Friday, August 26, 2022

Annual National Contests for Students

Over the years, I've shared some wonderful scholarship opportunities in the form of contests for students. I wanted to put them all together for you to look through, plus add a few more that I've found online that I consider inspirational for families. Most of these provide significant scholarship funds to help college(bound) students. This will be a growing list, so bookmark this page and reference it throughout the year as I discover more contests to add to this list. And if you know of one that's not listed and you think it should be, reach out to me and share it!

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Scholarship Contests for Aspiring Writers

The Lune Spark Young Writers Short Story Contest has two categories in which students may compete: ages 10 to 13, and ages 13 to 16. They award $2,000 in cash prizes.

The Hispanic Heritage Month Writing Contest doesn't have a logo, but it begins each year on September 15th and is open to middle and high school students. The winner receives $1,500 in scholarship funds.

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest is hosted by the JFK Presidential Library & Museum, this contest is open to high schoolers and runs September through mid-January. Winners receive between $1,000 to $10,000 in scholarship funds.

Scholarship Contests for Aspiring Artists

The Doodle 4 Google contest is entering its 14th year and remains one of my favorite art contests for students. (The $30K scholarship is nothing to sneeze at either!)

This one actually fits into two categories (art & writing), but I'm placing it here for balance. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are part of the nation's longest running award program for students in 7th through 12th grades.

The Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest challenges young fashion designers to create their prom outfit completely out of Duct tape. The grand prize winners (tux & dress) each win $10K in scholarship money. (My favorite winner was Larissa with her beautiful dress inspired by the Folklorico dresses with a hint of Chiapas.)

Scholarship Contests for Young STEAMers/Scientists

The 3M Young Scientist Challenge is for students in 5th through 8th grade and nurtures their inner problem solver.

The KidVentor Toy Challenge is for young children ages 6 to 13, who are challenged to come up with the next best toy and a chance for a $2,500 scholarship PLUS have their toy manufactured, marketed, and sold!

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Latinos in History Your Children Should Know

Latinos in history that your children should know.The contributions of Hispanics to U.S. and world history are numerous. They've impacted every aspect of history, including the arts, music, literature, science, math, politics, athletics, conservation, education, and on and on. I've written a lot about specific figures and shared my research and resources for introducing some of these important people to your students and children. So I decided that I really needed a single post that links back to the posts featuring these remarkable men and women of Hispanic and Latino heritage. 

This is just a beginning. There are many more figures that I'll be adding to this list, and some I've already added that have features in the works. I hope you'll bookmark this page and check back frequently to learn about more notable Hispanics in history.

Where possible, I have linked to student/child-friendly posts or sites. If there is no link, I have not found anything age appropriate yet, and will work to add a page to my site.

Diego and Frida. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Hispanic Artists

You will probably recognize most of the names on this current list. But I bet there are one or two you'll learn more about! 

  • Frida Kahlo Lesson Plans, Activities, Coloring Sheets and More 
    Frida was a Mexican artist who is best known for her self portraits. Her fame is worldwide but she has a huge following here in the United States. She was married to Diego Rivera.

  • Diego Rivera Lesson Plans, Books, and More 
    Diego was a Mexican muralist who focused his artwork on highlighting the stories and struggles of the working class. He was married to Frida Kahlo.

  • Joan Miró Activities, Crafts, Lesson Plans and More (Hispanic not Latino)
    Joan was a Spanish painter and sculptor. His unique art is recognizable and makes him a great subject for school art projects.

  • Pablo Picasso Lesson Plans, Activities, Coloring Pages, and More (Hispanic not Latino)
    Picasso's fame is almost universal. And his Cubist style makes him a great subject for students.

  • A Mini-Lesson on Bill Meléndez
    Not many people know that the Peanuts' TV animator was Mexican-American. He was also the voice of Snoopy!

  • José Guadalupe Posada Lesson Plans
    José was a Mexican artist who specialized in lithographs (and engravings). He's best known for his Day of the Dead illustrations that were politically charged.

