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 andF. 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
5 Set Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy children’s book giveaway. Celebrar!
Cinco possibilities to win! To enter follow the instructions on Rafflecopter.
Recently I was able to visit my home country of Bogotá, Colombia. I traveled with my 15 month old and we had a blast. The trip was filled with the usual ups and downs that come along with many hours of flight and change in routine. However he had a great adventure. I watched him explore the new scenery within the busy cosmopolitan city that is Bogotá and enjoy the beauty of it’s surrounding hills and mountains. One of the highlights of our visit was a morning as a guest in the preschool, Mi Pequeño Mundo. My son and I took in the sun and greenery as we toured the school. He played in the difference in play structures and enjoyed a glimpse of preschool in another country.
Mi Pequeño Mundo, Bogotá, Colombia
Preschools of the world.
This preschool although in a the capital of Colombia, Bogotá, a city of 8 million inhabitants, has a large beautiful green terrain. Here children run and play in varied outdoor playgrounds when they’re not busy in class. I loved seeing the excitement of the children, from having a guest visitor, while others worked and focused on their classes and tasks. We got the pleasure to attend a music class. In the class the teacher played the accordion! Since the holidays are soon approaching we danced to and sang a few villancicos Colombianos (Christmas carols). We also had the opportunity to visit a cooking class. In this school students take a cooking class once week. As we walked in the room the air was full of the scent of sweet dough baking in an oven. Children here bake cookies, cakes and Colombian food such as arepas.
Playing is key for children to learn.
Classroom in Bogotá, Colombia.
Have you had a chance to visit other preschools of the world? What ideas have you brought back with you? As for us, we will start making traditional food from Colombia together. I think these holidays we’ll make chocolate caliente and arepas con queso.
Do you use a chalkboard in your classroom?
Creating a friendly environment for children.
Moving, running and playing is all part of learning.
Tuckered out after a day of playing and learning at preschool.
Share with your children Día de Muertos stories and songs. It is a great way to introduce children to this beautiful and ancient indigenous tradition. My book recommendation has a mix of spanish, bilingual and english books. All books are fantastic and I have used them in class with my students.
… Al sonar las doce de la noche las calaveras salen a pasear… Con canciones humorísticas y decoraciones coloridas es como celebramos está gran tradición. El Día de Muertos es una celebración mexicana que honra a nuestros seres amados, que ya se han ido.
Aquí tenemos un par de cuentos y una canción para que compartas con tus estudiantes e hijos en casa.
Las Calaveras Salen a Pasear
Al sonar las doce de la noche
Las calaveras salen a pasear
Muy contentas se suben a su coche
En bicicleta y también a patinar.
Tumba, tumba, tumba vacía
Ciérrate ya que viene la fría
Jajaja que risa me da
Jajaja no me alcanzará.
Lastly but not least we have some free beautiful día de los muertos printables.
Spanish children’s music giveaway with Baila Baila! Yes! Dance, dance and sing and twirl and do the cha, cha, cha while listening to fun Spanish lyrics from the Amarillo album from Baila Baila.
Baila Baila is a music group created by Isabel Brazon a dedicated teacher who is originally from Venezuela. Their group combines traditional Spanish music as well as original works lovingly created by Isabel.
The Amarillo album from Baila Baila is a delight to listen to. My toddler and I highly enjoy it. It’s the perfect music to dance along to, filled with a happy energetic tempo. It’s also fantastic car music, with simple to learn and follow lyrics, in Spanish, that will make it easy for everyone to sing along to. (A great tool to have when sitting in those congested traffic jams while you try to entertain your little one and avoid the sitting in the car chair meltdown.)
The Amarillo album has varied entertaining songs. Some teach a simple greeting in Spanish with a catchy melody (“Hola”), to others about colors or animals (“Amarillo”, “Diana la Rana” or “La Finca Baila Baila”) in which your child will sing about the yellow sun, the blue world, or enjoy making farm animal sounds. The Baila Baila music will also inspire lively dancing with songs such as “Toca Mi Tambor” or “Cha, Cha, Cha”.
In conclusion this album from Baila Baila is fun, catchy and very danceable music. It is an album that both my young toddler and I truly enjoy and best of all we practice our Spanish while we wiggle, bounce and groove to its fun tunes.
Spanish Children’s Music Giveaway ~ We are giving away an Amarillo CD to one lucky winner, use the Rafflecopter below to enter.
Free Printables via MommyMaestra & teach the vowels in Spanish
Are you teaching your preschooler at home this year? There are a lot of great resources & materials online for you, but not so many if you are teaching them in Spanish. So be sure to get the free downloadable set of 5 Activities to Practice Upper- and Lowercase Vowels that MommyMaestra is giveaway.