Homeschooling and Learning about the World with the World Cup

As huge soccer / futbol fans, the World Cup is quite the occasion.  I cannot pass on the opportunity to watch great games with the best players around the world while learning facts and geography of the different countries that will be represented. 

Jamie Martin’s book Give Your Child the World is a wonderful resource to have in your homeschool! It is a book with curated book lists of the best books to read for different countries and zones around the world. I love having this book in my teacher’s library! 

You might also like to check this post: 

Teaching Geography in the Bilingual Dual Language Classroom or Homeschool Plus FREE Geography Signs Printable

My goals are pretty simple: 

  1. Watch games (yay!)
  2. Learn the basics of soccer
  3. Learn the location of the country (what continent is it in?)
  4. Learn the capital city of the country
  5. Famous landmark
  6. Language spoken and listen to a video on YouTube with simple phrases in said language 
  7.  What would you add to the list? 

Since World Cup 2018 will be held in Russia, we are going to read a couple of picture books about Russia. 

These are the picture books on Russia that I am requesting from our local library. 

Russia ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Russia (Country ABCs)


Luba and the Wren 

Babushka’s Doll


Creating Onion Domes – this website has an easy tutorial 


What ideas do you have to include the World Cup 2018 in your homeschool / readings / summer plans? 




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Free Addition Game for the Doubles Hands On with Free Printable


Today I am sharing a FREE Printable game I made for my Kindergartener to use.  My kids really enjoy games and puzzles and putting things together, so I created this addition printable where the bee card will have to go to the sunflower to get the pollen. 

Each addition card also has a ten-frame where the kids can color each of the spaces necessary OR they could use any other counting manipulative available to find the correct the sum. 

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How to Use the Double Addition Free Printable 

Print and laminate for durability. Cut the cards in the center lines (this is my preferred paper cutter), and then shuffle the cards. Have fun adding and finding the sum! 





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Teaching Geography in the Bilingual Dual Language Classroom or Homeschool Plus FREE Geography Signs Printable

Bilingual Geography


We love, LOVE, Geography. As a language learner and world traveler, a world map makes my heart beat. Although these days, most of our traveling happens by looking at our world map and finding travel videos on YouTube to help us see the world.

Until we travel again, we are getting to see the world from home and it is so exciting. We are learning the names of capitals, countries, directions, oceans, continents, and so much right from our home. There are a couple of resources that I want to share with you that we use as well as a FREE Printable that we are using in our home.

As we are learning Spanish through content, it is very important that we provide our children with plenty of input in the target language, Spanish. We also want to make this input accessible in print at all times, so we are labeling our home with plenty of signs in Spanish, including signs around our world map for Geography class. 

This month we are focusing our attention on studying Africa’s geography since we recently partnered with Trades of Hope to be a Compassionate Entrepreneur. As world changers we have the opportunity to empower women out of poverty all around the world and send cloth diapers to women in Uganda who don’t have access to any diapers for their babies. Imagine, that.  I would love to tell you more details (leave a comment) or simply visit my website at Trades of Hope to learn more.


How to Teach Geography Bilingually in English and Spanish in your Homeschool 

Read in English:

One of the favorite books that we use is a fantastic resource, written by fellow homeschooler Jamie Martin. She wrote Give Your Child the World, a book,  filled with lots of picture books and books to read as a family (or read aloud) about different countries in the world.  It is divided into continents and countries.  She also gives a brief description about each book and the ages it targets. 

Although her book is written in English, any family would greatly benefit from it. If I want to read a book in Spanish, I simply go to google and search the name of the book and add the word Spanish next to it. In doing that I can usually find the title of the book in Spanish, if it has been translated. 

This is an excellent book! It is available in paperback (what I have) or also in Kindle format. 


Give Your Child the World – paperback

Give Your Child the World – Kindle 

Another fantastic book is The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book: Mind-Blowing Stuff on Every Country in the World. Just by reading this book, you get to go on a world trip, reading facts, seeing pictures, and learning so much about every country. Every country gets a whole page. Love it!!!

The Travel Book – Hardcover

The Travel Book – Kindle 

One last resource in English is Child’s Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures, and People – From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall of China . I love that this book gives an intro to basic terminology used in Geography. This book will be a great companion to use when using the FREE Printable I am sharing with you at the end of this post. 

Reading in Spanish

This is the one book I am very drawn to because I have heard so much about it through different homeschool groups. This one is in my wish-list, hoping to get it soon.

