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Pancake Man for Navidad

Panqueques de NAvdad

The idea of Pancake man in our home, came from the Little house on the Prairie Cookbook.  At first, I did not think much about it, since the recipe shows a picture of men hanging around the kitchen.  I honestly thought it was Mrs. Ingalls pancake recipe for the man in the house.   Once I…
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Christmas in Bolivia

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Christmas is celebrated in Bolivia from December 24th to January 6th.  However, the most important night for this season is Chrismas Eve.  With 81% of the population Catholic and almost 14% being Protestant and Evangelic.  Christmas is a holiday with deeply religious connotation. Christmas traditions Nativity.-  One of the most important Christmas decorations to enjoy during Christmas season is the…
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Fun and Easy ideas for Christmas

I can not believe Christmas is almost here.  I have had not the time or energy to produce material in Spanish for Christmas.  Looking for activities for my kiddos I came across good material.  They are great and easy ideas that I am implementing with my family.

Handcrafted Cards.-  Escuela en la Nube offers you pictures to color that can be easily made into Christmas Cards!!

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Ornaments.-

Easy and not cheesy is hard to come across, and I do not have much time.  I found this idea of ornament from Sticks. Hombres de las Nieves!!!

Stocking stuffers

I am already working on these little osos!  Mamasmiles, gave me the perfect idea for stocking stuffers, and even has the pattern for it.

Guirnalda.-

A very clever Christmas wreath. Yes, a Guirnalda made by hand from our hands. My mother in-law sent me this picture. Isn’t it easy and fun to craft it with little ones and as a family?  I do not know who to give credit, but whoever thought about this is very clever.

And of course, Spanish Playground has a collection of Christmas activities for kiddos, they even include Etiquetas for the presents!.

Libros para Navidad.-

Spanglish Baby, has so many resources to offer, but I particularly liked and I am looking forward to read this list of favorite Christmas books.

And the Bilingualfun, also presents a very nice lists of books.

Well I hope this ideas and links can help you.

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Teaching shapes and making a Thanksgiving box

When you have the lesson of shapes coming and Acción de Gracias around the corner, you can always get creative and teach preschoolers shapes in Spanish while making a Thanksgiving Turkey Box.

What do you need for the Box.

  • An empty kleenex box.
  • Paper
  • Scissors and Glue
  • A compass and a ruler
  • Colors

Teaching shapes,

The first part of my lesson I introduce shapes and their names in Spanish, most of the forms are cognates, sound very similar in Spanish and in English.

As you put the craft together you must repeat every shape you are using in Spanish.  After 2 or 3 times, the children will start naming them in Spanish.

You will need to draw and cut

  • 2 Estrellas  (stars)
  • One círculo (circle) 15cm of diameter
  • Another circulo, 5cm diameter
  • One triángulo (triangle), for the beak
  • One heart cut in two
  • 2 small eyes or paper eyes
  • Hands of each of the kids traced on paper, colored and cut.
  • One rectángulo (rectangle) or cuadrado (square) same length and width as the Kleenex box.

Here the pictures of the assemble process.

I apologize for the turkey face full of glue, it is hard to get the glue in place with a 3 year old in charge of the gluing.

Tips for the Notes

  • The open side of the Kleenex  box, is left open to let the kids insert their Thank you notes (or notas de Agradecimiento).
  • The notes can be cuadradas (squares)
  • The kids can name one thing, at a time, that they are thankful for.
  • You can do it once a day or as often as you want.
  • Try to do it every day at the same time.
  • Do not forget, they may not repeat the same thing again.
  • Do it in Spanish, and increase their vocabulary.
  • Remember, thankfulness brings happiness.

Song and Video for the Craft.

After they put the box together, I taught them this song.

I am thinking we may have this turkey fruit for Thanksgiving day. I found it at Sheknow.com.  Who knows I may just do it to teach fruits en Español to my American relatives.

 

 

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Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey

This past week I found a great book in our local library, “Gracias – The Thanksgiving Turkey”.

 

Things I like about the book:

  • It is a Thanksgiving book.
  • It shows diversity
  • It has vocabulario en Español
  • It is really funny.

The story is about Miguel, an Hispanic boy who gets a present from his daddy, a live Turkey.  His daddy works as a long-haul trucker, and he will be home with his family for Thanksgiving.   Miguel takes special care of the Turkey, to the point of considering him an Amigo.  The boy tries to reach his father in time to spare Gracias’  life.   The suspense builds until Gracias follows Miguel to church, and gets a blessing from the Priest! The grandparents are very supportive and Tia Rosa is very realistic. The Turkey ends up in the Thanksgiving dinner but not in the way it was expected.

Vocabulary From the book:

  • Tía                Aunt
  • Abuela         Grandmother
  • Abuelo         Grandfather
  • Amiga          Friend (female)
  • Amigo          Friend (Male)
  • Amigos         Friends
  • Gracias        Thank you
  • Hijo              Son
  • La Misa        Mass
  • Loco             Crazy
  • Lo siento      I am sorry
  • Mamá           Mother
  • Padre           Father (priest)
  • Papá            Father
  • Pobre niño   Poor Boy
  • Salsa           Sauce
  • Sí                 Yes
  • Qué problema!      What a problem!

Some teachers use the book to encourage writing skills, which is a great idea because you do want to predict how does Miguel’s father react when he sees the turkey at the Thanksgiving Table.

I read it to my children, they loved it. I read it to my students they laughed with it.  If you are looking for a fun book to read, this is a good one.