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Free printable game similar to Guess Who via SpanishPlayground

Spanish Playground is hosting a Summer Reading Program to keep kids reading, hearing and using Spanish during their summer break. It is similar to the one hosted by Public Libraries around the country but of course all in español! The program is free and all participants will also be entered automatically to win one of 5 packages of Spanish and bilingual books, music and games. Make sure to participate!

This week we team up with Spanish Playground and created a printable game to practice Spanish similar to Guess Who, except that players are describing monsters with fruit names. I have successfully used this game with multiple classrooms, and I am very excited for you and your littles ones to play too.

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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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Going Back to School!~ Words of Inspiration.

This time of year teachers and parents are scrambling in preparation for going back to school and adjusting to the changes of our summer lounging days. Today in preparation for this process we have some inspiring words of wisdom from a Eliana R. Molina a very talented Spanish teacher that thrives at creating a nurturing environment for students and herself. These are her thought on beginning the new school year with love and perspective.

~As the new school year approaches and summer-time comes to an end, many teachers begin to prepare mentally for their return to work and all the planning that comes along with it.  For many teachers it will be their first-year teaching, for some it will be back to their old stomping grounds, and yet for others, like me, it will be taking one’s teaching experience to a new school district, in a new city and state.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” and I completely agree with him.  You see, moving is never easy.  However, change is good because you are being given the chance to change the world.  Perhaps you may want to promote culture or diversity in the new school district you’re about to join or the same one you taught at last year.  You might bring some new ideas to the new school that will bring many teachers together in conversation or perhaps share something you learned over the summer that will inspire a colleague or student.  The whole point of change is we are all given the opportunity to do so, to take the opportunity to add something, to make a difference.

Regardless of how many years we have under our belt in teaching, and how many years we have at a particular school, getting ready for the school year entails preparation and work.  Coming up with new ideas for lesson plans, planning strategies and even making sure you have all the school supplies needed in the classroom can seem easy to achieve, but it is very time consuming and takes patience and collaboration.

During the first week that teachers report, there is work to be done and new things to learn as a district, school and department.  Teachers must get back into the routine of waking up early again and attending staff meetings and staying after school, helping students, grading papers and volunteering.  The list can go on and on and seem endless!!

Teachers need to make sure that their classroom area is ready with the right amount of desks and chairs to seat all students.  I always make it a habit to make sure that the proper technology equipment is installed properly and working. That does not exclude making sure the needed supplies are in the classroom, such as a stapler, a pencil sharpener, rulers, glue, tape, scissors and more.  You might find out that the school has adopted a new textbook or started using new software that you will need training on, which takes away from preparing yourself and the classroom for the upcoming school year.

In all, preparing for a new school year, I have learned that there is no beginning or end for the things that need to be done before school starts.  Schedules, routines, textbooks, classrooms, and people are constantly changing and routines can be interfered with unexpected meetings before or after school.  There is never a good enough list that will prepare you for the first days of school 100%, but you can rest assure that you will learn the ropes and you will meet great people who have all been in your shoes at one point and are willing to help ease the anxiety that might be building up.  Remember to take a deep breath and enjoy each day because after all when your 10 months of work are up for the year, you will get to have your summer break again to just look back at the first day of school and think with a huge smile, “I made it and changed the life of many!” ~ Eliana R. Molina

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You will change the life of a Child!

Monarca Language has free printables  and spanish education material for you just become a member.

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Simple ideas for earth day and everyday

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Compost & Recycle Posters in Spanish

Lots of great ideas and good habits to foster early in life, so let’s start with simple ideas for earth day and everyday.

Teaching respect for nature and the environment is a process we have to encourage starting at a young age. By interacting with nature, we are also teaching to respect it. Young children can not understand certain concepts like the nature of responsibility for the environment. They learn by observation and imitation. Say out loud  what you are doing when recycling or saving water during bath time. Children will connect words and actions, creating first seeds for their own nature responsibility.

Ask your child to help you take care of our big planet. This should be specific and easy to follow!

Simple ideas: 

  • Turing off the water when they brush their teeth.
  • Putting items in the recycling bin.
  • Going on walks to the park, zoo or nature centers.
  • Ask your little one to be respectful of all animals, plants and trees, since they need each other to exist. We need them, too!
  • Add a recycling and composting poster next to your bins as visual reminders.

We have two cute ones that you can just print and laminate (posters are in Spanish!):

Download here!
La Composta (.pdf)
Reciclado (.pdf)

We also have a bunch of fun and easy ideas at our “Día de la TierraPinterest board.

What are your three best ideas to foster green good habits?

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Saint Patrick’s Day Spanish Printables

Saint Patrick’s Day Spanish Printables!

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Free Spanish St.Patricks Printables

¡El 17 de marzo es el Día de San Patricio and SpanglishBaby and us have a fabulous spanish and english printable with activities for your niños y niñas!

You can download for free the following printables:

– St. Patrick’s day cards
– One coloring page
– One mini story to color and read.

Find it and print it here!

http://bit.ly/SanPatricioPrintable2015

 

 

One of my students made a cover for the mini story included in this free package.

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Free Coloring Story

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Clover cover for the mini story.

Another fun activity to do on St. Patricks weekend is play a card game. Read our post about this game. 

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Enjoy!

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