In my home we grew up with a world atlas in Spanish, it is a must have. I really like that this one is in Spanish. It is so important to read in Spanish and build up our knowledge in Spanish. 


Keep a Wall Map Accessible (or Visible) 

We spend a lot of time looking at our world map, noticing the countries, names, locations, and pretty much everything in the map. We keep it on the wall as a reference, so that whenever we read a book  and a country or language is mentioned, we can quickly reference it on our wall map. 

Use a World Map for Reference 

For example, a few months ago we read The Family Under the Bridge. This book is set in France where Paris is mentioned all throughout as well as a major river that runs through part of France. During our read aloud, we stopped a few times to find Paris, France and the river on our map. 

Talk about the Terms used for Referencing a Place on a Map

We talked that France is to the East of the United States, across the Atlantic Ocean. We also talked about the countries neighboring (limítrofes) France.  

  • Talk about directions (direcciones) 
  • Talk about neighboring countries
  • Talk about oceans, rivers
  • Talk about location (how far or close to the Equator a country is)
  • Talk about their current season and your own. 
  • Show where the North and Southern Hemisphere are located and its implications to the seasons of the year and the weather. 

Our World Map

This is what ours looks like.  It is so simple, but it has sparked so many conversations around our table.  At some point, I would like to get this scratch map, looks really nice and I think the kids would have fun scratching the places we have read about through our read alouds, places visited, family locations, etc.  

Geography Homeschool Bilingual English Spanish

This is how we label our map in our homeschool using bilingual labels / signs. 

Look at the Globe – El Globo Terráqueo

Having a globe is so important, too. We talk about “El globo terraqueo” (the globe) and that the “tierra es redonda” (the earth is round). It gives us a good reminder of what the earth looks like.  I also really like that we can clearly see La Línea del Ecuador (Ecuador Line) in the globe and follow it all the way around. 


Video –

What is Geography? Qué es la Geografîa? Video for children in Spanish.  Thanks to YouTube we are also able to go on world tours. Search the name of a country or city and type in virtual tour. Definitely preview videos before showing them to your kids, just in case. 

Cooking World Foods

Another interactive, hands-on way to learn Geography is by making food recipes from a different country. We have made Dutch food, Chinese, Chilean, Mexican, and Italian food so far.  It has been a joy to share the kitchen with my kids while they learn Math and Geography at the same time. 

This cookbook is fantastic!!!! Eat Your Way Around the World is a cook book with recipes from around the world. Each section is divided by continent and by country. You could easily pair it with Give Your Child the World. 

Bilingual Geography Signs – Free Printable 

So far I have only put up the north, south, west, and east signs. I will be adding more signs as we encounter more Geography terms in our readings. One curriculum I would love to try is Beautiful Feet Geography.  It would be a study on Geography through literature. 

Get Your Bilingual Geography Signs Free Printable for your homeschool or classroom. Let me know in the comments if it is useful for you or if you would like to see more resources like this one.  

Download your free printable below:

Bilingual Geography Signs


Have fun learning Geography! 


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Authentic Materials to Teach American Culture through Music

Authentic Materials to Teach American Culture Through Music

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own and I only post about courses that I use and love. 

Music is an authentic, natural way to get to know a country’s language and culture especially the music related to national holidays and special celebrations that occur throughout the year.

Music is the easiest way language learners can make a connection or association with a country’s language and culture. This is why in our bilingual homeschool, we make the study of music such an essential element to discover new cultures and languages. Becoming aware of the world around us, helps broaden our perspectives and see there is a whole world out there created by God.

Today, I am sharing about a brand new course released by Gena Mayo that we will be using in our bilingual homeschool that will benefit English Language Learners (ELL), as well as Americans who live outside the US, and even Americans who live in the US. This course is for anyone who wants to learn about American Holidays and Special Dates

Music to learn about Holidays and Special Dates in the United States

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Who is this course for?

English Language LearnersThis course provides authentic materials, already laid out for the teacher or homeschooling parent. It teaches the special dates that are celebrated in the United States, along with music and culture that is associated to it. As an ESL teacher, this course will save me hours of research!!! 

American Students – There are brief descriptions, biographies, and information presented along with videos and activities to further enhanced the study of American holidays.

Bilingual Homeschool – The bilingual homeschool is constantly looking for ways to learn about the culture related to the languages we are learning to speak. 

Music is a unifying component in the study of language, culture, and tradition. Language Learners and those who already speak the language as a first or second language will benefit greatly from this course. What I love about teaching music is natural way to pass-on tradition and teach culture. 

What about extension activities?

