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Mercadito Boliviano

My boys are making the assumption that this time is their turn to go down South with mamá to visit los Abuelos just because last year I took the girls with me. Well, it is expensive for six people to travel to Bolivia, it is almost tempting to take the whole family down there and stay there 3 to 6 months.

So, Boys are crazy about making money for their potential trip, and they decided to start  una tiendita.  Besides la tiendita had to look like the little neighborhood stores down there.

Setting up a tienda had its challenges, too much kid’s intervention and clutter going on. Suddenly. my the eldest one had a bright idea. “Lets make a Bolivian tienda, but we will know that is Bolivian, because the Bolivian Flag will be displayed and all the prices will be in Bolivianos” . (Momma suddenly had a big smile)

So they set up their tienda de barrio. They offered to us (the adults), candy, their toys, their own newspaper, their best marbles, hand made book marks, and nick-nacks. They even had the idea of exchanging Dollars for Bolivianos (they needed the Bolivianos to run the store). Exchange rate was $1 to Bs1 to make it easier for them.

Obviously they had a blast, and without realizing they practice Spanish, Mathematics, Art, Writing and Social Skills. Here a few pictures of their tiendita Boliviana.

It was fun, the store is still there. Perhaps tomorrow they can make extra money for their future Bolivian trip.

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because I get to see the community

Even though Friday represents the craziest day from the very start of the day until my little ones go to bed, I just like Fridays.  I like Fridays because we get to see other homeschoolers and I get to teach to my other children (my K-1 students), my heart’s language, Español.

It is always refreshing to see other crazy peep that worked hard to teach her own children during the week. You share, you listen and you learn from real life stories.  It makes me realize that I am not alone in the homeschooling world. I have learned so much from these ladies experiences and wisdom, that I would strongly recommend, if you are planing to homeschool, look for a small support group.

Particularly in my Coop group I have found really kind, smart, active and experienced people. Friends that have helped me and supported me in ways than go further than advise in teaching my kids at home.

There are homeschool support group organizations that can guide you through the process of finding a small coop or group that meets regularly, according to the area where you are located. They can guide you through the legalities of homeschooling in the States, in your State and of course to plan and organize your coming year.

And it does not matter how lonely you feel, there is always a God that gave you the calling and will give you the tools to make it through.

 

 

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Bilingual Homeschooling

Since my husband and I were expecting our first child, we would talk to him in Spanish and English. When he was born we chose a name that sounded normal in both languages.  We did the same with our other three children.  In fact, we chose Hebrew names that sounded pretty normal in both languages.

Before starting homeschooling, we went to a well known Christian Educational Program that was having an Open House.  The people saw me, Hispanic pregnant lady with three little ones, and suggested “you must get involved in our educational program. We bring the lessons to your house through our daily video classes”.  They tried to sell us a relief package!!!!  As my husband and I were walking to the car we did not know if we should feel relieved or overwhelmed.  Besides, we wanted something in which I could be active teaching my kids, in Spanish and English.

A good friend of ours suggested,  “slow down and enjoy the ride”.  So we did, I went to a used curriculum Homeschool sale.  When I started to talk to the people that were selling and buying the books, I started to feel more confident about the whole homeschooling business.  Next thing you know, I was buying my first teachers book!!! Saxon Math K.   My though was, I can always translate any math problem to Spanish. That is what I still do today.

 

Saxon K

 

 

Another friend invited me to her SWR (Spell to Write and Read) Seminar. I went, I liked the program and I bought the book.  I have to confess, my Spanish language tongue had to learn to move differently in order to make the sounds English has.

Phonics, Sonidos

 

Guess what? I started to use it in both languages!  I did more in English than in Spanish, but Spanish has less phonograms than English does. Anyway, kid 1 and kid 2 are reading in both languages.

I still have to work in their ability to communicate better.  They pretty much speak English and Spanglish, but they can read and understand what they read,