Board Games for Language Learning

 

In our homeschool, we enjoy every opportunity we get to play a board game as a family. It is such a fun and relaxed time to learn and play together. We look forward to our Saturday afternoons where we get to bake together, play a game, and have fun.

Based on my personal experience as a language learner, language teacher, and my studies in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) I know as a fact that it is easier to learn a language by making it meaningful. In other words, we want learners to have authentic opportunities to learn the language. Playing games boosts learners confidence skills, enthusiasm, and creates a fun environment where they can get to practice their language skills. Playing board games equals fun learning time. 

One of my goals as a teacher is for my children to learn Spanish. They don’t like being drilled and honestly I don’t like to drill them either. But I do like them to use what they know , build on previous knowledge to further their language skills. So this is why I compiled this list of board games that will help them to learn Spanish at home.

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bingo

Bingo: Classic game that builds and reviews vocabulary. It comes with 40 cards and chips. This game can be played with the whole family or in a classroom setting since it has enough cards for a large gathering. I started playing this game with my family several years ago and my youngest started playing it when he was close to 3 years old. Definitely a fun game for making use of Spanish vocabulary useful.

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Scrabble Spanish: The Spanish edition includes all the Spanish letters as well as additional vowels.

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Spanish Monopoly: My absolute board game that kept my family playing for hours! It is also a great opportunity to practice Spanish. Learn and use words such as comprar, pagar, arrendar, hotel, casa, construir, etc.  This is also a great game for practicing counting in any language. Use those Spanish words in real context when playing Monopoly.

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Manzanas con Manzanas

Manzanas con Manzanas: This is the Spanish version of Apples to Apples. I absolutely cannot wait to have our whole family playing this game in Spanish!  This game guarantees the use of the language and I can just see it being a total hit. Spanish learners will amaze themselves with how many words they know. This is a great game for practicing: reading, synonyms, antonyms,  vocabulary,  and so much more.

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Rory’s Story Cubes

Rory’s Story Cubes: This game contains cubes with different pictures / symbols. Each player has to roll the dice and create a story with the picture. This is such a good game to build literacy, create fun stories, work with adjectives, and spark use of the language.  There is this other version of the game, geared for younger kids ages 3 and up.

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Guess Who Game

Guess Who Game: This game is an excellent follow up to practicing descriptions in Spanish.  Both children and adults find this game enjoyable as everyone has to ask questions and provide descriptions to figure out the mystery character. A fun game for everyone to play!

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Dígame

Dígame: Although I haven’t played this game, I am adding it to my cart because it has raving reviews online including  Winner of the 2015 Creative Child Awards Game of the Year. It builds language and vocabulary skills and gets people talking. 

Cuéntame:

  • What board games do you play to teach Spanish?
  • What are your favorites?
  • What would you add to this list?

 

Happy game time!

Fabi

 

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas – Nov.4, 2016

The following is a collection of Top 6 findings for phone accessories.

These are time sensitve deals, available through Jane, so be sure to get it right away when you see it.  Which are you getting?

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Flat Phone Bungee Cables  – 10 feet long, assorted colors, extra long, durable.

 

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Hot Icon Phone Case – Fun and trendy designs!

 

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Portable External Cell Phone Charger – for iPhone and Android

 

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Universal Magnetic Air Vent Mount  – Works with all smartphones and GPS.

 

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Stroller Bike Mount – It adjusts to the handle. Fits all phones.

 

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Memory Card Reader – Works for iPhone and PC/Mac. 32 GB.

 

Let me know if you find this post helpful so I can find more deals for you.

Fabi

Illustrated Faith 18 Month Planner Deal and Special Code

 

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Happy Planning!

 

Fabi

 

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Simple Creamy Pasta with Peas – Recipe for busy days and quick meal

Homeschooling, going on nature walks, and pretty much life keeps our mornings really busy. Sometimes I am able to get a head start on lunch early in the morig and other times I need a quick 15-20 min lunch meal.

Here is where this simple Creamy Peas Pasta comes in. You probably have the ingredients at home already! and it is also a very frugal and tasty meal. I would say it costs about $5-$8 to make this meal and it yielded leftovers. Winner! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Ziti pasta 
  • 1 1/12 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cream/milk whichever you have on hand.
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • oregano
  • garlic
  • 3 eggs
  • cheddar cheese 
  • parmesan cheese

Steps: 

  1. Cook pasta according to directions and drain.
  2. Add the frozen peas to pasta as well as seasoning (garlic, oregano)
  3. In a separate bowl, beat 3 eggs and pour over the eggs. Stir the food so the eggs cook. 
  4. Add cheese and stir again. 
  5. Serve and enjoy. I added fresh oregano which made this dish smell herby, natural, fresh.

