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Have you ever thought of spending a year in Spain?

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Plan your days to relax …

I have just met up with a beautiful American family who are at the start of an exciting family adventure. They are spending a year in Spain. The children are going to attend a Spanish state school and they are going to visit and learn as much as they can about this wonderful country, it’s people, history and culture, during their family adventure year in Spain.

What a fantastic experience, particularly for their children.

I have been in contact with the family for the past few months, assisting them in the decision-making process and providing information along the way.

I will not give too many details at this point as one of their sons, Theo, has promised to write up his adventure and decision-making process to share with you.

All I will say is that the majority of their luggage is currently in storage at Madrid airport whilst they are travelling around the South of the country, looking for what will be their home for the coming year in Spain. Where will it be? Malaga? Mijas? Cadiz? Seville?

What a wonderful adventure. I cannot wait to share it with you.

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Beach fun in Cadiz

Have you ever thought of spending a year in Spain? If not, why not? It is such a great idea, for so many reasons.

In an article*10 Reasons to Encourage Your Children to Study and Live Abroad, they quote some of the benefits of spending a year abroad as:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Increased maturity
  • Develop a broader mind
  • Greater commitment to learning a foreign language
  • Learn more about different cultures and values
  • Find it easier to understand and interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Learn new skills
  • Acquire a lifetime of benefits!

*http://www.shelteroffshore.com/index.php/living/more/reasons-encourage-children-study-live-abroad-10086

It shows how children of all ages can benefit from time spent in a different culture, and how student aged ‘children’ of broad minded and encouraging parents can gain so much from their time spent abroad.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Ruth Hill Useem, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Education at Michigan State University, conducted a study on Adult Third-Culture Kids that revealed that people who spent at least one year or more of childhood outside of their home country were likely to have a higher level of education, more advanced problem-solving skills and foreign language abilities.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/about_5384622_advantages-living-abroad.html

Your children do not need to travel alone to experience this. Why not do it together, as a family?

Many British people contact me to ask for assistance during a permanent move to Spain but hardly ever do they say they are coming for a year. Is it really only US citizens who chose this option? If so, why?

I really believe that a year living abroad for any child would be a fabulous life experience. Is missing a year of school really that important? Surely the world is a bigger, better classroom. What do you think?

If you are considering spending a year in Spain with your children, do not hesitate to get in touch. I can help you will the planning, decision-making and all the essential requirements. 

If you are concerned about the children falling behind with their school work, remember that Spain has many International schools that follow the British curriculum. In some intentional schools, the majority of the students are Spanish so the opportunity still exists to pick up Spanish language skills.

If you are able to continue your child’s education at home and wish to immerse them in the Spanish language, research which areas of Spain have schools with availability and who will accept your children for one year. Again, I can assist you with this if necessary.

So, whether you are from the USA, Canada, Europe or beyond, if you have children, I would suggest from age six years and upwards, and are considering an exciting family adventure in Spain, contact me and let’s get this family adventure started.

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I look forward to showing you how to get the most out of your year in Spain.

Don’t plan your year in Spain without reading this post … CLICK HERE TO READ

Are your child’s eyes prepared to go back to school?

The summer holidays are flying by, at an incredible pace. It only seems like yesterday that we were talking about the dreaded 12 week summer holidays … where did the time go?

In just over two weeks time, our children will be going back to school. Are you ready? Have you bought all the materials? New uniform? What about eye checks?

Do you have your children’s eyes checked on a regular basis?

The following information is a press release from a well known opticians in both the UK and Spain. We thought you may like to read what they have to say …

Over to Specsavers:

back to school During the first 12 years of our lives, as much as 80% of learning is accomplished through our vision. Yet, one out of every four children has an undetected vision problem that may inhibit their progress. Once children go to school, good eye-sight is crucial to keep up with their studies. Experts believe that many learning disabilities could be vision related as they may not be able to read the blackboard or text books.  

Specsavers Opticas suggest that a child should have their first eye examination at around three years old, as the earlier things are detected, the easier they are to rectify without delaying the child’s development. This September they are advising all parents to incorporate a thorough eye test into their back to school routine so they can be prepared if their child does need glasses.

The process of taking an eye test for a child is simple. Firstly, the optometrist will ask the parent or guardian about any relevant family history and any problems their child may be experiencing. Then several child-friendly tests will be undertaken, using special charts and other materials to help children indicate what they can see and how clearly.