  • Salvador Dalí (Hispanic not Latino)
    Dalí was a Spanish painter. He is best remembered for his Surrealist paintings that feature dream-like subjects, merging reality and illusion. 

  • José Clemente Orozco
    Orozco was a Mexican painter who led the muralist movement.

  • Carolina Herrera 
    Carolina Herrera is a famous Venezuelan- American fashion designer. Her clothing line has been worn by women all over the world, including several U.S. first ladies, including Michelle Obama.

Jroses, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Latino Writers

  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Lesson Plans, Videos, and Books for Kids
    Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a 17th-century nun, self-taught scholar, and poet. Her writings make her a major figure of the the Spanish Golden Age.

  • Pablo Neruda: Lesson Plans, Videos, Books, & More
    Neruda was a Chilean poet, diplomat, and politician. He is best remembered for his poetry that reflected his love of his country.

  • Julia de Burgos
    Burgos García was a Puerto Rican poet, and a civil rights activist for women and African/Afro-Caribbean writers. 

  • Isabel Allende
    Allende is a Chilean-American writer and journalist. She's considered Latin America's most successful female novelist and her books have sold more than 56 million copies world wide.

  • Miguel de Cervantes (Hispanic not Latino)
    Miguel de Cervantes was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His most well known work - “Don Quixote” - was an instant international bestseller and is considered the first Modern Novel.

  • Gabriel García Márquez
    García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, journalist, short-story writer, and screenwriter. He's considered Latin America's most famous author. His stories mastered the style of magical realism and are beloved by most Latin Americans.

  • Gabriela Mistral
    Gabriela Mistral was a poet, educator, and diplomat. She was the first Latin American writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945.

  • José Martí
    Martí was a Cuban poet, essayist, journalist, translator, professor, and publisher. He was also dedicated to Cuba's independence from Spain and is considered a national hero. 

  • Jorge Luis Borges
    Borges was an Argentine writer and poet, who is considered one of the major literary figures of the 20th century.

  • Carlos Fuentes
    Fuentes was, perhaps, Mexico's most famous novelist and essayist.

  • Rudolfo Anaya
    Anaya was a Mexican-American writer and novelist who has been called a Father of Chicano Literature for his groundbreaking works that reflect the American Southwest and especially the Mexican-American culture.

  • Federico García Lorca (Hispanic not Latino)
    García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director. He is considered to be one of the most important Spanish poets of the twentieth century.

  • Soledad O’Brien
    O’Brien is a national broadcast journalist and philanthropist. She is best known for anchoring and co-anchoring several news shows for major networks such as NBC, CNN, and HBO. 

  • Sandra Cisneros
    Sandra Cisneros is a Chicana poet and novelist famed for her first novel “The House on Mango Street.” She was the first female Mexican-American writer to be published by a mainstream publisher and has won numerous awards for her work.

  • Juan Felipe Herrera
    Herrera is a poet, performer, writer, cartoonist, teacher, and activist. He was also the 21st United States Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017.

  • Octavio Paz
    Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican poet and diplomat. In 1990, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.”, via Wikimedia Commons

Hispanic Scientists

  • Mario José Molina
    Dr. Molina is one of the researchers who discovered the horrifying effects of CFCs on our planet's protective ozone layer. His research led to world-wide change.

  • Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz 
    Franklin Díaz is a Costa Rican-American physicist, mechanical engineer, and former NASA astronaut. He has flown on seven space shuttle missions making him the record holder for the most spaceflights. He now runs a company that makes high-speed rocket systems.

  • Ellen Ochoa
    The first Latina in space, Dr. Ochoa, was also the first Latina director of the Johnson Space Center. She has spent nearly 1,000 hours in space aboard four different missions.
  • Carlos Juan Finlay
    Dr. Finlay was a Cuban epidemiologist who discovered that yellow fever is transmitted through mosquitoes.

