Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Unit Review

Until I moved to the U.S.A. I had never really heard about Día de los Muertos (as it's celebrated here in the U.S.A. and Mexico). Not knowing much about the celebration perse, I was thrilled when my friend Becky at Kid World Citizen came out with a Day of the Dead Unit.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for purposes of this review. All opinions are exclusively mine. 
In Puerto Rico the Catholic church celebrates on November 1st All Saints Day, and on November 2nd Misa a los Fieles Difuntos (All Souls Day). During these two days the church celebrates a special Mass service in church and/or at the cemetery. As you can see it's a pretty simple prayer service.

Deeply rooted in the Catholic beliefs Day of the Dead is a celebration of the life, and remembrance of our loved ones who have passed away. Greatly celebrated in Mexican culture, and across the U.S.A. during November 1-2 this celebration entails skulls, ofrendas, marigolds, and altars for our loved ones that have passed on. Becky does a great job at explaining these elements in her unit.

This unit is full of valuable information on learning about Day of the Dead.  It's perfect for our Spanish Homeschool lessons, and I've been able to use this with his friends as well during the Spanish playgroup.  It's geared towards children in PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. The kids in his group are 4, 5, and 6 yrs. old. 

Her unit has book suggestions, pennants that you can print, and decorate.  I loved that I was able to print out a coloring book that's in both English and Spanish for the kids (see below).  With this unit your children will learn about the celebration of the Day of the Dead, history, culture, literacy, math, and science (did I mention the skeleton your kids can put together)?  Everything you'll need to celebrate Día de los Muertos can be found in this unit.

This has been such a valuable resource for both my son, our Spanish homeschool and myself.  If you're interested in getting this unit go to her TpT store

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happy anniversary Multicultural Kid Blogs! Instagram and Blog Hop

Two years ago I started blogging about discovering the world through my son's eyes as a way to connect with my extended family, and along the way I gained another family on Multicultural Kid Blogs! I've met some wonderful mamas, and made some great friends! Today we celebrate Multicultural Kid Blogs' second anniversary with an around the world Instagram Blog Hop, and a giveaway!

Until recently I had no clue what Instagram was, and I didn't feel a need to sign-up to yet another social media. Nevertheless, my curious nature led me to join Instagram, and I'm so happy that I did! Instagram has been a way for me to connect with other families across the world.  I've shared glimpse of our multicultural world through pictures, and snapshots that necessarily don't make it the blog. :) They are simply a way to share our world, and connect with others.

Want to join in on the fun? Be sure to visit our wonderful co-hosts, plus enter our giveaway and link up your Instagram profile! Follow and use #mkbkids on Instagram! We'll be sharing our favorite Instagram photos with this tag on the MKB website and Facebook page!

Happy anniversary Multicultural Kid Blogs!!!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Tornado Science Activity and Emergency Preparedness for Kids


This past summer we went to see the movie Into the Storm upon my son's request.  He saw the movie's trailer on TV, and quickly ran to his Daddy to ask to see the movie. I was a bit hesitant, but quickly realized that my baby isn't such a baby anymore. Although the movie is rated PG-13 we all went to see the movie together. We all enjoyed the movie, and my son wasn't scared at all! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spanish Fire Safety Week Homeschool Activities

With Fire Prevention Week coming up next week schools across the country are in full swing on raising awareness on fire safety, and so are we in our Spanish homeschool!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the "Spanish Fire Safety Week - la semana de seguridad contra incendios" for the purpose of reviewing it. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.  This post also contains an affiliate link (through Amazon). If you click on it, and make a purchase I will receive a small monetary compensation. 
Open Wide The World has some great tips on teaching fire safety, and the best part is that she has a packet in Spanish!  ¡Si, señores en Español!  This packet is ideal for Spanish, or dual language classrooms, and for Spanish homeschool as well.
     

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