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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.

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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.  

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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. 

Get the course when you click on the picture below: 

 

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Hasta la próxima!

For older students:

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Free Printable Spanish Rhyming Words

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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

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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. 

You might also be interested in

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

Math

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

Bible

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

Spanish

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! 

Science

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

History

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

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. 

P.E. 

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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

Cuéntame:

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

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 

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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. 

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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.

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! 

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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. 🙂 

Related Posts: Best Picture Books in Spanish about Love

Valentine’s Day FREE Printable in Spanish

 

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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, 

Fabi 

Related Posts: Best Picture Books in Spanish about Love

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Sneaky Educational Gift Guide for the Homeschool

Keep checking this page, which will be updated throughout the rest of the week and next week with current deals to help you achieve the goals of your homeschool. 

Black Friday Deals

Subscription Boxes: 

Little Passports has a deal offering their best deal all year, save up to $40! LOVE this subscription box that teaches culture, language (indirectly), and geography. Take monthly field trips around the world through Little Passports. Promo Codes available: BF10, BF20, BF40.

Bramble Box available in Canada, also! Mom hand-curated activity boxes for kids age 3-7. Perfect for keeping the younger children occupied while learning and teaching a Math lesson with an older child! They have a 10% OFF for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Mona MELisa Designs is 20% OFF right now. Their products promote Hands-On learning. Great for any curriculum, honestly. Several match up with Classical Conversations; could also be used with Charlotte Mason. 

The Maestro Classics 12 CD Music Collection comes with music cds and 24 page activity book. I mean, talk about a way to teach classical music. This beautiful set, a total investment for your homeschool. Classical music relaxes and teaches melody, composition, and the beauty of the arts. Check the link to see what it includes. 

Scholasticlots of fun things to do and educational.  FREE SHIPPING!

 

 

 

Cyber-Monday Sale

Kids Cook Real Food:

Bonus Buy: Any new member will get the premium content snack videos ($20 value) absolutely FREE.

There will be 4 videos showing your children how to use the food processor, how to separate eggs, and how to find healthy snacks.  There will be engaging demo videos that will teach your children to make homemade crunchy granola, energy bites, and pumpkin pie bars. Check it out here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Gifts for the Young Child Learning Spanish

You want your toddler, preschooler, early elementary child to learn Spanish in a fun way, hands-on, without it really seeming like a language class.

Red se dice rojo. Repeat.

Two se dice dos. Repeat.

Here you will find a running list of ideas for games and ways to teach content in Spanish to young children. These are the very same things they will need to learn in their first language (i.e. English). Using these items, they will be expanding their Spanish vocabulary in an effortless manner.

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The kids will find entertainment putting this large cardboard Spanish floor puzzle together. Melissa & Doug Spanish Alphabet Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle. It promotes early literacy, letter recognition, letter-object recognition, and Spanish language skills.  Another great puzzle option is this wooden one, Melissa & Doug See-Inside Spanish Alphabet Wooden Peg Puzzle.

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Practice color-name recognition with this egg-puzzle that teaches names of colors in Spanish, matching, and sorting. BeginAgain Color ‘N Eggs Matching Puzzle – Educational Puzzle – Learn with the Color Puzzle that has English AND Spanish! – Fun Puzzle Game + Perfect Preschool Puzzle 

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You could also put word-object puzzles together like this one that uses a picture, the word for the object in English at the top, the Spanish on the bottom. This puzzle could be used for a long time, a great asset for the homeschool as well. You could work on spelling, making sentences (or silly ones!), story starters, etc.  It can be done independently as well, since it is self-checking. Ingenio Spellable Bilingual Spelling Game helps children build vocabulary in English and Spanish. 

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Children love to learn new songs, dance to music. Why not get them a new Music CD with fun Spanish songs? They will build on vocabulary and learn to say new sentences without even meaning to! Coloreando: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish is available as a CD. You can hear a preview of each of the songs and purchase one at a time if desired. Another option for Spanish music is José Luis Orosco  de Colores. It has traditional songs, his voice sounds really nice, nice music. I even sing along!

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11 Tips to Set a Homeschool Routine for Success

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11 Tips to Set up a Homeschool Routine for Success

 

Fact 1: homeschool provides freedom to have your own schedule…

However,

Fact 2: when there is no routine, everyone and everything is all over the place which may lead to chaos. 

Many times friends and family ask me “how do you homeschool when you have 4 children?!?! You must be very organized!”- they tell me. Well, in a sense, I am organized when it comes to the routine I have set up for our homeschool based on what I see are the needs and goals of our homeschool.  I look at our needs and goals and see (and pray a lot!) on what we can do to achieve those goals. 

The main aspect to remember throughout homeschooling, like in all things, is to be consistent. It is imperative to have a consistent routine, or schedule, or rhythm to you home life

Below I am sharing 11 tips that have been a true life saver for me!!! These tips are what keeps our homeschool running smoothly and guarantees a successful homeschool week. After all, isn’t that what we all want!?

Recently I read in a book by Rachel Carman where she stated the importance in planning and setting up a routine for success in your homeschool.

Because after all, we are people of habits!!!

We strive with routine. Children, especially, strive when they know what is expected of them. Children and adults do well with routine, clear expectations, and everyone does better when they know what they are supposed to be doing. 

Therefore it is very important that we set up a homeschool routine for success! It takes a little bit of planning on our part and going the extra mile, but with prayer and dedication, you will see your work paying off when your homeschool week goes smoothly! 

