Adventures in Spanish Blog

Embark on a captivating language journey with our blog, where Spanish learning is transformed into an engaging adventure. Uncover expert tips that demystify the language-learning process, making it accessible and enjoyable for learners of all levels. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Spanish culture as we delve into traditions, cuisine, and the vibrant essence of Spanish-speaking communities, ensuring our blog is not just a read but a cultural exploration.

Embrace the Excitement of Fall

I know Summer has barely begun, but the thought of the leaves beginning to change and the crispness filling the air, I cannot hold my excitement for the host of incredible programs designed to inspire, educate, and engage. Whether you’re a parent seeking enriching experiences for your child, a camper eager for weekend adventures, or…
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Summer Spanish Fun

As the warmth of summer begins to envelop us, it’s time to shed our winter layers and embrace the sunshine. Whether you’re a parent seeking quality time with your child, a camper ready for adventure, or an adult looking to brush up on conversational skills, this summer offers a plethora of opportunities to make lasting…
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The Magic and Joy of Spanish Story and Play Time!

At Adventures in Spanish, our storytimes are dynamic and interactive! In this blog post, we will explore the powerful impact bilingual storytimes can have on children learning a new language and why our storytimes are the best! We always begin with the Hola, Hola song and end with Adiós Amigos. We incorporate various songs and…
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Celebrating Love and Friendship: Valentine’s Day in Latin America

Valentine’s Day, a day steeped in the tradition of celebrating love and affection towards partners and friends, is observed with much enthusiasm across the globe. In Latin America, this day, known as “Día de San Valentín” or the Day of Love and Friendship, takes on a unique and vibrant character that mirrors the region’s rich…
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The Ultimate Spanish Camp Experience for Kids

As we gear up for another vibrant summer, the anticipation for this year’s Spanish camp is palpable. Reflecting on the unforgettable journey last summer, where we witnessed children transforming from timid beginners to confident Spanish speakers, it’s clear why our camp is a beacon for holistic child development. This year, we’re elevating the experience further,…
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Our New Associate Director, Kathryn Lopez

Hello there! I’m Kathryn Lopez, and I am absolutely thrilled to embark on this exciting journey as the new Associate Director of Adventures in Spanish. Joining this dynamic team feels like a dream come true, and I am eager to dive into my role and contribute to the vibrant world of language education. As the…
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Easing Kids Back into the School Routine: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

With the unexpected snow days, parents and teachers alike may find themselves faced with the challenge of helping children transition from the carefree, no-school days to the structured routines of the academic day. In this blog post, we’ll explore practical strategies to ease kids back into the school routine, focusing on setting firm boundaries and…
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New Year’s Eve Superstitions in Hispanic Culture

As the new year approaches, I have completely “gutted” my home to start with a clean space (So. Much. Dust). I’ve created a vision board, made my goals, and planned ahead. This is my own way of bringing in blessings for the upcoming year. But as the clock ticks toward midnight on New Year’s Eve,…
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The Biggest Fiesta at the End of the Year

Noche Vieja or New Year’s Eve in Spain is not just a countdown to enter into a new year; it’s a grand celebration filled with traditions and festivities that promise a night of joy, luck, and memorable experiences. Several customs and traditions make this day extra special with hopes of bringing good fortune in the…
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El Camino de Santiago

During Easter break of my sophomore year of high school, I was lucky enough to embark on the Camino de Santiago. I was an exchange student with AFS Intercultural Programs in Madrid, Spain. One of the most anticipated trips of the year was the Camino. I was excited and a bit unprepared for the amount…
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Insider’s Guide to Drinking Yerba Mate Like an Argentine

From the rainforests in the North to the glaciers in the South, you will find Argentineans drinking mate (MAH-tay) no matter the weather. But what exactly is it? Yerba mate is a tea-like plant with high levels of caffeine traditionally drank out of calabash gourds and sipped through a filtered straw called a bombilla. The…
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Top Things to Know about Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a vibrant and culturally rich Mexican holiday that has captured the fascination of people around the world. Contrary to its name, this celebration is not a morbid or sad occasion. Instead, it is a colorful and lively tribute to the memories of those who…
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Horchata: Its History & Recipe

