"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)
"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
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
So, it looks like most of us are on lockdown. Thanks to this mysterious coronavirus! At least I get some time to do some of the many things that I wanted to finish, like sharing with you this short "film" or corto in Spanish (at the bottom of this post) that Ania and I, and … Continue reading We Had No Idea How to Make a Short Film for a School Project in 5 days. . . But We Did it!
Happy New Year! Here's a music video (on YouTube) of a new and refreshing family-friendly version of the popular Christmas song "Jingle Bells" with lyrics mixed with the Spanish version "Dulce Navidad" con letra. It is an acoustic guitar-driven style, sung by kids, mixed with Villancicos Navideños (Spanish Christmas carols), in English and Spanish, performed in the style of Zambomba (Christmas songs done in festive flamenco style as uniquely done in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain). ¡Olé! My two young kids and I recorded it in our our old-but-professional home recording studio in December.
An improvised music activity with my children playing musical instruments was the follow-up to our first-time jamming, first to the all-time children's favorite song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". As a full-time father and a happy houseband (aka house husband) I have to find activities to keep the kids off the "screen" as much as possible. … Continue reading Father and Sons JAM Session With Kids (a Lullaby) 😊 Family Video
In the spirit of the season, here's the first of our own version of Christmas songs by kids performed in festive Jerezano flamenco style called "Zambomba". This one is (hopefully) a refreshing, family-friendly take on "Joy to the World" in English and in the style of Rumba Flamenca on the guitar, mixed with popular Villancicos … Continue reading Joy to the world (New) Villancicos – Christmas Songs Kids – Mix Spanish-English – Family Video
Are you religious or culturally curious? Here is a 6-minute video of an interesting religious procession on the first day of advent in Spain. . . Church bells ring and the procession begins with a heavy statue of Mary on a float at the lead of a full marching band. There are about 50-penitent men … Continue reading Advent in Spain † Religious Procession 🎵 Marching Band – Video
We arrived much later than initially planned so we knew that we would only have very limited time to explore the family-friendly must-see places in Freiburg. We managed to squeeze in some kid-approved agenda the following day which basically meant . . a go-slow walk around the city center, city park and playground, and an … Continue reading What to Do in Freiburg, Germany with Kids?… Visiting My old Haunts.