  • Lydia Aguilar-Bryan (a good read for educators/adults)
    Together with her husband, Lydia discovered how the body regulates the secretion of insulin, a hormone that controls the amount of sugar in our blood. 

  • Guillermo González Camarena
    Camarena was a Mexican electrical engineer who was the inventor of a color-wheel type of color television.

  • Manuel “Manny” Villafaña
    Villafaña is an entrepreneur of medical devices. His businesses have mainly concentrated on heart health devices such as pacemakers and heart valves. His work has saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

  • Helen Rodríguez Trías
    Dr. Trías was a pediatrician, educator and women rights activist. She was the first Latina president of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Trías received the Presidential Citizen's Medal for her work on behalf of minorities and the poor.

Trikosko, Marion S., photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Latino Activists & Teachers

  • Arturo Alfonso Schomburg Resources
    Schomburg was an Afro-Latino from Puerto Rico whose foresight and diligence helped create and establish the largest collection dedicated to Africans and the African diaspora.

  • Cesar Chavez Lesson Plans, Activities, Coloring Sheets and More
    Chavez was a Mexican-American labor leader and civil rights activist, who fought for better working conditions for farm workers. Together with Dolores Huerta, he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.

  • Dolores Huerta Lesson Plans, Activities, Coloring Sheets and More 
    Dolores Huerta is a Mexican-American civil rights activist, who has fought for better working conditions for farm workers and other hard- working families. Together with Cesar Chavez, she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.

  • Las Adelitas for Kids & Young Adults 
    Las Adelitas were the women in the military - many of whom bravely joined their male family members and sweethearts to fight - in the Mexican Revolution.

  • Sylvia Mendez
    Sylvia Mendez is a civil rights activist whose family played a crucial role in the Mendez v. Westminster case in 1946. It was the first case for the integration of schools won in California, and paved the way for the desegregation of schools in the United States.

  • Ralph Lazo
    Lazo was the only known non-spouse, non-Japanese American who voluntarily relocated to a World War II Japanese American internment camp in support of his friends. He later helped raise funds for a class-action lawsuit to win reparations for the Japanese Americans interned.

  • Willie Velásquez
    Willie Velasquez was a grassroots activist and vote organizer. Perhaps no one has had a greater impact on American politics by empowering Hispanic citizens to run for office.

  • Jovita Idár
    Jovita Idár was a journalist and civil rights activist who fought for the rights of Mexican American families and Mexican immigrants, as well as for equal education for Mexican American children and women’s suffrage.

  • Jaime Escalante
    Escalante was a Bolivian immigrant who taught math at an L.A. high school. His teaching style and methods helped students believed to be "unteachable" to master calculus and many pursued higher education.

Ibrahim Arce (Narcy Studios photographer), most likely, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Hispanic Musicians

  • Vicente Fernández Reading Passage
    Vicente Fernández was a Mexican singer, actor, and film producer. He is best known for his ranchera songs. Fernández is considered one of the best-selling artists from Mexico of all time.

  • Tito Puente Lesson Plans, Coloring Pages, Crafts, Activities and More 
    Tito was an American musician and Latin jazz composer. Dubbed the King of Mambo, Puente was famous for his ability to play the timbales, a type of drum set. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

  • Selena Quintanilla Perez
    Tejano music’s most cherished icon, known simply as Selena, broke many records before her unexpected death at the age of 23.

  • Celia Cruz
    Best known as the “Queen of Salsa,” Celia Cruz was a Cuban singer who introduced the world to vibrant music with her amazing voice and flamboyant costumes. 

  • Carlos Santana
    Carlos Santana is a guitarist, composer, and singer. He is known for his unique musical style blending rock music with Latin American rhythms. Listed as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, he has won 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards.
  • Linda Ronstadt 
    Ronstadt is a famous American singer and one of the bestselling artists of all time. She was the first female singer to sell out concerts. Ronstadt has made more than 120 albums that have sold  more than 100 million records. 

