As a new homeschooling family, we try to give our kids a well-rounded education, but honestly, we’re still trying to get the groove of learning the basic subjects at home.  When we can, we include arts and crafts, and it’s even better if the material fits in with the other curriculum we’re studying.

That’s why I was excited to review some music from Daria Music.

Who Is Daria?

Daria Marmaluk-Hajio is a children’s performer who has traveled the world making and learning new music.  In the United States, she’s won a Parent’s Choice Award for her children’s cds.

Our Impressions

Bookworm is studying South America as well as early United States history, so we choose to sample the CD, Cancioncitas de Los Andes (Little Songs of the Andes) as well as the companion book, A Child’s Life in the Andes.

My kids absolutely loved the music.  Cuddle Bug couldn’t help but get up and dance around, and we frequently found ourselves listening to the music while playing games or doing other activities around the house.  As a Paul Simon fan, I loved hearing the version of El Condor Pasa.

While the music was delightful, we also enjoyed the companion book.  In the companion book, A Child’s Life in the Andes, we learned about the many different types of instruments used in the songs on the CD as well as what a typical day is like for a child in the Andes.

Cuddle Bug, who loves animals, liked to learn about the many different types of animals in the Andes as well as the responsibilities young children have to care for the animals.

Bookworm liked to hear about the foods they eat.

I enjoyed that the book was informative AND fun.  Nearly half of the companion book is filled with fun activities that the kids can create or do like making your own rainstick and finding Spanish words in a seek-n-search puzzle.

This material would be perfect as a supplement for children learning Spanish, studying other cultures, or learning about world history or music.

The Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Cancioncites de Los Andes and the companion book, A Child’s Life in the Andes, as well as their very own set of zamponas.

To enter, simply subscribe to Daria’s monthly newsletter.

Additional Methods of Entry

For an additional method of entry, follow Daria on Twitter.

This giveaway, which is open to U.S residents ages 18+, will end on December 5, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. CST.  The winner will be chosen via

I received the product for review purposes only.  No additional compensation was given.  All opinions are my own.

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