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Carnaval carnaval…carnaval te quiero!!!

04The most famous Carnaval in the world takes place in Brazil there is no doubt about that. Here in the UK we have the Notting Hill Carnaval which is the largest street festival in Europe every August Bank Holiday!

But if you ask me what Carnaval means for me?… it would a very different story…

carnaval1Carnaval in Spain is different… it is a crazy street festival full of colour and costumes…where we are allowed to dress up with the most crazy and peculiar costumes we can think of! For me it is the festival of fun and joy. It is always full of humour..which is celebrated across the whole country. When my grandmother was 80 she squeezed herself into a baby pram for the day to be part of a group who dressed up as the royal family!

The celebrations and customs vary depending of the region of Spain and it is different in each city and village, among others the most famous are:

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The Carnaval of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, where they celebrate for several days and nights with music in the streets, queens of the Carnaval, dances and colourful parades. They are also famous for their “concursos de murgas“, a group of people that write and sing songs together, they write lyrics which reflect the social and political situation of Spanish society with a sense of humour.

http://carnavaldetenerife.com

http://www.lpacarnaval.com/home?locale=es

CARV_CARTELES_2015_EGR-DIARIOBC (1)_800x600rThe Carnaval of Cadiz, officially a two week festival but it can last up to a month for some of the locals, it is also very popular and a must. They are very popular for their “chirigotas“, a group of costumed performers that parade the streets of cadiz singing satirical songs and bringing joy and laughs to everyone who happens to be on their path.

http://www.carnavaldecadiz.com

Other Carnavals of interest…

 

 

 

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Oranges from Valencia delivered to your door!

Oranges from Valencia delivered to your door!

Last year you might remember this post:

A few days ago I told my friend in Madrid we have all been recovering from a nasty virus at home and a couple of days later there is a knock at the door…. a box of oranges straight over from Valencian trees! I almost cried. I haven’t received a box of oranges like that, with the leaves on, huge and delicious since I was little and my dad brought them home for Christmas. I almost cried!!

Well my kids have been nagging me about them so much that is now a traditional treat for the whole family every January!

http://www.naranjasdelcarmen.com

Baby massage and Baby Yoga in Spanish

One to one Baby massage and baby Yoga in Spanish!

1396809392757There are many reason why I recommend Baby massage….but my favourite one is that  provides quality time for parent and baby!!

Well, now you can also do it in Spanish!

Sandra Fernandez is one of the instructors at Kin2Skin , she is originally from Mexico and has been in the UK since 2008. She is ready to teach if you are ready to learn!

Check her website for more information!

You can also give someone a voucher as a present.

www.kin2skin.com

 

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El pupitre/ The workspace App

 

pupitre.gr_Again another treasure form ‘Grupo ediciones santillana SL’ ,  this one s just for the iPad and it is called ‘El pupitre’, ionce you download the ‘workspace’ for free with some basic activities you can buy different workbooks to use within it depending on the age of your child and what you want them to practice.

It looks amazing although I must admit I haven’t yet got my children to try it properly! If you try it do let me know how it goes.

http://pupitreapp.com

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El disfraz de Oto / Oto’s disguise App

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I have recently come across some gorgeous App stories that my children love They are a collection of stories following a dog called Oto (there have also other books with a bear called Lina). You can listen to them in Spanish or English and you can record your own version of the story which is sweet. Often Spanish books for early readers have the joined up writing which makes it hard to find books for my daughter to practice with since she is learning in the UK with the separate letters. These books are great for her to practice her reading and my 3 year old loves them too. Great!

Here are the links for the iPad

Oto’s disguise – Grupo Santillana de Ediciones S.L.

 

A new book to add more magic to Christmas

Sylvester will help start the yearI recently went to the Christmas party that Londonmumsmagazine.com organised with Eddie Katz.

As always, all London mums parties are fun fun fun.There was dancing, eating, a wonderful Santa and story time with the gorgeous books from farfarawaybooks.com. I heard George and the Knight and was as mesmerised as all the children around me. The pictures were beautiful and a really sweet story about friends having the courage to help each other.

I later looked through the other books they had and fell in love with the cute looking dog in Sad Tales for Me: A Bidography. But I was lucky to take home Sylvester and the New Year which I immediately loved because  of the traditional, gentle drawings, just magic!

