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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


This is the third week of the Hispanic Heritage Month. We are participating in the Multicultural Kid Blogs Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop and Giveaway. You can enter the giveaway here by scrolling down as well. We are sharing something we have done to celebrate or learn about Hispanic cultures each week during the month. Today we are sharing the story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. We discovered this story by reading The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe by Pat Mora. There are however many books that discuss the story and the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We also have enjoyed thus far Tomie de Paolo's Our Lady of Guadalupe. Here are some other books we found at the library that share some part of the story or how the festivals are celebrated.



Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Sesame Street Birthday Party

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My good friend's youngest son turned one last week. For his first birthday party she decided to do a Sesame Street themed party. She bought some decorations, but did much of it herself with some help from me and a few friends and her mom. She had the party at our church. She and her husband have large families, so there are a lot of people. She made some adorable tissue paper characters. They sat on the cake table. She got the idea here.

For decorations she had some Sesame Street tablecloths and bought a couple of decoration kits. Then she made favor bags. She had Cookie Monster, Elmo, Bert and Oscar. Sorry I didn't get any pictures of the Cookie Monster ones. She got the idea here.
Her mother and she made Elmo and Cookie Monster cupcakes. They were so cute!!

Then Hazel and I made a bowling game for the party. We were inspired by Sharing the Wealth: Sesame Street Birthday Party. They are very easy to make. We used empty plastic water bottles, construction paper and some printouts of the heads as well as Bert and Ernie's shirts. The heads are copyrighted, so I cannot share them, but I just googled the characters until I found what I wanted. I made them about 3.5 inches wide.

We wrapped the bottle in the paper and then glued on the heads. By the end of the party they were destroyed, but this is because several of the young boys were very hard on them and wanted to just kick and step on the bottles. We used the ball from one of Hazel's toy bowling sets.


She also bought a pin the nose on Elmo game. This would be pretty easy to make yourself. The one nice thing of the bought one is the noses were stickers.


She wanted two crafts for the kids whose ages really varied (one to preteen). The first was to decorate a hat with foam stickers.
Hazel wore her purple hat the entire time. She loved it! The second craft I found for her at Katherine Marie Photography. We decided to use paper cups instead of plastic for the ease of glue sticking.
These were the samples of Cookie Monster, Abby and Elmo that Hazel and I made. We only had pom poms and eyes. The two crafts got combined by the end and many of the older kids made character hats and used the foam on the cups. They had fun.

So that was the fun first birthday party we went to this weekend!! So many great DIY ideas!! We loved it!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WordWorld: Kooky Spooky Halloween DVD Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: NCircle Entertainment gave me a copy of the DVD free of charge and is supplying the one for the giveaway free of charge. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As always I am providing links to the DVD on NCircle Entertainment's site for your convenience. You can also find their DVDs at local retailers!

I am so excited to share this DVD with you today. Now before I share it I want to make sure you know a couple of things:
  1. I really do not like the scary part of Halloween. I like taking Hazel trick-or-treating, and seeing the young children in their cute costumes.
  2. Hazel is scared easily and does not like the scary parts of Halloween.
  3. Hazel is learning to read and sound out words at school this year.
Now knowing those three things, I have to say this is one of the best Halloween DVDs for her. She has been asking me to watch WordWorld. When we first saw it on television she was in the Waldorf School and we were already breaking the rule of no media and I was not about to introduce words to her as well. Then when she switched schools we could never find it on any of our PBS stations. So I jumped at the chance to review a WordWorld DVD. It being a Halloween one scared me a bit seeing how even The Wiggles: Wiggly Halloween frightened her a bit last year in parts. However the WordWorld Kooky Spooky Halloween did not frighten her at all. She loved it and so did I.


http://www.ncircleentertainment.com/wordworld-a-kooky-spooky-halloween/843501007099
If you know nothing about WordWorld, the animal characters and many of the objects and scenery are made out of the word of what it is. As you can see on the cover, the pumpkins have the word "pumpkin" on them. The characters can make anything as long as they have the letters for it. In one of the two stories on this DVD, Sheep made her costume elements by pulling out the letters to spell "dust", "crown" and "wings". Once the letters were put together to spell the word, they magically became the object. As she spelled out the word and the magic was happening, she sounded out each word as well.
Character Flash Cards Source: NCircle Entertainment

In the other story after some of the characters heard a ghost story and were scared to walk home, but got over the fear by being told ghosts do not exist, Pig sleep walks with a sheet over him. He is looking for B's so he can make his goody bags for Halloween. He has all the -ag he needs, but is out of B's. The viewer gets to watch as he removes the B from words like "ball" and "bike" and when the B is taken the objects become just letters. The other animals are awakened and frightened to see a ghost and are wondering why the ghost is taking the B's. In the end it has a very happy ending.


More Flash Cards Source: NCircle Entertainment
Now on the NCircle Entertainment site they have two free WordWorld downloads. (It looks like they are no longer available, so I am attaching them here.) One is the flash cards which I still need to fold in half and glue as well as memory game cards (print two copies).


