Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse {Spanish Homeschool Lesson and Activity}

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During this summer we had tons of fun, and I also sneaked in some Spanish learning as well! We read Eric Carle's The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (El artista que pinto un caballo azul (World of Eric Carle) (Spanish Edition)) although perfect for early literacy skills (ages 1-3 yrs. old) it is also ideal for early Spanish readers. 

As a mom who's trying to raise a biliterate child I need to find books that will make my child excited about reading in Spanish. This book certainly served this purpose! Little man loves animals and this book made him excited on wanting to read, draw and color the animals. 

After reading the book we made a pastel oil canvas. I traced the animals (you can find the copy I used here) and my son drew three more animals on the canvas. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta for Kids

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year throughout the country from September 15 through October 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanics and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States and to celebrate their heritage and culture.
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Not having many opportunities to celebrate this month in my neck of the woods (small southern town) I was determined to make a big deal out of it! What better way than having a fiesta!
Hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month fiesta for kids has been on my mind for a long time. This is a fun and educational way to familiarize my friends, and my child's friends on the beauty and diversity of the Hispanic culture. 

This post is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop sponsored by Multicultural Kids Blog. Fellow bloggers including myself have come together to share ways you can celebrate this month with your children, and the best part is that we are also having a giveaway, and linky. So be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to have an opportunity to win some great prizes!

I used A Kid's Guide to Latino History: More than 50 Activities (A Kid's Guide series) for ideas on making this party memorable, and fun for the kids. This book has more than 50 activities, and offers a brief history of the contributions of Latinos throughout history. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Reseña Libro de Niños: Hola, Bali Un Libro de Aventuras de Yoga para Niños

La autora Giselle Shardlow e ilustradora Emily Gedzyk han regresado con una nueva edición de aventuras de yoga para los niños: Hola, Bali Un Libro de Aventuras de Yoga para Niños. Su nuevo libro fue publicado en junio de 2014 y continua el estilo literario de exponer a nuestros niños a ejercicios de yoga, cultura, geografía y la naturaleza.   
Política de divulgación: Recibí una copia electrónica del libro para propósito de la reseña. No recibí compensación monetaria, y todas las opiniones expresadas son mías.

Hola, Bali es el cuento de una niña llamada Anamika y su familia en su viaje por Indonesia. El cuento se centra en sus poses de yoga, tanto en la playa, como en el mercado, la granja y hasta corriendo bicicleta. Anamika recorre Bali con sus poses de yoga y se puede apreciar la belleza que le rodea por medio de las hermosas y coloridas ilustraciones. 

Este libro además de ser un cuento es un recurso educativo tanto para padres como educadores. Al final del libro puede econtrar una guía, y el mapa de Bali.  El libro ofrece además la oportunidad para exponer a nuestros niños al lenguaje Indonesio.  

Aunque el libro está dirgido a niños entre las edades de 2 a 5 años a mi hijo de 6 años le encanta. El disfruta hacer las poses de yoga, y queda fascinado con las ilustraciones. Tanto así, que pidió un papel y lápices de colores para el dibujar las diferentes poses. 

Cabe señalar que el libro ofrece nuevas palabras de vocabulario en Indonesio, tales como, los números y frases cotidianas.  No puedo negar que soy una fan de los libros de Giselle y me encanta que este libro está en Español. Las palabras son sencillas y fáciles de leer para mi pequeño lector de 6 años. 

No siempre tenemos la oportunidad de tener en nuestras manos un libro de niños en Español que estimule la mente y el cuerpo como lo hace los libros de Kids Yoga Stories

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Los Tres Tamales Read {Around the World Summer Reading Series}

This is my third recommendation for the Multicultural Kid Blogs Read Around the World Summer Reading Series! Today's recommendation is sure to please children ages 6-8 yrs. old. 

Be sure to periodically check the Multicultural Kid Blogs  Read Around the World Summer Reading Series for a list of the participating blogs, and multicultural read recommendations. You can also check all the live posts on the Read Around the World Summer Series Pinterest board.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Kids Survivor Birthday Party Games

Little one's 6th Survivor birthday party has been a long time in the making; from the piñata, to the party favors, all the way to the last details of the games!   The day of the party everything was carefully orchestrated to make it a party of a lifetime! We had close to 45 guests! 18 kids were invited, and of course, the parents joined them as well. 

This was my agenda for the party (the planner in me has to have everything written down): 


Tribe assignment: Blue tribe, and Red tribe. Each received a buff (bandanna), and two moms were the tribe leaders.  


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Back to School {Multicultural Kid Blogs}

Back to school can be an exciting time and also nerve wrecking for multicultural, and biracial kids.  Read my post on Multicultural Kid Blogs for tips for both parents and teachers. Click on the picture below. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Kids DIY Spanish Postcards

A wonderful way to encourage my up-and-coming bi-literate reader is for him to make his own post cards in Spanish!  Making his own Spanish postcards helps him with letter identifying, word building, and writing skills.  

For the postcards I used white card stock paper, stickers, and different stamps.  He had a great time making the postcards, and was looking forward to mailing them out to his Abuela, primos y amigos.

¡Hasta luego!


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