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Fostering Kindness in the Classroom

Fostering kindness in the classroom can have a positive impact on your student’s social, emotional and academic life. As teachers and parents, we are probably already encouraging kind words throughout the day, but it is also necessary to actively nurture social and emotional skills to develop a strong sense of kindness.

During the second week of February, we celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week. Why not take this opportunity to implement class activities that cultivate kindness in the classroom? And yes, we can do these activities in Spanish!

Every morning choose a skill you want children to practice throughout the day. Think about which skills your classroom can benefit from.

The ones I have decided to focus on for the next couple of weeks are:

  • Compasión (Compassion)
    Yo me preocupo por los sentimientos de mis compañeros y ofrezco mi ayuda.
    Ideas para discusión en grupo:
    ¿Qué podemos hacer cuando hay un nuevo compañero en la escuela?
    ¿Qué podemos hacer cuando nadie esta jugando con un compañero?
    ¿Qué pasa cuando alguien se lastima jugando?
    Actos de compasión en la escuela:
    1. Juega con un niño(a) durante el recreo con la que nunca has jugado.
    2. Si ves a un niños(a) llorando pregunta si puedes ayudar.
  • Respeto (Respect)
    Yo escucho las ideas de mis compañeros y respeto sus desiciones. Cuando escuchamos a otros podemos aprender nuevas cosas y entendemos lo que esta pasando en nuestro alrededor.
    Ideas para discusión en grupo:
    ¿Qué necesitamos hacer si un compañero nos pide que no lo toquemos?
    ¿Qué necesitamos hacer cuando un compañero está hablando?
    Actos de respeto en la escuela:
    1. Escucha las ideas de tus amigos.
    2. Toma tu turno en la fila y respeta el espacio de tus compañeros.
  • Gratitud (Gratitud)
    Yo doy las gracias a mis compañeros por ayudarme a aprender.
    Ideas para discusión en grupo:
    ¿Cómo nos sentimos cuando alguien nos enseña a hacer algo nuevo?
    ¿Cómo nos sentimos cuando mamá nos cuida cuando estamos enfermos?
    ¿Cuándo damos las las gracias a alguien?
    Actos de gratitud en la escuela:
    1. Da las gracias a tu maestra al final del día por ayudarte a aprender.
    2. Sonrie y da las gracias cuando un amigo nuevo te invita a jugar en el o ella. 
  • Perseverancia (Preserverance)
    Todos nos esforzamos para aprender cosas nuevas.
    Ideas para discusión en grupo:
    ¿Cómo nos sentimos cuando aprendemos a hacer algo nuevo?
    ¿Qué necesitamos hacer para apreder cosas nuevas?
    ¿Cuándo damos las las gracias a alguien?
    Actos de perseverancia en la escuela:
    1. Escucha y partcipa durante la discusión en grupo.
    2. Ayuda a tu mamá o papá a preparar la cena.
  • Autodisciplina (Self Discipline)
    Yo tengo control sobre mis palabras y acciones.
    Ideas para discusión en grupo:
    ¿Qué podemos hacer cuando un compañero no es amable?
    ¿Qué necesitamos hacer cuando la maestra está hablando?
    ¿Cuál es tu rutina en la mañana para venir a la escuela?
    Actos de auto disciplina en la escuela:
    1. Sigue las instructiones que la maestra indique.
    2. Usa voz baja cuando estes adentro de la escuela.
      Take a look at the materials I will be using in February to start talking more about kindness in the classroom. I created a new set of posters to decorate my circle time area.  You can find this at TpT or at my website.

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Tips on how to maximize your bilingual books at home and in the classroom

If you are reading this post you probably have bought or read a bilingual book to your classroom or child. You probably put some thought on how to use the book. Should I read back and forth between the two languages? Should I read it twice? Should I cover one language with my hand so that my students don’t get confused? I asked colleagues and bilingual parents if they had a favorite way to read a bilingual book and it seems that there is some confusion about how to take advantage of these types of books.

So, are there advantages of buying and reading bilingual books? In my opinion the answer is: Yes! I think that it’s not as intuitive as one would expect, but with a few tips I’m sure you will find that they are a great classroom and home reading resource.

Here are a few tips on how to maximize your bilingual books:

1. Choose the right age group: It sounds obvious but many times we are so excited to find bilingual books that we overlook the age group, the story or the amount of text in each page.

