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Great Scott…It’s Daylight Savings!

It’s that time of year again; the time of year we all look forward to and dread… daylight savings! Living in a different country, that doesn’t observe the tradition, got me thinking, “What’s the original purpose of this practice? Does it still have any validity in today’s society? Where did come from?” In today’s post, [...]

10 things to look for in a Homeschool Spanish Curriculum

I often get asked “What makes for a good homeschool Spanish curriculum?”  In today’s post, I go over the top ten things to look for in just that. Please keep in mind these are in no particular order. 1) Age Appropriate – Not too complex – one of the easiest things to do is to [...]

“Fire” Volcano Erupts Close to Antigua

Earlier this week, Thursday, September 13,2012, a mushroom cloud appeared in the sky and soon thereafter, our tiny little town of Antigua, Guatemala was on the main page of international websites around the world.  The volcano known as “Fuego” (aka “Fire”) is one of Central America’s most active volcanoes and it overlooks our small town, [...]

Musings of a Boss

A “New to Me” Holiday It’s an adventure to be running a company in a foreign country.  You are always encountering new things that more often than not, warrant pause and reflection. Take something as simple as a national holiday.  As an outsider, it’s hard to fully grasp the meaning and significance of certain dates, [...]

What’s Mother’s Day Like In Guatemala?

What exactly is Guatemalan Mother’s Day or El Día de Las Madres? It’s what you might expect. It’s a day where the nation of Guatemala takes 24 hours to stop and acknowledge the contribution that mothers have had in their lives and to show them a little appreciation for their continual sacrifices. Thanks to the [...]

Spanish High School Credit Explained

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is, “Do you offer credit?” Well in this post, we are going to cover several aspects of that question to increase understanding of how Homeschool Spanish Academy can help you achieve your child’s foreign language goals. In short, we are not accredited by a third party [...]

Reflections on Pediatric Rotation in Guatemala

A good friend of mine, Jenny McKinney, is currently living, researching, and traveling in/thru Guatemala, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.  A soon to be U.S. medical doctor, she kindly offers her observations and thoughts in her original post here.  Hello all, I hope you are all doing well! Since I am in my 6th (already?!!) [...]

TEDx Guatemala City 2012

To kick start any day, there’s nothing more inspirational than an eighteen minute TED talk. I personally watch several a week, and at times, one per day.  For those who aren’t familiar, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment (sometimes substituted by Education), and Design, and was created for one simple mission – to promote and spread [...]

Build Up To Semana Santa

Greetings friends of HSA! We here at HSA endeavor to provide a total language experience, and no language can be learned entirely devoid of culture. For this installment of our blog, we’d like to give you an insight into a huge cultural event that is currently in process here in Antigua. We are leading up [...]

Spanish-A Key to Opportunity

It has been almost two years since the concept of Homeschool Spanish Academy was born and we’re still chugging along.  Our journey has been a classic case of a roller coaster, in every sense of the word.  I feel like every day is going to be a whole set of different emotions, ups and downs, [...]

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