Saturday, April 30, 2011

Curious George Celebrates Mother's Day - Latin Style

We have a pretty strict TV schedule in this house. In fact, the only thing my kids are allowed to watch is PBS - and even then they are only allowed few select shows on the occasional afternoon. You already know that Word Girl and Wild Kratts are, of course, "must-see" shows in our animal/book-loving home. And the other show is Curious George. Ever since both of my kids were pequeninos, they have been avid fans of of this monito tan curioso. When she was younger, my daughter used to close her eyes tight and run out of the room whenever she got scared that George was going to get into trouble (and he always does), but would peek around the corner out of curiosity to see exactly what he was up to. And I think that the reason that I love George, is because he has been around ever since I was a kid (and that's a long time, I'm here to tell you!)

Although my kids are older now, the still love this little monkey, and on Saturday mornings, will quietly sneak into the living room to watch him while mami gets an extra 30 minutes of sleep!

So we were especially excited when last week I received a special advance screening of the new Curious George® episode premiering this coming Friday, May 6th. But we were even more delighted to discover that the episode, "Mother's Day Surprise!" celebrated Mother's Day - LATIN style! In it, George is helping his amigo, Marco, set up a surprise party for his mami. With the help of Marco's sister (and of course, the Man with the Yellow Hat - What IS his name?!?!) George and Marco make a piñata in the shape of Huddley, the dog, and other decorations. Having made our own piñatas before, both my kids were excited to watch one of their favorite TV characters do the same. Take a look...

In addition to the preview DVD, our screening party package also included two bilingual books featuring Curious George, a magnet, seed packet, pinwheel activity booklet, and a packet of microwavable popcorn. My daughter quickly snatched these up and sat down to read them to my son. The books were: Curious George Plants a Seed/Jorge el curioso siembra una semilla and Curious George at the Baseball Game/Jorge el curioso en el partido de béisbol.

Now, if you'd like to watch this sweet episode of Curious George, it will air Friday on PBS Kids. And in the days leading up to it, you can watch more adventures that Jorge el curioso has with his amigo, Marco. You can also visit Curious George's website to find printables, video clips, and games. In fact, soon you'll be able to help George and Marco choose a piñata, decorate it, and then WHACK it to break it open and get all the treats inside. The game will allow your child to learn the Spanish words for numbers, colors, etc.

(Incidentally, the Executive Producer for Curious George, Dorothea Gillim, is also the creator of Word Girl - our favorite show of all time. And so, I think that Ms. Gillim may also be my favorite producer of all time!)

If you follow me on Facebook, then you know that PBS is launching another new series called Noah Comprende, where kids can learn Spanish. I have noticed PBS has been looking to celebrate Hispanic Heritage more and more. And this is yet one more reason why I, for one, love this station.

Bien hecho, PBS.

Disclosure: As I stated in the post above, I did receive a screening party package, which I shared with my children to see their response. As usual, all the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Scholastic Summer Challenge Is Waiting For You!

The Scholastic Summer Challenge has officially begun! Last year, students around the world logged 52,710,368 reading minutes. Were you one of them?

Studies show that many children fall behind during the summer months and have to relearn concepts in the fall once school starts again. One way that parents can help their children is to encourage them to set up a summer reading program. Make it fun by printing up reading charts, bookmarks, book plates, and more. Then sit down and set goals together. For example, you might decide that your child should read 15 minutes a day, one chapter book a week, or 20 pages every night before bed. Be sure to reward your child for the effort that he or she puts forth.

Latino children especially, need to work on developing and maintaining their literacy skills. Summer is a valuable time that parents can use to help their niños strengthen their reading skills. This is also an opportunity to read books that your child will enjoy, but might not get a chance to read in school. And I also believe that this is the perfect time to promote cultural pride and explore the diversity both within our Spanish-speaking world and outside of it. To help you get started, download the Día de los Niños Booklist that the Latin Baby Book Club has put together to celebrate diversity within the Latino culture.

If you decide to participate in the Scholastic Summer Challenge, your child can go to their site and log their reading minutes. And as added incentive to read, your child can tackle weekly challenges and be entered to win digital prizes for completing weekly goals.

