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Creating a Classroom Constitution

Creating a classroom constitution is a great way to learn about the rights and the responsibilities we all share and need to respect.

Why are Constitutions important?  A Constitution tell us about how a government works and lists some important and fundamental rights to keep people safe.

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To create a classroom constitution, begin by discussing what makes a positive and respectful classroom environment.
Some answers may be:
– We listen when a classmate is sharing his or her ideas and stories with us.
– We offer our help when a classmate is sad or upset.

Brainstorming and Questions (English-Spanish):

  • What are some rights that are important to have in the classroom? ¿Cuáles son algunos derechos que son importantes tener dentro del salón de clases?
    Some answers may be:
    – The right to learn.  El derecho de aprender
    – The right to share my opinions. El derecho de compartir mis opiniones.
  • Can some classmates have certain rights but others not? ¿Piensas que algunos compañeros pueden tener ciertos derechos pero otros no?
  • What do we need to do to protect our rights? ¿Qué necesitamos hacer para proteger nuestros derechos?

Discuss the importance of having rules or responsibilities. I prefer to call them responsibilities because it changes a negative statement into a positive one, for example, the rule is “don’t run inside” vs. the responsibility is “walk inside”.

  • When do we need rules or responsibilities? ¿Cuándo necesitamos tener reglas o responsabilidades?
  • Why do we need rules or responsibilities? ¿Por qué necesitamos tener reglas o responsabilidades?
  • What is the difference between rights and rules? ¿Cuáles son las diferencias entre reglas y derechos?

Class Activity

Students brainstorm and decide between 3 and 5 classroom rights and between 3 and 5 classroom rules or responsibilities. You can help students combine these two into statements.

A statement may be:

“We keep our voices down (responsibility) so that I can to listen to the teacher and learn new things (my right to learn)”
“Mantenemos nuestras voces bajas (responsabilidad) para poder escuchar a la maestra y aprender cosas nuevas (derecho de aprender)”

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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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New Year’s Resolution Activities For Children

Monarca Language wishes you a full year of new adventures!

This is a great time to start thoughtful and exciting resolutions with your children. After all, children love starting new projects. It is important that we support the progress, not just the end results. Enjoy the little or big achievements your child makes along the way!

Let’s think of New Year’s resolution activities for young children this new year.

New Year resolutions are not only for adults or personal aspirations. Resolutions can be made by children, by the family together or even at school. Self-discipline and self-esteem can be strengthened by learning the importance of practice and progress.  Ask your child or class if they would be interested in achieving a family or group goal. Perhaps reading more books, practicing a sport or an art. Even better, practicing more Spanish each day!  We have found interesting articles and activities for you to explore this idea. We would love to hear about any 2016 resolutions you and your little ones make together.

Making New Year’s Resolutions with Your Child
By Laura Lewis Brown

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids
By American Academy of Pediatrics 

Actividades con los Niños para Fin de Año
Por Dariela Cruz 

By American Academy of Pediatrics


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St. Patrick’s Card Game

Let’s play a St. Patrick’s Card game to learn spanish and practice visual and memory skills.

Most children love to build, and puzzles are a great way to practice building skills. Building and composing activities promote hand-eye coordination, problem solving, memory and self-correcting skills.

One building and composing activity that is ideally for work tasks at school or during quiet time at home, is “composing by following a task card”. Children can independently learn about shapes, numbers, colors and letters.

For St. Patrick’s day, I created a game with task cards to practice color vocabulary, color sequence (in Spanish) and memory skills.

You can play two ways:

Activity 1: Children compose a clover by following the color sequence of the card.

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Board game and task cards

Activity  2: Show a card for a few seconds. Children compose the clover that you show them by following the color sequence of the card.

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Game cards.

The board and the cards are pretty easy to do, since all shapes are hearts (corazones).

You can always download our Día de San Patricio bundle, which includes this game as well as many other printables, activities and resources.

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