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Math as it’s taught in schools in the US has become needlessly complicated.  When we were kids, we learnt very straightforward ways to do Math.  Nowadays, parents may find it hard to even help their 1st graders because the methods are so confusing.  I recently came upon a great site called Mathisfun.com while helping my...
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Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. The Día! Diversity in Action 2014 Celebration is fast approaching, have you registered your program yet?  Register your Día Celebration in the 2013 Día National Program Registry to build a national database that showcases all types and...
Pascal from Frenchy Bunny shared some creative language learning tips with us.  You can read them below… I’m a self-taught guy, and I’ve learnt English with colors. No one ever suggested it to me, but I invented this trick to learn faster and make things easier and more fun. For learning vocabulary, I underlined nouns in...
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Believe it or not one tool I’ve found to help language learning is Facebook.  Which is nice because so many people are already members.  If you’re a Facebook member and want to improve your knowledge of a language, I have two ideas for you: 1. Join Facebook Groups or Pages in your target language.  For example,...
Play the Great Language Game by trying to identify some eighty languages by their sound alone. It’s very challenging.  Check it out!
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Monique was here visiting from France for the past two weeks and we worked on creating Spanish and French versions of our books and apps. (They should be available soon.) Here’s a link to our current books and apps.
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French Pronunciation is a site that helps you improve your French pronunciation.  You can listen to recordings of the sounds you find difficult to pronounce and then practice along with them.
Here’s a video with a song explaining onomatopoeias… one of the coolest types of words out there!
Here’s a 3 minute video for kids about the 8 secrets to success.  Psst… here’s what they are… Passion (do it for love, not money) Hard Work Get Good at It Push (through self doubt, etc.) Serve Others Something of Value ...
Here’s a short video about different sounds instruments make from around the world… Enjoy! Mama Lisa
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It can be difficult to roll your R’s when speaking in Spanish.  This video gives some great tips to get those R’s a-rolling! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
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The French Song, Alphabet des Scouts (Scouts Alphabet) is perfect to help you learn how to pronounce the names of the letters in French.  You can hear it at the link above and read along with the French lyrics.  There are also English and Spanish translations of the song. Enjoy! Mama Lisa
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Most kids in the US have to learn where all the 50 states are at some point in elementary school.  My daughter had to learn them for a test this week. We tried apps for the iPad and Android to help her learn them.  None of the ones we found were very helpful.  So we went...
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Here’s a song called "Brother Come and Dance with Me" from a Librivox rendition of Hansel and Gretel.  You can replace "brother" with "children" (or a child’s name).  This little song and dance can help children learn coordination and how to distinguish left from right. MP3 of Brother Come and Dance with Me ...
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Happy Pi Day!  Pi is the mathematical constant π which represents the ratio of any circle to its diameter.  This number is approximately 3.14.  Today is 3/14 and that’s why it’s held today.  You can celebrate pi day  by eating some pie! Bon appetit! Mama Lisa
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Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili,...
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A while ago, I talked about how my daughter’s class made drawings illustrating the literal meanings of idiomatic expressions.  This is a great way to help children, and people learning English as a second language, to understand these sayings.. One drawing my daughter did was an illustration of the expression "follow your nose".  "Follow your nose"...
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To celebrate Thanksgiving this year in school, my daughter’s 5th grade class invited their families to an event called "Poetry and Pie".  Instead of the traditional little Thanksgiving meal in class, the kids read poems and afterwards served seasonal pies to their families.  Each kid chose their own poem to read.  They practiced reciting their...
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A while back, Monique Palomares told me how she went to see a show held by a scribe museum in France about the old pens that used to be used in school.  She remembers using them!  Here’s what she wrote about it… The show reminded me of when I was a child and someone would bring...
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Emanuela Marsura is a preschool teacher in Italy.  She wrote to me about how her students cook in her school: "We do cooking every Friday. We have prepared: gnocchi with potatoes, taralli napoletani, cakes and many biscuits! The Children love Friday!"  Cooking is a great opportunity for kids to learn… they measure the ingredients...
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