It’s Our Garden! Book review and Giveaway

its our garden

This post contains Affiliate links. ——————————————– I love Gardening!  There is so much to learn, and to teach while gardening!  And I know not everybody has the ability to garden.  I did not do it until I came to the States.  Lack of knowledge, lack of space, weather conditions, altitude and city life influenced my lack…
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Arriba, Abajo y Alrededor, book review and giveaway

It is Spring time! Time to go up, down and around!  Yes, this great book written by Katherine Ayres and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott. was recently released en Español!  Thank you Candlewick Press for this one!

arriba, abajo y alrededor

Arriba, Abajo y Alrededor is geared for ages 2 to 5, Spanish Speaking Children.  However, I think it is a perfect complement for elementary Spanish as a Second Language learners.

From seeds dropping into soil to corn bursting from its stalks, from children chasing butterflies to ants burrowing underground, everything in this vibrant Spanish language picture book pulses with life— in all directions! Sprightly illustrations set the mood for a rhythmic text that follows nature’s course to a final feast of backyard bounty.

Our experience with the book.-  

While my kids read and understand Spanish, they still rather to hear English.  The day the book arrived, my kids new cousin was visiting us.  He is Dominican and he is learning English. He saw the book and started to read it to my kids.  My kids loved to hear his accent and hear his r’s rolling.  They loved the book and I really liked the idea to have an accomplice to read in Spanish to my bilingual audience.

The Giveaway.-

This book was released this past February.  I have it on display in our Librería, that, you can find it on Amazon.   I am happy to host a book giveaway (2 copies) raffle drawing.

You only have to leave a comment and tell me why you want this cute Spanish book.  You can also comment on my Facebook page. The winners will be chosen Tuesday, April 15th.  Thanks for participating!

Note- To be part of the giveaway you must be 18 years or older and live in the United States or Canada.


Abril de Colores y Poesía

When living in Bolivia I loved September because it meant Winter is over and because September es “El mes del Amor”.   In the high-planes you do not see much change in plants and animals. But the thought of “Winter is over”, made me very happy.  Now, living in the other hemisphere, away from the Equator, and in a valley;  I truly live the magic of Primavera.

As it is writen in this Mexican poem,

De colores,
de colores se visten los campos en la primavera.
De colores,
de colores son los pajarillos que vienen de afuera.
De colores,
de colores es el arco iris que vemos lucir.
Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos
colores me gustan a mi.
Y por eso los grandes
amores de muchos colores me gustan a mi

  I am sure all Latinos can sing this song!  And now, my class will be singing.  The video I chose, has the lyrics, that will help the students to sing, follow and memorize the song.

Do you want to sing with us?


CAMINAR, book review and giveaway


CAMINAR, written by Skyla Brown.  It is a new release from Candlewick Press that tells the story of Carlos, a Guatemalan country boy, forced to become a man in order to escape from Communist Military Forces. Carlos is forced to understand the value of life and how easily it can be taken away. He suddenly…
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45 years of being a Very Hungry Caterpillar

hungry caterpillar

Did you know that The very Hungry Caterpillar is turning 45?  Yes, Eric Carl published this book 45 years ago!  This book is fun, colorful, perfect for little kids and for second language learners.  I have to say that all his books are very special to me. I started my Spanish Spring unit studying the…
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The boy who lived on Fairfield Street, Dr Seuss

seuss geisel

Ten years ago, when I first was introduced to Dr. Seuss, I was not very excited about his art, it seemed to me plain crazy.  However, 10 years in the States, 4 children and homeschooling have changed my perspective.  I like his art, I love his books, I really enjoy his rhymes and how he plays with the language, and…
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