Children’s Shows That Kids in Latin America Grew Up With

Children’s Shows That Kids in Latin America Grew Up With

"What were your favorite children's shows when you were my age" my eight-year-old asked me a few weeks ago. That simple question brought me back fun memories filled with tall boots, cones and colorful headbands.   In the early 90's, there were talented artists singing for a generation of children in Latin America. They had their own television shows that were aired on public channels during the weekends or specific...Read More
Passing On Hispanic Heritage Through Food

Passing On Hispanic Heritage Through Food

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GustoNestle #CollectiveBias I am so excited that Hispanic Heritage Month is kicking off today with events around the country to celebrate the contributions, history and culture of those who have ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. One of the special events that my family looks forward to attend is...Read More
Top 40 Children’s Picture Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Top 40 Children’s Picture Books to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off September 15? During this month we recognize the history, contributions and culture of Hispanics to the United States. I am so excited to join the national celebration for the next four weeks. My family is planning to attend a few festivals, try new Latino foods and read our favorite children's books! One of my favorite ways to teach heritage to my...Read More
What Juan Gabriel’s Music Means to Hispanic Millenials

What Juan Gabriel’s Music Means to Hispanic Millenials

Photo Source Juan Gabriel was already a Latin American music icon when I was born in the late eighties. As for many Hispanic Millenials, his songs were introduced to us from our parents or even grandparents. For many years JuanGa brought generations together through his music and became part of our childhood memories. https://twitter.com/emilyvernice/status/770042345450532868 The songs of this Mexican icon have been recorded by over 800 artists in many languages. With more...Read More
Favorite Apps, Instruments and Songs from Around the World

Favorite Apps, Instruments and Songs from Around the World

As part of this month’s Blogging Carnival, members of Multicultural Kid Blogs share their favorite apps, instruments, and songs from around the world. It is amazing how music can connect cultures! The suggestions below are great resources to offer cultural experiences to your children and promote diversity. If you are raising a bilingual or multilingual child, music is a great tool to facilitate the acquisition of a new language. Enjoy!     Peter and...Read More
8 Fun Facts About Brazil

8 Fun Facts About Brazil

The world's eyes are upon Brazil right now. The opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics 2016 is in only 46 days. Are you excited?! I sure am. Not only because this is the first time that a South American country will host the Summer Olympics. But it is happening in one of my favorite places on Earth, Brazil! Photo Credit Brazil is pure magic and fun. It's the largest country in...Read More
5 Most Popular Sports in Latin America

5 Most Popular Sports in Latin America

This year the Summer Olympic Games are going to be held for first time in South America. With more than 200 countries participating, there is a lot of excitement building to watch our favorite teams in Rio. Starting on August 5, more than 10,000 athletes will compete in 42 Olympic sports. If you were wondering about the most popular sports in Latin America, here are the top 5. Soccer  Soccer is...Read More
Frida Kahlo Inspired Flower Headband and Children Books

Frida Kahlo Inspired Flower Headband and Children Books

  Since today is Cinco de Mayo, I decided to highlight Frida Kahlo, a famous Latina artist who was very well known for her self portraits. Self Portrait/ The Frame/ 1938 Frida's art provokes strong feelings and sparks discussions about important issues. Although she lived in a different time, I feel Frida's paintings tells life as it is. Frida's life is an extension of her art considered an emblem of Mexican traditions. For...Read More
9 Selena Quintanilla Inspiring Quotes

9 Selena Quintanilla Inspiring Quotes

Selena's hits were also popular in Ecuador in the mid-90's. "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom"  was the cool song in my fifth grade class. I remember my English school teacher talking about Selena and how great she connected her Texan and Latino heritages through music. At the time I didn't understand the impact of biculturalism and all the doors that Selena was opening through her talent and charisma. Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was...Read More
Matt de la Peña: How His Biculturalism Influences His Writing

Matt de la Peña: How His Biculturalism Influences His Writing

Did you know that the prestigious John Newbery Medal for children's literature given to the author of "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children," was awarded this year for first time to a Latino author? I was thrilled when I recognized Matt de la Peña's name as the winning author for his picture book, "Last Stop On Market Street. It  tells the story of CJ, a little boy who rides...Read More
4 Latina Women Who Made It Happen

4 Latina Women Who Made It Happen

Every March 8, the world celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. The theme of last year’s International Women’s Day was “Make It Happen.”  It is an invitation to celebrate, reflect and take action. On this day, I would like to celebrate 4 determined Latina women who made it happen, despite the barriers and challenges. Their contributions paved the way to a better world...Read More
What Capoeira Taught Me About Afro-Latinos History

What Capoeira Taught Me About Afro-Latinos History

  I was the typical college freshman student who loved to dance and enjoyed finding excuses to go dancing. So, when I heard about the opening of a new dance class, I signed up without hesitation. It was November 2014, and little did I know that the UNESCO had just recognized Capoeira as an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Brazil." At the time of registration, I found out that Capoeira (which was actually...Read More
9 Children’s Books That Teach Kids About Latino Traditions

9 Children’s Books That Teach Kids About Latino Traditions

Before moving to the U.S, I never ate a pupusa or heard about the Day of the Dead celebrations with calaveras and papel picado. I also didn't know what "no manches" or "chapina" meant. I have enjoyed learning about other Latino traditions different than mine and get excited when I see the similarities of our culture between Latino people from different nationalities. There are many traditions that we all Latino share...Read More
5 Reasons Why Parents Need To Stop Using “La Chancla” As A Disciplinary Resource

5 Reasons Why Parents Need To Stop Using “La Chancla” As A Disciplinary Resource

The internet is packed with memes about Latino parents that use la chancleta o chancla to beat their children. Although chancla memes can be funny, corporal punishment in children is a serious problem and needs to be abolished from our culture. Hitting, beating, pinching, striking or slapping a child is abuse and is damaging. Here I share 5 reasons why parents need to stop using "la chancla" as a disciplinary resource.   1....Read More
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