Easy Nazca Lines Craft for Kids

Easy Nazca Lines Craft for Kids

Inside: Nazca Lines craft for kids learning about Peruvian culture and history.

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, 2017! At the end of this post, find our Multicultural Kid Blogs HHM giveaway for some fun prizes. Today I’m sharing an exploratory Nazca lines craft. The project gives hands-on feel for these marvels of Peru, and how they were made.

 

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Día de los muertos: A Round-up for Teachers

Día de los muertos: A Round-up for Teachers

Inside: Day of the dead activities, crafts, videos, and lesson plans for the Spanish classroom.

This year I’m working on Day of the Dead lesson plans, and wanted to share my research with you!

I used to be unsure of how to treat holidays. I wanted to include culture, but teaching low-frequency words like “Christmas tree,” “candle,” or “skeleton” seemed a poor use of time. Now I’m discovering part of the reason comprehensible input is magic: I can use any theme or topic to give my students whole, living language.

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Printable Spanish-Speaking Countries and Capitals Game Cards

Printable Spanish-Speaking Countries and Capitals Game Cards

Inside: Spanish-speaking countries and capitals map and game cards.

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, a perfect time to introduce geography for Spanish-speaking countries. I’ve made a map and set of cards that teach countries, capitals, maps, and country shapes, as well as a few quick facts about each country. In this free download, you can also find directions for games like Go Fish, Concentration, and Slap-it. A color set is in included, as well as black and white in case you want your kids/students to color in the flags themselves.

Spanish-speaking Countries and Capitals Map and Game Cards

Though I like to use games to introduce lists like this, remember that memorizing a list won’t necessarily produce students who love culture. If my students are really going to connect to far away places, they needs stories, videos, food, and songs (and of course travel, if possible) to produce real affection. Hopefully these fun games will help you painlessly and quickly introduce geography, so that when you do listen to a Colombian artist or watch a clip from Puerto Rico, everyone knows the context.

 

These links are helpful for remembering and connecting to Spanish-speaking countries:

 

Simple repetition for names/capitals, while showing map:

 

 

For older students (the original video is cool, but on the line for school-appropriate):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hispanic artists by country:

 

http://musicaenespanol.weebly.com/

 

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Printable card games for Spanish-speaking countries and capitals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Series 2016 | Multicultural Kid Blogs We are so excited for our FIFTH annual Hispanic Heritage Month series!

 

 

 

September 14
Hanna Cheda on Multicultural Kid Blogs: How to Pass on Hispanic Heritage as an Expat

 

 

 

September 15
Spanish Mama: Los Pollitos Dicen Printable Puppets

 

 

 

September 16
Hispanic Mama: Children’s Shows that Kids in Latin America Grew Up With

 

 

 

September 19
Spanish Playground: Authentic Hispanic Heritage Month Games Everyone Can Play

 

 

 

September 20
Tiny Tapping Toes: Exploring Instruments for Hispanic Heritage Month

 

 

 

September 21
Kid World Citizen on Multicultural Kid Blogs

 

 

 

September 22
Spanish Mama

 

 

 

September 23
All Done Monkey

 

 

 

September 26
Crafty Moms Share

 

 

 

September 27
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

 

 

 

September 28
La Clase de Sra. DuFault

 

 

 

September 29
Embracing Diversity

 

 

 

September 30
Mama Tortuga

 

 

 

October 3
Hispanic Mama on Multicultural Kid Blogs

 

 

 

October 4
La Clase de Sra. DuFault

 

 

 

October 5
Pura Vida Moms

 

 

 

October 7
Spanglish House

 

 

 

October 10
Mundo Lanugo

 

 

 

October 11
Kid World Citizen

 

 

 

October 12
MommyMaestra

 

 

 

October 13
inspired by familia

 

 

 

October 14
El Mundo de Pepita on Multicultural Kid Blogs

 

 

 

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Día del amor y la amistad: A Spanish Round-Up

Día del amor y la amistad: A Spanish Round-Up

Inside: Spanish activities for Valentine’s Day in Spanish.

 

Who needs ideas and activities for Valentine’s Day in Spanish? I’ve collected some amazing resources perfect for tying the celebration into your classroom. Valentine’s day goes by several names– El día de los enamorados, Día del amor y la amistad, or Día de San Valentín— and it’s not always celebrated on Feb. 14th.

 

But either way, it’s fun to celebrate friendship and love, and lends itself well to relevant, engaging activities.

 

Some of the links are divided into high school and elementary, and middle school classes could probably use some from both categories. Please share if you have fun ideas for Valentine’s Day in Spanish, as well!