I read it with my daughter, now this book has a few sentences in each page written in a bigger font and my daughter has just started bringing reading back home from school, so it is a perfect book for us and perfect timing, I read the smaller font and from time to time she reads a sentence in bigger font. It is a lovely way to share a book.

The story itself also really surprised me, I was expecting another Christmas story since Sylvester looks a little like Santa, I thought it would be another version of the same thing. But no! It is a beautiful story, quite spiritual and a really lovely way to explain the new year, the passing of time and growing old and gives children another thing to look forward to during the Christmas holidays.

[pullquote]Thank you so much for my book! We will treasure it years to come and the story of Sylverster will now be part of our Christmas repertoire. [/pullquote]

!Feliz Navidad! !Próspero Año Nuevo!

You can find farfarawaybooks in facebook and twitter

www.facebook.com/pages/Far-Far-Away-Books/144664498894184

twitter.com/FarFarAwayBook

A spoonfull of Spanish, helps the tapas go down…peacefully!

We have a lot to celebrate as we finish the school year.

Our gorgeous trophy and certificates!

 

This month at Ole Kids, we joined the other shortlisted local businesses at the

Hammersmith and Fulham Brilliant Business Awards 2012.

 Thanks to all your votes we were shortlisted for ‘Best Supporter of the Community’, ‘Your favourite Business’ and were  

Runner up ‘Best New Business’!

We picked up our trophy and are feeling very proud of ourselves as a team and all the families that are on this Spanish learning journey with us.

 

 

As well as our trophy we are also over the moon about our other news for the month:

                                       Sunday Spanish workshops at Iberica Canary Wharf!

Iberica London is a gorgeous Spanish tapas restaurant that aims to bring the best quality Spanish food to London. Iberica has also recently collected an award by the Real Academia de Gastronomia in Madrid for their  ‘outstanding contribution to Spanish Gastronomy Worldwide’

And now Iberica is ready to offer the families coming for Sunday lunch a bit more than a cultural experience in terms of food, they are also wanting to bring Spanish language and culutre FREE to their children while they eat!

And that is where we come in. Ole kids will be at the beautiful Canary Wharf Restaurant on Sundays from 12 to 3 pm to keep children entertained and learning after they have gobbled up their ‘croquetas’ ‘jamon’ or ‘tortilla española’ (that is usually what our children choose to eat!)

Each week we will have several art activities ready to pay tribute to different Spanish artists. Picasso, Dali, Velazquez, Miro… they will all have their turn and children of all ages are welcome to come and have a go, from colouring in to collage and sculpture we will cover a range of art materials and formats each week.

 When we feel it is suitable we will run our well known classes full of fun and games to introduce children                                         to different vocabulary whilst gently challenging their movement, communication, social and cognitive skills at whatever stage of development they are at.

 There will be plenty of traditional songs and games to learn, story time, puppet stories. A mixture of      reading in Spanish and English so we can cater for bilingual and monolingual children and bring learning for all. The Grufalo in Spanish, a story about Velazquez in English, the three little pigs in both.

 Initially our workshops are open to all and please please please give us as much feedback, support and ideas as you can so we can make it the best possible experience for all. We are really looking forward to the next few weeks and seeing how our project runs, so do come and visit us and enjoy your meal!!

WHERE: IBERICA CANARY WHARF- 12 Cabot Square, E14 4QQ

WHEN: Every Sunday 12.00 to 15.00

(General Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11.30 am to 11.30 pm, Sundays 12.00 to 16.00)

www.ibericalondon.co.uk

Chococolate Adventure (Competition time!)

A couple of weeks ago Ole Kids mums get together in a “Chocolate Adventure Class”.

I cannot tell you how much fun we had, and all the things we all learnt during the masterclass.

We learn how to do Chocolate Bowls (Recipe)” , our kids enjoy every minute of it, and it was just amazing to see how they engage , concentrate on the tasks and work toghether as a team.

There are lots of ideas you can do to help your child learn and practice Spanish. Choosing activities which gives them a chance to explore and use their imaginations are the best of all.

NOW , we want YOU to have fun with us and that’s why we are running a COMPETITION. 

We want YOU to win one of this luxurious and scrumptious box of fresh, exquisitely tasty strawberries, dip in rich luxury chocolate and then finish in a variety of colours and decorative details. The amazing prize is courtesy of  “Berry Temptation” to the lucky winner of Ole Kids competition.