The course comes with quizzes that we can do together, it also encourages learners to do more research if desired. Learners can also make observations on the differences of style and instrument used to approach a holiday or special occassion.  Using short videos and reading the biographies could be used in an ESL classroom or a bilingual homeschool where English is the second language to teach relevant and authentic aspects of the culture. 

Why study music about another country while learning a language?

Basically, it broadens one’s worldview and helps you appreciate culture and traditions from your own home country and others around the world. 

Babies and toddlers begin learning language or many languages through music long before learning to talk or read. Preschoolers and school age kids begin associating music to holidays from a very young age. For example, Christmas music is played from November or December as Christmas comes closer.  Or Irish music is played in March as we near St. Patrick’s Day. 

Understanding the culture, the music, the language used in the country’s target language helps deepen the level of proficiency in that second language. 


What is included in the course?

The course includes videos, activities, quizzes, and everything I need to pull a music lesson that is relevant to teach my kids about America through music. The course is self-paced, online, all at the ease of a click!

How to learn the culture of another country while learning the language?

  • Learn the names of the holidays of the year
  • Learn the dates of the holidays or approximate times (i.e. just the month or semester)
  • Read picture books or living books about the holidays
  • Study history related to the holidays or special dates
  • Dress in colors/clothes related to the holiday. For example: red and green for Christmas, green for St. Patrick’s Day, red for Valentine’s Day, yellow for New Year’s, blue and red for 4th of July.
  • Practice activities or traditions per the holiday: cookout (hamburgers and hot dogs) for Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey for Thanksgiving, ham for Christmas. 

Right now the course is 40% off through March 28th, 2018. After that the price will be going up.  Today we are going to start the section on Easter since we are getting so close to it, coming up on April 1st this year. 

What kind of special dates does it include?

In the United States, May 4th is a big day because it is Star Wars Day. It comes from May the Force be with you. It is just a fun day, but honestly language learners would appreciate knowing about this day when coming to live in the United States. Same thing with April Fool’s Day.

Will this course help English Language Learners?

Yes!!!! I personally didn’t know about April Fool’s Day, it wasn’t taught in textbooks or language school. I learned about it from living here. So as you can see culture is an aspect of language learning that is best taught and learned from authentic materials.  

Hope you find the course as helpful as I have! Let me know in the comments how you are using it with your homeschool or ESL classroom. 

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Free Printable Spanish Rhyming Words



Practice rhyming Spanish words to build phonemic awareness. In other words, to recognize similarities between words we hear. This will help in learning to read and write later on.  Plus kids enjoy thinking of new words (real or made up ones) that rhyme. Be prepare to laugh!!!

Children can naturally learn a new language from a young age when they learn to rhyme.  This is why I put together this printable that has more than 30 cards to print. Print them on cardstock and laminate for durability.  Then cut each card in the center (the orange dotted line) so that you can mix them up and find the matching pair. 

There are also books that have nursery rhymes and poems in Spanish through Amazon that are full of RICH RHYMES.

Recommended Spanish Rhyming Books and CDs

Diez Deditos and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America (Spanish Edition)Diez Deditos and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America (Spanish Edition)De Colores and Other Latin American Folksongs for Children (Anthology) (Spanish Edition)De Colores and Other Latin American Folksongs for Children (Anthology) (Spanish Edition)¡Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes (Spanish Edition)¡Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes (Spanish Edition)Pio Peep! Book and CDPio Peep! Book and CD


Why Use Rhyming to learn a language?

Reading and singing rhymes is a natural way to learn a language. Parents and grandparents often sing nursery rhymes because these have been passed from generation to generation. They usually have a nice ring to them, they flow, it’s like a song. Rhymes also teach culture, tradition, as well as language structure. 

Free Spanish Rhymes Printable 

List of Spanish Rhymes

queso – beso
niña – piña
botón – ratón
pato – gato
camión – avión
bota – pelota
manzana – ventana
oveja – abeja
cuna – luna
vestido – nido
rana – campana
anillo – martillo
tortuga – lechuga
olla – cebolla 
chaqueta – maleta
mano – piano
toro – loro
masa – casa
estrella – botella
ardilla – silla
bandera – escalera
corbata – piñata
maraca – vaca
jarro – tarro
cono – mono
mapa – papa
cartón – jabón

Download FREE Printable Spanish Rhymes Puzzles 

Here is the download for the FREE Printable Spanish Rhymes

Record the rhymes by writing them down on this Registro de palabras que riman. 

Registro de palabras que riman

Hasta la próxima! 