Hope you like it! What are your go-to quick meal ideas on busy days? Let me know in the comments! 
Fabi

Adding Doubles Muffin Tray Activity


Kindergarten is a time to learn new mathematical concepts such adding doubles. It is also a time when children age 5 still need plenty of time to play and continue developing fine motor skills to help them hold the pencil and write. 

By now, you have probably seen the many activity ideas available on Pinterest that use muffin trays to learn new concept. You can visit and follow my board here to get more ideas.

My current kindergartener is learning to add doubles. He actually really likes to add numbers! He is not too into worksheets, so using this muffin tray has been a nice alternative to building the skill.  

When I first presented him the bowl with pom poms and tweezers, he said “aha! I am going to bake!” 

I smiled and said we are going to bake and take orders. ” 🙂 The orders were scalloped circle papers we punched out earlier. That was another exercise to be able to further develop the hand muscles. He really likes to punch out paper.  


Anyways, so he placed each circle in the muffin tray and began filling his orders. In other words, he used the tweezers and picked out the amount of pom-poms needed for that order (the sum of tr doubles). 

He had fun. He didn’t have to fill out a worksheet this time but he still got to practice adding doubles. 

Next time, we will make it more challenging. We are going to take cupcake orders for double 5 to get all the way to double 10. 

Have fun adding and baking cupcakes!
Fabi 

Creamy Spinach Avocado Pasta

This Creamy Spinach Avocado Pasta is out of this world. The sauce is made with fresh ingredients and a bit of Alfredo sauce and parmesan cheese. This recipe is a favorite! I have been making this dish for two years now and everyone gets excited when they see that I have avocado and spinach on thr counter. They know what it means, Spinach Avocado Pasta.

While the noodles boil in the pot, I put the spinach leaves (rinsed) and a whole avocado in the food processor. I add 1/3 cup of Alfredo sauce, some parmesan cheese, and pulse.

When the pasta is cooked, drain the water, saving only 1/4 and pouring that with the sauce. 

Add some fresh cilantro (coriander)…mmmm it smells so good and it is so tasty! 

Hope you give this Creamy Spinach Avocado Pasta a try!

Ingredients: 

  • pasta of choice or zucchini noodles (zoodles)
  • raw spinach
  • 1 whole avocado
  • alfredo sauce (add according to taste)
  • parmesan cheese
  • cilantro (optional)

Steps:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Blend all ingredients to make sauce in food processor.
  3. Serve immediately.
  4. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful day! 
Fabi 

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe 

A staple recipe at home in Chile was the banana milk that my Mama used to make for me. I can remember countless of times when she was standing in the kitchen holding a fork and a banana on a plate ready to mash it for my milk. Back then, the word “smoothie” was not part of our regular vocabulary but that was basically what she was making. 

Fast forward to present day. I have 4 children and I am very much into making traditional recipes from home and adapting them to suit our family.

Living in the United States, I have literally become a peanut butter fanatic. I mean, seriously, peanut butter is so tasty and I can get additional vitamins and iron into our diet with just a couple of tablespoons. 

For this recipe, I only used 3 ingredients. I usually have these available as they are some of my staple items I keep in regular stock at home. 

Since bananas ripen quickly, I store them in ziplock bags and freeze them to use in smoothies.  My Dad jokingly tells me that I must have a banana tree somewhere. 
Alright, so to make this Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie I take out 1 1/2 to 2 frozen bananas. Then I pour a glass of milk and 1 or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. The amount of peanut butter you choose to use is totally up to you. 

The Ninja blender, one of my favorite appliances, is so perfect for blending the frozen bananas. It is such a powerful machine, 1500 watts! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 glass cup milk
  • 1 -1/2 tbsp peanut butter 
  • save some peanut butter to pour over the top

Steps: 

Blend all ingredients and serve. Enjoy a chilled healthy peanut butter banana smoothie.

Enjoy!
Fabi

Healthy Eating Chilean Salad Ensalada Chilena Recipe 

Today I made my go-to frugal, healthy, and tasty salad. It happens to be one of Chile’s traditional salads served at pretty much every gathering and found at every restaurant.

  • It is so simple, yet full of flavor.
  • Refreshing.
  • Only 3 main ingredients.
  • Healthy.


Ingredients

1 bunch of cilantro or coriander depending on where you live.

2 tomatoes

1 onion

1 tbsp olive oil

salt to taste

Steps

1. Chop cilantro. Your kitchen will smell terrific…so fresh!

2. Dice tomatoes in cubes.

3. Slice onion in pluma or feather cut.

4. Season with olive oil and salt to taste. Fold all ingredients.

5. Enjoy! Serve with rice, grilled meat, or your favorite main dish.
Eating healthy is tasty!

Fabi

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How to Sew Pumpkins the Easy Way – Sewing and a Handicraft Project for Children per Charlotte Mason

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Charlotte Mason’s teaching methodologies resonate with me in more ways than I can count. One of those ways is her idea of teaching children a handicraft from a young age. It enriches them and opens the door for them to become more creative, skilled, and confident.  