To enter, all you have to do is watch the video and leave a comment below this post … That’s all you have to do to!

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If you want to up your chances at winning, then this is how you can get additional entries (only after you’ve completed the step above):

1 Like OLE KIDS on Facebook and join a thriving community of parents.

2 Subscribe to receive blog updates following this link: Subscribe Form

This giveaway ends Friday, June 22 at 11:59 p.m. and is open to everyone living in London, UK.

Chocolate Adventure (Recipe)

“Chocolate Adventure” – A yummy, fun and really easy Project

There are lots of ideas  you can do to help your child learn and grow. Choosing activities which gives them a chance to explore and use their imaginations are the best of all.

This is a fun & easy project, these chocolate bowls can hold all kinds of goodies including ice cream,  fruit, or any other treat you have in mind.

Do you know what the most fun part is?  – You can get as creative as you want adding additional decorative touches. There are no limits of what you can do.

Step by Step

1- Blow up balloons about the size of an orange. Whatever size you blow up the balloon,  will be the size of your chocolate bowl.

2- Melt  the chocolate using instructions that came with your chocolate; then let the chocolate cool for 5 – 10 minutes in a bowl. ( I used an ordinary Cadbury plain chocolate bar)

3- Dip the balloon  into the chocolate, then lift it slowly and let some of the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl and place it on waxed paper lined tray.

4- Take it to the fridge. They will set up in about 10 minutes.

5- Once the chocolate is completely set up, it’s time to deflate the balloons: gently cut a small hole near the area where the balloon is tied. As the balloon deflates it will still be attached to the inside of the chocolate, now very slowly peel the balloon away from the chocolate, and voila! You have your chocolate bowl ready!

Now make sure plenty of chocolate bowls and keep them carefully on the freezer for this special occasion.

I must say they look downright elegant when paired up with white chocolate mousse topped with fresh berries, icing sugar and drizzled with raspberry sauce.

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Tips

*Be sure to let the chocolate cool until it is slightly warm before you start to dip the balloons or  they could pop.

*If the bottom of the bowls have holes in them no problems. Fill them in with melted chocolate and refreeze.

*If the walls of the bowl tears slightly, use melted chocolate as glue and refreeze.

*These bowls may take a little practice. After making the 1st bowl you’ll catch on.

Definitely Healthy TV – La televisión saludable

My home-made TV

 

Un  día  de  invierno   frío,  oscuro,   lluvioso  (en  Galicia  son  muy  frecuentes ) en  casa  viendo  por “enésima vez  la película  de “ The  Muppets “

 

Ya aburridas de ver lo mismo  (pero porque ellas quieren ¿eh?) , a Lola , se le ocurre algo: Lola: Ahora  ¡voy a ser YO  la tele !!

Nosotras: ¡Ok!!

Se  sienta delante del televisor, metida entre muchos cojines , asomando solamente medio cuerpo (como  las presentadoras de telediario) , esperando  a que Alejandra y yo utilizásemos el mando a distancia eligiendo lo que queríamos ver.

Yo: Ale, ¿qué quieres  ver? ¿El tiempo?

Ale: sí

Lola   empieza a “actuar”  y dice: “Buenas noches, mañana por  la mañana hará frío y por  la tarde lloverá “

Ale: sube el volumen mamá

Yo: sí, ya subo, ¡clik !!

Lola:  PASADO MAÑANA,  SEGUIRA  HABIENDO  NUBES Y  DESPUES  VIENTO HURACANADO Y BLA BLA BLA …

(  ja ja ja , nos moríamos de risa )

 

Yo: Ale, ¿cambiamos?

Ale: sí. Vemos  la peli de “LosPitufos” Yo: ¡clik !!

Lola  actúa  …

Yo: Ale, ¿la ponemos en otroidioma? Ale: Vale.

Yo: en chino? Ale: sí sííiiiii.

Lola: ( con sonrisa  de oreja a oreja ) wachi wen chin …

Nosotras: ja ja ja jaj aj jaj ajajaja

Yo: Ale, espera, dale a PAUSA , que quiero ir al wc. Lola: (se queda inmóvil, como  una estatua) Nosotras: ja ja ja

Yo: ( Llego del wc ) y clik !!

Lola:    king xi chin … Muy gracioso !!!