  • Gloria Estefan
    Estefan is a Cuban-American singer, actress, and businesswoman. She's best known as the lead singer of the Latin Pop group Miami Sound Machine. 

  • Placido Domingo (Hispanic not Latino)
    Plácido Domingo is a Spanish tenor opera singer. He has recorded over 100 complete operas and has performed in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English, and Russian in the most prestigious opera houses in the world.

  • Martina Arroyo
    Arroyo is an American opera singer. Martina’s father was from Puerto Rico and her mother was from Charleston, South Carolina. She is one of the first African Americans to have a successful international career in opera.

Latinx Athletes

  • Dara Torres
    Dara Torres is a five-time Olympic swimmer and former world record-holder in three events. The only swimmer to compete in five different Olympic games, she was also the oldest swimmer to ever earn a place on the Olympic swimming team when she was 41 years old.

  • Roberto Clemente  
    Roberto Clemente was a famous Puerto Rican baseball player and philanthropist. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he became a player of exceptional skill. He set several records and made baseball history.

  • Rafael Nadal 
    Nadal is a Spanish tennis player and record title holder. Nicknamed “The King of Clay,” he is considered to be the greatest clay court player of all time. Nadal’s incredible success has established him as one of the greatest tennis players in history.

Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court justice

Other Notable Hispanics

  • Sonia Sotomayor
    Sotomayor is the first Latina to become a Supreme Court Justice in the United States. She has been appointed to be a judge in three courts by three different presidents, and was also the first Hispanic federal judge in New York State. 

  • Rita Moreno
    Moreno is a famous Puerto Rican dancer, singer, and actress best known for playing the role of Anita in the movie “West Side Story.” She is the only Hispanic to ever win all 4 major American entertainment awards: an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy.

  • Pura Belpré
    Belpré was the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City. She pioneered the library’s outreach program in the Latino community. Belpré was also a writer, collector of folktales, and a puppeteer.

  • Sonia Manzano
    Manzano is an actress and writer best known for her role as “María” on Sesame Street. She’s won 15 Emmy Awards as part of the show’s writing team and has helped millions of American children develop the skills they need to start school.

  • Sammy Davis, Jr. 
    Sammy Davis Jr. was a famous Afro-Cuban-American entertainer. He was a member of the famous “Rat Pack,” a group of actors that appeared together in films and on stage. The group included actors Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

  • Bernardo de Gálvez
    Gálvez was a Spanish military leader who helped the 13 original colonies gain independence. He led Spanish forces against Britain in the Revolutionary War and defeated the British at the Siege of Pensacola. Galveston, Texas, was named after Gálvez.

Why it is important for Hispanic children to learn about their culture and history

So many studies have shown that Hispanic children who grow up knowledgeable and proud of their culture have lower drop out rates, better academic achievements, higher graduation rates, less substance abuse problems, and are less likely to be incarcerated. 

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that being proud of who you are and where you came from gives you confidence and the motivation to make your ancestors proud and leave your own mark on history.

In fact, a 2016 study conducted by scholars at Stanford Graduate School of Education found that ethnic studies classes dramatically helped struggling students - of all backgrounds.

A high school ethnic studies course examining the roles of race, nationality and culture on identity and experience boosted attendance and academic performance of students at risk of dropping out... 

So this is why I focus on sharing the stories of  Hispanics with you through books, articles, and printable activities. I know it makes a difference in your children's lives.

You can find most of my resources here in my shop or in my TpT store.

Have Your Kids Do Their Own Research 

My 100 Hispanics in World History Research Packet is a 79-page unit that allows students to choose from a list of 100 Hispanics in world history to research and share. The list is available in two formats:

  • The historical figures are arranged by century starting with the 1400s to the present
  • The historical figures are arranged by field of influence, including musicians, artists, activists, scientists, athletes, writers, journalists, actors, leaders & politicians, and other notable figures.
Pages for note-taking, research, and one-page presentations are included, as are additional pages for comparing/contrasting historical figures, word association, and listing new vocabulary. In addition, it contains printable date cards and information labels for creating a timeline display on a wall. Instructions are included.

