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buscar

Our favourite books for the Spring term

Here are our most precious recent finds:

‘BUSCAR’ from our favourite new children’s author Olga de Dios. This is her second book and it is beautiful with  her fun and quirky illustrations. Her first book ‘Monstruo Rosa’ by the way is becoming big in China! These friendly monsters are taking over the world with their cute, basic and very important messages.

buscar   monstruo china

El monstruo de los colores – another monster with a great message. Schools don’t really teach our children about emotions explicitly. Yes they provide a ground for practising emotions but how much do they actually talk about them? Here is a book that makes emotions clear and simple for all. Love it love it.

colores

 

Cocorico – My children have been loving this story. All the teachings from the red hen, little red riding hood and the three little pigs all in one simple book about a little chick. The cat says ‘marramiau’ great for practising rolling those ‘r’.

Cocorico

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 !!!

Choosing Apps for your kids

A  recently research conducted by PBS Parents ORG found that many children had received electronic gifts for christmas.

“A good app should be the perfect combination between education and entertainment”, says Dr. Carolyn Jaynes, a learning designer for Leapfrog Enterprises.

When kids are engaged, they learn.  Educational apps balance engagement with learning. Whether an app is focused on teaching math skills or science, it is really important that a child has opportunities to play and do something new.

Features to Look For

Easy to use: Look for apps that are easy for your child to navigate through. Something with simple commands are best for younger children, such as dragging a finger across the screen to complete an action. Be sure to keep your child’s age in mind when choosing apps. You want something that challenges your child without being too easy or too difficult for your child’s ability.

Content Matters: Be sure the app fits your child’s age in animation and content. Also, you’ll want to be sure the app does not contain pop-ups that link to the Internet or the App Store or anywhere else you do not want your child to access.

Trusted, & reliable sources: Look for established, trusted educational brands that are known for producing educational content.

There would be always a question of when is best introducing technology and we always could think about its pros and cons. Just because toddlers like to push buttons and watch videos does not mean they are ready for a computer.

Personally I think  is about setting the right “media diet”. A balanced media diet is like a balanced food diet; variety is healthier.

Do you have any thoughts to share with us at getting educational apps for your children? … If so, which ones are you letting them use and are there any of them helping with Spanish learning?

The wonders of being multilingual

Current research leads to the belief that speaking two or more languages can add to the cognitive flexibility of the child.

The different connotations and ideas around a word in the different languages allows the child to build a more complex understanding of the world at a younger age.

Although it is never  too late to learn a language, learning  at the early ages is ideal because so much development takes place during these years.

Olé Kids classes encourage all aspects of child development through stories, matching games, movement, arts and crafts, singing and signing and exploring materials and topics.

The choice of mixing children from the ages of 6 months to 4 years old is not an accidental choice but rather an intentional one,  as we believe that in a group lesson the younger ones are encouraged to learn by observing the ability of older children and makes them more confident to speak in public.

If you’re a Spanish speaker you and your child will meet other Spanish speakers and if you’re interested in learning another language with your little one, Spanish is a great choice.

  • Spanish is the official language in 23 countries worldwide
  • Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world in terms of native speakers
  • Learning a second language at an early age may benefit problem-solving skills and general mental development