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Día de los Muertos 2015 events

Día de Muertos is a culturally rich celebration all people can enjoy and learn about.

Here is a list of places that are celebrating, so that you don’t miss it. Feel free to comment about an event. We will make sure to add it to our list.

PHOENIX
Día de lo Muertos PHX. Cultural Coalition
http://diadelosmuertosphx.com/
Location: Steele Indian School Park
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: Sunday October 25 | 1-6 pm
Día de Muertos Celebration at Desert Botanical Garden
https://www.dbg.org/events/dia-de-los-muertos-celebration
Location: Desert Botanical Garden
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 31- November 1st | 10-5 pm

AUSTIN
Lawndale Art Center 28th Annual Día de los  Muertos Series
http://houmuse.com/explore/events/28th-annual-dia-de-los-muertos/
Location: Houston Museum District
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 19- November 7 | 10-5 pm

HOUSTON
Lawndale Art Center 28th Annual Día de los  Muertos Series
http://houmuse.com/explore/events/28th-annual-dia-de-los-muertos/
Location: Houston Museum District
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 19- November 7 | 10-5 pm

LOS ANGELES
Día de Muertos Event List
http://www.latourist.com/index.php?page=dia-de-los-muertos
L.A. Tourist has an awesome and very detail list of the many día de muertos events around L.A.

SAN FRANCISCO
SOMArts’ annual Day of the Dead
http://www.somarts.org/exhibitions/day-of-the-dead/
Location: 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 9- November 9 | 10-5 pm

NEW YORK
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders presents Day of the Dead October
www.manoamano.us
Location:  St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (131 E 10th St, New York)
Admission: Free
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Date: October 31 | 12-6 pm

SEATTLE
Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed
www.diademuertosenseattle.org
Location:  305 Harrison Street, Seattle,WA
Admission: Free
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Date: October 31 -Nov 1st| 11-6 pm

Looking for books, music or Día de los Muertos printables? I have some ideas for you!

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Simple ideas for earth day and everyday

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Compost & Recycle Posters in Spanish

Lots of great ideas and good habits to foster early in life, so let’s start with simple ideas for earth day and everyday.

Teaching respect for nature and the environment is a process we have to encourage starting at a young age. By interacting with nature, we are also teaching to respect it. Young children can not understand certain concepts like the nature of responsibility for the environment. They learn by observation and imitation. Say out loud  what you are doing when recycling or saving water during bath time. Children will connect words and actions, creating first seeds for their own nature responsibility.

Ask your child to help you take care of our big planet. This should be specific and easy to follow!

Simple ideas: 

  • Turing off the water when they brush their teeth.
  • Putting items in the recycling bin.
  • Going on walks to the park, zoo or nature centers.
  • Ask your little one to be respectful of all animals, plants and trees, since they need each other to exist. We need them, too!
  • Add a recycling and composting poster next to your bins as visual reminders.

We have two cute ones that you can just print and laminate (posters are in Spanish!):

Download here!
La Composta (.pdf)
Reciclado (.pdf)

We also have a bunch of fun and easy ideas at our “Día de la TierraPinterest board.

What are your three best ideas to foster green good habits?

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Friendship & Cooperation at School

It is February and we are so excited about starting the sweetest month of the year with you! You will probably be making some type of friendship crafts  at home or at school. While doing these crafts, talk about what friendship means and how friends and family makes us feel.

There are many social skills that are learned and developed through friendships and social interactions.  One social skill that is key to nurture during early childhood is cooperation. Cooperation allows children to resolve conflicts and practice emotional self-regulation and empathy—often letting go of something they want for the good of the group.

Do you know a game or activity that nurtures cooperation?

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Cooperative game ideas:

Activities and worksheets about feelings and emotions:

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Bundle activities about feelings and emotions

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New Year’s Resolution Activities for Preschoolers. Niños, Let’s Set Little and Big Achievements for 2015!

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 preschoolers 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 2015 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

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Celebra el Día de….children’s book giveaway

With all the Holiday celebrations let’s take the opportunity to teach the history behind these special days. Monarca Language sponsored by Santillana USA is giving away a set of 5 children’s books by the distinguished Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy.

  • Celebrar el Día de Acción de gracias con Beto y Gaby
  • Celebrar el Cinco de Mayo con un jarabe tapatío
  • Celebrar Halloween y el Día de Muertos con Cristina y su conejito azul
  • Celebrar el Cuatro de Julio con Campeón, el glotón
  • Celebrar Kwanzaa con Botitas y sus gatitos
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