And as always, this entire packet is available in both English and Spanish. Simply select the version that best suits your needs.

Historical Figure & Event Study Pages

Or you may prefer to simply assign a historical figure or event to your student(s) and have them do the research. These study pages help guide the student in what information to look for and record. Can be used for ANY historical figure or event. 

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Social Emotional Learning in Homeschool

After the world upheaval of the pandemic during the last two years and the volatile political climate that we've seen, many kids are having a difficult time. Research shows a rising number of kids are experiencing anxiety and difficulty with self-regulation. And after a growing number of school shootings, parents and educators are looking for ways to reach and help children who are struggling. One of these ways is through social emotional learning. It's a foundation that can be worked on both in school and at home. I'm grateful to Dr. Gwen Bass for the following guest post on the importance of developing social emotional learning in children and how to do so in a homeschool environment.

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What is Social Emotional Learning?

As we head into another post-quarantine school year, many homeschooling parents are thinking about how to support kids’ academic development alongside their wellbeing. One of the best ways to do this is to focus on social emotional learning (SEL) – a framework that supports children in developing competence in the following areas:

  • Self-awareness 

  • Self-management

  • Social awareness

  • Relationship skills

  • Responsible decision-making

*Learn more about SEL competencies.

© Can Stock Photo / vaeenma

How SEL Helps Children

Positive social and emotional development has been shown to improve academic achievement and social skills. In schools, the SEL model encourages educators to introduce these skills using specific lessons and to reinforce them through “classroom climate.” SEL is often added on to the regular curriculum and taught through short lessons once or more per week, as time allows. 

But we’re learning more about the benefits of integrating SEL into daily activities. This gives children a real chance to practice the skills they are developing and encourages adults to not just teach SEL, but to model it. The more we can show, and not just tell, our kids that social and emotional skills are grown over the course of our lives, the better.

Research on SEL tells us that children are most likely to do well in learning and life when they: 

  • Understand themselves

  • Regulate their behavior and emotions

  • Demonstrate empathy

  • Are a good friend and collaborator

  • Make thoughtful decisions about how to achieve their goals

It’s important to note that we decide whether or not a behavior is “appropriate” or what “good self-regulation” looks like based on our experiences and our values - cultural or otherwise.  You and I might have different levels of comfort with, for example, a child who is yelling because they’re angry or one who is running around the house excitedly.  We might not react the same way when a child interrupts a conversation we’re having with another adult, or to a child who is shy and not playing with other children. 

How to Teach SEL at Home

When implementing SEL, you want to find a way to do so that aligns with your personal and cultural beliefs.  Think about the ways in which social expectations may vary at home and beyond, and talk with your kids about these.  

As a homeschooling caregiver, you will want to review the SEL competencies and come up with a description of what it would look like for your child to be successful in each of those areas.  Ask yourself: How will I be able to tell if my child has developed this skill?  What will I see them doing, or not doing? 

Here are a few ideas to keep in mind as you incorporate SEL into your homeschool routines:

  1. Let your child know what the goal is and create opportunities for them to explore and practice. Talk to your child about the skill you’re helping them develop, explain the importance of that skill, and point out situations where the child can use or practice the skill.  

For example: You notice that your child gets frustrated and leaves the table when learning something new.  

  • When they are calm, ask what they feel in their body when a task feels too hard, is just right, is too easy.  

  • Together, come up with a few strategies they can use to calm down when they begin to notice they are feeling upset. 

  • Throughout your lessons, ask them to check in with their bodies and practice the calm down strategies as needed.

  1. Talk about situations that elicit big feelings before they occur.  Anticipate moments that will be most challenging for your child.  Prepare them for what’s coming, talk about big feelings that might arise, and brainstorm strategies they can use to regulate.