2. Reader’s Theater:  Is a way to practice and improve student’s fluency and speaking skills. Choose a bilingual book or make a script from a bilingual book that is easy to follow and has a few characters. The niños don’t have to memorize the script, but it is always better if they have an opportunity to read the story before the activity.  Some children will read the text in English and some the text in Spanish.  Switch the groups, so that everyone has a chance to read in both languages.

3. Story familiarity: This is one of my best tricks I used with my Spanish immersion students. During the first few weeks of class, I read Spanish or bilingual books that my students were already familiar with in English. It was always easier for them to follow the story and feel more comfortable with the new language (Spanish).

 Tips on how to maximize your bilingual books at home and in the classroom

Most of my students knew this book in English and they loved to hear it in Spanish.

4. Easy to read: Even if your child or student is fluent on both languages they might appreciate reading bilingual books that are easy to read. They can see how each word is spelled in both languages.

 Tips on how to maximize your bilingual books at home and in the classroom

Green Light Readers serie is perfect for bilingual beginning readers.

 Tips on how to maximize your bilingual books at home and in the classroomLast but not least! Here are two bilingual mini books you can read and color. You can do a reader’s theater activity or simply have your students read each mini book by themselves. Each book has a questionary at the end. bilingual minibooks Tips on how to maximize your bilingual books at home and in the classroom

Bilingual mini books

Did I mention both mini books are free when you get our food theme bundle? or you can always get them separately.

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Bilingual Minibooks

Let me know what you think!

This post is part of a linky party, so make sure to keep the party going by visiting other amazing bilingual blogs.


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Teaching about el Día de Acción de Gracias

Teaching about el Día de Acción de Gracias can be very exciting but challenging if your students or yourself didn’t grow up celebrating this holiday. My first time celebrating El Día de Acción de Gracias was as an adult and I didn’t know too much about the history related to Thanksgiving. Quickly I learned to love this holiday. For me, El Día de Acción de Gracias is all about sharing a special meal and evening with family, friends, even people that we don’t know, and reflecting about the beautiful things we all have in our lives. Whether you grew up celebrating it or you are just learning more about this holiday, make sure that you say “Gracias” todos los dias.

EN CASA you can practice with your children to give “Gracias” and to think about their gratitude each day. This activity will give you a glimpse into the hearts of your family members while also giving you the opportunity to share your sentiments with them. Learn more about our Gracias challenge…

EN LA ESCUELA I try to incorporate reading, writing and math while learning about this holiday. I have created a Día de Accion de Gracias” Thanksgiving Activity Bundle you might enjoy. It contains 30-pages of math, letter and other cognitive printables. Crafts and Resources too! If you are a Monarca member download for free the bundle or you can always get it at my TpT store.

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If you are looking for a few more ideas keep reading!

Vocabulario Básico ~ Basic Vocabulary

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There are many words to learn, but not worry, once you know them you can use them during dinner with your family or while you’re having lunch with your students. Always consider the age group of your students or children when introducing new vocabulary. I like to introduce no more than 8 new words per lesson.

Algunos Cuentos ~ Some Storybooks

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 Teaching about el Día de Acción de GraciasThese books are some of my favorite! Make sure to check your local library since most of these books I was able to find them there.

Algunos Canciones ~ Some Songs

It is difficult to find Thanksgiving songs in Spanish but here is one that is perfect for this holiday. You can find his music at Amazon or Itunes.blog thanks song1 Teaching about el Día de Acción de Gracias

Another cute song to sing with your young ones is Día de Acción de Gracias by Music with Sara. I love the lyrics, they are simple and the song’s pace is also perfect to sing-along in class.

Más Ideas ~ More Ideas

Our friends at Spanish Playground have lots of great ideas and crafts for Thanksgiving, including a FREE mini-coloring book from us. Make sure to check them!

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¡Gracias por tu atención!

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SPANISH Blog Hop! #fallwinterspanishsale

The holiday season is a great time to practice what we have been learning throughout the school year. The change of seasons allows us to talk about many different topics (food, clothing, winter activities, celebrations, etc). Also, as we get closer to “winter break!” children tend to be more excited and a vocabulary review might be the best option for those last weeks of class.

For our amazing Spanish teacher blog hop, (I’m so excited to be part of!!!) I want to focus in one of my favorite winter review vocabulary topics, “La Ropa en el Invierno”.

