Song for the Day… for a Month: Homeschooling Activity (May)

"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)

Homeschooling? Discover Songs for the Day… for a Month

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

Let’s Sing Rain Rain Go Away with Lyrics 👧Video👦 Canciones Infantiles con Letra en Ingles 🎻 Guitar Chords

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

A procession of piety during Holy Week (Semana Santa) along Calle Larga, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Easter Holy Week Processions in Spain, This Year of Corona Virus?

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?

Kids Play Rooftop Paper Football ⚽ Corona Virus Lockdown Spain 👨‍👨‍👦‍👦 Family Video

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

Make Music with Your Kids. Shake the Corona Virus Lockdown Blues Away

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

What makes family camping both fun and practical?

When thinking about camping, especially family camping with kids, many of us automatically think of the difficulties and inconveniences involved.  You know. . . uncomfortable bed and bugs everywhere, high-traffic toilets, and how it takes a lot of time to do anything like cooking, cleaning, pitching tents and breaking camp. Too many to think that … Continue reading What makes family camping both fun and practical?

Walking alongside a hooded penitent wife, a father carries a sleeping child, after a Holy Week (Semana Santa) procession in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain. Location: Plaza del Banco.

What not to miss, to expect and to do during Easter in Spain?

So, you plan to have a unique cultural experience for your Easter in Spain (Holy Week/Semana Santa). Here's what to expect whether you are going to be in Jerez de la Fronterra or anywhere else in Spain, particularly the big towns in Andalucia this Easter week (14-21 April this year) or at some point in … Continue reading What not to miss, to expect and to do during Easter in Spain?

What memorable family things to do with kids in Spain during the Holy Week (Semana Santa)? In Jerez de la Frontera, there are week-long processions of over 30 religious fraternities, 5-6 times a day, day and night, each taking hours, all over the city. Each procession has its "pasos" (floats) with sculptures of Jesus, Mary and scenes from the Passion of the Christ. This is a cultural and educational experience for the family, whether you are a Catholic or not, a believer or not. . . with children or not.

Easter in Spain: a unique cultural experience for the family

What memorable family things to do with kids in Spain during the Holy Week (Semana Santa)?  If you are here, you cannot miss it--the religious processions all week long. . .  everywhere!  In Andalucia such nazarenos (penitents') parades are apparently much more glamorous than in the northern parts of Spain.  In Jerez de la Frontera, … Continue reading Easter in Spain: a unique cultural experience for the family