 

 

Spanish ActiVies for Valentine’s Day

 

 

 

 

Spanish Numbers 1-10 Hearts Interactive Notebook Activity from Island Teacher

 

 

 

Free Bilingual Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids from Ladydeelg

 

 

 

Free Valentine Card Printables from Mommy Maleta

 

 

 

Printable Spanish Valentine Cards for Kids from Spanish Playground

 

 

 

Practice Numbers in Spanish from Ladydeelg

 

 

 

Spanish Valentine Card from Flapjack Education

 

 

 

Multilingual Valentine Love Letter from Multicultural Kid Blogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spanish Valentine Treat Boxes from Spanish Playground

 

 

 

Spanish Valentine Decorations from World Language Cafe

 

 

 

Printable Valentines Day Banner in Spanish from Living Mi Vida Loca

 

 

 

Spanish Valentine’s Day Cake Toppers from Ladydeelg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Sentence Building Activity Sheets from Mommy Maestra

 

 

 

Matching Hearts Game from Mundo de Pepita

 

 

 

Spanish Valentine Game with Silly Rhymes from Spanish Playground

 

 

 

Spanish Valentine Books for Kids from Spanish Playground

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Blog Hop – Spanish Style from Sra. Casado Teaches Bilinguals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Candy Love Letters
 from Creative Language Class

 

 

 

Como Escribir un Poema de Amor from Throw Away your Textbook

 

 

 

10 Ways to Spice Up Valentine’s Day in Your World Language Classroom from World Language Cafe

 

 

 

Spanish Valentine Game: Matching Verb-Pronoun Combinations from Spanish Playground

 

 

 

Mi pareja ideal from Sol Azucar

 

 

 

Speed Dating Activity from Creative Language Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spanish Phrases for Valentine Cards from Spanish Playground

 

 

 

Terms of Endearment in Spanish from Spanish Mama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Playlist from Hispanic Mama

 

 

 

La historia de San Valentín (English audio, Spanish subtitles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Es día de San Valentín Charlie Brown (25min)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Chavo del 8, Día del San Valentín (25min)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Llueve el amor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mi niña bonita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuando estás conmigo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2gkbayKYzM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tú eres mi corazón

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mis amigos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Día del amor y la amistad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arroyo (terms of endearment)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Terms of Endearment in Spanish-Speaking Countries

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Inside: Terms of endearment in Spanish, explained and examples.

You can’t be in a Spanish-speaking place long before you realize that greetings, good-byes, and addressing people takes on a whole new level. You never leave a party without saying good-bye to everyone single person, and “hola” really isn’t a sufficient way to say hello. Better to include a “buenos días” or “cómo está” if possible. And, the more you love a person, the less you say their name.

In Perú, you kiss to greet and meet and farewell. It takes a bit of figuring out, as a foreigner, and is even more complicated because kissing rituals vary across Spanish-speaking countries, and when people know you’re a foreigner, a la this post on awkward bicultural kissing moments

 

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But here’s where you can never go wrong or overboard in Spanish-speaking countries: using terms of endearment. Truly.

In Spanish, it’s very common to address a person by who they are in relation to you. Students will call their teachers “profesora” or just “profe,” and friends would greet each other as “hola, amiga!” (hi, friend!). The rule seems to be, use the person’s title as much as possible.

(This was a lifesaver to me when I was culture-shocked and not speaking Spanish at all yet, and had no idea what anyone’s name was. All the people at our huge church constantly greeted me, and I would resort to “buenas tardes, hermano/a” (good afternoon, brother/sister) every. single. time.)

Especially in romantic relationships, terms of endearment in Spanish are huge. Actual names are generally saved for moments when you are trying to get your special someone’s attention in a roomful of other people who get called “amorcito” as well. To address one’s partner, you choose from a plethora of terms of endearment and add an –ito or –ita if at all possible. Affection is important, and I remember an older lady bragging to me that she and her husband, in their 40 years of marriage, were so in love they had never addressed each other by name.

 

terms of endearment in Spanish

 

When addressing your children, it’s more similar to English: names are used, but also often replaced with a term like “cariño” (dear). What’s different when  addressing people in Spanish is that you actually use their title — “tía” (aunt), “hijito” (little son), “profe” (teacher), or “compañero” — without using their name at all.

I’ve pulled together common terms of endearment for both romantic couples and for sons/daughters. Any Spanish-speaker will probably notice the glaring omissions: gordo/a (fatty?), “flaco/a” (skinny person), viejo/a” (old person), and “negro/a” (dark person?). These are very common, and though they translate negatively, they’re meant  affectionately. One of those lost-in-translation sort of things.