Parents can also use the site to learn ways to encourage their child to read more this summer, find booklists, print activity sheets and reading certificates, as well as download the Family Participation Guide, which helps you discover ways to use the Summer Challenge at home. The guide include pledge cards, reading logs, a certificate of achievement, various Word Girl activity sheets, and more. You can even sign up to receive weekly emails about your child's reading success.

Teachers can also use the site to track their students reading progress throughout the summer. They can take advantage of the booklists, too, and download the Classroom Participation Guide to incorporate the Summer Challenge into lesson plans.

The best part of this summer reading program is, in my opinion, the fact that it is easy and open to children and families everywhere.

To register your children or students, head on over to the Scholastic Summer Challenge website and get started!

Con mucho cariño...

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way to write this post. We are just avid readers and Word Girl fans! Word up!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ways To Celebrate Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros/Children's Day, Book Day

I don't remember ever celebrating Día de los niños when I was a child. Probably because we didn't really have this holiday back then - at least not here in the United States.

But for years now, my family has been celebrating Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros, otherwise known as Children's Day/Book Day. This holiday finds its roots in the 1925 "World Conference for the Well-being of Children" held in Geneva, Switzerland. Countries all over the world, like Japan, Turkey and India, have adopted their own versions of Children's Day. But the holiday didn't blossom here in America until 1996, when author Pat Mora became inspired by the Mexican holiday, Día de los niños, and thought to combine the holiday with literacy for children. A year later, Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros was born in the United States and Mora soon found support from across the country.

This holiday was created for the honoring of our children, who represent the hopes and dreams of every family and community. They are our future. And the path that our history will take, depends upon their choices and actions. It advocates literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds, as essential to their mental development and well-being.

Since discovering this holiday, I have been developing ways to celebrate it with my family. But if you are looking for ways to honor this holiday, here are a few of our better ideas:

• Donate books. Do you have gently used books that you’d be willing to give to a child in need? Or do you have a discount or used bookstore in your area that sells gently used books at affordable prices? Schools, cultural centers, after-school programs, and family or women’s shelters can always use story books for the children that pass through their doors. Bilingual preschools and immersion schools are especially good places to donate hard-to-find bilingual books. Or you can have a greater impact by purchasing and donating Spanish-language books to children who have crossed the border seeking asylum or those whose parents have been deported.

• Make your own book! Better yet, make it bilingual! It's easy if you follow these simple instructions

• Take a family trip to your local bookstore and splurge on one book for each member of your family.

• Throw your own Día Party! Invite all of your friends (or your child's friends) over for book party and take turns reading passages from your favorite books. Or throw a Book Swap Party where each person brings some gently used books that they are ready to trade out. 

• Go to the park and read poetry out loud. You can either take your favorite book of poems or write your own!

• Read Book Fiesta! written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael López.

• Volunteer to read aloud. Ask your local library or bookstore if they accept volunteers to read during a scheduled or impromptu story time. They sometimes don’t offer these activities simply because they are short-staffed, so a volunteer reader is a treasure they can’t refuse. Other possible venues include nursing homes and rehab centers.

Do some Día-inspired crafts like this DIY book-themed sports ID tag, or DIY book tutorial. (Scroll down to the bottom of this post for additional links to Día craft tutorials.)

• Download a Día "Toolkit." There are quite a few of these tool kits now available online. I like this toolkit from the official Día website.

• Learn the official Día song!

• Look for a Día celebration near you! The Día website hosted by the American Library Association has a search page for Día events across the country.

• Read to your pet! In fact, some pet shelters have programs in which students come and read to pets that are waiting to be adopted. Who doesn't love reading to an animal? It helps develop literacy in children and provides companionship to an adoptable pet!

• Find some fun printables online that promote literacy. You can create flip-books, monthly activity calendars (in Spanish and English), and even your own Lotería game boards!

• Download my Día de los Niños Activity PacketIt comes with 7 reading activities to celebrate Día with your children or students, such as a poster describing what Día is all about; bookmarks for your kids to color, cut, paste, and laminate; What book am I? headbands; Book Bucks; Roll-a-Story game; and more!

• Start a book club. If you have children, why not have your child start a book club with their friends? Meet once or twice a month to discuss a new book and make it extra fun by including an activity related to the book or to reading, such as making your own bookmarks or binding your own books. Think outside the box and have all the kids read a kids’ cookbook, then have everyone make and bring one of the recipes they’ve read about.