¡Hola! We are reaching the beginning of October and it is incredible how fast time is going! But we are so excited to be back in schools teaching, as well as starting brand new programs, such as our Mini Camp Saturdays.    If you don’t know much about our program and what we do, we…
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Top 3 reasons your kid will love attending Spanish Camp

As a parent, you want your child to have a magical  childhood. That might mean finding the best summer camp for your kids!  Since there are so many to choose from,  you might be overwhelmed! Take a minute to read our top 3 reasons why your child will benefit from and love attending Spanish Camp!…
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Monday News: Northwest Summer Camp

Happy Monday! We have big news from Adventures in Spanish today: we’ve officially added a Northwest Summer Camp location! Come join us at Rock Creek Community Church from June 26th to June 30th for five days full of fun and learning for your child. Camp registration is now open, so be sure to grab a…
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Learning Through Play! ⋆ Portland Early Learning Project

Learning through play is a proven method to engage learners of all ages. Kids especially learn through their curiosities and interests.
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How To Use GoGo Español ⋆ Portland Early Learning Project

Are you taking full advantage of your GOGO Español membership? Watch this video from Maestra Carolina to see how to navigate the courses!
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Nature Walks: Stress Relief and Learning Opportunity ⋆ Portland Early Learning Project

Have you gone on a nature walk recently with your little (or not-so-little) one? No matter what your age, walking can help us feel connected to the world and others. It’s fun to find (or place your own!) painted rocks. Or see a raptor take flight, or a duck land in a little pond near you. Or come…
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What are the benefits of learning a second language for kids? How to teach kids a second language?

Communicating in another language is a great accomplishment in and of itself. (Even if you’re not fully fluent!) It is incredibly powerful and empowering. The ability to communicate in a second language opens windows to untold opportunities, expands job possibilities, and plants the seed for travel and adventure. And purposeful or not — it opens…
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What to Expect in our Family Spanish Classes!

Our family classes are a combination of routine and new activities. Once you’ve come to class a few times, you and your budding adventurer will soon become familiar with our Hola and Adios songs, along with many of our other routine songs and gross motor activities. Predictable structure, along with familiar songs and activities, provide…
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Portland Mercado: Travel to Latin America Without Leaving the City ⋆ Portland Early Learning Project

Portland Mercado was designed to be a community meeting place—a place to come together and experience Latin American culture through food, celebration, and entertainment. Whether you’re a student of Spanish language and cultures, or just enjoy experiencing great food and fun times, Portland Mercado is not to be missed. In October, food carts at Portland Mercado…
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Cultural Exchanges and Home Stays ⋆ Portland Early Learning Project

by PELP Team on 10/12/16 Have you ever considered hosting a foreign exchange student? Cultural Exchanges or Home Stays are a great way to learn about another culture and even practice a different language. According to the International Student Exchange website, young children are perfect host siblings as their interest, curiosity and acceptance of people…
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Different Levels of Learning ⋆ Portland Early Learning Project

When our children learn a skill, such as a new language, parents or caregivers might feel anxious to test their progress. It’s exciting, after all, to see a child’s growth and development happen right before our eyes.  However, learning is a process and there are several different levels kids go through as they work their…
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Get Your Taco Fix in Portland ⋆ Portland Early Learning Project

No matter what Portland neighborhood you find yourself in, you’re never far away from great tacos. Take some time to explore the city by visiting one of these amazing taco restaurants. And when you’re done, pick another one on the list and visit that one too. It might just be the best way to see…
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6 Tips For Supporting Bilingual Learning at Home

By Afton Nelson for PELP Introducing young children to a second language has many benefits. Studies have shown that children as young as three will develop better cognitive skills, and prepare themselves for higher academic achievement. Kids also gain a rich cultural experience learning another language and will be better prepared to make societal contributions…
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