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Free printable game similar to Guess Who via SpanishPlayground

Spanish Playground is hosting a Summer Reading Program to keep kids reading, hearing and using Spanish during their summer break. It is similar to the one hosted by Public Libraries around the country but of course all in español! The program is free and all participants will also be entered automatically to win one of 5 packages of Spanish and bilingual books, music and games. Make sure to participate!

This week we team up with Spanish Playground and created a printable game to practice Spanish similar to Guess Who, except that players are describing monsters with fruit names. I have successfully used this game with multiple classrooms, and I am very excited for you and your littles ones to play too.

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Noche de Muertos 101 ~ Day of the Dead

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“Noche de Muertos” is a Mexican tradition celebrated primarily on the 1st and 2nd of November of each year. The day of the dead celebration has become very popular around the world, perhaps because of its colorful papel picado, fun calaveritas de azúcar and beautiful ofrendas. Although this is a great way to introduce the festivity to little ones and young students, it is important to understand and respect this tradition. Then, it will be truly cherished and awaited each year by generations to come. For more than 600 years, indigenous groups in Mexico have been performing different types of rituals to honor, interact and relate to life after death. Indigenous Mexico accepts death as part of a lifecycle without beginning or end. It is believed that the souls of the dead return for a visit to celebrate a family reunion. Families gather a few days before to prepare for the arrival of their loved ones. This can be at home, the cemetery or both. The items prepared and gathered are the food, drinks, and personal items the deceased loved. Also, personal items and tools are gathered for their journey back. The offering is an expression of love and acceptance of the cycle of life.

I believe that what is truly important to understand is that these two days are an opportunity to be with family and the community. A Maya professor states: “We celebrate togetherness with our dearly departed”.

Lasy year, I had the privilege of spending Noche de Muertos in Michoacan state. Here is a short video of the Tzintzuntzan’s procession. It was magical!


Great Resources:

Elementos imprescindibles para recibir a las ánimas

Noche de Muertos en Michoacan

A day of the Dead Story: Those Good Old November Days 

Day of the Dead: Celebration, History and Origins

For the niños

Two of my favorite storybook for Día de los Muertos!

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Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead
By Judy Goldman
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead Noche de Muertos 101 ~ Day of the Dead

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Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito
Un cuento del Día de los Muertos
By Janice Levy
I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story / Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito: Un Cuento del Día de los Muertos (Spanish and English Edition) Noche de Muertos 101 ~ Day of the Dead

Looking for Printable Activities to teach Día de los Muertos?

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A Giveaway in Appreciation of Our Fabulous Followers

Hop to Win! $100 and $20 TpT credit giveaway!

The following fun & fabulous Spanish sellers are participating in the blog hop. Visit my TpT Store on May 3rd to find out what is my secret letter. 

 A Giveaway in Appreciation of Our Fabulous Followers

Continue to the next store and collect the 12 letters. Unscramble the letters and come back to my blog to enter the secret word for a chance to win up to $100 TpT credit giveaway. 

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New Year’s Resolution Activities For Children

Monarca Language wishes you a full year of new adventures!

This is a great time to start thoughtful and exciting resolutions with your children. After all, children love starting new projects. It is important that we support the progress, not just the end results. Enjoy the little or big achievements your child makes along the way!

Let’s think of New Year’s resolution activities for young children this new year.

New Year resolutions are not only for adults or personal aspirations. Resolutions can be made by children, by the family together or even at school. Self-discipline and self-esteem can be strengthened by learning the importance of practice and progress.  Ask your child or class if they would be interested in achieving a family or group goal. Perhaps reading more books, practicing a sport or an art. Even better, practicing more Spanish each day!  We have found interesting articles and activities for you to explore this idea. We would love to hear about any 2016 resolutions you and your little ones make together.

Making New Year’s Resolutions with Your Child
By Laura Lewis Brown

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids
By American Academy of Pediatrics 

Actividades con los Niños para Fin de Año
Por Dariela Cruz 

20 RESOLUCIONES DE AÑO NUEVO SANAS PARA NIÑOS
By American Academy of Pediatrics

ESTE 2016… FREE PRINTABLE

2016 propositos New Years Resolution Activities For Children


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Books and Songs for Easter and Spring in Spanish

Getting ready for spring and easter!

Happy Spring to all! Spring blooms, longer days and beautiful rainbows we can all be thankful for. As Easter is quickly approaching let’s celebrate new beginnings and cultivate what is important to share with our niños.  

To get you inspired we’ve gathered a small but thoughtful list of some of our favorite books, songs and other teaching resources for Easter and Spring in Spanish.  Continue reading

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