Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Books for the Hogar

I know that everyone has been waiting with baited breath to see what I, the lovely Mona, would write. My life is so busy studying that I haven’t found time to write anything. But I have a few minutes so here goes.

Michael made it safe and sound to Berkeley. He’s staying with his friend John in Walnut Creek. Knowing them, they’re having a wonderful time.

Besides studying and going to school, I went to the local drug store and found nine new books to take with me on my weekly trip to the Hogar de Niñas de Capital. Many of you know of the Hogar by Tía Sue’s blog and pictures below. I work with the younger girls on reading, writing and arithmetic. Not taught to the tune of a hickory stick. The books are “La Bella y la Bestia,” “La Sirenita,” “Alicia en el país de las Maravillas,” “Pinocho,” “Toy Story,” “Blanca Nieves y los siete enanos.” La Cenicienta,” “La Bella Durmiente,” y “La aventura pirata de Dora.” I don’t know who Dora is, but from what I can tell, she’s an explorer created by Nickelodeon. The others are Disney classics, fairy tales of old except for Toy Story.

It’s summertime and they read to me. Usually, after a story we play cards. Cards are good for Rosa Mari because she needs help with numbers. She’s fun to play with even though she cheats. It’s a more relaxing time with them since there’s not pressure to do homework.

I don’t know when I’ll write next. I have tests coming up in a week. Got to get back to studying.


Leonardo Ricardo said...

Thank you Lovely Mona for bringing us up-to-speed with the charmers at Sue's School and the charmer in your life...I'm certain that all is well North of the border(s) too and your resident Padre is spreading his happy ways around freely.

I do hope that Mr. Red Peanut Bank knows how to "behave" himself when he's the major male "influence" left alone in the house! He's got a certain "look" that could be trouble! Take it from one who knows a strutting "Peanut Bank" when he sees one.

Peace to you Lovely Mona and thanks for checking in!

Mona said...

Why thank you, Leonardo. Yes, Mr. Red Peanut Bank is quite the gentleman when it's just the two of us. His buddy Gallito Mescalito gets out of hand, however. All that shrieking hurts poor little Chompita's delicate ears. Gallito Mescalito misses Padre Mickey terribly and acts out.

Eileen said...

Mona - Glad Padre made it safely to Cali!

My daughter Jenna is almost 6 and loves Dora the Explorer. She teaches kids about numbers and such in English AND Spanish and the show has a computer game theme thing going on (I guess a play on computadora?)

It's a fun little show! Not like Barney, which makes me want to go blind and deaf.

Mona said...

Thanks Eileen. I'll see if I can find more of Dora the Explorer. I don't know if the TV show is on here. The book's really cute. It would be great if they had bilingual versions of her books. Many of my kids are studying English and it would be good practice for them.

Eileen said...

Hmmm..Alot of the ones I read my daughter have both Spanish and English. Dora is quite known for saying, "Come on, vamanos! Everybody let's go!"

So now, when we are leaving to go places, I say "Vamanos!" That and aqua (from my own Seasame street days are the extent of my Spanish!)

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