They will test the vision of each eye and will check whether they work properly together. They will also measure the child’s focusing ability and the health of the child’s eyes before discussing the results with the parents.

If a child does need glasses, there are some great ranges which tick all the boxes of fashion and durability. Kids that wear glasses can now be the envy of all their friends with fun frames in bright colours sporting their favourite character or toy. Popular ranges include Disney, Hello Kitty, Gruffalo, Star Wars™, Simpsons, Marvel Heroes and Spider-Man and Specsavers have their own kids and teen ranges. 

Until the end of November 2014 Specsavers Opticas are offering free eye tests for children and adults. Visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store. 

About Specsavers:

  • Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world. The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has more than 1,650 stores throughout the UK, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand
  • Specsavers Opticas currently has eight stores in Spain; Marbella and Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol, Santa Ponça Mallorca, Calpe, Javea, Benidorm, Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca.

Our Book about Moving to Spain with Children

We are very excited to announce that our book about Moving to Spain with Children is due to be published in November 2014.

As well as being available in kindle format, a print edition of Moving to Spain with Children will be published, thanks to UP Publications Ltd. This means that not only will you be able to buy the book online but also in certain bookshops (little shrieks of joy by mum here).

We will also be planning a promotional campaign to visit book fairs and other exhibitions over the following months. More details soon.

If you search online you will find a multitude of books about Spain; books set in spain; books about: moving to Spain; books about living in Spain and people’s stories about moving to Spain from UK. However, there is very little information available about Spain for children and almost nothing about Moving to Spain with Children.

Until now, that is.

To give you a taste of what to expect, we have included part of out Introductory chapter and also some feedback from individuals who have read the draft copy of Moving to Spain with Children. 

We look forward to your feedback too.

Moving to Spain with Children by Lisa Sadleir

Essential reading for parents

Spain is a wonderful place to live. It is the place I have chosen to bring up my children. Having lived here for over 23 years now, I cannot envisage living anywhere else (although I will never say never!). 

Living in Spain allows us, as a family, to appreciate that: we have more time with our children; we spend more time outdoors in the fresh open air; family comes first; material possessions are not important; people are generally very friendly and open; we are living an invaluable experience.

Every year, many people consider moving to Spain. Every year people make the move and sometimes it doesn’t work out and they return home (you know, the stories often published in the tabloids and UK sensationalist TV programs) . From experience, I am inclined to say that many failed relocations are due to inadequate research and incorrect advice (Health issues aside!).  

…….

So, if you are moving to Spain, without a secure income and looking for work, please rethink. If you are planning to move to Spain in search of a better family life, please read on …

Welcome to Moving to Spain with Children, the aim of the book is to:

  • Give you food for thought
  • Provide factual info & sources of information
  • Share real life experiences

Warning: If you are looking to be sold the dream, put this book down now and buy one of the many other books on the market.

  • This book is not here to sell you a dream.
  • This book will show you the reality.
  • This book will show you what life in Spain is really like.
  • This book will tell you what you need to think about before deciding to make the move.
  • This book will give you a much better start to your life in Spain.
  • This book will become your invaluable source of thinking material and insight, in preparation for your move and during your first months in Spain.

In Summary…

Don’t even think of Moving to Spain with Children without reading this essential self-help manual. Compiled by a successful British working Mum who has experienced the relocation roller-coaster for you – the highs, lows and occasional shrieks of panic  – it could save you months of hassle and heartache. Chapters cover:

Timing your Move; Choosing the Best Location; Schooling; Paperwork; Learning Spanish; Healthcare; Property purchase; Starting a business …

… and other considerations crucial to ensuring a smooth transition to your new lifestyle.

With information that’s bang up-to-date and tells it like it is, spiced with the author’s own heart-warming anecdotes, you’ll arrive at the same place her own family is now – but in half the time: 

Living and loving family life in Spain!

If you’ve ever wished for the gift of hindsight, Moving to Spain with Children is just that: a gift of a book!

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU MOVE TO SPAIN

Read what people are saying about “Moving to Spain with Children” by Lisa Sadleir:

“The Bible for any parent aiming to live in Spain. Up to date, clear and full of vitally important information, Lisa’s book is a ‘must-have’ for any parent considering moving to Spain or here now with their children”.