• And lastly, run by your local library and check out a whole pile of books that celebrate diversity. Then go back home AND READ!

Other Posts About Día You May Enjoy:

Monday, April 25, 2011

Free Education Guides for African Cats

Warning: Lots of gushing ahead.

Yesterday, our family finally went to see African Cats. Now, you know I am a former zookeeper, right? And my husband is still in the field. So we are pretty critical when it comes to animal movies. Neither one of us is an easy audience when it comes to nature films. But I have to say, that this movie was beautiful. I couldn't get over the footage. Almost every frame could have been frozen and sold as a portrait of nature.

The film is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, and he does an incredible job. I was worried that the storyline would be too anthropomorphic (too "human-like"), and it does, in fact, revolve around two families - a lone cheetah mother with 5 cubs and a pride of lions. But the storyline does exactly what I imagine Disney wants: It provides a way for regular people, far removed from the wild African savanna, to emotionally connect with nature. My children were completely engrossed by the movie (okay, so was I). And yes, we cried, and worried, and breathed sighs of relief at various points in the movie.

It is rated "G" and I think that this is pretty much accurate, for although the film shows scenes of the cheetah and lionesses hunting, there is no gore, and I don't really remember any shots of the cats actually killing their prey. And while the movie is suspenseful, there are not really any scary scenes - but the lions' growling does get a bit LOUD at times. My son covered his ears but didn't shut his eyes. Wow. Now that's power.

Now, on to the good part. Disney, in its wisdom, has put together a few printables to supplement this film.

The Educator's Guide is a more comprehensive download with over 120 pages of lesson plans and activities. I have downloaded it and am looking forward to using it in a mini-unit study this summer. It meets many of the National Science Education Standards. It is primarily geared for students in grades 2 - 6 and includes a lot of detailed information about the African continent with a special emphasis on the savanna ecosystem. It then goes on to focus on the big cat species of Africa. It is awesome.

You can also find these files and much, much more over on the Disney site for this movie.


Con mucho cariño...

Disclosure: Although Disney has allowed me to share these activity guides with you, I was not compensated for writing this post. All the praise is purely my own!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Learn and Earn Center from Scholastic and Kumon

I have loved Scholastic for a long time now. They have created so many great books and teaching materials for parents and teachers. I've used a lot of their books with my own kids. And here is another opportunity that they are offering families...

Scholastic has partnered up with Kumon to help your child develop their math and literacy skills. Their Learn and Earn Center allows you to download math and reading activities for children ages five to 12. By completing the sheets, your child can earn up to FIVE free books from Scholastic.

So head over there and take a look!

Con mucho cariño...

Disclosure: I have not been compensated for (or even contacted about!) sharing this information with you. It is all purely my own Scholastic love :) 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bilingual Activities, Crafts, Books and More for Earth Day

Bookmark this page if you are looking for bilingual lesson plans, crafts, books and more for Earth Day!

This post contains affiliate links.

Lesson Plans

Oh my gosh, it's so hard to find lesson plans for Earth Day. I can find activities and crafts until the cows come home, but actual lesson plans are difficult to come by. I've listed just a few that I found that you may be able to use. 

Since I couldn't find what I really wanted, I decided to also list some lesson plan ideas that you can use at home or in the classroom:

  • "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" lesson plan: Teach students the importance of reducing waste and recycling by creating a bilingual poster and participating in a recycling scavenger hunt.

  • "Planting Seeds for the Future" lesson plan: Introduce students to the concept of sustainability by having them plant their own seeds and care for them. Students can also create a bilingual book about the plant life cycle.

  • "Exploring Our Environment" lesson plan: Take students on a bilingual nature walk and encourage them to observe the environment. Students can create a bilingual field guide of the plants and animals they see.

  • "The Water Cycle" lesson plan: Teach students about the water cycle and the importance of water conservation. Students can create a bilingual diagram or infographic of the water cycle and participate in a water conservation challenge.

  • "Environmental Art" lesson plan: Encourage students to express their love for the Earth through art. Students can create bilingual artwork using recycled materials and learn about famous environmental artists in both English and Spanish.

Additional Resources from Spanish Teachers

Crafts & Printables

Checkout my roundup of 12+ Earth Day Crafts & Printables for Kids. You can do them in ANY language!

Earth-Loving Websites

  • Nature Lab is The Nature Conservancy's youth curriculum platform with content in both English and Spanish.

