Author name: Elisabeth Alvarado

Elisabeth Alvarado is a teacher and mother to two children. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and blogs about teaching language and Spanglish living at Spanish Mama.

Hispanic Heritage Month Decorations: Beyond Tacos and Sombreros

Hispanic Heritage Month honours the contributions of North Americans with roots in Spanish-speaking Countries. Given the often unsavoury treatment of Latinos in the U.S. historically, many welcome the chance to put the spotlight on Hispanic culture and celebrate the best of  the U.S.-Latino community. Sadly, well-meaning celebrations do turn into events that perpetuate stereotypes. Often the room […]

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World Music for Kids

World Music for Kids: A Multilingual Round-Up of Song Lists

Music connects us to culture in an almost magical way. We are transported to specific times of life or travels, just by overhearing that certain song on the radio. As parents raising global citizens, it makes sense that we want to fill our homes with songs from around the world. World music is a wonderful

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The Amazon Rainforest for Kids with Free Printable Mini-Book

As we raise kids to be global citizens, we want them to develop a sense of wonder at the big world around them.  Before they grow up into adults who protect the earth and care for it, they need to love it when they are little — who doesn’t love monkeys, butterflies, and rivers? Today

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All About Peru: Raising Kids Who Love Their Hispanic Heritage

A friend married to a Peruvian wrote me a while back, asking for advice in raising children who feel good about their Latino roots and about Peru– especially when the world around says they shouldn’t. I didn’t know how to respond, because truthfully where we live we’ve never felt that negativity. Mostly, we’ve gotten admiration for

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