Nick Snelling, Gandia  (Author)

“Essential reading for anyone considering moving to Spain with children, and in fact even without children, it is an excellent starting point.  Balanced, factual and practical, the content gives the reader a real idea of where to start and what to expect.  I wish it had been available when I moved here 6 years ago, and will undoubtedly save you time, money and stress.  The personal stories highlight the pitfalls, and are all classic “welcome to Spain” tales, but give a truly balanced view assisting you in making a fully informed decision”.

Kelly Lawlor, Vejer de la Frontera.

“With so many factors to consider when moving to Spain, this book is indispensable reading for every family. From critical factors such as healthcare, tax and gaining an NIE, to personal decisions such as schooling, languages and location, every major issue facing relocating families is well covered. ‘Moving to Spain with Children’ is an easy-to-read guide to make a thrilling challenge smoother and easier for anyone keen to reshape their lives.”

Caroline Angus baker, New Zealand (Author).

“This is the missing manual we could have really done with 7 years ago, when researching our own family’s relocation to Spain. What starts as a simple dream ends up being incredibly complicated, expensive and full of unknowns. Whilst there are many guidebooks available finding information specifically from a family perspective isn’t easy. It remains the best move we ever made, and if you are serious about making the move then you couldn’t have a better guide in your hands than this book right here” 

Maya Middlemiss, Denia, Alicante.  

“Lisa has produced an easy to read, yet invaluable guide for ‘Moving to Spain with Children’.  By asking the all important questions in a reflective way, (with lots of personal examples as well as stories and thoughts from other expats), Lisa has provided a valuable tool which can be read, shared with your children and discussed as a family. The book is full of resources to increase your knowledge about moving to Spain, making the journey easier as you set off, on arrival and as the months in Spain spread into years.  I am sure the book will be well thumbed!”

Ali Meehan, Malaga (Founder of Costa Women – costawomen.com)

“For many years, Lisa Sadleir has been offering credible, independent counsel to families considering relocating to Spain. This book offers a valuable overview, including honest and clear advice on important issues for a successful relocation, including getting to grips with the Spanish language and making steps to integrate into the community beyond the expat bubble.”

Andrew FORBES, Malaga.  (Journalist, Consultant & Editor)

“Excellent common-sense guide to the dos and don’ts of moving to Spain with a family in tow. Everything is covered from education to starting a business. My life would have been much easier if I had found a book like this 12 years ago instead of having to learn it all the hard way.”

Fiona Pitt-Kethley, Cartagena, Murcia.

“It is never easy to move abroad. It is even more difficult when this involves learning a new language and yet more difficult when children are involved. This guide takes you through the challenges one at a time and ensures that you can have a safe, hassle-free start to your new life. “

Steve Hall, www.thisisspain.info

“This book is an honest account of what it’s like to move to Spain with children: the good, the bad and the “mañana”. It’s packed with useful info and is a great tool for families to avoid the multiple pitfalls that can happen when thinking about living to Spain.”

Maxine Raynor, Madrid (Founder of www.moneysaverspain.com )

So there you have a taste of what is to come. To add your name to the waiting list and be advised as soon as Moving to Spain with Children is available, simply click the button here and add your email details.

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We look forward to receiving your questions and hearing your stories about Moving to Spain with Children very soon. (We may include you in our next book!)

The following video is a recent TV interview where we introduce our projects: Our Book about Moving to Spain with Children and also our language learning activity books, Cooking with Languages

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU MOVE TO SPAIN

Education in Spain: Storytelling and using Story Cubes.

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“Once upon a time …”  “Érase una vez…”

What springs to mind when you read these words? Do you find yourself swept off to wonderful worlds of fairy tales and far off lands with images of princesses, castles, brave knights and dragons? I do.

I think that, as busy adults, we can sometimes forget the importance of nurturing the imagination of our children. As we are busy getting on with your day to day lives, doing homework, attending activities and just generally living, we may not encourage our children to just, “be children”, as often as we maybe should.

I am guilty as charged. However, I do have “stock taking” moments where I spot the error of my ways. I am always keeping an eye out for little games and ideas that I think will spike the children’s imagination. You can see some examples on my Pinterest board HERE: Fun Activities with Children.

Yesterday, during our Sunday morning homework session, Francesca (our six year old), told me that she had to write a story and she had no idea what to write about. Now, we had had a particularly busy weekend and when Francesca is tired, mole hills often appear to be mountains. However, this morning I was quick off the blocks. I went into her bedroom and brought out the Story Cubes.

Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, and images, often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation, and instilling moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters, and narrative point of view. (Wikipedia)

Our children love these Story Cubes and we love listening to the stories they invent from them. The children simply roll the cubes and make up stories based in the pictures displayed on each of the cubes.

We sometimes roll all the cubes together and tell a quick story or we roll three at a time and make up a more elaborated story. What is also great is that you can use them in any language, so we practice storytelling in both English and Spanish.

Francesca is now finishing her first year of obligatory education in Spain (Primaria) . Throughout the year, each week, she has had a Spanish book to read and write a summary of. This has been a great way to develop her comprehension and written ability and, of course, expand her vocabulary.

The photograph at the top of this page is just the start of this week’s invented story, using the Story Cubes. There are a few pages until it is finished. I wonder what the teacher will think when she reads this totally different, random story about a little old man who wanted to travel the world with his pet turtle who he’d found at the end of the rainbow …

Don’t you just love it!

Here are links to Amazon where you can buy the Story Cubes if you are interested. If you use the links below we receive a small commission form Amazon.

Product Description

9 cubes, 54 images, over 10 million possible combos, unlimited stories! Recipient of Dr. Toy’s “10 Best Games” Award, the “Major Fun Award” and “People’s Choice Award”. How it works… Simply roll all 9 dice, examine each of the face-up images and let them guide your imagination through a story that begins with “Once upon a time…”. The secret is not to think too deeply. Simply ‘gulp’ in the images and start talking. And remember, there is no wrong answer! The nine dice, each with a unique image on all six sides, hold a total of 54 images. This means that with every roll, there are over 10 million combination’s for you to use as the inspiration for your story. The uses for Rory’s Story Cubes are boundless. Play them while traveling, waiting in a restaurant, in the classroom, as an icebreaker, for idea generation, or to make learning a new language more fun.

 

Writing researchers suggest that children should write stories in order to (1) entertain, (2) foster artistic expression, (3) explore the functions and values of writing, (4) stimulate imagination, (5) clarify thinking, (6) search for identity, and (7) learn to read and write.   (http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ269736)

 

Not every child finds story telling an easy task. The Story Cubes are a great aid and are also lots of fun. We always take them with us when we are traveling.

However, here is another way of encouraging your child to create their own beautiful stories …

What To Do

  1. Start by reading some favourite stories together. Talk a little bit about each story’s author. If there is information about the author on the book jacket, you might read it together. Help the child understand that the author created or adapted the story and made decisions about what should happen in it.
  2. As you read, stop and ask the child to make predictions about what is going to happen next and why he or she thinks so. When you do this, you are encouraging him or her to think about how stories work and how readers understand stories – both important when writing a story of one’s own.
  3. While you are reading and when you are done, talk about the different parts of the story, asking questions such as:
    • What is the beginning of the story? The middle? The end?
    • Who are the characters?
    • What do you like about them?
    • Where does the story take place?
    • Is there a problem that occurs in the story? If so, how does it get resolved?
    • What do you think about the ending? Is there a connection, either in words or pictures, between the ending and the beginning of the story?

(See the full article on  www.readwritethink.org)

 

Here’s to lots more story writing, story telling and of course encouraging our children’s creativeness and imagination.

THE END.

What happens to our children if we die in Spain?

Do you know the answer to this question … “What happens to our children if we die in Spain?”

Family in Spain SL logo1 update4 - SRThe other day, a friend asked a question that made me literally stop in my tracks. I almost slapped myself for not having though of it before now! How irresponsible a parent, was I?

I am a stickler for researching the bureaucratic intricacies and requirements for living in Spain. If somebody asks me about something that I do not know, I use my wonderful local Spanish contacts and source the facts. But I hadn’t yet considered this question.

She asked “Do you know what would happen to our children in Spain, if we died unexpectedly?”

This may initially appear as a strange question to ask. However, lets set the scene as it may well apply to you too.

  • We, (my husband and I), are of British nationality.
  • We, (my husband and I) are Spanish residents.
  • We, (my husband and I), were married in Spain.
  • Our children were both born in Spanish territory.
  • Our children are of British nationality.
  • Our children are Spanish residents.
  • We have no other family members in Spain.
  • We have a Spanish will for our belongings in Spain.

