10 Christmas Children’s Books Latinos Will Enjoy

10 Christmas Children’s Books Latinos Will Enjoy

  Wondering what to give your children for Christmas? These 10 children's books are the perfect gifts! They are great resources to teach our kids about Latino holiday traditions. Plus, there is nothing cozier than reading books by the Christmas tree lights. From Noche Buena to Posadas, the beautiful stories of these books will warm your heart while also teaching you a few Spanish words! ¡Qué lo disfruten! RELATED POST: 18...Read More
7+ Recommended Places To Visit In Quito

7+ Recommended Places To Visit In Quito

RELATED POST: Ecuador Heritage Trips: Tips and Recommendations   You are missing out if you haven't visited Quito! It is not only a beautiful city, but it also has one of the best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. The history, the traditions, the scenery and the people makes Quito a unique place. One of the best weeks  to visit Quito is in early December when the city commemorates its foundation and the...Read More
Christmas In Ecuador

Christmas In Ecuador

 RELATED POST: How To Preserve Latino Christmas Traditions Friends often ask me about Christmas in Ecuador and the traditions that we have during this time of the year. As I think about them, thousand miles away from my home country, I want to say that Christmas in Ecuador always meant faith, family, food and friends. Christmas Trees and Nativity Sets Christmas season usually kicks off in early November when families...Read More
7+ Quechua Words That Are Widely Used In English

7+ Quechua Words That Are Widely Used In English

RELATED POST: Ecuador Heritage Trips: Tips and Recommendations Did you know that there is a significant amount of Quechua words that are widely used in Spanish and English?  I find it SO interesting how Quechua, the language of the Incas has influenced modern languages. Most of these words are related to animals, agriculture and they also include the name of places given by the indigenous communities. Llama, condor, puma and alpaca are...Read More
18 Popular Latino Christmas Songs

18 Popular Latino Christmas Songs

Related Post: 10 Latino Themed Christmas Books The very first song that I learned in English was "Jingle Bells." I am pretty sure my pronunciation was wrong but learning that equivalent song of "Navidad, Navidad, Dulce Navidad" gave me confidence to keep learning English and helped me to easily connect to a different culture than mine. This is why I love introducing to my children the Christmas songs (villancicos) that I grew...Read More
On Latino Culture, Skin Color And Race

On Latino Culture, Skin Color And Race

"Yes" I answered. "That makes sense why they are blond" said the stranger. Blond? Makes sense? Whaaaat? I was lost. I have been talking to this lady for about an hour, but for the past five minutes I haven't been paying full attention to the conversation. I am distracted with my fearless toddler who is serious about jumping from the top of the big slide of the playground. When I...Read More
How To Win The Bilingual Rebellion Stage

How To Win The Bilingual Rebellion Stage

Throughout the school year my kindergartner studied every continent of the world. When they studied South America, I presented a brief power point slide about Ecuador. My girl dressed up with the traditional Ecuadorian clothing and shared some chifles (plantain chips) with everyone at the end of our presentation. Her peers showed special interest in the Galapagos turtles and the snakes of the Amazon. It was heart melting to hear my...Read More
My Seven-Year-Old Doesn’t Like El Chavo Del Ocho.

My Seven-Year-Old Doesn’t Like El Chavo Del Ocho.

If you grew up with a Latino family, it is very likely that you are familiar with "El Chavo del Ocho," a Mexican television sitcon that reached enormous popularity in Latin America for more than 30 years. "El Chavo del Ocho" centers on the adventures of a poor orphan child and his friends living in a low income housing complex and explores with humor many of the challenges that children...Read More
7+ Important Things To Know Before Traveling To Ecuador

7+ Important Things To Know Before Traveling To Ecuador

RELATED POST: Ecuador Heritage Trips: Tips and Recommendations Although Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, there' s a lot of diversity, beauty, history and fun packed into one small area. You can see volcanoes, the Amazon rainforest and beaches in a single day. Isn't that amazing?  You can also visit the Galapagos Islands, the amazing historic sites or have the time of your life in the wildlife....Read More
Visiting Jamestown Settlement

Visiting Jamestown Settlement

Visiting Jamestown Settlement, the first English settlement in the Americas was a great experience. That is the place where the United States was born and where the Powhatan lived when the English colonist arrived in the spring of 1607. The old church bricks and the breathtaking James river are witnesses of the unexpected encounter of these two civilizations. Before the English arrived, the land was occupied by the Powhatan, a group...Read More
6 Bilingual Children’s Books about Spooky Hispanic Legends

6 Bilingual Children’s Books about Spooky Hispanic Legends

The spookiness of the Halloween season always brings memories of the folktales that I grew up with. Hispanic legends like "La dama tapada," "La Llorona" or "El Cucuy" are typically told by our abuelas... or a clever friend who wants to scare you! I have to confess that I have never been a fan of terror stories, but these bilingual books tell these traditional legends in a candid way and are great resources...Read More
The Day Of The Deceased In Ecuador

The Day Of The Deceased In Ecuador

RELATED POST: Flavors of the Day of the Dead in Ecuador In Ecuador, the day where families remember their loves ones that are death is called "Día de los Difuntos" (Day of the Deceased) and it is commemorated every November 2. Although The Day of the Deceased traditions vary inside the country, their origins can be traced back from the Inca (the largest empire in Pre-Columbian era that occupied large portions of Western...Read More
14+ Things To Do And See In Guayaquil In 3 Days

14+ Things To Do And See In Guayaquil In 3 Days

I may sound biased saying this, but Ecuador is one of the best places for travel. From the Galapagos Island to the Amazon rainforest, there are so many gorgeous spots for you to explore. One of these spots is Guayaquil, the largest city in the country and Ecuador's most important commercial port.   As a guayaquileña, I can assure you that you can't get bored in my hometown!  Guayaquil is known...Read More
6 Reasons Why I Love Montessori

6 Reasons Why I Love Montessori

I learned about Montessori in an elective class in college. Maria Montessori's principles on education felt good and spoke to my heart. Then, I had kids and fall more and more in love with this educational approach. The beauty of the Montessori method is based on the whole child (cognitive, social, emotional, etc) providing many opportunities for growth as they learned to be responsible, engaged, respectful and active seekers of knowledge....Read More
4 Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

4 Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

      I have noticed how life gets busier and busier as my children grow up. Sometimes we are running from one place to another so they can attend the different activities and appointments that they have. Although these things are important, it saddens me when they interfere with opportunities to be around nature and just be. Being surrounded with nature has many great benefits for a child's health. It...Read More