 

11 Steps to Set Up a Homeschool Routine for Success

 

1. Set a Weekly Theme – what is a common theme in your lessons / read loud for the common week. Look through your homeschool books and see what the the unit will be about. What is one aspect that is tied into your lessons? What is an animal/place/thing that your children became interested in? Use what you see as a common theme to tie into different subjects. For example, our math book had a travel theme for a unit, so each day we talked about a different country based on what was presented on the book.

2. Plan read alouds – Set a time in your week for read alouds at the table over a yummy snack, poetry tea-time, or snuggling on the couch.  Set a goal to read a book over a week’s time, then choose a new book for the following week. Imagination Station or Magic Tree House series have books that can be easily correlated to a theme.

In our bilingual homeschool, we have two main read alouds: one in Spanish and one in English. Plus many other books we read throughout the day on varied subjects. 

In our history curriculum at the very beginning of the year, we studied about the Vikings: who they were and their travels. This book by Imagination Station was so fun to read while adding a living book element to our history lessons. This book is the first one in the series. As soon as we finished the first one, my kids were ready to continue with book 2.

Most, if not all, Magic Tree House books have been translated into Spanish. The books are very easy to read, the children are able to follow them well. If you feel you would like to read them in Spanish but are hesitant about comprehending the text, pick up a copy in English. Read a chapter in both languages to help you guide the discussion and pick up vocabulary the kids might need further assistance.

Overall, I have been very pleased with using Imagination Station and Magic Tree House series for read alouds. Both series are quite engaging, quick to read, easy to follow. I really like the non-fiction elements included throughout the stories. Very much like a living book.

Magic Tree House has been my go to series for reading chapter books in Spanish. My kids have enjoyed them very much to the point that whenever they find a Magic Tree House book, they always request it to be in Spanish.

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 Voyage with the Vikings (AIO Imagination Station La casa del árbol # 13 Vacaciones

3. YouTube Time: Take advantage of YouTube and travel around the world, visit museums, farms, learn about a new animal, etc. Tell your children to come up with a question or two each on something they really want to know about the weekly theme. Use this time to look up videos on YouTube that could help answer the questions.  Then write a sentence or two as a follow up activity.  Have some fun and learn something new together!

Related: These are some of our favorite YouTube channels in Spanish that we like to watch. 

4. Nature Walk and Nature Journalying – Set a time for the week when you plan on going outside for a walk. Pick a day of the week that you intently go outside and observe animals, trees, bugs, etc. See this post with ideas on additional books and supplies for a nature walk that could help expand on this activity. Perhaps even use your Spanish during this activity. Go on a language Scavanger Hunt around your neighborhood. 

5. Pick a Bible Verse for the Week– Pick a verse from a book like Psalms or Proverbs and read it every day. You may work at memorizing it or you may simply just talk about this verse daily. Take it a step forward and use it for copywork! We like to memorize a verse in Spanish to practice throughout the week.  They each recite it at the end of the week. 

Also use this verse to talk about vocabulary, attributes of God, and life applications. 

6. Set a loop schedule –  A loop schedule consists of a set of subjects that are taught every day in no particular order but that are completed daily. I am of the opinion that certain subjects should be taught every day such as Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Bible, and Spanish.  There are other subjects and activities that I assign to a few days of the week like History twice a week even though it tends to happen more throughout the week which is great when it happens. We do Geography every day so that is also part of our loop schedule. 

7. Chores – Part of our homeschool routine is to complete chores around the house. It teaches responsibility and basic entrepreneurship skills.  Children receive an allowance for their completed work. Then they get to divide their money into three areas of money management: give, save, spend.

I strongly recommend reading this book by Dave Ramsey to teach money management skills from a young age.

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 Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next

8. Cooking – Cooking is a regular activity my children do throughout the week. Since a very young age, they each have been involved in helping with a meal like getting the ingredients, helping find a recipe, mixing and stirring, peeling, etc. There is so much of the Spanish language my children have learned from cooking with me!!! We take time to study about eating healthy and read books that will enhance our understanding of food. We also watch cooking videos in Spanish to get an authentic input of Spanish language.  

Learning to cook is just as important as learning math or science. It is a life skill that will save them money someday when they know how to shop and what ingredients to get to be able to cook themselves a meal. My children have enjoyed cooking, they look forward to our time spent in the kitchen just as much as our read aloud time!  I am quite fond of this online course that teaches children how to cook basic meals, how to use an instapot safely, how to use knives, and how to try to eat varied foods. Cooking is so much fun and allows them to become more creative and develop problem solving skills!  

9. Extra-curricular: Any classes, activities that you have signed up your child outside of home. It could be music lessons, sports, art, language classes, additional tutoring, etc.

10. Co-Op: A once a day when children attend classes with other children. If you are in a season of hygge, use this time to connect with a smaller group at your own home. 

11. Devotional – Grow together as a family when you gather to read the Bible and present your requests and praises to God.  These have been my go-to devotionals for my children. I have yet to find a devotional book for them in Spanish. 

Having a personal devotional book, allows each person to have some quiet time where they can read, reflect, pray, and interact with the text. When we gather for discussion, we take turns sharing about what we read.

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 God and Me! Devotions for Girls Ages Gotta Have God: Ages 6-9 His Mighty Warrior: A Treasure Map from 

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What are your tips for a successful homeschool week? Share in the comments. 

11 Tips to Set up a Homeschool Routine for Success

 

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