  • is the official website for the holiday and you have the option to choose from 10 languages in which to read it.

  • Canopy in the Clouds/dosel en las nubes is a fabulous site that allows students to explore a tropical montane cloud forest at their own pace.

  • Reciclando en la escuela is a fabulous site, written completely in Spanish, with some of the most imaginative ideas for recycling materials into educational tools/toys/activities. This is an old site but the content is still good!


Latino authors and illustrators have created beautiful children's books about our connection to nature. Be sure to check out my list of 5 Latino Children's Books to Celebrate Earth Day.

Earth Day: An Alphabet Book by Gary Kowalski in English only

The Earth and I by Frank Asch in English only

Talking with Mother Earth/Hablando con madre tierra: Poems/Poemas by Jorge Argueta and Lucia Angela Perez in English & Spanish

When Jaguars Ate the Moon: And Other Stories About Animals and Plants of the Americas by Maria Cristina Brusca in English only

El Gran Capoquero: Un Cuento de la Selva Amazonica in Spanish or The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest in English by Lynne Cherry

Imagina un mundo mejor by Yanitzia Canetti Spanish only.

Other Posts You May Enjoy

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Brief History of Cascarones

At the insistence of a friend, I finally got my act together and helped my kids make cascarones this week. To be honest, it was our first time to do so. But we had so much fun! It really got me to thinking, though, about who invented them and when. 

Do you know the history of cascarones? Because it is very interesting. And after learning the story behind these "Mexican Easter eggs," I'm finding them even more fascinating.

This post contains affiliate links.

What Are Cascarones?

First off, in case you don't know, cascarones are brightly colored/decorated eggshells that are filled with confetti. They may be simply made by children or elaborate, hand-painted masterpieces by artists. Here in the States, they are used during celebrations, typically around Easter. In Mexico, they are popular during the time of Carnaval. But really, people may use them during any festive occasion.

Where Did They Come From?

According to historians, cascarones originated in China. It is rumored that Marco Polo first brought them to Italy, and on to Spain, and they eventually made their way to the Americas. In the beginning, the eggs were quite elegant and valuable; instead of confetti, they were filled with perfumed powders, making them popular with high-society women.

They became quite popular in Mexico in the 1860s, after Emperor Maximiliano's wife, Carlotta, introduced them to the country. In Mexico, the powders were replaced with confetti and given their name "cascarones," the plural form of "cáscara," which means shell in Spanish.

Today, the tradition of making and using cascarones to celebrate is mostly popular in the Southwestern United States, though areas of Mexico still use them. Many say that good fortune falls upon the person who has un cascarón cracked over their head - and smashing one on someone's head is actually a sign of affection. Young adults often use them to engage in mild flirtation.

Printable Activities

I've created a bilingual minibook for elementary-aged children with this history. It includes coloring pages and even directions for making your own cascarones. It's a fun little resource for parents and teachers.

Older children, may enjoy this one-page reading passage (and it comes with a 7-question comprehension quiz for use in the home or school classroom).

I also have this fun Decorate Your Own Cascarón Bilingual Activity

Children's Books

You might also be interested in these books:

Fun Videos

How Do You Make Cascarones?

There are many sites with directions on making cascarones, so I'm not going to give you step-by-step instructions in this post. But if you are looking for video tutorials on how to make cascarones, I have a few you'll love! They are fabulous!!

But I will share with you a quick photo tour of our adventure in making them:

First, we drained the eggs by making a small hole and then washing out the empty shell.
Then we colored them using a traditional egg coloring kit.

While the colored eggs were drying, we spent ages making confetti using
colored cardstock and a hole punch.

Hours later and with sore hands, we finally had enough confetti and eggs!

We made a simple funnel from some recycled paper, then added two spoonfuls of confetti.

A little glue around the edges of our hole....

Followed by a nice tissue paper "cap"

A few stickers and other embellishments, y ya! The cascarones are done!

(A few were lost in the whole process. Empty eggshells are a little delicate - especially when handled by little fingers.)

Supplies for Making Cascarones

Here's a list of some of the supplies we use when making cascarones.

Easter Egg Dye Kit

Easter Egg Dye Kit 
(I like this one because it comes with sticker that the kids can use)

Tissue paper assorted colors.

Elmer's School Glue

Biodegradable Paper Confetti

What if I have shells left over?