So, what would happen if we, (my husband and I), were to have an unexpected fatal accident. Do you know?

When I was asked this question I decided I should immediately inform myself of the facts. So, I contacted a very reputable law firm, that I often work with, here in Malaga.

This was their response to the question:

The decisions about the custody of your children would be taken by the British authorities according to the British law, because this matter is ruled by the nationality of the child. However, the Spanish authorities should take the urgent measures to ensure the welfare of the children. Anyway, it is always a good idea to include in the last will some indications about the custody of the children younger than 18 years.

So, what are we going to do next?

We are going to rewrite our Spanish will, stating who we want to name as guardians of our children, should the unexpected happen. We do not require the services of a lawyer to prepare nor amend our Spanish wills. This can be done direct with the notary.

Does this situation apply to you? If so, are you going to take the same steps?

Do you know what would happen if you didn’t have a Spanish will? Maybe it’s time to do some research and find out.

Read more about making a Spanish will, HERE

Breakfast Ideas for Kids: French Toast Rolls

As you know, we love cooking in our Cocina and are always looking for new recipes to try out and to share with you.

This recipe has replaced the pancake recipe (that is featured in our children’s language-learning cookbook)  as the children’s first choice for breakfast at the weekend.

And I must admit, it is really easy to make and not too much washing up so it gets brownie points in my book too!

You can add whatever filling you like. We include berries and fruit to add a little bit of “healthy”! LOL! It’s the weekend so we are allowed to break the rules a bit!

The ingredients you will need are:

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The ingredients

A few slices of crustless soft sliced bread, 2 eggs, a cup of milk, a cup of sugar (can be brown or white) and some cinnamon (vary quantity according to taste preferences).

Some butter for melting in the frying pan.

Your choice of fillings. ie. chocolate spread, cream cheese, honey, bananas, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries

To make the rolls:

Whisk the eggs and milk together in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl or on a plate, mix the sugar and cinnamon. Place on a surface close to the cooker.

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Place the butter in a frying pan and gently melt.

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Slice by slice, using a rolling pin, flatted the bread.

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Add your chosen fillings. Ensure the fruit is added at the edge of the slice of bread and is not cut too thick and chunky (otherwise the next bit might be a bit tricky!)

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Carefully roll the slice of bread, starting with the edge where the fruit is

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Soak the roll in the egg and milk mixture

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Add to the frying pan. Try to place seal side down. Carefully rotate the rolls until golden all over.

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Remove from the frying pan. Roll in the sugar and cinnamon mix and serve immediately.

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At this point, stop and enjoy the silence … until the first lot is devoured and they ask for more!

Let us know what your favourite fillings are!

¡ Buen provecho amigos!

PS: If you’d like a free sample of our English / Spanish language-learning activity cookbook for children, just SIGN UP HERE.

Spanish food for children: Our favourites!

What is typical Spanish food for children?

One of the many things we love about living in Spain, is the food.  We have always encouraged our children to eat whatever we eat. I couldn’t really tell you what is really considered as typical Spanish food for children, with the exception of the incredible range of dulces, bollerías, chuches, golosinas which are becoming a bit too common for my liking!

When we go to the UK, which is not that often,  it is almost impossible to order plates from the kid’s menu that are as considered as healthy, (we’re not talking about visiting any fancy natural food place here, you know the ones I mean don’t you!). What we think of as typical English food for children are the likes of fish fingers and chips, sausage and mash, nuggets etc (you get the gist!).

In contrast, in Spain, it is very typical to see families sharing the same food. I suppose this is probably due to the fact that it is common to order plates that are placed on the table for all to share, rather than everyone ordering their own plate. Children’s “less healthy” options are available, but are not as common.

Here are some of our children’s favourite Spanish food:

Almejas and Calamares a la Romana: Small clams in a garlic sauce and squid rings in batter.

Almejas and calamares

Almejas and calamares

Sopa de picadillo: A whole meal in itself. It’s a type of consommé with bits of chicken , egg, ham, mint and noodles in it. It varies depending where it is ordered.

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Sopa de picadillo

Arroz y Paella:  A variety of rice dishes or a traditional paella.

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Arroz o paella

Tortillitas de camarones:  A kind of battered pancake with tiny prawns.

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Tortillitas de camarones

Bocadillos de salchichón y queso: A bread roll with a type of cold Spanish sausage and cheese. There is a wide range of cold Spanish meats available that are enjoyed by the children.

