Thursday, December 1, 2016

12 Days of Latino Children's Christmas Books and Activities

Looking to read Latino Children's books during this Christmas with your kids?   I've got you covered! For 12 days you can read a different book and have fun with your kids doing an activity.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Free Anti-Bullying Resource for Parents and Teachers: We Are All Created Equal

I have been struggling with the dark cloud that has been overcast on our country during this past year. I was also deeply disturbed with the election fiasco, and all of the  negativity in social media.  I needed to take a step back, disconnect and regroup.   

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas in Puerto Rico

Thanksgiving is over, and we're gearing up for Christmas!!!  Where is the best place to celebrate Navidades?  Simple.... Puerto Rico!  This little island has the best Christmas celebration in the world!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Hanukkah Resources for Kids

Two years ago, my son received a precious gift from a Jewish pen-pal. 

It was a package with two dreidels (a small four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side), chocolate coins with the Hanukkah menorah engraved on it, erasers, a letter and other fun goodies.  

To this day, we still have the contents of the gift bag (except for the chocolates 😊 that are long gone!). We used the contents to learn more about the Hanukkah Jewish festival an eight-day celebration, and I also researched some helpful links, too.  

Today, I'm excited to share with you our favorite Hanukkah resources for kids. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

El amor a la lectura comienza en el hogar

El amor a la lectura comienza en el hogar. 

Tengo bonitos recuerdos de mi Mamá cuando se sentaba a leer sus novelas románticas en las tardes. Mami siempre tenía un libro en las manos y yo quería ser como ella. Me convertí en una lectora voraz y competía en los famosos "book reports" de la escuela.  

Este amor a la lectura, es el mismo que le estoy inculcando a mi hijo.  Le estoy leyendo desde que estaba en el vientre y leerle se convirtió en "second nature"  algo completamente normal.  

Hoy, mi niño con 8 años de edad le encanta leer.  Cuándo pequeño yo seleccionaba sus libros, ahora que está más grande el tiene sus propias preferencias.

Ahora bien, te preguntarás ¿qué saco con leerle a mi hijo? Pues te comparto, que leerle a tu hijos tiene grandes beneficios.

¿Cuáles son los beneficios de fomentar la lectura en los niños?

  • Estimula la creatividad e imaginación. 
  • Le abre las puertas a un mundo que va más allá de las cuatro paredes de su casa. 
  • Ayuda a ampliar su vocabulario y su habilidad para comunicarse verbalmente. 
  • Cuando lees con tu hijo estás creando un vínculo especial y hermosos recuerdos.  
  • Leer libros bilingües crea en sus hijos la habilidad de pensar y leer en dos idiomas.
Les cuento que los mejores recuerdos que tengo con mi hijo son aquellos en que juntos leemos uno de sus libros.  

Hoy día vivimos muy de prisa, y yo atesoro los ratitos que sacamos para leer juntos en especial los libros en el que el puede apreciar su cultura Latina. 

A continuación les comparto nuestros libros favoritos,  libros infantiles de Puerto Rico y recomendaciones de libros para niños tanto en Inglés como en Español.  

Este post fue creado para la campaña de MomsRising y MamásConPoder para inspirar y motivar a otras mamás a que lean con sus hijos.  

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Learning Spanish at the Zoo: Animals (Animales)

"Z" is for zoo and for zoológico!  This post is about learning Spanish at the zoo, and Spanish zoo books for kids. 

Note: I’m re-publishing this old post for All Done Monkey's 2016 edition of 31 Days of ABC's Series. I’ve revamped the content, added a list of Spanish zoo books, and included details of the series.

Learning your animals in Spanish is fun especially when you learn them at the zoo! Little one, his best bud, and I met with a new found friend and; her mom from little one's Spanish immersion language class at the zoo.

What is funny about this play date is that one of my son's friends knows Spanish, and the other one doesn't.  So it was interesting to see how my son was teaching his best bud how to say the animals in Spanish. What was even funnier was that shortly after practicing she comes out "talking" in Spanish!

Truth be told, I had no idea what she was saying because it didn't even sound like Spanish or English! I was laughing so hard that I couldn't help myself, and my son tells her, "That's not Spanish!" So on they went to practice some more the animals in Spanish.

Once at the zoo we all greeted each other. Little one's best bud greeted little one's new friend with, "¡Hola!" This was out of the blue, and unexpected. When I asked her where she learned that word from she says, "¡Dora!"  Sweet!  We let the kids play a little so they can warm up to each other before beginning our Spanish lesson.