If you wind up saving more egg shells than you have time to dye and fill, here's a great idea on what to do with them!

Other posts you may enjoy...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Girl Scouts Launches Hispanic Recruitment Campaign

This is a guest post by columnist, Mercedes Olivera.

When you invite a young girl and her family to check out a camp site for the summer, better be prepared for 20 members of la familia to show up – everybody from the grandparents to the aunts and uncles who want to see what la niña will be experiencing.

It’s just one example of some of the cultural challenges the Girl Scouts is finding out it must deal with as it launches a Hispanic recruitment campaign to attract young Latinas.

As part of a national rebranding effort to revitalize and update its image as it nears its 100th anniversary, the national organization recently started this outreach effort to attract more girls from the fastest-growing population in the nation.

Understanding demographics can mean the difference between growth and stagnation for many organizations. And like many advertisers and companies, the Girl Scouts have seen the new Census numbers that show Hispanic families tend to be larger than most.

They also exhibit the kind of family values that have made the Girl Scouts such a venerable household name.

It is a natural step for an organization that has a tradition of accepting girls from all backgrounds.

“We want them to know that Girls Scouts meets their values,” said Gwyneth Lloyd, chief program officer for the Hispanic Welcome Initiative of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

But recruiting Hispanic girls into scouting has required an extra touch. It wasn’t simply a matter of translating its information materials into Spanish, Lloyd said.

It was far more a question of reaching out culturally.

“Rather than push the girls to get involved, we realized the need to push for families,” she said.

Like so many other issues and events in Hispanic communities, scouting is a family affair, it turns out.

Once the family gets involved, the girl does, too. And so does la mamá.

“Once the mother grasps who we are, then they absolutely show their willingness to volunteer and work with the troops,” Lloyd said.

The northeast Texas organization, which serves 35,000 girls and 16,000 adult members, is designing a welcoming initiative for Hispanic families that will launch this fall. It has already developed an interactive bilingual web site and quadrupled its bilingual staff.

In addition, it gives all new Hispanic troop leaders a set of materials that include a bilingual program manual and adult guide.

It seems to be off to a good start of reaching its goal of increasing its Hispanic membership from its current 19.6 percent to 25 percent.


For more information about the Girl Scouts' move to involve Hispanic families, take a look at this article.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Celebrate Earth Day With a Picnic and a Movie

This coming Friday is Earth Day. There are just SO MANY ways to celebrate this day and almost every blog I follow is talking about it.

I've already mentioned that this weekend, we'll be going to see Disney's new movie, African Cats. Yay! I can't wait! And my kids are excited, too. I hope you get to go and watch it, too. Remember that a portion of the proceeds from the opening week's ticket sales will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savanna.

In addition to movie watching, I think we'll also be participating in the Nature Conservancy's Picnic for the Planet celebration. We're actually creating our own meet-up with school friends. My daughter is working on her invitations.

One other activity that I am working on (thanks to Sabor a Cajeta for sharing on FB!) is B Kind 2 Earth Day. So this week I will be posting the activities that my family is working on to help us remember to appreciate and respect our home planet. Last week, I shared a few photos that reflect the arrival of spring to our area. Here are a few more...

:: Azalea

:: I love irises!

:: Solomon's Seal

:: More iris...

:: Oak-leafed Hydrangea

:: Lily of the Valley

Con mucho cariño....

Monday, April 18, 2011

Language Impairment in Bilingual Children: Part 2

Last year, Dr. Elizabeth D. Peña, professor of communication sciences and disorders at the University of Texas at Austin, and her colleague, Dr. Lisa M. Bedore, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, agreed to write a series of posts on language disorders in bilingual children. For the last 10 years, Dr. Peña and Dr. Bedore have been researching language disorders in bilingual children, in order to come up with an accurate test to assess this problem. Such a test would help school pathologists to determine if a bilingual student does indeed have a true speech-language disorder, or if he or she is simply in a normal stage of development for learning two languages at once.

Their first article on Mommy Maestra discussed whether or not bilingualism can slow down language learning, as well as whether or not children with a language impairment can learn a second language.

Today they share their second article which helps parents of bilingual children to understand what language impairment is, what it looks like, and what to do if you suspect that your child has it.