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Spanish embutidos

Boquerones al vinagre: Filets of whitebait pickled in vinegar and garlic.

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Boquerones al vinagre

Gambas Pil Pil: Prawns cooked in a garlic and chilli oil.

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Gambas pil-pil

Jamón Iberico: Good old Spanish cured ham

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Spanish Jamón

Pan con aceite (y tomate) : A typical Spanish breakfast of bread with olive oil (and optional tomato)

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Pan con aceite y tomate

Arroz con leche: A cold version of rice pudding but often homemade and with a lovely taste of cinnamon.

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Arroz con leche

 

Crema catalana: A scrummy citrus infused silky custard. (See our new Children’s Language-Learning Activity Book for the recipe)

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Crema catalana

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So, there you have a few ideas of what might be the best kinds of Spanish food for children. Visiting a new place is a great way of getting children to taste new foods. Don’t be scared of getting them to try something completely different. If you aren’t, they won’t be!

What are your children’s favourite Spanish foods? We’d love to hear about them.

¡Hasta pronto!

PS: If you’d like a free sample of our English / Spanish language-learning activity cookbook for children, just SIGN UP HERE.

Cooking with Languages: We’re so excited!

We are really excited to share our new Cooking with Languages project with you. It is still very early days but we can now see our ideas coming to life.

As you know, we are true believers that learning languages is a fundamental part of our children’s education. Our first book, Cooking in our Cocina,  is aimed at helping young learners improve their Spanish, whilst having fun in the kitchen.

 

To receive a FREE sample of our English / Spanish book as soon as it is released, 

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Cooking with Languages, is a revolutionary new language learning method that encourages creativity and makes language learning fun.

Our books and tools have been designed to enhance young people’s language learning experience and can be used totally independently, (for pleasure), or as an educational complement to any method they are currently using.

Unlike many traditional language learning books that dwell on detailed, grammatical explanations and structured learning, Cooking with Languages encourages instant comprehension of language structures and reinforces learning through practice and activities.

Cooking with Languages is not looking to fit into any existing market niche. It has created its own. The current market is bursting with children’s language learning books and children’s cookbooks. Cooking with Languages is introducing language learning for children, whilst having fun in the kitchen.

Simple. Innovative. Effective. Fun.

Our mission is to encourage more children to embark on the wonderful path of language learning and help them to open new doors for their future.

So, that’s the master plan … what do you think?

To keep updated with news and events, visit our website:  www.CookingwithLanguages.com

Join us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/CookingWithLanguages

Join us on Pinterest HERE

Share ideas with our Google Community:  Click here to join in with the community

We are really excited about this new project and would love to hear your ideas and feedback…

Oh and don’t forget to reserve your free sample … CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW!

Cooking with Languages

School Holiday Activities Malaga: Planeta Explora

Who isn’t always on the look out for school holiday activities in Malaga for the children? Not only do we have the longest ever summer holidays, (although they do seem to fly by!), we also have an extra exclusive Malaga only week “Semana Blanca“, shortly before the Easter holidays of “Semana Santa”.

This Semana Blanca the children are keen to go back to Tivoli World to have more fun with science and Planeta Explora. We introduced them to you in our Christmas 2013 post here. Here is a video giving you a sample of what they got up to … be prepared for lots of noise and excitement!

Here are details of what they offer and their up coming school holiday camps …

“What we do:

Our specialty is in entertainment. However, our camps are not day-care facilities, they are educational spaces in which each day we work to illustrate a different area of basic scientific knowledge. 

We are able to adapt our activities to the needs of the clients in terms of: the location of venue, scheduling, and size of event. 

 We achieve positive results through our proven experience, and in our offering of a variety of high-quality formats.”

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As I have previously mentioned, the enthusiasm of Germán, the organiser of the events is contagious. His knowledge and passion for teaching children is commendable. I loved watching them play and listening to the stories and inventions the children came back with … I am just very glad that I am not tidying up all the mess the children made!

Don’t just take my word for it. Read what other parents have said …

“My kids didn´t want to come home, both of them. They were thrilled from the first day and sorry when it all came to an end.” Mercedes Dorado, mother of Manuel and Miriam Munuera, ages 7 and 8.

“Very fun and engaging for children. Congratulations on a great product and thanks.” Cristina Moreno, mother of Diego de Miguel, age 4.

