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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” :


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”.

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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
Camisa, pantalones, medias y
Chaqueta, y suéter, botas y
Camisa, pantalones, medias y


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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My 5 Back to School Must Haves

Hola Maestras,

Another school year is underway and I hope you have a wonderful teaching year. Each new school year I make sure that I am prepared and organized for the first month of classes; then I can focus on not only meeting my new students but also setting up classroom expectations. My 5 Back To School Must Haves always keep me sane and most importantly get me on the right track for a positive class rapport.

1. Rapport with Parents: I have a blog for parents to read and interact although I also make sure to send them a quick and simple weekly newsletter via e-mail. I include a list of books, music and key vocabulary & grammar, so that they can participate in their child’s school learning journey.

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2. Classroom Décor: Simple, clean and visually uncluttered. I feel that children concentrate better if the walls have just the right amount of visual cues. One of the few visual cues I use is a poster set of the classroom expectations at child-eye level.

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3. Classroom Organization: Students help organize and put away classroom supplies, therefore I make sure that all supplies are correctly labeled and easy to access.

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4. Weekly Planners: I have a notebook with all my ideas and notes for each lesson but for classroom purposes I use a very simple weekly planner sheet. I just write down the basic concepts, resources and activities I am planning to teach that week. If you are interested in learning more about theme planning check out our thematic planning web which includes a free activity map template and free weekly planning template.

5. Recycle Materials: Yes! At the beginning of each school year I put together a list of the recycle materials I am planning to use throughout the school year.  It helps me plan ahead knowing that I have what I need to create craft and science projects with my students.

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You can find my 5 back to school must (except the recycling list) on sale.


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Dress the Snowman Game via MommyMaestra

Download for free this adorable Dress the Snowman game. The perfect winter activity, your preschooler colors in the game cards then chooses one to draw on the muñeco de nieve. MommyMaestra has also shared a cute and short story in Spanish about un mueñeco de nieve.

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MommyMaestra is a blog dedicated to share share ideas and educational resources in English and Spanish for families raising bilingual children.

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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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