What I love about this theme are the books, music, games and crafts I use to enrich the lesson. Here some of the resources I use to teach “La Ropa en el Invierno” :

TIPS AND A FREE CRAFT ACTIVITY 

READ: I love reading Froggy se viste SPANISH Blog Hop! #fallwinterspanishsale. The niños love to chant “Froggy! dice su mamá”. Children are encouraged to act up putting their clothes on, just like Froggy while I am reading the storybook.

PLAY: This game is a mix between musical chairs and Simon says. In México, we call it “Sopla el Viento”. Place chairs on a circle. Each child, except one, is sitting on a chair. If you don’t want to use chairs, children can sit on the floor forming a circle. The child standing in the middle of the circle says: “Froggy dice:”Arriba (or ponganse de pie) todos los niños y niñas que tienen pantalones negros”. Children who are wearing black pants need to find another chair as well as the person who is standing in the middle of the circle. There will be one child without a chair or a place to sit. That child will call out “Froggy dice”. Many of my students like to trick their classmates by saying: “Froggy dice “Arriba todos los niños y niñas que NO tienen zapatos blancos”.

laranitaseviste 150x150 SPANISH Blog Hop! #fallwinterspanishsale MAKE: I have created a free craft to use with this theme!  Just print and cut. You can either add a velcro sticker so that kids can play with the clothes or simply glue the clothes onto the frog. Make sure to print on a white card-stock paper.

FREE RANITA PRINTABLE!

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SING: “Ay Margarita”  is the song of a little girl that feels confused about the weather and the type of clothes she should wear. For this song I use a big paper doll with different clothes accessories, I bought in México. If you want to do something more simple, how about singing “Camisa, pantalones, medias y zapatos” to the tune of head, shoulders, knees and toes.

“Camisa, pantalones, medias y
zapatos.
Camisa, pantalones, medias y
zapatos.
Chaqueta, y suéter, botas y
sandalias.
Camisa, pantalones, medias y
zapatos”

FALL/WINTER BLOG HOP ON SALE ~ 20% off

I am featuring 4 theme bundles that are great for vocabulary introduction or theme review. They all include a variety of worksheets. From eye-hand coordination, deductive reasoning to reading and writing activities. A set of dominoes and vocabulary cards to play memory and crafts with detailed instructions, templates and activity suggestion. Curious? Click each image to learn more  about each bundle.  Enrich each theme with storybooks, music and language games!

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Hop with joy because this SPANISH blog hop has lots of awesome sales, great tips and free activities. Make sure to search #fallwinterspanishsale on the teacherspayteacher.com site to find products on SALE.

Ready for more Blog Hoping?


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Día de los Muertos 2015 events

Día de Muertos is a culturally rich celebration all people can enjoy and learn about.

Here is a list of places that are celebrating, so that you don’t miss it. Feel free to comment about an event. We will make sure to add it to our list.

PHOENIX
Día de lo Muertos PHX. Cultural Coalition
http://diadelosmuertosphx.com/
Location: Steele Indian School Park
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: Sunday October 25 | 1-6 pm
Día de Muertos Celebration at Desert Botanical Garden
https://www.dbg.org/events/dia-de-los-muertos-celebration
Location: Desert Botanical Garden
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 31- November 1st | 10-5 pm

AUSTIN
Lawndale Art Center 28th Annual Día de los  Muertos Series
http://houmuse.com/explore/events/28th-annual-dia-de-los-muertos/
Location: Houston Museum District
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 19- November 7 | 10-5 pm

HOUSTON
Lawndale Art Center 28th Annual Día de los  Muertos Series
http://houmuse.com/explore/events/28th-annual-dia-de-los-muertos/
Location: Houston Museum District
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 19- November 7 | 10-5 pm

LOS ANGELES
Día de Muertos Event List
http://www.latourist.com/index.php?page=dia-de-los-muertos
L.A. Tourist has an awesome and very detail list of the many día de muertos events around L.A.

SAN FRANCISCO
SOMArts’ annual Day of the Dead
http://www.somarts.org/exhibitions/day-of-the-dead/
Location: 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 9- November 9 | 10-5 pm

NEW YORK
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders presents Day of the Dead October
www.manoamano.us
Location:  St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (131 E 10th St, New York)
Admission: Free
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Date: October 31 | 12-6 pm

SEATTLE
Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed
www.diademuertosenseattle.org
Location:  305 Harrison Street, Seattle,WA
Admission: Free
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Date: October 31 -Nov 1st| 11-6 pm

Looking for books, music or Día de los Muertos printables? I have some ideas for you!

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