*** Some points to acknowledge about handicrafts per Charlotte Mason:

  1. They should make something that will be useful
  2. Be challenging and work through it – perseverance

There are many handicrafts a child can learn, sewing is just one of them. Start them out with learning how to sew on a button or how to thread a needle are basic life skills that will be used at one point or another.  

Some of my favorite products for teaching and practicing sewing (while making a useful product) are Alex’s Sewing Toys. Also this book is fantastic!!! it has 21 projects that children will enjoy making.

Sewing for kids can be the gateway to let them discover a new skill. My kids enjoy hand sewing and have benefitted greatly from learning to sew. There are so many fun things to sew and make for the home or for their rooms. They take such delight in being able to hold something they made with their own hands.

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We keep a basket of sewing supplies easily accessible so that it creates an invitation to create and to sew. It has encouraged us to put together a sewing kit to have available at home. I will post more details on that soon, but for now, feel free to look at this kit readily available. 

Easy Hand Sewing Project – Perfect for Beginners and Young Children

 

My kids ages 7, 5, and 4 completed the project below. 

The other day, we made fabric pumpkins to go with our Fall Décor. Before we made them, I made an invitation to sew by setting out fabric circles, needles, and thread. When they saw the needles and thread their eyes widened and thy were just full of enthusiasm to learn something new as well as a real opportunity to use a needle. 

Hand Sewing Safety Guidelines

 

First things first. Talk about SAFETY WITH NEEDLES.

  • Let them know there is a sharp point. Talk about what would happen if you touch that?
  • Keep needles away from the eyes.
  • Use the needle for sewing away from you, not towards you.

Hand them the needle and see how they hold it. It is very possible that their small hands will adjust almost intuitively to hold the needle properly. If so, BINGO!

Hand sewing has many benefits like:

  • coordination

  • develop fine motor skills

  • space awareness

How to teach children to sew:

 

  1. Pick a small project – Small children attention span is fairly short. Use their enthusiasm to the max by offering a project they can complete in a fairly short amount of time.
  2. Review steps in a 1-2-3 format

 

Hand Sewing Goals for today’s project:

  1. Sew around the circle
  2. Stuff the circle
  3. Sew it shut
  4. Optional: Glue a button to decorate the top. 

 3. Make it with a purpose – Children are naturally curious and they want to know the purpose of their project, especially when they know they are going to invest time in making it. They want to see the value of what they do. The peoject should answer to the questions: “What is this for?” What are we going to do with it?”
Sewing can be lots of fun and allows for some quick crafting time. Everyone can enjoy sitting at the table to complete a quick new peoject for their home. 

Cuéntame: Have you tried hand sewing with your children? What have you made? 

 

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Have a great day!
Fabi 

Recommended Bilingual English-Spanish Picture Books

We have read many, many Bilingual Picture Books in our home throughout the years. This is a running list of the ones we have read.  Hope you enjoy. Which have you read?

Cuéntame: What have you read? What would you add to this list?

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  1. Diez Deditos de las Manos y Diez Deditos de los Pies – Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.  Bilingual board book that introduces young children to soothing rhymes in English and Spanish.
  2. Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses.  This is such a cute little board book all about giving kisses to baby. Everyone like Mama, Papá, perrito (doggy) takes turns to give the baby a kiss. A very sweet little book, perfect for small hands also.
  3. La Oruga Muy Hambrienta – The Very Hungry Caterrpillar.  This is a must read picture book with toddlers (if their attention span permits) and preschoolers.  Introduces food vocabulary and life cycle of the butterfly in English and Spanish. We did a fun activity with this one in which we made our own little books with the food from the story.
  4. First 100 Words Bilingual. Great, great, great book to have. Baby and toddlers will be picking it up on their own. It is simple and straight to the point: Helping children learn to speak words in the target language.
  5. Bilingual Tales: El patito feo – The Ugly Duckling. This is a classic tale. The story of the ugly duckling who turned into beautiful. This is a very well known little story.
  6. I Love You Through and Through – Te quiero, Yo te quiero. This is one of our favorites at home! A very sweet, tender story about a toddler and his teddy.
  7. Curious George books. There are many, many Curious George books available in bilingual edition. They are all so fun!!!

 

Take time to read to your children. They will enjoy it and it will help them gain proficiency in the language.

Happy reading time!

 

Fabi

 

 

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