“Super fun and entertaining! They were so good with the kids.” Soledad Diaz,  mother of Rachel Sanchez, age 6.

“Excellent! The children, because the instructors are so great, are excited about what they learn. Thanks for everything. We´ll need to book for longer next year.” Mrs. Belén Arroyo, mother of George and Lucia Jimenez, ages 4 and 10.

“I love the fact that children enjoy themselves while they take away scientific knowledge.”  Marcela, mother of Jewel, age 4.

Here are the 2014 prices … It really is great value for money!

school holiday activities malaga

So, who’s coming with us ?

If any of you fancy joining us, just call Germán Bernal, who speaks English ,albeit with an American influence, on 697 141 657 or email german@cienciadivertida.es.

Christmas 2013 in Spain: This year we’ve got the #festivefeeling

And so the countdown to Christmas 2013 in Spain has begun…

christmas 2013 in spain

This time last year, I was definitely not in a festive mood and “Bah humbug!” was about as Christmas like as I felt.  That Barbie belén was seriously the nail in the coffin for my hope of feeling festive last year. (see last year’s post if you don’t know what I’m rambling on about)

However, this year I’m already starting to feel the festive spirit and am getting quite excited about our Christmas 2013 plans. I’m even breaking my 5 year old habit of using the same christmas cake recipe … I will still be using my good old Jamie Oliver Christmas magazines though!

We will be spending Christmas 2013 in Spain. At our home. We will not be having any family visiting, we will celebrate this year alone and with friends. The jamón and cava has been ordered. The house will be decorated.

Believe it or not I’ve even already managed to organise and order a photo calendar that I have tried to buy every year but never actually got round to it. Lucky really as Amazon.co.uk  are no longer offering free delivery to Spain … boo!

#festivefeeling tweets

I am happy to say that I am not the only one already #feelingfestive : these are some of the tweets on twitter as I write this post…

Juicy Carrot @JCYCarrot
Looking forward to a few cheeky Mulled vinos 2nite with the team from @poseidonkite #BmthXMASmarket #festivefeeling #bmthsquare #networking

Laura Beck @LauraBeck123
Perfect evening in Battersea for the first mulled cider of the season #festivefeeling pic.twitter.com/sSQa2qLiI9

Could IT be you? @coulditbu13
I guess this officially makes it Christmas Shopping time! #festivefeeling #couldITbu pic.twitter.com/Wu4owHUzfI

Tory @bytoryjewellery
I’m #Christmas decorating @LornaRubys and it needs some serious padding. Baubles, lanterns, throws, you name it, I want it! #festivefeeling

Tomas Frodsham @TommyFroddy
Literally had Christmas songs on all day#FestiveFeeling

Abigail Stein @abbiestein

Why aren’t advent calendars 365 days….  Mini Chocolate Everyday! #festivefeeling

Holiday dates 2014

This year, school breaks up on Friday 20th December and returns on Tuesday 7th January. (2013 to 2014 school calendar here)  A few weeks to fill. Admittedly, not as many as the summer but with the weather not as reliable, it is always a good idea to look for alternative activities for the children.

Aha! Here it comes … I looked and I found! And, I’m very excited … possibly even more excited than the children. But that’s nothing new.

Introducing Planeta Explora …

This year our children will be attending one, or maybe two, day camps organised by Planeta Explora within their superb classrooms and laboratory in the grounds of Tivoli World in Benalmadena.

This Christmas they are offering the chance to learn about science and to explore, whilst having lots of fun. The activities are in both English and spanish and for only €20 per child for the two day course we think it is an absolute bargain!

The enthusiasm of Germán, the organiser of the events is contagious. His knowledge and passion for teaching children is commendable. I cannot wait to see them all at play and hear the stories and inventions the children come back with … I am just very glad that I am not tidying up all the mess the children are sure to make.

We are booked in for the camp on the 23rd and 24th of December. I decided it would be a great way to distract the children from their mounting excitement so close to the big day.

They are also offering other dates. We are considering booking in for the 2nd and 3rd of January too. Another filler before the Reyes Magos come to visit.

If any of you fancy joining us, just call Germán Bernal, who speaks English ,albeit with an American influence, on 697 141 657 or email german@cienciadivertida.es.

We look forward to having lots of fun this Christmas 2013 in Spain … come and join us 🙂

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