When my Peruvian boyfriend called me “gordita” for the first time, I didn’t react well. Since then, and since we got married, I say it myself. The process of becoming bi-cultural, I suppose!

So here you are. I know I missed some, so please let me know what I should have included!

Terms of Endearment in Spanish for children/sons/daughters:

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Terms of Endearment in Spanish for romantic couples:

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If you are looking for more Día de San Valentín / Día de los Enamorados / Día del Amor y Amistad things in Spanish, check out my Valentine’s Day in Spanish post, and Pinterest board!

Follow Spanish Mama’s board El día de San Valentín on Pinterest.

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Christmas in Spanish: A Collection of Traditions and Activities

Christmas in Spanish: A Collection of Traditions and Activities

Inside: Christmas in Spanish: resources and activities for learning Christmas traditions across the Hispanic world.

 

I am privileged to be part of a wonderful community of bloggers at Multicultural Kid Blogs. Today I’m sharing a collection of their posts that relate to Christmas in Spanish-speaking countries, along with resources in Spanish about Christmas.

 

This list is packed with resources for teachers or families wanting to learn more about Navidad, Noche Buena, Los Tres Reyes, and other traditions. They’re organized by country so you can find what you need!

 

Christmas in Spanish Speaking Countries

 

 

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Our Christmas in Spain 2014: Traditions, Recipes, & New Ideas from Family Life in Spain

 

How do the Reyes Magos Get to Spain? Via Helicopter, Skiis, Boat, Horse… from Kid World Citizen

 

Spanish Christmas Traditions & Spanish Christmas Vocabulary from Family Life in Spain

 

 

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Christmas in Mexico: Nativity Scenes, Piñatas, Las Posadas, and More from Kid World Citizen

 

Las Posadas Lesson Plans, Crafts, Activities and Music from Mommy Maestra

 

Children’s Books about Christmas in Mexico from Kid World Citizen

 

Meet Pepe from Mexico from Mommy Maleta

 

Las Posadas Navideñas from The Other Side of the Tortilla

 

 

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Christmas in Colombia from Fun for Spanish Teachers

 

Noche de las Velitas Lights Night from Mamá Tortuga

 

 

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Christmas in Peru from Spanish Mama

 

 

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Christmas in Ecuador from Hispanic Mama

 

 

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Parrandas (Puerto Rican version of U.S. Caroling) from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

 

Celebrating “Noche Buena” (Christmas Eve) in Puerto Rico from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

 

Celebrating “Los Tres Reyes Magos” in the U.S.A from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

 

On This Beautiful Island Children’s Book and Bohío Ornament from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

 

 

Ecuador

Celebraciones de fin de año en Chile from La Clase de Sra. Dufault

 

 

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Christmas in Costa Rica from All Done Monkey

 

Christmas in Spanish: Activities & Resources

 

 

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Comprehensible Input infographic comparing La navidad y El día de los Reyes Magos from Mundo de Pepita

 

Las Posadas Countdown Calendar from Mommy Maestra

 

 

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It’s a Piñata Round-up! from Mundo de Pepita

 

“Ojo de Dios” Craft from Bilingual Eyes

 

The Legend of the Poinsetta | Mexico Craft from Mommy Maleta

 

Bilingual Christmas Decorations from Mommy Maestra

 

Spanish Christmas Color by Number from Spanish Playground

 

 

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10 Latino Themed Christmas Books for Children from Hispanic Mama

 

Children’s Books about Christmas in Mexico from Kid World Citizen

 

4 Children’s Books to Celebrate Las Posadas from Mommy Maestra

 

 

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Spanish Christmas Songs for Children from Family Life in Spain

 

18 Popular Latino Christmas Songs from Hispanic Mama

 

Cuentos de Navidad y Villancicos from La Clase de Sra. Dufault

 

5 Spanish Winter Songs from Spanish Playground

 

Spanish Christmas Carols for Kids from Spanish Playground

 

Favorite Children’s Christmas Songs in Spanish from Spanish Mama

 

 

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A Spanglish Christmas Poem from Family Life in Spain

 

Spanish Christmas Traditions & Spanish Christmas Vocabulary from Family Life in Spain

 

Freebie Christmas Card Printable in Spanish from Mommy Maleta

 

Spanish Christmas Cards from Mommy Maestra

 

The Christmas Story in Spanish from Spanish Playground

 

Free Christmas Board Game in Spanish from Mommy Maestra

 

Christmas Connect Four from Mommy Maestra

 

Bilingual Gift Tags in Spanish from Mommy Maestra

 

Spanish Printables: Winter and Snowmen from Spanish Playground

 

 

Christmas in Spanish-speaking countries

 

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