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Best Educational YouTube Channels for Kids


Thanks to technology, we can learn most subjects from YouTube. Offering videos, online field trips, learning a thing or two about let’s say farm life or cooking in the 18th century or who knows what your child will want to look up tomorrow morning. YouTube has it. YouTube has pretty much everything!!! It is the best assistant teacher I have found so far. lol. I definitely recommend looking up the videos beforehand and deciding what is appropriate for your family or not.  

I will be adding more to this post as we come across new channels.  Hope it is useful to you! Let me know what your favorite channels are in the comments. 

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*** Favorite YouTube Channels to Teach Spanish for Kids ***


Math Antics This is our go-to channel for having a new Math concept explained. The presenter gives a presentation where he shows how to follow certain steps do an exercise.

Mr. DeMaio – This channel has Multiplication Table songs


Seeds Family Worship –  Bible verses are turned into songs that can easily be memorized. 


Luna Creciente – Mono Sílabo: Teaches how to read syllables and reading in Spanish. Cute songs and overall a really good channel.

A Tiempo Preescolar: LOTS of authentic Spanish songs, it even has circle time songs and quick games that children can learn to play. LOVE this channel! 


The SciShow Kids channel helps children “explore the unexpected.” Each video answers a question like “why do we yawn?”, videos are only a few minutes long, quite engaging though. 

Peekaboo for Kidz has videos on inventions and science. Worth checking out!

Blue World: Life under the ocean


Discovery Kids

Read Aloud

For Read Aloud (in English), look up Storybook Nanny where stories like I know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly are read. 


Art Hub for Kids: We watch this channel quite often for learning to draw things related to our topics or units or simply because we have some free time and everyone likes to learn to draw something new. 


Fitness Blender: We especifically like this video that is perfect do inside when there is bad weather.  It includes water breaks!!! 

Worth Noting:

Crash Course Kids is a popular channel that has videos for different subjects. Worth taking a look. 


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Bilingual English and Spanish Unit Study on George Washington for President’s Day Dual Language


Dual Language Unit Study on George Washington (1)

This week we studied George Washington, the first President of the United States. While studying his life, we have also covered a few other subjects to create a bilingual – Dual Language unit in English and Spanish.

George Washington was a brave man and a leader. These are two qualities that our students can learn from studying his life.

Writing a Biography – Escribir una Biografía

Studying someone’s life is a perfect opportunity to introduce students to write their autobiography. They can talk about when they were born, show pictures, talk about who they are with their class.  Use adjectives (adjetivos) to describe personal characteristics. 


History – in English

We enjoyed reading this book from the Who Was series. It is so easy to read, complete with lots of facts and information on top events.

Who Was George Washington?Who Was George Washington?George Washington's BreakfastGeorge Washington’s Breakfast

Historia (in Spanish)

I really appreciate the comment in Instagram the other day that the Who Was series is also available in Spanish!!!! We will be picking it up from the library and read a chapter of it. I am already planning ways to include this series of books into other units.

¿Quién fue George Washington? (Who Was...?) (Spanish Edition)¿Quién fue George Washington? (Who Was…?) (Spanish Edition)

Writing / Escritura

Write Letters: We learned to date the letter, how to address it (Dear _______,), whereas in Spanish it is Querido(a) _______:

We wrote letters that included a few sentences and a question to ensure that we would get a letter back.

We also practiced writing our names in cursive to sign the letter off.

Dental Health – Salud Dental 

Did you know George Washington had terrible teeth? He only had 1 real tooth of his own!!! It is so important to teach our children from a young age to take good care of their teeth by being diligent in their cleaning.

Recommended Books to read in English about Dental Health

Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter) (Golden Look-Look Books)Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter) (Golden Look-Look Books)The Night Before the Tooth FairyThe Night Before the Tooth FairyThe Berenstain Bears Visit the DentistThe Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist

Recommended Books to read about Salud Dental in Spanish

Mis primeras rutinas. Cómo enseñar a tu cocodrilo a lavarse los dientes (Spanish Edition)Mis primeras rutinas. Cómo enseñar a tu cocodrilo a lavarse los dientes (Spanish Edition)Los Cocodrilos No Se Cepillan Los Dientes / Cocodriles Don't Brush Their Teeth (Spanish Edition)Los Cocodrilos No Se Cepillan Los Dientes / Cocodriles Don’t Brush Their Teeth (Spanish Edition)10 Pasos Para Tener Dientes Felices (Spanish Edition)10 Pasos Para Tener Dientes Felices (Spanish Edition)

Economics – Economía

  • Discuss the meaning of Importing and Exporting (importación y exportación).
  • Discuss what are taxes. 
  • Play selling and buying play food, paper, and other things with an added tax (impuesto) for each item. 

