February 21st is International Save Bears Day. This day seeks to raise awareness to protect these beautiful animals. The National Park Service of Colombia has made this day “El día del oso de anteojos” (spectacled bear), in order to raise awareness in the country. El oso de anteojos is also known as the “oso andino.” It is found in the Andean nations of Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Perú. Will you put on your glasses to join the celebration? Find out more about how to join this effort to raise awareness at “Conservemos la vida”: http://conservacionosoandino.org/
Get ready to sing this song to celebrate los osos de anteojos!
Visit Mundo de Pepita’s blog to print the awesome glasses template she created to help you take part in this celebration!
It has been a long time since I’ve hosted a giveaway, but I couldn’t exist this great opportunity to host one that allows me to share one of the traditions that I miss the most when I’m unable to be in Colombia for the holidays.
Growing up in Colombia I remember all the hurried confusion that suddenly erupted during the last five minutes of every year: listening to “Faltan cinco’ pa las doce” and the poem called “El brindis del bohemio”, getting the 12 grapes ready, looking for a suitcase if you hoped to travel, putting dollars in your pocket to become rich in the new year, making sure you have “los cucos amarillos” (yellow underwear) and last, but not least, the excitement of burning the Año Viejo. Traditionally a full-sized stuffed mannequin and filled with fireworks or gunpowder and straw, an Año Viejo symbolizes starting anew, leaving bad things behind and setting goals for the new year – like a reset button (in addition to making political statements). Due to safety issues, many cities have opted to ban full-sized Años Viejos. So instead of coming together neighbors, blocks, or small communities, Años Viejos are now more of an individual family thing, reduced to a smaller, safer size. But no matter what, burning the Año Viejo is always followed by the sound of a new song on the air, “El año viejo”!
I have written all about this tradition in the past. Please visit this post to learn all about it!
Ready to participate in the giveaway?
If you would like to participate in this giveaway and have the opportunity to win this awesome Año Viejo set, just enter below to participate. The winner will be announced on November 30th, 2017. Participants in the continental United States only.
La Noche de las Velitas is one of the most exciting celebrations in Colombia since it marks the beginning of the Christmas season. What a great opportunity to share this with your students and make it part of your class! I have written some blog posts in the past that provide more background and introduce you to some activities you may use to bring this celebration into your classroom.
I am so excited to be part of this bilingual blog hop that will help you get ready for the new school year. 19 bilingual teachers have teamed up to share with you all these amazing resources that I hope will make your transition to the new school year easier. If you have already started teaching, these materials will serve you well too!
ONE DAY FREEBIE ALERT!
I have put together a set of six flipbooks with vocabulary related to the fall season. These flipbooks can be used as a way to introduce or support your units.
Last but not least! As part of the blog hop we are also hosting a big shopping spree giveaway. Two lucky teachers will win $100 worth of products from our TpT store. Just fill out the Rafflecopter to participate. ¡Buena suerte!
If you love to stock up on teaching materials for the school year, you would love to know that Teacher Pay Teachers is hosting a sale on May 6th and 7th. Many teachers will be participating in this big sale and I am one of them.
All items in my store will be 28%off and some of them will even have bigger discounts.