I grew up listening to these nursery rhymes; they are fun, catchy and very popular in Spanish-speaking countries. It is interesting to me how nursery rhymes preserve a culture that spans generations while contributing the foundational skills children need in their oral development. If you are teaching Spanish to your children, these beautiful melodies are[Read More…]
Nativity sets are part of the Christmas celebration for many families in the world. It originated with a Catholic saint, St. Francis of Assisi in 1223 when he felt inspired to recreate the Nativity scene after visiting the Holy Land. St. Francis’s recreation of Christ’s birth became very popular and spread fast throughout the[Read More…]
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. Learning about the diversity of other Latino cultures and traditions have been fun and exciting. However, I have also enjoyed finding the similarities of our culture between Latino people from different nationalities. The following list of children’s books highlight them very well.
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[Read More…]
Wondering what to give your children for Christmas? These 10 children’s books about Christmas are the perfect gifts! Books 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[Read More…]
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Christmas in Ecuador can most easily be described by one word: Warm. Not just the weather in December is one of the warmest of the year, but the celebrations during Christmas bring family and friends closer together.
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The very first song that I learned in English was “Jingle Bells.” I am pretty sure my pronunciation was wrong, but learning the equivalent song of “Navidad, Navidad, Dulce Navidad” gave me the confidence to keep learning English and helped me to easily connect to a different culture than mine. This is why I love introducing[Read More…]
“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[Read More…]