Monday, September 17, 2018

Resources to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in 2018

On Saturday, Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off. You may remember that the observance finds its roots in 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson first established Hispanic Heritage Week, and 20 years later, President Reagan expanded it to a month-long celebration. While the current administration will just ignore it, there will still be many events across the country to celebrate it. I'll be sharing them here on MommyMaestra for those of you who are looking for activities in your area.

To help you prepare to celebrate it in your own classroom, here are some great posts that have been shared here on MommyMaestra over the years by wonderful teachers and moms like yourselves!

Blog Posts:

And here are some wonderful websites for you to visit!



This one is a few years old...

And I love this one...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Digital Downloads to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Prepping for Hispanic Heritage Month? Looking for easy, printable activities to engage and educate your child or students? I've got your classroom covered! Most of my products are available in English and Spanish.
Here are some of my downloadable Hispanic Heritage resources that you may enjoy (scroll down to see my new for 2018 products):

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Lingua Garden Offers Free Course Demo

Opportunity alert!

For those of you looking for an online Spanish class, here's a chance to sample the ones offered by Lingua Garden. Here's a message from my friend, Denise, the owner:

Over the next 48 hours, sign up to demo my new online Spanish course for children (2-10 yo) at no cost!

Yep, FREE! No scam, I am just asking for your support and feedback in return.
If interested, please read more below... 

Hola! My name is Denise and I am a fellow homeschooling mom raising two amazing bilingual children. I am also a passionate educator and entrepreneur who specializes in early childhood and elementary foreign language education. I currently dedicate my time to teaching local Spanish lessons to children, live online lessons to children, and homeschooling.

Would you be interested in trying this new Spanish course I have developed at no cost? If so, sign up today! Just click the link below. I would very much appreciate your feedback once you have completed the course. :)

Why am I doing this?
A few homeschooling families I currently work with have encouraged me to reach out to you because they strongly believe that future courses like this one could fill a need in current homeschooling households. I am curious to know what you think.

I love teaching Spanish and about Hispanic cultures. This is my passion. If possible, I want to help homeschooling families in their bilingual journey. I believe that your feedback is essential as I continue to consider the idea of adding more courses with new content. :) 

Ms. Denise

Monday, September 3, 2018

Giveaway: The Hummingbird Sings and Dances

Today's Back-to-School Fiesta giveaway is for those of you with little children. You know how much I love children's books that feature folktales or nursery rhymes from Latin America. I have shared so many here on MommyMaestra over the years. That's because young children learn so much from songs. Research shows that music has many benefits for children, including how it can improve literacy and numeracy skills, develop vocabulary, improve coordination, lift a child's mood, and increase a child's sensory development. (Read more about the benefits of music for children here and here.)

So, of course, I was absolutely delighted to be contacted by my friends at Sugar Mountain PR about the new bilingual musical picture book, The Hummingbird Sings and Dances: Latin American Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes (aff link).

This beautiful book contains 19 nursery rhymes and lullabies from 17 Latin American countries. Of course, there are the beloved traditional ones such as Los pollitos and Arroz con leche, but there are also some I remember from my own childhood and haven't heard in - ahem - many, many years, such as Naranja dulce and A la rorro niƱo. Cuba, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Venezuela, and Bolivia are just some of the countries represented in this lovely book.

All of the text is presented in both English and Spanish, but the songs themselves are only sung in Spanish. The songs are sung by the Mexican musical-vocal ensemble, Grupo Cantaro, who do a truly remarkable job of making the songs engaging with background sounds that supplement the music and the lyrics.

Another nice thing is that the back of the book contains the complete lyrics to the songs on the CD so you can sing along! And there is a map of Latin America included at the back of the book. Both of these make it easier to incorporate this book into a lesson plan.

The musical selection and the illustrations are all done by Mariana Ruiz Johnson and they are fabulous. The illustrations are so fun and vibrant. Children will love sitting and looking through this picture book while listening to the CD, or while a parent (or abuelita!) reads and sings to them.

If this book sounds like the perfect fit for your family or classroom, check out the giveaway below. And visit the publisher - The Secret Mountain - website for more books.

The Giveaway

The Secret Mountain publishing company has graciously offered a copy of this beautiful book to two (2) MommyMaestra readers! If you are caring for a baby, toddler, preschooler, or child in elementary school this school year, this would be a fantastic addition to your day.

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below.

¡Buena suerte!

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