Otherwise, here is the translated version of the story. Enjoy.
“It was mid-1998, and Denise Leitch (32) began to pack to live one of her greatest adventures to date, becoming an exchange student in Morton, Illinois, USA, for one entire year in order to get to know a different culture from within. However, the stay was extended and there was no return. The years passed, she became a professional, got married and now has two children.
The feedback I received after posting this article was very insightful. I am thankful for the opportunity Monica Olivera, founder of Mommy Maestra, gave me. In addition, this post allowed me to form wonderful connections with readers including multilingual families, educators, and other Latina bloggers.
My goal to help, motivate, and inspire my readers was met thanks to this guest post.
Happy birthday to me!
Today, a few days after my birthday, I came across a post The Best of Mommy Maestra 2013. And after a few clicks, I realized that MY post (yes, my post!) was selected for the month of November!
I am thrilled. What an honor and wonderful b-day present!
Crying. Winning. Kicking. Complaining. Talking loudly. Having to go potty at the worse possible time… the list can go on and on.
Alex (4) and I traveling with style. Hehehe
These are all types of behaviors and scenarios that, as parents, we would like to avoid when traveling.
Ideally, we all want our children to behave, listen, and be respectful so that all other passengers and your own family can enjoy the trip.
I have traveled with Contessa (6) and Alex (4) multiple times nationally and internationally since they were infants. From my perspective, it is not difficult to have a successful and enjoyable traveling experience as long as you factor in the children’s needs.
5 Tips To Traveling Successfully With Young Children
Have your children flown on an airplane before? If so, what was your experience like? What did they think of it? How did they behave? Where they bombarding you with lots of questions along the way?
Children are always trying to make sense of their world and attempting to understand what is going on around them. Asking questions is so natural and such a great way to learn.
Not to mention that human beings are curious by nature anyway, right?
During our trip, we had to take three different airplanes to arrive from point A to point B. Alex and Contessa were full of fascinating questions and observations all along the way. Most I was able to answer right away, others we had to figure out together, and some we just had to wait and do some research later on.
Do you live far away from your native country? How often do you get to travel back home? If you have children, do you get to take them along? Are they proficient in your language?
I have lived in the United Stated for half of my life now -so hard to believe!- And I have been fortunate enough to travel back to Chile every so often. Now, that my husband and I have two young children, we are making the effort to go visit my homeland at least every other year.
This time, I am currently on my way to Chile with our six year old daughter, Contessa, and our four year old son, Alex, ready to experience a two month travel adventure.
For the first time in my life, I am very nervous about my trip back to my homeland. Going back to my family, childhood friends, and my roots seems very emotionally difficult now.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that if you fold 1,000 origami cranes you’ll be granted 1,000 years of good fortune. These cranes, strung together, are called “Senbazuru.”
Though good fortune may not come so easily, the Thousand Origami Cranes has become a symbol of hope given to those met with tragedy.
As it turns out, telling the story of a Thousand Origami Cranes to children, and teaching them how to fold the crane is a great way to approach the subject of tragedy and the importance of helping people overcome it, both physically and mentally.
Kids may not have the money to donate, but it’s clear they want to help in their own way. They definitely understand what it means to know someone cares about them.
We want to help children from the surrounding communities create the Thousand Origami Crane Senbazuru to be given to the Washington school districts as a symbol of determination and our commitment to helping their community rebuild.
Click here to read the article about how to reassure your children.
If you are a parent, teacher, or otherwise work with children we’d love for you to get them involved in this project! Just click here for more information.
This past couple of months have been quite an adventure in our home. Why? Well, we started homeschooling a little over eight weeks ago and our family has been adjusting to the new ‘routine’ ever since.
This adjustment has been… -what word should I use? oh yeah-… crazy. Although, I must admit that this is how I have always lived my life. I like things that are exciting and different. I live in the moment, and to many, most of my decisions are viewed as crazy.
This craziness and love for what I do is what motivates me on a daily basis. It is what fuels me to be a better person and allows me to be positive -always striving for the best I can be- as a mother, as a wife, as a teacher, and most importantly as a person.
Finally, it is this craziness and love for what I do that has allowed me to become the passionate teacher and hands-on mom I am today. It fueled me to create a successful bilingual classroom curriculum for children that many educators are able to use in their schools. And now, it is what keeps me motivated and always challenging myself to provide my children -and my students- with the best bilingual education I can.
Este otoño (this fall), I have made an effort to take my students and my own children to various locations to study nature so that we can learn about autumn and understand the world around us all in the foreign language.
Here are 7 Fall activities to do with your bilingual child. Have fun!
1. Corn maze
Find a corn maze near you and go! This is a wonderful opportunity to talk about what a map is, how to read it, and go over direction vocabulary in Spanish.
My son Alex (3) running through a corn maze.
¡Vamos a un laberinto de maíz! (Let’s go to a corn maze!)
Es un mapa (It is a map.)
Un mapa es un dibujo de un lugar desde arriba (A map is a drawing of a place from above.)
Este es un mapa del laberinto de maíz. (This is a corn maze map.)
National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today and, as a Spanish teacher and a bilingual homeschooling mami, I am very excited and proud to celebrate such important dates with my students and my children.
Students playing twister on a world map.
What exactly do we celebrate during this month?
“During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture.” via Hispanic Heritage Month website.
Children love to learn. They may claim that school is boring or that they are too tired to do anything, but I have never had a student who does not enjoy learning.
My role as a Spanish teacher and a homeschooling mami is to create an environment where children become intrigued, interested, and want to learn more no matter how tired or how disinterested they may feel.