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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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Celebra el Día de….children’s book giveaway

With all the Holiday celebrations let’s take the opportunity to teach the history behind these special days. Monarca Language sponsored by Santillana USA is giving away a set of 5 children’s books by the distinguished Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy.

  • Celebrar el Día de Acción de gracias con Beto y Gaby
  • Celebrar el Cinco de Mayo con un jarabe tapatío
  • Celebrar Halloween y el Día de Muertos con Cristina y su conejito azul
  • Celebrar el Cuatro de Julio con Campeón, el glotón
  • Celebrar Kwanzaa con Botitas y sus gatitos
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It’s almost Thanksgiving Day, Let’s Teach Children to Express Gratitude

¡Gracias! Thank you! Thanksgiving Day let’s teach children to express gratitude.

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Let’s Teach Children to Express Gratitude.

As children we were all told to say those words to express gratitude for someone’s kindness.  Raising polite and grateful little humans has always been the job of the adults.  Of course, children copy what they see and hear, particularly from their parents.  When was the last time you were able to reflect on your gratitude?  What are you thankful for this year?  Today?

When November hits the calendar, many families start making plans for Thanksgiving Day.  What’s for dinner?  Who are we inviting to share it with us?  What do we need to buy for the groceries?  Will our favorite football team be playing a game on TV?  We are often in a rush to do the holiday “right” that we bypass the true sentiment of the holiday.  Since the focus becomes so much on the success of the Thanksgiving Day feast, it may be easier and more meaningful to focus on the things and people we are thankful for as soon as the month of November hits the calendar.

This November, challenge your family members to think about their gratitude each day of the month.  This is a fun and easy task for each family member because age is not a barrier for this activity.  All you need are a pencil, small pieces of paper and a container such as a mason jar, an empty pail or a big manila envelope.  Ask each family member to write down something they feel thankful for, and help the little ones write down their thoughts, too.  The young ones can also draw a quick picture and you can write down their explanation of the drawing.  Do this each day, and place the pieces of paper in the container your family chooses to use.

Do this each day of the month, and on Thanksgiving Day during dinner take the Container of Thankfulness and share the sentiments in it.  It will be uplifting to hear all of the beautiful words each of your family members has shared for the month.  Whether someone is thankful for relatives, a toy, or an event that occurred on a particular day, it will be a delight to relive those thoughts together.  Moreover, it will build a habit in your children.  Your children will learn that regardless of how tough things may seem on a particular day we all have plenty for which we should be grateful.

I encourage you to try this small activity with your family.  Expressing and feeling gratitude is what brings humanity together.  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.

There is so much to give thanks for each day.  Reflect and have fun.

~By Diana P. a “mamá latina”

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Zipping and zooming. Teaching Spanish during car trips.

Teaching Spanish during car trips and let’s not leave out…the fun! 

 Autumn has officially arrived.  The fall leaves are turning colors, the air is crisper, and daylight hours are getting shorter.  Of course, by now, most of our kids are back at school, and their English language conversation has increased as they get instructions from their teacher and socialize with their friends.  We must work a little harder to continue to instill the Spanish language in the homes.

Gone is the summer where days were spent chatting with grandma in Español, or watching a Spanish program.  We don’t have time for that!  We have schedules to keep up with and homework to take care of daily.  Yet, we want our children to speak Spanish.  We want them to enjoy the gift of a second language.  Regardless of whether parents are native speakers or not, it’s time to instill some tricks to the Spanish bag.

Whether we are zipping to soccer practice, zooming to school, or zipping and zooming to visit relatives in the months ahead, let’s use the car ride to our advantage!

  •  Play Spanish music.  There are many children’s music artists that will delight the young ones, but there are also artists that will excite the older kids and adults alike.  Before long, the entire family will be singing along to their favorite Spanish tunes!
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El Camión, Free Coloring Sheet from Monarca Language

  •  Print out some worksheets, and keep them handy in one’s car.  Make sure to carry a pencil and eraser, or crayons in your car.  When you arrive early to swim or music class, these will come in handy and keep your child thinking in Spanish.

 

 

 

  • Make car rides strictly a “Spanish Speaking Zone”.  This works great even if you do not know Spanish.  Your child will have fun teaching you something that you don’t know.  Your child can pretend play that he is the Spanish teacher, and you are the student.  You can discuss colors, numbers, and shapes.  The vocabulary is endless.
  • Spanish books on tape.  Start out with short books that are already familiar to your family.  Familiar stories are always a welcome treat for kids.  If you also have a copy of the book for your child, let your child read along with the book on tape.

By maximizing our time in the car with our family, we are increasing our children’s auditory, literary and oral understanding of the Spanish language.  The added bonus is that through our collaborative teaching and learning of Spanish, we will create wonderful memories that will ultimately provide the gift of a lifetime.  Enjoy making your car trips “solamente en Español” (Spanish only).

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El helicóptero, Free Coloring Printable from Monarca Language

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Transportation Domino Game, Free Coloring Printable from Monarca Language

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~By Diana P. a “mamá latina”

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