Some great cooking fun to start for celebrating the foods of Spanish speaking countries. Followed by a bilingual song to work it off from my Boca Beth program – where kids learn Spanish right alongside English the fun way – with music!
Family Fun Is Cooking
Quesadillas are Spanish and Southwest in origin. The ones we experience in restaurants here in the U.S. are fine but are not true depictions of how the real Mexican quesadillas are made. Quesadillas in Mexico can be found outside movie theaters, stadiums, special events with the most popular quesadilla being made with potatoes, cheese, chorizo, beans, green peppers (rajas) and other ingredients.
Following is a simple recipe for quesadillas that allows you to easily involve your children in their preparation. Cooking is a social time in most Latin American countries – make it a social time with your family too!
3 six-inch flour tortillas
Vegetable cooking oil
2 cups shredded Colby/Jack mixed cheese
½ cup finely chopped tomato
Lightly fry each tortilla in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil until crisp and golden, turning once. Sprinkle with combined cheeses and top with tomato. Put lid on pan and turn heat to low. When cheese is melted, fold tortilla in half. Cut each tortilla into quarters. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve warm with salsa if desired.
Yield: 3 servings
Fitness Fun with Bilingual Beats
We read the statistics on obesity among our young children here in the United States. We realize the many benefits derived from learning a second language during our early years.
Boca Beth puts the two together for an interactive, upbeat fitness activity that brings Spanish to life just in time for Hispanic Heritage month. Grab the download of Movin’ and Groovin’ from the CD Sing Along with Boca Beth and get those fingers/dedos wiggling and legs/piernas running!
This activity appeals to kinesthetic, auditory and visual learners as it encourages learning 20 body parts in both Spanish and English while following the prompts of the song. Use an older child to be the ‘leader,’ and watch the young ones delight in their grasp of a new language.
Twenty fun body part directions are given in Spanish and English – representing a true bilingual format. This fitness fun song uses a follow-the-leader format.
The chorus is acted out with the children rolling their hands then pointing out with the left thumb on one downbeat, then with the right on the next and back and again. When the group sings ‘move and groove with me’ the leader instructs the children to shake their shoulders and point at themselves on the ‘me’ part (with the leader reminding the children that they are very special/muy especial).
Request that the children follow the leaders’ directions for what to do as each body part is sung about – one action at a time. At the end of the song the children are told they will be estrellas/stars in the Boca Beth music video as they throw their hands, outstretched above their heads for the final beat!
Watch a video of children enjoying this song right here:
Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!