Memory Game Cards Source: NCircle Entertainment
I have not shown them to Hazel yet, but I know she is going to love both of them. This is such a fun video and has some fun and educational games to play with it. I highly recommend it. Now I also get to give a copy of the DVD away to one lucky winner who lives in the USA or Canada. Please follow my giveaway rules and do what the Rafflecopter says.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

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Thank you to everyone who shared their amazing ideas last week (and they really were amazing--thus the large number of features this week) and to everyone who took the time to check out what others shared! (You know we all love to have others check out our posts!) This week was a busy one here. Between meetings at church and a fun apple picking field trip with Hazel's class, I did not get much posting done. Stay tuned this coming week for a new giveaway!! And also make sure you enter the Hispanic Heritage Month Giveaway with three amazing prize packs!! There was no most clicked this week, so we have for feature categories Hispanic Heritage Month, Apples and some Fun Favorites.


Hispanic Heritage Month
1) From Discovering The World Through My Son's Eyes: Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta for Kids

2) From All Done Monkey: Costa Rica Craft: Carretas

3) From Multicultural Kid Blogs (written by Becky at Kid World Citizen): Day of the Dead Crafts and Activities for Kids


Apples 
(I had a hard time choosing from all the great apple ideas!)
1) From Lou Lou Girls: Apple Cake

2) From Pink Polka Dots & PreK: Edible Apple Sensory Play and Taste Test

3) From From ABCs to ACTs: Textured Apple Craft for Preschoolers

4) From The Classroom Creative: Apple Symmetry Craft for Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade

5) From Mama to 5 Blessings: Fall Apple Crafts for Toddlers/Preschoolers

6) From Tiny Tots Adventures: Playful Preschool DIY Farm


Some Fun Favorites

1) From An idea on Tuesday: Bark Painting

2) From Life with Moore Babies: Cave Painting

3) From Child Led Life: Child's Book List: Birds

4) From April's Homemaking: Easy Air Plant Terrariums

5) From Saving with Shellie: Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

6) From Happy Brown House: Christopher Colombus Activities

Thank you to everyone who shared last week!! I hope you will join us and share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. 

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This week we shared our Grilled Lemon Grass Beef for Around the World in 12 Dishes (we are still doing Vietnam), Hispanic music with Celia Cruz and DIY instruments, a book review of Everyone Prays!







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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Review: Everyone Prays by Alexis York Lumbard

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Disclosure: Wisdom Tales gave me a copy of this product free of charge. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

Today is the Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Having many Jewish friends, my Facebook feed has been filled with Happy New Year comments the past couple of days. Happy New Year and best wishes for the new year to all who are celebrating! (The holiday started Wednesday night at sundown.) Hazel goes to a Christian school, and we are very active at our church. This summer she learned The Lord's Prayer and is pretty good at saying it without too much help. We talk about praying all the time as well as other religions. One of her good friends is half Jewish, so she always asks questions about Judaism.

With all of this on my mind I thought today was a great day to share this wonderful book, Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World by Alexis York Lumbard and illustrated by Alizreza Sadeghian. This book is beautiful. It has colorful illustrations representing people all over the world. The text itself is simple and leads to discussion and questions. It is the perfect introduction for children to other religions and the fact that many of the world religions pray to the same God. 


In the appendix is a few sentences about each religion mentioned in the book. It includes how long the religion has been practiced, where they worship, who they follow and who started it, etc.  
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The book itself shows the many differences in the world and religions yet also shows how we are the same. In this day of violence claimed to be due to religion, it is important for us to realize how similar we all are and our religions are. This book does this in a basic way that is easy for young children to understand. The book is aimed at 4- to 8-year-olds and was released in March. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to help their child understand some connections between the religions and understand some differences. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Around the World In 12 Dishes: Vietnam Part 2: Grilled Lemon Grass Beef


We made one more Vietnamese dish last week. This one needed to marinate for at least four hours, so we did it on a different day. I found the recipe in Cooking the Vietnamese Way by Chi Nguyen and Judy Monroe.
Hazel helped me make the marinade and soak the skewers. First we had fun with the lemon grass sticks though. We played air drums with them.


We pretended they were rhythm sticks.
And we gave ourselves bunny ears.
Then it was on to cutting, measuring and mixing. The recipe called for two lemon grass sticks. I don't know if mine were too big or what, but it was definitely too much. The marinade was overtaken by the lemon grass. I put the lemon grass and garlic into the food processor to get them small enough.

Grilled Lemon Grass Beef or Bo Nuong Xa adapted from Cooking the Vietnamese Way

1 1/2 lb. sirloin tip, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 stems lemon grass, finely chopped (I would only use one next time)
Bamboo Skewers
Optional: 2 teaspoons chopped scallions or fresh mint for garnish


1) Mix the sirloin, sugar, soy sauce, pepper, garlic, sesame seeds, and lemon grass together. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

2) Soak the bamboo skewers in water while the meat marinates.

3) Preheat oven to broil or start grill. 

