in our home. It's the story of  Mrs. Rabbit's trip to the orchard to get some carrots to make some soup. On her way to the orchard she comes across her forest friends who give her advice on what other vegetables to add.  In the end, she makes a yummy vegetable soup to feed her bunnies, and forest friends. 


For this year's reading fair project my son actually picked this book.  He was so excited, and knows the story by heart. 



When looking for activity ideas for this book I found one geared towards kindergarten age students. I'm sure it can be adapted for 1st graders, too.

For more multicultural, and/or bilingual children's book activities, and reviews click here.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Parrot Club / Club Cotorra Bilingual Children's and Activity

Every time we visit Puerto Rico I make sure to come back with one or more books for little one's home library. We visited El Morro in Old San Juan, and their gift shop had quite a selection of children's book. My child picked The Parrot Club / Club Cotorra by Nancy Hooper. This made me happy because if it was a book that caught his attention, it's a book that he will read. It's an English and Spanish edition in one book.  Just like my son's favorite book Everywhere Coquis!/¡En dondequiera coquies! and by the same author. 



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Puerto Rican Terms of Endearment and Expressions of Love

Only a Puerto Rican can understand and relate to these popular Puerto Rican tems of endearment and expressions of love. However, being in a bicultural relationship means conveying and explaining to my better half that if I call you Papi/Pai, I'm not really calling you Daddy. It's simply a term of endearment for males. In my case, for my husband, and son whom I call Papi, and they both respond. Hahaha! 


Monday, February 1, 2016

Bilingual Kids: Reading and Writing in Spanish

One of my goals when raising a bilingual kid was for him to read and write in Spanish.  Since little one, is not so little anymore.  I have to constantly look for ways to keep him engaged, and interested.

Especially now that that he's 7 1/2 yrs. old and tells me, "¿Mamá, porque tengo que leer en Español? "Mommy, why do I have to read in Spanish?" I sigh, and smile, "Porque eres bilingüe mi niño." "Because you're bilingual my child."  

So how do I keep him engaged, and excited about  reading and writing in Spanish??  Read along as I share 8 tips on encouraging biliteracy in our home.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

If you Were Me and Lived in.... A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World

I am so extremely excited to review for the third consecutive year a multicultural book for Multicultural Children's Book Day!  

This year, I've had the opportunity to review, and read with my son three books of author, Carole P. Roman's  If you were me and live in... series.   These lovely books will take your child around the world, and into the lives of children who live in these countries.   


Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Spanish Children's Book


I seriously squeal at the sight of Spanish children's book! I was excited when I received this book from my sister in New York. Celebra El Dia De Mlk Jr. Con La Clase De La Sra. Park / Celebrate Mlk Jr's Day With Mrs. Park's Class (Cuentos Para Celebrar) (Spanish Edition) (affiliate link)

It's from Alma Flor Ada's Celebrate Series. In this book the student's discuss his famous phrase, "I have a dream..." and how Dr. King wanted equality for all. After a visit to the garden Mrs. Parks students come up with an original idea on how celebrate it.

This is an easy to read book for Spanish language learners.  In this same book the author has a section on who was Martin Luther King, Jr., his life, and his legacy.  

This is a another great book for children to read in Spanish, and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Looking for ways to remember Martin Luther King, Jr.?   Read my post on Multicultural Kid Blogs, and check out their series too.  

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #35



Welcome to the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop! The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place where bloggers can share multicultural activities, crafts, recipes, and musings for our creative kids. We can't wait to see what you share this time!

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I am so thrilled to present to you this month's Creative Kids Culture feature from our very own Leanna at All Done Monkey.  This creamy avocado salsa recipe is delicious to do at any time of the year! 

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

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Libros Libres (Free Books) Puerto Rico

I first heard of Libros Libres (Free Books) in Puerto Rico via a friend's Facebook feed.  The concept is similar to Little Free Library but it wasn't just a small looking type mail box. It was a wall with milk crates fixated onto them full of books, tons of them!   
Libros Libres  started in June of 2015.  Their main goal was to revive communities that were abandoned, so  neighbors can walk freely, trusting the streets that were once abandoned to be able to exchange conversations, and share one thing in common a love for literacy and books.  


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Online Resources for Raising Bilingual Kids

When I started our bilingual journey I was just a momma with a desire to have her son learn Spanish! I didn't know where to start, and truth be told I was very lost.

How, when, where and what to start our bilingual journey? I was clueless! I had so many questions! 

When raising a bilingual kid you need to maximize all of the opportunities available. If you're lucky you can find a full-immersion program. However, that was not our case.  I would have been thrilled, and ecstatic if I had known about   Language4kidz.com. Created by Graciela Castellanos it provides early language learning programs for babies (yes babies!) through elementary age children. Seriously, do you know  how easy it would have been for me to have used Language4kidz 5 years ago? 
Disclosure: I received a electronic copies of children's book, and an audio for the purpose of reviewing it.  I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.
As a momma raising a bilingual and biliterate child I look forward to the opportunity to review materials that will enhance my child's bilingual journey.   I was provided with a sample of  an audio song: "Un millon de amigos" and electronic copies of their children's book by Graciela Castellanos, Author, and Founder of Languages4kidz, Inc. 
  • Pets All Over the Place Illustrated by Cristina Gil Segovia 
  • Osi Hace Nuevos Amigos Illustrated by Alejandra Viacava 
  • ¿Qué te Gusta? Illustrated by Sachiko Sawada 
  • Una Fiesta de Cumpleaños Illustrated by Kasandra 
What I love about Language4kidz is that it's one your one-stop resource for raising your children to learn Spanish or learn English!   Here you'll find music, children's book, and enrichment activities. You know what really excites me about this program is that you don't have to be a teacher to use the program!  The lesson plans are flexible, and easy to use with activities to follow-through. 

In my journey raising a bilingual child I have seen first hand how music has positively impacted my child's language learning.  Language4kidz has samples of  songs, and nursery rhymes  that you can listen to, and are part of the program. 

For more information on Language4kidz visit their website, Facebook, or Pinterest page.

To read more about our bilingual journey click here, or check out our Pinterest board.



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