Believe it or not, Easter is upon us. Sure, it may seem as though the year just started, but we are rushing through it. The good news is that we are all getting closer to obtaining some sort of normalcy, especially after an entire year of enduring one of the most challenging years in recent history.
As opposed to last year, this year’s Easter will not be eclipsed (as much) by the stress we felt around this time in 2020. Instead, many of us are finally getting the opportunity to share moments with our loved ones and families once again, even if it’s socially distanced. This is why it is important to be mindful of the activities you’ll have around on this special day. For that, we suggest you take a look at Juntitos Means Together!, a campaign created by Canticos that encourages families to incorporate bilingual activities into their family time this upcoming observance.
According to Sophia Espinoza, Director of Learning Design and Efficacy at Canticos, Juntitos Means Together! is about making togetherness a celebration again and finding ways to infuse fun into this shared time. Whether it’s singing beloved songs with their parents, sending e-cards to people we love, or just spending time together making special decorations, Easter can be a reminder for kids that so many of the best things come when we’re “juntitos.”
After being restricted for a year, many families are eager to interact with one another as they did pre-pandemic. Some adjustments may have been made, but there are still plenty of options to encourage bilingual education, both virtually and physically, as a family while keeping it fun.
Espinoza provided some tips that can be included this Easter. Such tips are as follows:
Make your Easter eggs count!
Decorating Easter eggs is usually the norm. However, go the extra mile and have your hijos, primos, sobrinos, nietos, or whoever is part of the family count their Easter eggs in both languages while decorating them.
“For example, if they decorated an egg with polka dots, ask them to count the number of dots in their new language,” suggested Sophia Espinoza.
Patterns can be fun, too
Try using coloring sheets from the Canticos website or look for patterns around the house. You can share the pattern in English and ask your children to translate it into Spanish.
Don’t forget about the colors of Spring
Scan the many colors outside and have your children identify them in both English and Spanish. When you get home, check out the “All the Colors/DeColores” song to get them singing, as well!
Get creative with Easter cards
Try getting the kids to use their bilingualism to create Easter cards. Make it fun and provide them with plenty of materials (pens, markers, paper, glue, glitter) if possible to allow them to develop their creativity.
Remember the family members not spending it with you
Don’t worry if you have family members who won’t be able to make it to your Easter gathering because we have something for them, too. For example, Espinoza says you can create Easter eggs and drop them off outside of these family members’ homes. She said that you can also create and send the Canticos Easter e-cards, Facetime family and friends with fun Easter-type filters, or even read an Easter book over a video call!
These bilingual activities have the potential of creating some amazing memories. Perhaps, after this year, they’ll make it into your family’s annual traditions.