La vida de un niño en los andes a must read for Spanish immersion

Daria is one of the favorite multicultural artist I have.  Her talent is shown not only in the diversity of music she produces and performs, but also in the books she writes.  I had the privilege to review one of her latest electronic books.  A child’s life in the Andes.

I particularly enjoyed studying the book with my children this summer, not only because it describes life in The Andes (my beloved mountains). But also, because it opens a window of rich knowledge for my kids. Is an e-book that can easily be used to immerse your kids in The Andes culture.

The book describes, in a very fun way the life that Quechua country children have. It allows the reader to put together geography, sociology and art.  Yes Art, through music! Musica del Altiplano!. Each song has a little explanation that allows the reader to understand the lyrics and get more into the culture, there is even some songs translated into English!

Even though we live in the country and eat food from the Andes in a regular basis, my kids were able to see where the food that Nana Pochita sends us originated from; how different life from country people from the Andes is, and how blessed Quechua people are in so many different ways.

The e-book also have coloring pages with animals from the region and musical instruments. And the best, it has instructions to make your very own Andes Instruments.  This section was particularly enjoyed by my boys, and my girls loved the stuffed animal parade!.

Here a few pictures of our Immersion in the Andes studies,

This e-book is perfect for classroom use or as a homeschooling/home study resource as well!

Activities Include:

Make Your Own Panpipes
Make Your Own Rainstick
Stuffed Animal Parade (Corrido De Cuy)

Chapters In The Book Include:

Geography
About The Songs
About The Instruments
A Child’s Daily Life
Animals In The Andes
Foods In The Andes
Languages Of The Andes (Spanish and Quechua)

Coloring Pages Include:

Charango (stringed instrument)
Zampoñas (panpipe)
Guitar
Chapchas (rattle)
Bombo (drum)
Llama
Armadillo
Condor

The cd of music is available from Itunes and Amazon mp3.  The cd plus book combination can be purchased from TPT or from DARIAs Little Village Store at the links below:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Childs-Life-In-The-Andes-E-Book-Plus-Music-CD

http://dariasvillagestore.storenvy.com/

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