Monday, June 30, 2014

Demolition Children's Book with Free Printable Spanish Activity

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My son is such a big fan of anything trucks especially construction trucks. I was thrilled when earlier this year I won the book Demolicion (Spanish Edition)  in a giveaway hosted by Spanglish House.  Since then this book has been a favorite in our home.  
I love that the book is in Spanish, and great for early Spanish literacy. Big plus for my up and coming Spanish reader!  It's colorful, and with descriptive words showing the process of demolition all the way to recycling  the materials.  

I enjoyed the book very much but unlike the English version that has a "Machine Facts" page this one didn't have one.  So I had to look for the translation of all of the construction trucks, and since I went through so much trouble ;) I went ahead and made a free printable for you to enjoy! 

Free Spanish Activity Printable - Demolición

I hope you and your child enjoy the free printable!

¡Hasta la próxima! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kid-Friendly Vacation in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a small island in the Caribbean rich with history, culture, and tropical weather all-year long.  While vacationing in Puerto Rico there was so much to do, and very little time. So we squeezed as much as we could in a two weeks time frame. 
From enjoying the beautiful beach of Flamenco, and learning about the history, and culture of Culebra, to checking out my Mom's hometown in Florida, and  taking a look at the schools in Puerto Rico.  I was also on a quest to learn more about our Taíno ancestry and we visited the famous Cara del Indio.  
Now, please sit back, and enjoy this two  part series of our kid-friendly vacation in Puerto Rico.  With a 5 yr. old in tow, and with a strict budget we focused on kid-friendly, and frugal outings to do with our child.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

American Comfort Food

I grew up eating arroz con gandules, in other words comida Boricua (Puerto Rican food); and although I do cook some Puerto Rican recipes at home both my husband's and son's heart are set on good old American comfort food. 

If I ask my child what is his favorite food? He would answer, "Mashed potatoes with gravy, and Mac ’n Cheese!"  My husband will say,  "Fried chicken followed by BBQ, and baked beans!" Funny enough these are typical American comfort food.  


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fly, Monarch! Fly! Children's Book and Kids Craft

The Monarch butterflies are widely found throughout North America especially the United States of America. 

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Little one and I read the children's book Fly, Monarch! Fly! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace the Kindle version. It's a sweet and educational picture book on how a family of rabbits learns about the spectacular butterfly life cycle. They learn all about monarchs, metamorphosis, and monarch migration.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Monolingual Parent Interview on Raising a Bilingual Child

As a bilingual parent I've faced many challenges raising a bilingual child. Therefore, I can't imagine how challenging it would be for a monolingual parent.

I've been asked by many monolingual parents if they can actually raise a bilingual child, and my answer is yes, of course!  When there's a will, there's a way!
Photo courtesy of Kami Fletcher

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Road Trip to East Central Florida (Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Cape Canaveral)

Ever since we returned from our trip last year to Puerto Rico, my son has been begging for us to take him to the beach! Living in an area with no beaches it was hard to comply with his wishes. Nonetheless, summer was here, and thanks to both hubby, and my in-law for winning a free weekend get-away we were able to hit the road and go to Florida!

Monday, June 16, 2014

U.S. Lighthouses and Simple Kid Craft

This post is part of the Multicultural Kid Blogs World Cup Series for Kids. For each day that the United States soccer team plays during the FIFA World Cup I will be sharing with you an interesting fact and craft about the U.S. 

Today's post is about U.S. Lighthouses, and a simple lighthouse craft activity for children.  During a recent visit to Florida we had the opportunity to visit the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse in Florida.   

It was our first time visiting a lighthouse. We actually climbed the 203 steps to the top of the lighthouse! It was a beautiful experience, we were tired, but the view from atop was priceless.  

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Creative Kids Culture #17


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Road Trip Busy Boxes

This summer we're gearing up for three road trips!!! We're excited, and looking forward to making memories. So we checked out this book at the library The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing. It's a fun story of the craziness, and excitement when getting ready for a road trip. My son loved it, and was laughing throughout the story.

However, even with all the excitement and anticipation for our road trips. I still need to keep my soon-to-be 6 yr. old busy during hours of long drive on the road. I made "road trip" busy boxes with recycled boxes! Reduce, reuse, & recycle! For little one's road trip busy boxes, we have Spanish activities, geography, games, and more!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Celebrating 122 yrs. of the Puerto Rican Flag

There's nothing that makes me prouder than my Puerto Rican flag. I'm committed to instilling in my son the same pride that I feel when I see it!  As I look at the flag I can't help but start humming & singing, ♫¡Que bonita bandera, que bonita bandera, que bonita bandera es la bandera Puertorriqueña!♫ 



Today, our flag celebrates it's 122nd birthday! On June 11, 1892 Antonio Vélez Alvarado from Manatí, Puerto Rico was inspired to create our flag while living in New York.

The Puerto Rican flag has two very important dates June 11, 1892 when it was created, and December 22, 1895 when it was first used by a group of Puerto Rican patriots whom adopted the flag as a national symbol representing Puerto Ricans. However, it wasn't until July 25, 1952 that it was officially adopoted as the national flag when Puerto Rico became a Commonwealth of the United States.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Daddy, My Favorite Guy/Papá, Mi Compañero Favorito Read Around The World Summer Series

I am so thrilled to be participating in the Multicultural Kid Blogs  Read Around the World Summer Reading Series!  Today's recommendation is sure to please children ages 0-5 yrs. old, and it's a perfect read for Father's Day!


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, June 4, 2014

Spanish Rhyming Words

I love coming up with Spanish learning opportunities for my son, and his Spanish playgroup. They meet at least every other Monday. Therefore, to get them excited, and looking forward to meeting up I usually have games, crafts, or a learning session for all of them.  Today's lesson was on Spanish rhyming words. 

To kickoff the playgroup I read the book Cinco Monitos, and we all sang the Cinco Monitos by Hap Palmer. Although, this has nothing to do with rhyming it does have a lot of repetition ideal for learning new Spanish vocabulary.  Plus, they love jumping and falling down! Ah, the giggles, and laughter! 

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