2014 Winter Olympics at the Leitch’s household

Winter Olympics? Yes, please!

Learning about the Sochi Winter Olympics has been so much fun! Today, I wanted to share with you one of the most successful lessons I have done with my children about the Winter Olympics so far.

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Contessa (6) and Alex (4) snowboarding Winter 2014

What started as a simple PE lesson about Snowboarding turned into a language arts, foreign language, math, social studies, and much-much-more-kind-of-a-lesson. Priceless.

I hope that you enjoy reading about our lesson and that it inspires you to create lessons of your own! (Please share. I am starting to run out of ideas!)

Bilingual Craziness! ‘Un poquito de esto, a little bit of that…’

This past couple of months have been quite an adventure in our homeWhy? 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.

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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.

5 Daily Spanish Activities Every Child Should Do

As a Spanish teacher and a bilingual homeschooling mom there are a few activities that I do on a daily basis in order to introduce, review, and reinforce the foreign language acquisition process. Most of these mini lessons and activities are what some would consider to be a part of circle time or a class introduction.

1. Calendar: days of the week, months, year, and numbers 1-31

Discussing la fecha (the date) in Spanish is a great addition to your circle time and a wonderful way to begin your lesson. Here you will be able to listen and read about all of the following vocabulary: los días de la semana (days of the week), los meses (months), el año (the year), y los números del 1 al 31 (and numbers 1-31).

I also recommend: Calendar: Basic Spanish Vocabulary {audio}On-Line Spanish Classes: Date and Calendar, and this cute video about the months of the year in Spanish:

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2. Weather

An activity that has to do with el tiempo (the weather) allows children to be hands-on and active participants. Giving children an important role where they can analyze the situation and arrive to their own conclusions is very powerful. They become more interested and motivated, therefore they tend to perform even better with their language skills. Here you can listen and read all about el tiempo (the weather).

I also recommend: Weather: Basic Spanish Vocabulary {audio}

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

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.

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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.

Let The Bilingual Homeschooling Adventure Begin!

Deciding wether to keep Contessa -our six year old daughter- attending a local elementary public school or to homeschool her was very difficult. Max -my husband- and I felt very overwhelmed because, as parents, there are so many factors to consider when the ultimate goal is to do what is best for your own children.

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Our family picture. Bilingual homeschooling, here we come!

Through out the entire decision making process we kept our daughter informed. Part of the reason why Max and I want to homeschool is to allow our children to think critically through a problem, give them more responsibility and consider their opinions and reasons on everyday life decision. Therefore, we knew that she had to be part of it all.

Being part of the decision making process made Contessa want to be homeschooled even more!