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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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Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

Share with your children Día de Muertos stories and songs. It is a great way to introduce children to this beautiful and ancient indigenous tradition. My book recommendation has a mix of spanish, bilingual and english books. All books are fantastic and I have used them in class with my students.

… Al sonar las doce de la noche las calaveras salen a pasear… Con canciones humorísticas y decoraciones coloridas es como celebramos está gran tradición. El Día de Muertos es una celebración mexicana que honra a nuestros seres amados, que ya se han ido.

Aquí tenemos un par de cuentos y una canción para que compartas con tus estudiantes e hijos en casa.

LIBROS

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Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito
Un cuento del Día de los Muertos
By Janice Levy
I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story / Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito: Un Cuento del Día de los Muertos (Spanish and English Edition)  Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

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El Día de los Muertos a Bilingual Celebration
Bob Barner
El dia de los muertos / The Day of the Dead (Spanish Edition)  Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

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Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead
Judy Goldman
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead  Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

CANCION

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Una canción fácil y con un gran ritmo
An easy and great song to celebrate “Día de los Muertos”

Las Calaveras Salen a Pasear
Al sonar las doce de la noche
Las calaveras salen a pasear
Muy contentas se suben a su coche
En bicicleta y también a patinar.
Tumba, tumba, tumba vacía
Ciérrate ya que viene la fría
Jajaja que risa me da
Jajaja no me alcanzará.

Lastly but not least we have some free beautiful día de los muertos printables.

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Simple Back to School Tips for Parents

La Maleta, El Area de Trabajo, y Los Días de la Semana!

What is the solution for your child’s success when going back to school?… Below are three easy back to school tips for parents by Diana P. a “mamá latina” of two on how she helps herself, her child and their teacher have a smooth transition into the new school year. 

~A new school year is here!  It is the perfect time for families to establish new routines to prepare for a successful school year.  To help get your families get ready for school, I have listed an easy top three list that is sure to make your child’s school year as easy as the ABC’s.

  1. Buy a backpack with ONE zipper/pocket.  One!  Not two, three or nine zippers and pockets.  A simple backpack with one zipper will make finding homework, permission slips and lunch money easier for you, your child and his teacher.  Yes, sometimes the teacher wants a signed permission slip only to have the child tell his teacher that he cannot find it in his backpack.  Guess who has to fish through his backpack at school?  Now imagine if each of her 25 students asked for her help with their backpacks?  Let’s make everyone’s life easier and buy a backpack with ONE zipper, and therefore ONE pocket!
  2. Have a designated spot at home for the backpack.  A handy place to keep it is where the child will do her homework.  The child can take her homework out, complete it, and put it in the backpack when she is done.  In the morning, your child will know exactly where her backpack is located.  There won’t be a need for The Great Backpack Expedition before each school day in search of the backpack that needs to get to school, too.
  3. One word – CALENDAR!  Get your child used to being responsible for his own school schedule and items.  Schools are teaching this as young as Kindergarten!  A small wall calendar designated specifically for school will do the trick.  For the children that cannot read yet, draw a book on the day of the week that his class has library day, or a ball on days gym class requires him to wear sneakers.  Calendars work well with the older kids, too.  If your child has music class, swim practice, or a big assignment due, a visual will help keep the child on task.  Plus, the calendar will help your child get ready the night before.  On Monday night, if your child sees he has library scheduled the next day, he will be responsible for making sure his library books are in his backpack.

Enjoy this school year as your child embarks on another year of learning and growth, and may these tips make the journey a little smoother.  Happy School Year!~ Diana P.

Did we hear, teach young children the days of the week? The Monarca Language educational material includes the days of the week worksheets for your child. Es facil! Lunes, Martes, Miércoles…and check out our free printables too.

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Trabalenguals or twist your tongue…Learn spanish and practice pronunciation with a fun activity.

Twist your tongue or traba tu lengua with a trabalengua a tongue twister, you can do it and so can your kids!

A fun way to learn spanish and practice pronunciation is with a tricky rhyme or tongue twisters, un trabalenguas. Not only will this be a very engaging and fun activity for children but it has many long term benefits such as;

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Practice Spanish, listening skills and focus with a tongue twister.

 

  • Stimulates memory
  • Strengthens listening perception
  • Builds focus and concentration
  • Improves pronunciation and articulation
  • Boosts confidence

Make sure you start slowly, and remember to repeat many times. Don’t worry about making mistakes because everyone makes mistakes, it’s part of the fun.

 

 

You will have fond memories of these rhymes for years to come and so will your students or children.

These are some of the trabalenguas I remember from my childhood.

Tres tristes tigres tragaban trigo en un trigal en tres tristes trastos.
En tres tristes trastos tragaban trigo tres tristes tigres.

R con r cigarro,
r con r barril,
rápido ruedan los carros, 
cargados de azúcar del ferrocarril.

Cómpadre, cómpreme un coco,
cómpadre, no compro coco
porque como poco coco como
poco coco compro.

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Not just a field trip! Kid field trips, develop critical thinking and practice Spanish.

A factory tour is a powerful teaching tool.

We love field trips! How about taking your child or students on a factory tour so that they see first-hand how things are made.  This is a great way to explore and teach about the world and new subjects in Spanish such as aviones, (airplanes), máquinas (machines), el periódico (news paper). Before you pack up your bags and head out the door, have your child or student write, color and have little lesson and preparation for the field trip you are about to take.

  • What questions do they have?
  • What vocabulary can you introduce?
  • Use material such as a coloring sheets like el helicóptero

After the trip you will have amazing fun conversation about what they learned and what they found most interesting. Help your students develop those critical thinking skills.

Here are some interesting and exciting  tours we found in a few states:

Washington

Boeing Commercial Airplane

The Boeing Everett factory tours are conducted to showcase The Boeing Company and the Everett product line, the 747, 767, 777 and soon 787. As part of the tour, visitors walk through part of the largest building in the world by volume (472,000,000 cubic feet). On the Boeing flight line, visitors see airplanes in various stages of assembly, manufacture and flight test for airline customers around the world.

Seattle Times Newspaper

The tour includes following the newspapers “hot off the press” through our packaging center and out the door to the trucks. One of the most popular parts of the tour is watching the robots pick up enormous rolls of newsprint and move them to the press.

Theo Chocolate Factory

On our factory tours, we entertain you with the story of cocoa, including the extraordinary transformation of the cocoa fruit into what we know and love as chocolate!

 

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La Maquinaria at Theo Chocolate Factory.

California

San Francisco, AT&T Park

It’s the ballpark where home runs can be “splash hits.” Where the breathtaking Bay view’s rival the action on the field. On your behind-the-scenes ballpark tour of sensational AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, you will get to go places only the players and staff go.

Corona, CA Fender Musical Corp.

Experience more than 8,000 square feet of exhibits featuring hundreds of instruments, amps, photos, historical artifacts, interactive displays and more that give guests from all over the world a fascinating, educational and unforgettable firsthand look at the entire Fender story from 1946 to today.

Texas

Fort Worth, Texas Motor Speedway

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines! Take the green flag for a high-speed visit to one of the world’s largest and most modern sports and entertainment facilities, Texas Motor Speedway.

New York

NY, Metropolitan Opera Guild

90-minute Backstage Tours explore the creation of an opera production, guiding visitors through the shops where artisans work on the sets, costumes, and wigs, and includes the rehearsal facilities, dressing rooms, 10-story backstage complex, and the auditorium. This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals, families and groups to see what goes on behind the scenes of a major production

You can find  more tours and check what is available in your neck of the woods at: http://factorytoursusa.com/

 

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