29 May 2009

Thanks & VIDEO: Kids playing Tengo, Tengo

Well, this week & next mark the end of Spanish Language in Play classes for this school year, and I am so pleased and satisfied and proud of our students and teachers!

And I have a serious pang of that bittersweet feeling...

Joyful Noise CDCs were our very first preschools that we offered Spanish classes to, back in Fall 2006. This week, I said goodbye to children who have been in my classes since the beginning, starting when they were just 3 years old! Now, they are going off to Kindergarten or first grade! And they are so grown, and smart, and READY!

It's another of those "wow" moments that marks the passing of time. Three years we've been doing Spanish Language in Play. It is still a small endeavor compared to many, but has changed my entire life... Thanks to all of our amazingly supportive families.

And I'm just so grateful to our families. Amazing teachers. And wonderful, wonderful kids. Wishing "my" kids good luck, hugs, certificates, and the sweetest "I'll miss you" from Elsie just twists my heart up!

So GRACIAS for making this a super-fulfilling year for us, and helping us do what we love to do!

This video is of our Joyful Noise class playing "Color Escondido" (aka "Tengo, Tengo") -- a favorite of many kids! They are so independent in playing this game, it's great!!

Have a wonderful summer everyone!

13 May 2009

ART HOP on Alberta! THIS Saturday May 19

Kara here!

So, one of "our" moms is a small business owner here in Portland. Perhaps you know her or her business: Grasshopper on Alberta?

I buy some of our best toys there and am on the mailing list. This came in today from Kara (her name is Kara too!). A great family fun opportunity!

Bring the family...its art hop on Saturday
11-6 on alberta st.
The street will be closed to traffic
There will be great food and music
The parade @ 3:00
grasshopper will have a sidewalk sale
And guess what it is going to be sunny

Hope to see you.

I'll be there with my niece, Mazli, wearing a bright orange sunglasses, so if we bump into each other, please say hi or introduce yourself!!


12 May 2009

Baby Sign... E's 'HAT'

Christina here!...

I want to share something that happened in our Series C class today (well, it was "today" when I wrote this post, but it's taken us a bit to get it up here!).

First of all, let me say that it is a fabulous class to teach because a) all of you families are amazingly fun to spend time with and b) all of the kiddos are signing. It's really powerful to be in a room full of signing babies!

Anyway... I noticed baby E (who is 14mos old) looking out the window towards the sidewalk. I couldn't see what she was looking at, but she signed HAT to me. When I mentioned it to her mom, she told me that baby E loves her bicycle helmet and refers to it as her HAT.

Baby E was peeking out the window at her mama's bike and her helmet and wanted to tell us about it! It sounds so simple, but is really so empowering & confidence-building for her to start a "conversation" and be understood. It's these moments that blow me away every time!

These little glimpses into what our kids are thinking are so fascinating!

Do you have your own story to share? We LOVE to hear them!

VIDEO: We have a blog!!

Soooo, Christina and have been talking about a blog for... well... a long time, let's just say. Finally we are here and excited to have a place where we can post some things we think you all might find interesting, and we're even more excited to see the comments, advice, and questions you all post.

So WELCOME! ¡BIENVENIDOS! Come on in, throw some words up here, and let's get started!

(Here's a video of some of our Spanish Language in Play campers singing our infamous HOLA-HOLA song: Hello, Hello, How are you? Fine, fine, thank you!)