Cooking in Spanish – Fall Soup Recipe

Cooking with kids is a great way to get them engaged in the food preparation process to enjoy and appreciate food – as well as a time to learn more about the Spanish culture! Today on the blog post we are sharing a wonderful recipe to try and enjoy at home – especially because it’s starting to get a bit chilly and fall is the perfect time for this Costa Rican Style Black Bean Soup:

  • 1 lb Dry Black Beans
  • 8 cups chicken broth or water or a mix of both
  • ½ tsp salt 1 Tablespoon
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 6 eggs
  • 10-12 sprig cilantro fresh or frozen (finely chopped)
  • 1 small-medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small green, red, or yellow pepper

Cover beans with water and soak overnight. Drain beans and add water or broth and half of chopped ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cover pan and reduce heat to very low and simmer beans till they are nearly soft (2 ½ hours). Add rest of chopped ingredients and vegetable oil, cook an additional ½ hour. Add eggs for final 2-4 minutes (depending on how you like them cooked). Remove half the beans and reserve for gallo pinto or to mash and refry or just leave all the beans in. Remove eggs, peel, and place one or two in each bowl. Serve with warm corn tortillas!

After you cook the soup together, put on some typical music from Costa Rica and enjoy!!

Hurricane Relief and Pine Village Preschool

Dear Pine Village Families & Friends,

Two weeks ago, as we watched coverage of the destruction and hardship caused by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, we wanted to do something to help. It is hard to imagine what this experience has been like for everyone living through it while also so difficult for us to watch the human suffering. In an effort to help alleviate the suffering caused by this devastation, we created a fundraising webpage through Save the Children and launched it with a $5,000 contribution.

In the short time that it’s taken for us to make this happen and spread the word to you, Hurricane Maria cut its path through Puerto Rico, causing even greater destruction. This hurricane hit even closer to home as many members of our Pine Village family have relatives and close friends in Puerto Rico. Over the past week we have been watching, along with our teachers and families, waiting to hear news from loved ones.

It is with these events in mind that we ask you to join us by donating any amount you can*, either directly through the first link, or by choosing one of the other organizations listed on the subsequent webpages:

* Hurricane IRMA:…/pinevillagepreschool [Donations are 100% tax deductible; Save the Children’s Tax ID # is 060726487]
* Hurricane HARVEY:…
* Hurricane MARIA:…
* Charity Navigator’s List of Other Giving Initiatives:…

We also encourage you to read Charity Navigator’s blog post on giving after a natural disaster at:…/charity-navigator-discus….

With love and Gratitude,

Emma, Brid & The Pine Village Team

* Because of the difficulties in getting shipments of aid to families in Puerto Rico, we are not at this time collecting goods of any kind (although some of our teachers have organized their own drives and we encourage you to support them if you are so inclined; please talk to your director). Our expectation is that need for these items will continue to grow throughout the coming months and we will conduct an organization-wide drive once donation channels are more clearly established.

Mealtime in Spanish


With “back-to-school” hype winding down (or is it actually winding up?), we know many of our families are taking time to connect with their kids during family dinner nights. Talking over dinner is a wonderful way to learn about each other’s day and spend some quality time together! Today on the blog we’re sharing some popular dinner-related words and conversation starters to ask your children during family time.


Dinner Vocab:







Dinner is ready…….La cena está lista

Can you set the table please?…….. ¿Puedes poner la mesa por favor?

Please pass the broccoli……..Por favor pasa el broccoli

Bring your plate to the sink please…..Lleva tu plato al fregadero por favor



Questions to Ask Your Kids:


Which friends did you play with at school?………… ¿Con qué amigos jugaste en la escuela?


What books did your teacher read tp you today?……. ¿Qué libros te leyó tu maestro hoy?


Tell me something new you learned today……………Dime algo nuevo que aprendiste hoy


What new Spanish word did you learn today?………. ¿Qué nueva palabra en español aprendiste hoy?