Olimpiadas de Invierno – Sochi 2014

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The Winter Olympic Games bring the perfect opportunity to teach your kiddos and students about so many subjects, like Geography, History, Social Studies and why not, use the opportunity to learn some Spanish. I do not know much about Winter Sports, I grew up in the Andes mountains. But, in spite of the elevation and snow, Winter Sports are not practiced.  I…
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Poetry resources in Spanish


Somehow parents and teachers seem to be looking for poetry resources before Valentines, In April for the National Poetry month, during Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and any special date to celebrate. Here is a list of poetry websites, that any bilingual (Español-English) family would like to have, Cuentos, poesía y literatura latinoamericana en la Libreria Virtual…
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Two activities to keep your little company busy on Thanksgiving day

Tonight, my husband and I went shopping for Thursday dinner.  As we walked the aisles in the store, we started to think in what activities we should do with all the little ones that are coming to our house. – you know nephews and nieces.  It is going to be cold here and some indoor activities is what we really need.

I quickly thought in some card games, coloring books and toys to keep them busy and out of trouble.  And of course, Tia Cecy likes Spanish! So, I will let them work on some Spanish fun.

Last week I created for my students a little Acción de Gracias coloring book.  And also, I will let them play a memory game in Spanish.  Both activities can keep them busy a good hour and a half.



Here is the link for the Acción de Gracias coloring booklet for kids .

And here el Alfabeto de Otoño.   If you cut the pictures it makes a Fall memory game in Spanish!



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.




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.