Sep 26, 2014

Bathroom Management

A few cheap plates, expo marker and some velcro is all you need to make an incredibly simple bathroom management system that will enable you to keep tabs on which students are out of the room  and when.

My students simply use the bathroom hand signal to let me know if/when they need to use the restroom and sign out on the plate before leaving the room.

They then erase their name using the pom pom on the Expo cap when finished and return to their classroom work. 

Cheap, simple, and I am always aware of who is in the restroom at any given time!

The Second Grade Super Kids and Beyond

Sep 22, 2014

Happy Fall!Let's teach Art

I am happy that Fall is here again!
I love being an Art teacher. Kids are are always motivated and ready to work. Isn't that what we need to teach them a second language?

I have found that teaching art in the second language makes them want to understand. 

I always try to make our crafts guided, step by step. And I keep the materials myself so they need to ask when they need them.

If you want to see more easy crafts check out my blog or my TPT store:

Sep 20, 2014

I can write my name!

I would like to share with you some ideas I used to teach my students how to write their names. The activities are simple and fun!
Here are some pics of what I did the last couple of days  in my classroom.

They identified the first letters in their names.

They also counted the number of letters in their names.

At the end they all shared their books.

You can find this craftivity {HERE}.

During Math we read "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin, and it was perfect to introduce this skill in English.

By the end of the week  we made a graph, and identified which students had the most and least number of letters in their names.

During center time they practice motor skills creating their names with cereal.

They also cut and paste letters to create their names.

You can find more ideas and activities on my blog and FB page!
Have a fun week!

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Sep 17, 2014

Christopher Columbus Roll and Cover Games

I love easy games that are engaging for my kids and require low preparation time.

In these games, students roll 1,2 or 3 dice, add the numbers, and cover up the sum. First to cover all their numbers, wins!

Each game board has the number of dice to roll.

Click here to download your free copy!


Sep 15, 2014

Monkey diary in English and Spanish FREEBIE

Hello friends!
   I am excited to share with you something that my kinder kids love, and that could work with older grades too. This is all you need:

 Yes, I’ve had the “monkey theme” for the past four years (and I plan to have it for a few more). Magically, my students started to bring me a lot of “monkey stuff”, including stuffed animals, so I decided to use them during and after class.

        I use them during class when it’s reading time and they don’t have a reading buddy. They simply go to the library, take a “friend” and read to them. It also works when I am busy talking to another student. I tell them to say it to the monkey first (and they really do!). That gives me time to finish the conversation. There is also another way I have used them. I had a student at the beginning of the year that would cry constantly because she didn't want to come to school. I told the student that our monkey was also nervous about coming to class, and that she was responsible for making sure he was okay, because I wanted him to know that he was safe in school. 

She started taking the monkey everywhere and I mean everywhere (bathroom, lunch, recess, etc). Our monkey even had a special place in P.E. I decided it worked but I didn’t want her to carry the monkey the whole day, every day. I decided I had to take it away, so I started a journaling activity.

This is how I started it:
1. The students picked five monkey friends from the classroom.
2. They named all the monkeys. A whole group activity.
3. I created the diary (duck tape on the spiral for durability):

4.  Created a few guidelines:

5. I send home every Friday, but only those who have not been on yellow the whole week can take them home. I love how it helps as a motivator for good behavior! 
6. Students share on Monday what they did with the monkeys.
Did I mention I also send a small snack(left over from the week)? I tell them that it is for the monkeys and one of my students actually brought the snack on Monday. He said the monkey was not really hungry. How cute! 

Would you like to use it in your classroom? Click here. 

Sep 14, 2014

Teaching the Five W's

Here's a quick blog post to share a fun way to teach the Five W's in Spanish.  I like to use a catchy song that students will remember easily. We also use hand motions that go along with the song. These  will help the kids remember the five questions that they must answer about the story. 

Hop on over to my blog to read more about it and to download this free visual.

Sep 8, 2014

Where Is Your Class?

 It's Libby from

If you haven't checked out my new blog design, please do and let me know what you think!
I love Frida and knew I had to have this clipart!

As a first grade dual language teacher, I only speak Spanish in front of my kiddos.
If you're not familiar with the program, we do this so students use their Spanish language to communicate.  After summer, students feel more comfortable speaking English and this way students will feel the need to speak more in Spanish. 

It's so great how students are such sponges at this age.  Even my own little cutie pie speaks to me in Spanish at school.  I'm really fortunate to teach at a school where staff and administrators value being bilingual.

Well, this is the fifth week of school for us and boy are we busy!
Sometimes we get so busy we forget to let others know where we are, so to help you out I thought I'd make this bilingual freebie for you.
I'd love to hear from you.
Be sure to visit my blog for more ideas, freebies, or just to chat!


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