Sewing is a valuable life skill for any child to learn. From practicing fine motor skills to increase problem solving to building self-esteem to nurturing design talent, sewing unlocks the doors to a variety of interesting projects and of course our very mission at MSV: Our after school students learning and continuing speaking Spanish vocabulary in a different and a fun way. Let’s begin with the basics.
Our ancestors first taught children “plain sewing.” Before the sewing machine existed, everything a family wore was sewn by hand. Thus, it was important for as many people as possible to learn to sew early and often!
Start by providing a long hand sewing needle, some thread, andtwo squares of fabric for lesson one. Threading the needle, knotting the end, and stitching small running stitches through two layers of fabric held with right sides together is a basic skill essential to clothing construction. Explain how the finished row of stitches is...
For our MSV students is very usual to be involved during the day in different kind of sport, we do gymnastics twice a week in all the classes and in addition we have JUMP BUNCH, a group of instructors that with lots of fun and dedication introduce sport to our preschoolers.
Physical education and sport have an educational impact. Changes can be seen in motor skills development, performance and educational potential. This shows the positive relationship between being involved in physical activities and psychosocial development.
Sport and physical education is fundamental to the early development of children and youth and the skills learned during play, physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people. Through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn about the importance of key values such as:
Our March every year all our classes work in our mini-garden. Each child should bring a baby plant or seeds and 2 pounds bag of soil to sew it, according with the plant species or flower chosen, once it has grown to its actual size. From selecting our vegetables and flowers, preparing the earth and planting, and finally harvesting, gardening can be a wonderful way to involve our students in a healthy hobby.
It is important for children to get lot closer to the ground; to have an intimate relationship with the earth. Anything we can do to bring that non-descript terra firma to life is great!
Along with the fun of getting dirty, gardening helps children learn valuable lessons about patience as they wait for vegetables to grow, responsibility as they see how necessary their care is to the garden, and even loss when flowers die at the end of a season. They learn also about nurturing a life and what it takes to keep something alive. It is an unforgettable...
On April 15th we celebrated our Hispanic International Fiesta at MSV.Countries involved were: Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
It is a whole week of cultural learning for our students; each class works in a specific country on Wednesday and Thursday we "travel" using our passports to all those countries to finally on Friday have our very colorful end with dances from all those beautiful countries and food tasting of course!
There is not doubt that when kids learn about other cultures, it helps them understand and feel engaged in the world.
They become interested in how other people live, their cultural norms and values, different traditions and languages of course, also it helps them see the beauty of different cultures and appreciate the differences and similarities in how others and we live.
As our global world becomes more interconnected thanks to the Internet, travel and immigration, knowing about different cultures is an...
One of the ways we help new students and parents adjust at My Spanish Village is by having a fun, interactive storytelling hour where we read books in Spanish and have the students participate in the story. Parents are welcome to come and watch their kids perform as characters from the book and hear how well their kids are learning Spanish.
Watch our storytelling time in this video about a mama bear that has very sick cubs and calls the doctor for a visit.
We had a wonderful afternoon on September 16th, at Skipolinis Pizza in Walnut Creek, welcoming our new families and celebrating our existing community. Take a look at the pictures, they speak for themselves!