For example: You’re getting ready to present your child with a new learning task that you think might frustrate them.

  • Make a schedule so they know what to expect (I’d suggest sandwiching the frustrating task between tasks your child can do easily and enjoys).

  • Look at the schedule together and ask your child how they think they might feel doing each of the activities listed. 

  • Together, come up with a list of strategies they can use to manage any big feelings (e.g., deep breaths, a walk outside, or a special signal they use to let you know they’re upset).  Remind them that you are there for support.

  1. Have your child help you come up with examples and non-examples. Be explicit about what it looks like to demonstrate a specific SEL skill.  Together, make a list of behaviors that align with the goal, and a list of behaviors that don’t. 

For example: Your child is getting ready to have a friend over, so you want them to think about being a good host.

  • First, have your child identify how they are feeling about having the friend over and ask them how they think the friend might be feeling about the playdate.

  • Have them name a few strategies they can use to keep themselves regulated during the playdate so they can have fun. 

  • Talk about how they could help their friend feel safe and welcome (e.g., picking out a few games the friend likes, showing them where the bathroom is when they arrive) and a list of things they could do that would NOT make their friend feel welcome (e.g., hogging all of the toys, not offering any snacks).  

  1. Model positive social skills and emotion management.  Children take their cues from adults, so we need to walk our talk when it comes to SEL. This doesn’t mean we need to get it right 100% of the time. When kids see adults making mistakes, taking responsibility for them, and trying to do things differently the next time, they learn to do the same.

For example: Your child sees you get upset and raise your voice to someone in the household.

  • Name the emotion you’re feeling, find a strategy to self-regulate (take a walk, a deep breath), and tell your child “I’m feeling ___________ so I’m doing ___________ to calm myself down.”

  • Once you’re calm, remind your child that it’s okay to have all kinds of emotions and explain how your emotions affected your behavior (e.g., “I was getting really mad and it was hard for me to control the tone of my voice.”)

  • Talk to your child about how you will repair the situation or what you hope to do differently next time.

As a homeschooling parent, it’s important to build your own self-awareness and empathy so you can offer your children the guidance they need to grow as social and emotional beings.  However you choose to incorporate SEL into your school and home life, be sure that it aligns with your household rhythms and your family’s culture, otherwise it will feel inauthentic and forced. Think about how you might adopt some of these ideas and SEL competencies, along with your own values and traditions, to help your children reach their goals.

Picture Books that Teach SEL

There are many wonderful books that you may use in your homeschool lessons. Here are just a few that we recommend...

by Janan Cain

by Julia Cook

by Zachariah O'Hora

by Douglas Wood

Dr. Gwen Bass is an educational consultant, parenting coach, and member of the EQuip Our Kids! speaker bureau.  Her work focuses on social-emotional learning, trauma-informed education, culturally responsive teaching, positive identity development, and special education.  She is deeply invested in supporting learning and wellbeing, especially for those who experience learning difficulties, mental health challenges, and/or who are coping with trauma. Dr. Bass provides consultation for educators and caregivers. For more information or to schedule a session visit:

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Downloadable Fill-Your-Backpack Game in Spanish

For many years now, Spanish for You! has been a remarkable sponsor of MommyMaestra. Every month, I am absolutely delighted to share with you the brilliant downloadable resources that this program offers as samples of their excellent homeschool Spanish program. In fact, those downloads remain a very popular series on this blog. Why? Because they are high-quality mini lessons and activities that give parents and educators a taste of Spanish for You!'s product line.

This month, they are offering a wonderful bonus for those of you who are looking for an affordable homeschool Spanish program.

Free Fill-Your-Backpack Game in Spanish

Get a FREE Downloadable Fill Your Backpack Game with the purchase of a Spanish for You! Homeschool Themed Course Package that lasts the school year! No experience needed.

Get your kids excited and warmed up for learning Spanish with the Fill Your Backpack Game! They'll learn some vocabulary of things they use in school through play. The game includes simple instructions, all the materials you need to play, and audio so you can hear everything! 

