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Bossa nova is a type of Brazilian music that was developed and was popularized in the 1950s and 1960s. Very smooth and relaxing...

Here's a sample of bossa nova:


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The Brazilian National Anthem (Hino Nacional Brasileiro) was composed in 1831 and has been given at least two sets of unofficial lyrics before its official lyrics were set in 1922.

I love this happy song and colourful opening on this movie trailer...

The 2016 Olympics are in August and this year the host country is Brazil.  My kids love to learn about the host country of each Olympics so we set to work learning about the Brazilian culture.

You may also want to learn about Brazil as a family if you have a child who loves soccer.  Another time of year that this Theme Day would work would be during Carnival (40 days before Easter every year).  But any time is a good time to learn about a different country.

Print out the Family Theme Day Planner and decide which activities you’d like to do and in what order.

watch these two kids samba. they are incredible! 

Brazil is officially known as the Federative Republic of Brazil and is the largest country in both South American and Latin America.  It is the world’s fifth largest country by both population and area. It is bordered by Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname , and French Guiana.  It occupies 47.3% of the continent of South America.

Brazil’s name is said to have come from the Portuguese word for brazilwood, a tree that once grew plentifully along the Brazilian coast.  The official Portuguese name of the land was “Land of the Holy Cross” (Terra da Santa Cruz in Portuguese).  European sailors and merchants called I “Land of Brazil” (Terra do Brazil) due to the brazilwood trade.

Samba music is a very popular music genre and dance style that in Brazil.  Samba is recongized as a symbol of brazil and especially the Brazilian Carnival. 

Younger Kids might prefer this fun song from the movie rio:

Photo: M.C 

Bossa Nova​: 

for a basic samba lesson watch this:



Photo: O. Zwarych