4) Thread beef slices onto skewers accordion-style. Broil or grill for 6 to 8 minutes, turning often so they are cooked evenly.

5) Serve hot and garnish with mint and/or scallions.

Steve and I liked it. Steve really seemed to like it. Hazel thought it was all right, but I think she would have liked it with less lemon grass.

Around the World in 12 Dishes is hosted by these lovely blogs:

Adventures In Mommydom, Afterschool for Smarty Pants, All Done Monkey, Crafty Moms Share, Glittering Muffins, Kid World Citizen, Mermaids' Makings, The Mommy Talks and The Usual Mayhem

I hope you will take the time to check them all out and check out everyone's great explorations of Vietnam. If you have a Vietnamese dish or craft or lesson, please share it here as well!! The Vietnamese placemat and passport pages are coming soon for help with extra learning about the country.
For more posts about Vietnam check out:
Lunar New Year and The Golden Slipper: A Vietnamese Cinderella, and Beef Pho and Banana Coconut Che

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrating with Music--Celia Cruz and Musical Crafts & Giveaway!!


As Hispanic Heritage Month continues on, we are sharing what we have been doing to learn more about Hispanic Music. A few years ago we made maracas, guiro, and a cajita based on Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou's tutorials. We also made zampoƱas and a rainstick previously (thanks to Daria). This year we got a free copy of Daria's latest e-book: 10 Musical Crafts to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage. You can get a free copy this month on her Monthly Song Page (and scroll down to enter a great giveaway). After this month you can purchase a copy on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sharing Saturday 14-38

Have you entered the amazing giveaway for Hispanic Heritage Month yet? There are multiple prizes packs and lots of chances!!

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Thank  you to everyone who shared with us last week and to everyone who visited others posts. We did not have a most clicked so our features this week are based on Autumn, Child Activities and Crafts and a few of my Favorites.

Autumn Features
   
1) From MultiCraftingMummy: Autumn Owl Collages

2) From I Heart Crafty Things: Apple Tree Craft for Preschoolers

3) From Dabblingmomma: Acorn Cap Jewels 

4) From Powerful Mothering: Easy Fall Tree Activity 

5) From Every Star Is Different: Fall Kick-off Birthday Party (Pumpkin Bowling Shown)

Child Activities and Crafts

 1) From Best Toys for Toddlers: Teddy Bear Race Game for Toddlers

2) From Super Duper Kids Blog: How to Make an American Girl Sleeping Bag 

3) From Wesens-Art: Stamping with Kids/ How to Make Mini Ink Pads

4) From Planet Smarty Pants: Encouraging Our Kids to Tinker

A Few of My Favorites
  
1) From April's Homemaking: Simple Sunday School Creation Story

2) From Happy Whimsical Hearts: How to Make a Rainbow Peg Doll

3) From Wugs and Dooey: The Parable of the Sower Small World Play

4) From Moore Babies: Girly Pirate Party (Treasure Hunt Shown) 


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This week we shared our cherry exploration and end of our Japan exploration, our post about Juan Quezada to kick off the Hispanic Heritage Month and it includes the Multicultural Kid Blogs Hispanic Heritage Month Giveaway, our Vietnamese cooking for Around the World in 12 Dishes and a review of a soon-to-be-released book with CD, Korean Folk Tales. We have had a very multicultural week!!







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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Korean Folk Songs --Book with CD Review

Have you entered the amazing giveaway for Hispanic Heritage Month yet? There are multiple prizes packs and lots of chances!!

Disclosure: Tuttle Publishing gave me a copy of these products free of charge. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.
 
Today we are continuing our Korean exploration. We explored Korea a bit with Around the World in 12 Dishes last year and with Kongi and Potgi: A Korean Cinderella. I am finding that although Hazel has an excellent memory in many ways, she does not always remember what we have done or learned. I know repetition is needed for this, so we are revisiting Korea. To kick it off again we are reviewing a wonderful book that comes with a CD. It is Korean Folk Songs by Rober Sang-Ung Choi and Samee Back. It is being released on October 14, 2014. Tuttle Publishing was kind enough to send me a review copy. 


Now one of the things I love about this book is the little introduction to each song. The introductions teach a bit about Korea and what life is and was like there through the songs. We learn about the Korean's love of nature and their natural heritage. We also hear a bit about the wars, occupation and life during those. For example there is a sad song, "Thinking of Older Brother," or "Obba Saenggak," that has sad words but a very happy tune since the Japanese prohibited negative or depressings songs during their occupation. The words are about wondering what happened to a girl's older brother went to buy her shoes but never returned. 

 
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There is another song called "Doraji". Doraji is the Korean word for Chinese Bellflower (pictured above). It grows in the mountainous areas of Asia and its roots have medicinal properties. In Korea the root is also eaten in salads and soups. 


I highly recommend this book to explore the music of Korea and to learn more about the land and people of Korea. It is a perfect introduction to this culture. To see some of the pages and hear some parts of the songs check out the video above.





 For more posts about Korea check out: