Cinco de Mayo History for Kindergarten
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by Monica
1M ago
Parents and teachers! Discover engaging ways to introduce Cinco de Mayo to kindergarteners and preschoolers with these resources. Introducing Cinco de Mayo to Kindergarteners Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. The holiday highlights the Battle of Puebla and its historical significance for the United States. This is a bit heavy for kindergarteners, so instead, as parents and teachers, we must view it as an opportunity to learn about cultural diversity and history in a fun way.  I start by explaining the significance of the holiday in simple terms, focusing on ..read more
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Resources for Studying St. Augustine & the Real First Thanksgiving
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by Monica
7M ago
Teachers and parents! Check out these resources for learning about America's real first Thanksgiving in St. Augustine - 56 years before Plymouth. Learn the history behind St. Augustine or just scroll down to the online and printable resources available for educators (and parents).  This post contains affiliate links. St. Augustine's First Thanksgiving Meal Fifty-six years before the Pilgrims gathered at Plymouth, another significant event unfolded in America—a feast that marks the real first Thanksgiving. The feast of unity and gratitude took place in the city of St. Augustine, laying ..read more
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Thanksgiving Specials: Sweet Potato Flan
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by Monica
7M ago
Every year, I look for new recipes with Latin twists to try during the holidays. This year, I'm excited about this sweet potato flan recipe from Ericka at NibblesAndFeasts.com! Sweet Potato Flan by Nibbles and Feasts There are two things I like about this recipe. First, it can be made in advance. If you are like me, then Thanksgiving morning is a crazy day in the kitchen. This flan can be made a day or two in advance and kept in the fridge. Second, you can sub canned sweet potatoes rather than cook them if you are pressed for time. Ericka walks you through the recipe over here on her blo ..read more
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Get Loud! for Hispanic Heritage
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by Monica
8M ago
The following post is in collaboration with Tragos. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Discover ¡Get Loud! by Tragos Games, a fun, bilingual word game for kids. It's perfect for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - or learning at ANY time of the year. Every year, during Hispanic Heritage Month, I go on the hunt looking for new resources that will help families (including mine!) with learning about about Hispanic culture or that support them in their efforts to raise bilingual kids. This year, Tragos Games stands out! Get Loud! is their new bili ..read more
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Kid-Friendly Recipes for Aguas Frescas
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by Monica
1y ago
  Quench your thirst and indulge in the vibrant flavors of aguas frescas, the beloved traditional beverages that are a staple in Mexican culture. Because I suspect that half of you (or more!) are melting, just like I am here in Texas, I've put together a carefully curated collection of aguas frescas recipes that capture the essence of this time-honored tradition.  Discover a variety of delightful concoctions that will transport you to the heart of Mexico. These are child-friendly recipes to engage your kids in the kitchen. Get ready to savor the taste of summer with these cool and ..read more
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Vocabulary Program for Homeschoolers
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by Monica
1y ago
The following post is in collaboration with Wordela Homeschool. All thoughts and opinions are my own. In homeschooling high school, nurturing a strong vocabulary is a key aspect of holistic education. A rich lexicon empowers students to communicate effectively, think critically, and succeed academically. As a homeschool parent, I try really hard to find resources that aren't just academically beneficial, but ones that will help my kids throughout their lives. And building their vocabularies is one of those important skills that are at the top of my list. I'm excited to have found Wordela Ho ..read more
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May Roundup of Conversation Activities in Spanish
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by Monica
1y ago
Save this roundup of conversation-practice activities in Spanish from Spanish for You! to teach your middle schoolers.  This post contains affiliate links. Using Conversation-Practice Activities to Teach SpanishWhen it comes to learning Spanish, conversation practice plays a crucial role in helping your child become proficient in the language. While grammar rules and vocabulary are essential, the ability to engage in meaningful conversations is what truly solidifies language skills. By encouraging your child to engage in regular conversation practice, you provide them with opportunit ..read more
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Hispanic Heritage Studies for Families
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by Monica
1y ago
  Dear readers, Seventeen years ago, my husband's job moved us half way across the country, away from my family and culture. As a result, I found myself struggling to pass on my heritage to my children. I was really, really sad that they couldn't experience the same cultural traditions that I did as a child. I did my best to look for resources and events to share with them, but wasn't having much luck.  I worried and fretted that they wouldn't learn to love the beauty of their Spanish & Mexican heritage. So when we were thrust into homeschooling (long story that you can read ab ..read more
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Capybara Lesson Plans, Printables, Crafts, Videos & More
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by Monica
1y ago
Discover the fascinating world of capybaras with our collection of capybara lesson plans, crafts, printables, videos, and books. Perfect for homeschool or classroom use. If you are learning about South America or the Amazon Rainforest, you might want to explore the world of capybaras! These adorable and fascinating creatures are the largest rodents in the world and have a lot of interesting features and behaviors to explore. Here are some resources in English and Spanish to help you learn more about capybaras. This post contains affiliate links. Lesson Plans & Activity Packs Rainforest B ..read more
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Children's Books that Feature Venezuela
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by Monica
1y ago
This week, we're diving into South America again! This time, we're sharing a roundup of some amazing children's books that feature Venezuela.  We know you'll find some of these stories absolutely engaging and want to add them to your home library! This post contains affiliate links. Picture Books with Venezuelan Characters There aren't a lot of Venezuelan-themed children's books that I could find, so in stead of separating them by language (English, Spanish, or bilingual), I'm just listing them all here.  Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lin ..read more
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