Paying Taxes (True Books)Paying Taxes (True Books)Lemonade For Sale (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Mathstart: Level 3 (Prebound))Lemonade For Sale (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Mathstart: Level 3 (Prebound))

Hope you were able to get some ideas for a Dual Language Unit Study on George Washington.


Let me know in the comments what ideas you have that could be included in this list. 

Hasta la próxima! 

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Free St. Patrick’s Day English Spanish ABC Printable

Clover AlphabetPrintable

St. Patrick’s Day or St. Paddy’s Day this year will be on Saturday, March 17th, 2018. This is an opportunity for children to learn about Ireland, go on nature walks looking for clovers, trying out new Irish food, and so much more. In a different post, I will share what all we will be doing as we study Ireland. So excited about this upcoming unit!!! 

To introduce the topic to the preschoolers, I created this set of clover ABCs that can be printed, laminated for durability, displayed on your word wall. What’s even more fun is that you can use this set to:

This is the best laminator I have found and used by many of my teacher friends and homeschooling friends. Laminating helps me save tons of time and helps make everything last longer so all the kids can use the same materials. 

Scotch Thermal Laminator, 2 Roller System, Fast Warm-up, Quick Laminating Speed (TL901C-T )Scotch Thermal Laminator, 2 Roller System, Fast Warm-up, Quick Laminating Speed (TL901C-T )Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 8.9 x 11.4-Inches, 3 mil thick, 100-Pack (TP3854-100)Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 8.9 x 11.4-Inches, 3 mil thick, 100-Pack (TP3854-100)

How to Use the Clover ABCs in Your Home or Classroom:

  • practice ABC order,
  • recognizing beginning sounds in English and Spanish,
  • thinking of words that begin with the sound and letter,
  • looking for objects in the home or outside that begin with the letter or sound. 

First print, laminate (or use contact paper), then cut. This mini-pocket chart is great for displaying the letters while you teach this theme. 

An example on how to display the ABC cards on a chart. In this photo, I am using an animal pack that I have been using for teaching reading syllables in Spanish. 



The photos above are featuring the Valentine’s Day Animal Pack available in English and Spanish. You can find it at my two shops:  TeachersPayTeachers and also at Bilingual Marketplace

Inside the Clover ABCs Printable You will Find: 



Favorite Books to Teach Spanish ABCs

Favorite Books to Teach ABCs in English

There are so many books to list, but one of my favorites and most-used books is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in English and Spanish

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Board Book)Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Board Book)Chica Chica Bum Bum ABC (Chicka Chicka ABC) (Spanish Edition)Chica Chica Bum Bum ABC (Chicka Chicka ABC) (Spanish Edition)

This FREE Clover ABC Printable is perfect for the Bilingual home or for those who are introducing the Spanish language or for those who want to use the English alphabet only. 

The only difference between the English alphabet and the Spanish alphabet is the letter ‘ñ’. There’s been much debate and revision of the Spanish alphabet at different times regarding whether the ‘ch’ or the ‘ll’ should be included. When I learned the alphabet in Spanish those letters WERE included. However, much has changed in the last few years. For more information, read what the Real Academia Española has to say about the alphabet.   I researched online before making this set just to be sure only the ‘ñ’ was to be included. 

Spanish ABC Song

There are some ABC songs in YouTube we enjoy that include the ‘ch’ and ‘ll’ and I am totally okay with that. It introduces the sounds those two letters make together. But for the purposes of the alphabet, I only included the ‘ñ’. 

This song is really fun to dance to and so catchy!

English ABC Song

This is the best ABC song in my opinion and also includes the sounds to all the letters.  My other favorite ABC song is this one.

Hope you find it useful!!!!

Click Here to download your copy of the ABC Clover in Spanish and English.  (Black and White)

—> If you would like it in color, please leave a comment below so I can make it and post it. Thanks! 


Let me know in the comments or tag me in Instagram with #thebilingualhomeschooler to see how you use the FREE Clover ABC Printable. 

¡Hasta la próxima! 