For the Spanish lesson I used a mini-book from Scholastic's Vocabulary-Building Bilingual Mini-Books. I really enjoy this book because it uses cognate words. Cognates are words descended from a common ancestor; that is, words having:  the same linguistic family or derivation (English). This is really helpful for English speakers learning Spanish. (You can see a list of the animals below). 

For the play date, I made copies of the "animales/animals" bilingual mini-book, and brought with me a box of crayons. At the zoo each child picked up their own map of the zoo

To begin our Spanish lesson each child wrote their names on the mini-books, and I read to them the names in both English and Spanish. They  repeated after me.   They also circled on the map where the animals were located, and we reviewed what route we were going to take.  Afterwards, we walked through the zoo looking for the animals but we also made some frequent stops to look at other animals that weren't in the mini-book.

Once they found the animal we would stop so they can color it in their min-books (this also gave us an opportunity to review the names again in Spanish, and to take a break!) They were pretty excited, and enjoyed their outing at the zoo. 
The little ones pointing at the jirafa in their mini-book. 
Of course, after a morning of fun learning at the zoo we had some lunch, and we let the children play for a bit longer at the playground area located inside the zoo before we called it a day. :) 

Looking for the animals that were in the mini-book was exciting and fun! 

Spanish Zoo Animal Books (affiliate links) 


Would love to hear how you make learning fun for your children! Please comment, like, share or pin!

31 Days of ABC - October 2016 | 

 After taking a break last year due to the arrival of Baby #3, we are back with one of my favorite series, the 31 Days of ABC! You can look forward to 31 more days of activities, crafts, books, apps, and more, all dedicated to teaching young children the alphabet. I am so happy to be working with an amazing group of kid bloggers, who will be sharing their amazing ideas with us in the coming days. And this year for the first year we are also adding a giveaway, so be sure to scroll to the end and enter for a chance to win! So join us as we jump, skip, hop, and read our way through the alphabet this October! Don't forget to follow our 31 Days of ABCs Pinterest board for even more great ABC ideas!

31 Days of ABCTeaching the ABCs - October 1
All Done Monkey: Creating a Preschool Letter of the Week Curriculum
A - October 2
Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Apple Scented Glitter Glue and Apple Craft
B - October 3
Witty Hoots: How to Make Fabulous Button Bookmarks
C - October 4
Preschool Powol Packets: Construction Truck Preschool Action Rhyme
D - October 5
ArtsyCraftsyMom: Printable Dinosaur Alphabet Sequencing Puzzle
E - October 6
Preschool Powol Packets: Elephant Art Project and Thailand Lesson
F - October 7
Spanglish Monkey: Spanish-English ABC Flashcards
G - October 8
Royal Baloo: Simple Ghost Painting Project
H - October 9
Peakle Pie
I - October 10
Look! We're Learning!: Insect Activities for Kids
J - October 11
All Done Monkey: Olmec Jaguar Craft
K - October 12
Preschool Powol Packets: I Am a Kite Action Rhyme for Preschool
L - October 13
Raising a Trilingual Child
M - October 14
Creative World of Varya
N - October 15
Peakle Pie
O - October 16
For the Love of Spanish
P - October 17
Little Hiccups
Q - October 18
All Done Monkey
R - October 19
Sugar, Spice & Glitter
S - October 20
Crafty Mama in ME
T - October 21
Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes
U - October 22
Witty Hoots
V - October 23
Creative World of Varya
W - October 24
Creative World of Varya
X - October 25
All Done Monkey
Y - October 26
Our Daily Craft
Z - October 27
Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes
123's - October 28
Hispanic Mama
Prewriting - October 29
Sugar Aunts
Books, Songs, & Apps - October 30
The Jenny Evolution
Alphabet Clip Cards - October 31
The Kindergarten Connection

Find more great resources in 31 Days of ABCs 2013 and 2014!


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Puerto Rican Flamboyant Tree

Although the Puerto Rican Flamboyant tree is not the island's national tree, it is one of the most beautiful and recognizable trees across the island.

They are colorful,  and very majestic.  Hailing from Madagascar these exotic trees have adapted to it's
natural environment on the island.

"El flamboyán" in Spanish is also a familiar Puerto Rican symbol. You will see it in many paintings, drawings, and calendars.  
Image Source Creative Commons


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