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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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Books and Songs for Easter and Spring in Spanish

Getting ready for spring and easter!

Happy Spring to all! Spring blooms, longer days and beautiful rainbows we can all be thankful for. As Easter is quickly approaching let’s celebrate new beginnings and cultivate what is important to share with our niños.  

To get you inspired we’ve gathered a small but thoughtful list of some of our favorite books, songs and other teaching resources for Easter and Spring in Spanish.  Continue reading

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Spring Spanish Vocabulary Cards

How cute are these Spring Spanish vocabulary cards?

Enough of the winter and let’s start to learn about ¡La Primavera! I am so happy Spring is almost here!  Enjoy this free vocabulary cards with short sentences in Spanish and English that Spanglishbaby shared with us via facebook. The cards can be used to play bingo,to make small sentence or memory cards while learning vocabulary!

Let’s try to make a few sentence together!

1. En la primavera las flores florecen y celebramos el día de mamá.
In the Spring flowers bloom and we celebrate mom’s day
2. Las flores florecen en la primavera y el conejito de pascua llega.
Flowers bloom in the spring and the easter bunny arrives.
3. Celebramos en la primavera el día de mamá y el día de la tierra también.
We celebrate in the spring mom’s day and earth’s day too.

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Spring Spanish Vocabulary Cards

Get your cards and start reading en Español!  http://bit.ly/PrimaveraPrintable

Don’t forget to check out our Spring Web Theme for more Spanish teaching ideas

 http://blog.monarcalanguage.com/teaching/teaching-spring/

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