Language Impairment in Bilingual Children
by Elizabeth D. Peña & Lisa M. Bedore
University of Texas at Austin

One of the challenges faced by speech-language pathologists is knowing if a child who is exposed to two languages has a language impairment. Children who have exposure to two languages or who know one language and are in the process of learning another may make errors that are like those that children with language delays or language impairment make. It’s hard to know whether these errors are indicative of language impairment or the normal influence of one language on another. Let’s start by quoting our friend and colleague Kathryn Kohnert that bilingualism does not cause language impairment.

What is language impairment?

Language impairment is a delay or deficit in language compared to age peers. Some language impairments occurs due to a health condition (e.g., hearing loss) or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome), or can be acquired (e.g., via a head injury). Some language impairments don’t have a known cause. Language impairment without an obvious cause occurs in about 7% of the population. There is no reason to believe that this percentage would be higher in bilingual children.

What does language impairment “look” like?

Children with language impairment can have difficulties in understanding or learning new vocabulary; they often make errors of grammar; and sometimes they have difficulties with the social aspects of language. Many children with language impairment make speech sound errors such as mispronouncing /r/ or leaving off parts of sound blends (tain instead of train). Remember, all children sometimes make these kinds of mistakes as they learn language and as adults we make language errors once in a while. But, the pattern of errors is a prominent feature of the language of someone who has language impairment. There are similarities and differences across languages in terms of children’s error patterns.

For example, there are similarities between languages in the kinds of vocabulary difficulties made by children with language impairment. Often, these children have delays in learning words or they don’t know words well. For example they may not know what words mean the same things or what categories of objects they relate to (e.g., bark is a sound a dog makes and the outer layer of a tree trunk. Signs of language impairment patterns often show up in grammar. The patterns of errors are different because the languages are different. In English for example, children have particular difficulty with verb tense. They will often delete verb tense markings “Every day he run” instead of “he runs” \or delete the past tense –ed as in “They walk__ to the store yesterday”. In contrast, errors in Spanish might include errors of agreement by gender, “El mesa” or number “La niñas” or omitting pronouns (e.g., le, la, los) as in “ __ dio a él un libro.”

What about bilinguals? When do we know if they have language impairment?

It is true that many of the error examples we give above are also characteristic of normal errors that children make in general when learning a first language and when learning a second language. What’s important to keep in mind is the degree of errors. If children are making more than 20-25% errors in their better language then it’s a sign of possible language impairment. Children with language impairment make errors in both their languages and like with monolinguals, the errors occur often—not just once in a while.

What should you do if you suspect that your child has language impairment?

You should contact a bilingual speech-language pathologist. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has a great number of resources. Your school district can also do an evaluation of your child’s speech and language. In this regard, remember that there are relatively few bilingual speech-language pathologists and fewer still who have specialized training in bilingualism. So, ask what they know about bilingualism. If there’s no one with the training, ask for a consultant. Also, it’s important that your child be tested in both languages in making a determination of language delay or impairment. Do not let school personnel put off evaluation until your child learns more English. Early intervention will help get the best outcome for your child. If your child has language impairment, do not let anyone tell you that your child cannot become bilingual or that he or she cannot handle two languages. That’s simply not true.

To find out more about language impairment and bilingualism go to:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Weekend Links: Math Manipulatives to Guayaba Cream

Ultimate List of Printable Math Manipulatives & Games :: Jimmie's Collage (Quick! Bookmark this page! These are the BEST resources!)

I’m White, My Daughter is Latina, and I Buy Black Dolls :: New Latina (A powerful article on helping our children to embrace multiculturalism.)

The Bookshelf: El Alfabeto Cubano :: Dos Borreguitas (Cute!)

Action Pack :: (Can you believe the 2nd issue of Action Pack is already out? 25 pages of ad-free activities.)

Mi Guitarri Music!! :: Wanna Jugar With Migo?

Organizing Your Homeschool Library :: Heart of the Matter

10 Ways to Make Your Homeschool Day Run Smoothly :: Homeschool Classroom

Waldorf Education: Behind the Silk Curtains :: Simple Homeschool

Your Parenting Style. A Quiz :: The Tiki Tiki

Delicious Recipe: Lime Ice Cream with Guayaba Cream and Pepita Brittle :: New Latina (Because I am weak - and everyone should enjoy Life now and then, no?)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

School Play? A Success!

Handmade costumes are the best...


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