The Homeschool Themed Course ($44.95) gives you an entire school year of Spanish learning ready to go! Super easy to implement in your homeschool with multiple ages that you can do at your own pace with the step-by-step lessons. It's also completely reusable and comes with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee!

 Listen to Debbie tell you about what comes inside a Homeschool Themed Course Package:

The Spanish for You! Homeschool Program

Your kids will learn to use vocabulary, properly conjugated verbs and grammar concepts to understand, speak, read, and write in everyday life. And, they will have fun doing it!

PLUS, you can even email Debbie Annett directly with questions while using the curriculum! She has written and taught every lesson and has worked with homeschool parents and co-ops for more than 20 years. 

To get your FREE Downloadable Fill Your Backpack Game with the purchase of a Spanish for You! Homeschool Themed Course Package that lasts the school year, use code: freebackpackgame  

Be sure to put both items in your cart. Valid through 8/30/22.

Any questions prior to purchasing, feel free to email Debbie at

An Affordable Spanish-Learning Program

Of all the Spanish programs available, Spanish for You! is the most budget-friendly. You aren't required to purchase a massive program all at once. Instead, you can purchase themed lessons and move through them at your own pace. 

Remember! Spanish for You!'s program is geared for middle schoolers and is the perfect choice for homeschoolers and afterschoolers alike because their concepts are carefully divided up into manageable bundles that are available for immediate download from their website.

If this is your first time here, you can find other free samples from Spanish for You! here. There are some fantastic downloads of games and activities for you and your family to enjoy. If you enjoy this activity, be sure to visit the Spanish for You! website where you'll find tons of additional resources for you to help your young Spanish learner!

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Spanish for You! is a budget-friendly homeschool Spanish program for middle schoolers.

Monday, August 8, 2022

10+ Videos on How to Draw Frida Kahlo

I was sitting and thinking about fun activities to kick off the first day of school, and started just browsing through my notes. The one that leapt out at me was the topic, How to Draw Frida Kahlo. I stumbled through some absolutely wonderful how-to videos for this earlier this summer while researching Frida activities. There were so many that it was hard for me to choose just one - which I featured in my master post, Frida Kahlo Lesson Plans, Activities, Coloring Sheets and More

So I made a note to just go ahead and write a post sharing a variety of the best video tutorials for drawing the legendary Mexican artist. I tried to choose videos with different styles so that you had a nice selection to choose from... or do them all!

I hope you enjoy these. And if you are interested in other Frida-related crafts, check out my post Frida Kahlo Crafts for Kids. You'll be sure to be inspired!

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Gather Your Art Supplies

Before you get started, first decide on the video tutorial you'll be using. Then go ahead and get all your art supplies together. Here are some of the supplies used in the following art lessons.

How to Draw Frida Kahlo Videos

The first ones come from Ms. Jess Art Class. She actually has two fabulous video tutorials.

The next one is for K-2nd and comes from Morgan Mays

The next one was uploaded by StudioUs Chicago. I love how Rachel talks us through all the steps.

I also enjoyed this video by Draw with Gufo

Art with Ms. Naomi has this delightful video.

If you'd like to use different media, maybe this lesson plan for a minimalist style that uses watercolors will appeal to you. It's nicely done by Susan Crilley Creative Crafts for Kids 

Mrs. Lauren Wynn also uses a combination of drawing tools, including crayons, markers, pencils, and more.

doodleacademy has this quick time-lapse video of a simple watercolor painting. I really like the style of this one.

And finally, here's a painting how-to from Paint with Lovejoy. You can download the traceable by watching the video on YT and clicking the link in the description below her video.

BONUS Frida-Inspired How to Draw Videos

For something a little different, check out this tutorial from Ms. Bakker's Art Room for drawing Frida's spider monkey!

Or you may enjoy this super fun one from Ms. G's Studio

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