Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! As part of our "father and sons" bonding time, my kids and I make music in both English and Spanish throughout the year. We are slow in publishing these songs because, hey, I'm a fulltime father and we have other things to do. 😊 Here's one (music and video on Youtube) that we managed to finish before this Christmas--a children's flamenco Christmas version of the popular Christmas song "The Little Drummer Boy" mixed with the Spanish equivalent "el Tamborilero".
My kids challenged me to make a video of their FREE play with SuperZings and Lego Duplo toys that looked like some sort of a movie with lasers, lightning and a bunch of cool visual and sound effects. . . and music too! It took a while, but here it is--part one. WARNING: this is a BATTLE SCENE; you know, when children play with toy soldiers and war?! You know I know... many don't like that sort of thing. But that's how we played it then. BIG SMILE 🙂😷
"What's our song for today?," my older son asked. And before long we, along with his little brother, were singing "Ciao Bella Ciao" and talking about Sicily and partisans, and finding Italy on the map, learning some Italian, and the who, what, when, where, why, how, what else, and what other thoughts they had about … Continue reading Song for the Day… for a Month: Homeschooling Activity (May)
Let's discover a new song for the day, for an entire month! That's what I told the kids at the beginning of the month, two weeks in the strict coronovirus lockdown here in Spain. Why? Well, the kids are at home a lot these days and you know you can only do so much with … Continue reading Homeschooling? Discover Songs for the Day… for a Month
"We're FREEEEEEEE!", my kids cried out with glee! After six weeks or 43 days of strict coronavirus lockdown here in Spain, it's the children's first time outside to play. That's 23 hours in the house and one outside, and maybe only for good behavior, I'd like to add. Here's a short video of what our … Continue reading Spain 😷 Kids First Time Outside After 6 weeks of Strict Coronavirus Lockdown 🤗 Family-Friendly Video
What's your favorite nursery rhyme? When was the last time you get to sing one? Check out this family-friendly video of the kids singing "Rain Rain Go Away. Come Again Another Day" while I play the guitar por Rumba Flamenca, sort of. Another good thing about being under quarantine is that we get EVEN MORE … Continue reading Let’s Sing Rain Rain Go Away with Lyrics 👧Video👦 Canciones Infantiles con Letra en Ingles 🎻 Guitar Chords
Today marks the beginning of Easter. And you've guessed it! There are NO Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations this year in Spain (or anywhere else for that matter). Although mortality rates have fallen (thank God, Allah, Gaia and the Big Happy Buddha!), we are still on coronavirus lockdown. Since all is quiet on our west … Continue reading Easter Holy Week Processions in Spain, This Year of Corona Virus?
So what do you do when your kids want to play football and you can't go out? (You know, corona virus lockdown?) You can't play it inside either because you've got a tiny apartment. Besides the neighbors would love all that banging around the walls and echoing through our Andalusian halls. Well, we don't even … Continue reading Kids Play Rooftop Paper Football ⚽ Corona Virus Lockdown Spain 👨👨👦👦 Family Video
It's the first day of Spring and it looks like the enigmatic Corona virus has sprung us all into action. . . into slowing down enough to let us do things for ourselves, our loved ones and our family. Three years ago today, we landed in Lisbon, Portugal for the start of a family gap … Continue reading Corona Virus Springs (us) into Action and Gives (us) Time
Day 3 of corona virus lockdown here in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. It's Monday and the first day out of school. There's plenty of things to do with kids at home during coronavirus self-quarantine that doesn't involve the zombifying internet or TV. What we found most entertaining, that you can do with your kids … Continue reading Make Music with Your Kids. Shake the Corona Virus Lockdown Blues Away