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Famous Phrases by Latin American Authors and Their Best Books to Fall in Love with Spanish Literature

Latin American Authors to Read in Spanish

Spanish literature is very rich in language. The descriptions, rhyme, and key phrases are gripping to anyone who sits down to read a novel in Spanish.  In this post you will find 7 famous Latin American authors who have left their mark in literature.  Some of these authors are award winners of prizes like Miguel Cervantes ( a highly recognized award). You will also find some of their most famous quotes and their most well-known works. The works below are geared for young adults and adults. For books to read with your children in Spanish, please check the following posts: 

If you are wanting to dive into reading in Spanish, take a look at these titles. I recommend starting with Isabel Allende, a very popular author. All her works have also been translated into English, though, I do think you should read it in Spanish first.  Or the book Martín Rivas, a love story. You can read more about it at the end of the post. 

1.Juan Rulfo:

Juan Rulfo is a Mexican author, well-known for his book Pedro Páramo. This is a very famous book that even Gabriel García Marquez has said had memorized. Other authors have also considered Pedro Páramo to be a masterpiece. 

Pedro Páramo – Spanish Edition
Pedro Páramo – English Edition 


2. Mario Benedetti:

Mario Benedetti is an Uruguayan author, he took more a political style of writing later on in his life. His book, Andamios, tells the story of a man who returned to Uruguay after being exiled from his country. Definitely a very, very good book. His writing takes you right to the scene he is describing.  Another great title by him is La Tregua.

Andamios – Spanish Edition (Kindle)
La Tregua – Spanish Edition

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3. Isabel Allende:

Isabel Allende is a very well-known Chilean author. Most of her works also depict the political / cultural climate lived during military dictatorship. Two of my favorite books by her are Hija de la Fortuna (Daughter of Fortune) and De Amor y de Sombra 

Hija de la Fortuna – Spanish Edition
Daughter of Fortune – English Edition 

De Amor y De Sombra – Spanish Edition
Of Love and Shadows – English Edition


4. Jorge Luis Borges:

Jorge Luis Borges is a very well-known Argentinian author. His book Laberintos is one of his best works. 

Jorge Luis Borges – All Works
Labyrinths – English Edition

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5. Ernesto Sabato

Ernesto Sabato, also from Argentina is well-known for his novel, El Túnel. Just about every high-schooler ends up reading this book during their senior year. This is the story of an artist who falls in love with a woman, when she appreciated his art in a way that nobody else had before.  This leads to a series of events which lead to tragedy. 

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6. Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

Gabriel García Márquez is a Colombian author. His most famous works include 100 Años de Soledad and Amor en Tiempo de Cólera

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7. Alberto Blest Gana: 

Alberto Blest Gana is a Chilean author. One of his best works is Martîn Rivas, where he writes about the gap between social classes and the love between Martín and Leonor. I can’t recommend this book enough. If there is one title from this list that you should read, this one is very VERY good!!! A real classic of Chilean Spanish Literature. Martín is a poor boy and Leonor comes from upper class when they fall in love. Of course, the culture is such that such differences don’t allow them to be together. You have to read this story to find out how they deal with the circumstances. 

Marín Rivas – Spanish Edition (Kindle)


Have you read any novels in Spanish? What have you read? Have you heard of any of these authors?

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Words of Affirmation and a Free Printable in Spanish for Valentines Day for Children

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Love others as yourself.

Love others because God first loved you.

Love is the greatest commandment of all.

Love begins at home. We want our children to know they are loved and what better way than telling them in writing so they can read notes from us in years to come?

Several years ago I read this Five Love Languages for Kids by Gary Chapman.  At the time, I learned there are different types of ways that speak love to our children. Sometimes it can be the same language for all of them, other times it can be a different language for each of the kids, and other times children change love languages in the same year. It all has to do with their personality and how they grow. 

I could not recommend this book more. I hope you enjoy it and get much out of it! 

The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children EffectivelyThe 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I have come up with a printable that you can use with your children. One of the love languages presented by Gary Chapman is Words of Affirmation. This printable is for you to tell your child with words what makes him or her special. Words of Affirmation is a way for you to build up your child. 🙂 

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Valentine’s Day FREE Printable in Spanish



All you have to do is print it out and fill it out. I suggest placing one or two hearts each day from February 1st through February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Or you could even start today.  You can use the same one as many times as you would like. 

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Download FREE Printable Here

I made it in Spanish because that’s the language I speak to my children the most. If you would like it in English, let me know and I can add it to this post for you. 

If you would like me to email you the file, please leave your email below or send me an email at bilingualmami at gmail dot com and I will send it to you. 

Hope you enjoy it. Let me know in the comments!!!!

If you find it useful, please share this post with your friends so they can download it, too. 

Nos vemos, 


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