Jul 22, 2014

Motivated for Back to School

I know we are not ready (I am not ready). But with all the ads, pinterest and so on I feel like BTS is almost here.

I am still creating fun stuff for my kiddos. I will be fun having badges for our special days in school.

Feel free to print these badges for your students.

If you like them check my Back to School Bundle or my First day of School minibooks.

Have fun! 

Lita Lita

Jul 20, 2014

Put a smile on their faces... praise them!

Hello friends:

As the new school year is fast approaching, it's hard for me not think about my new kiddos this year! I love to make them feel welcome and most of all, I like to make them feel important.

I like to use any opportunity I have to praise my students for their good actions, gestures, hard work and effort. I think that a little gesture can boost your students confidence and help them perform better in class.

I would like to share with you different resources I use to put a big smile on my kiddos faces, and make them feel confident in my classroom!

These bracelets were a huge success last year in my class, and I am planning to use it this year also! You just need to print, cut and have them ready to celebrate a special moment in your classroom!

A colleague from Puerto Rico shared this message last year with me and  I LOVED IT!!! I made it into a  mini poster and shared it with my students.

I  also printed it on cards stock and hung it out on my wall! I made sure it was visible to all my students!

This year I am going to add these cute cards to my rewards collection! I am also using them as stickers! You can download it for free {HERE} or from my blog.

For kids, I think kind words are worth more than toys! I hope you can use these ideas with your students and share new ones with me!

Have fun!

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B is for bilingual

Jul 18, 2014

Summer Reading

This is an old book that was given to me in the school where I worked before. 

The Essential 55, by Ron Clark. That’s 55 rules! Can you imagine?  We are often told that we should not have more than 5 rules in our classroom, but I think we could have more. Kids deserve it, and they don’t have to memorize them, we just have to practice them every day. It has simple rules that will instill good manners.

For several years every morning before starting our calendar routine I would introduce a new rule and review the previous. I love to share and teach my students how to be good citizens. Reading, math, and science are important, but more important is to develop good human beings, kids who are empathetic and responsible. Don’t you agree?  

This book has helped me to have some of the best groups in my school.  The cafeteria ladies always told me how well behaved my kids were. My students would be very nice to each other and would try to compliment everybody.

Here are some of my favorite rules:

Rule 6. If you are asked a question in conversation, ask a question in return. As simple as greetings, sometimes we greet someone and ask for his family, and we are there waiting to be asked too, but this does not always happen. If someone shows interest in you, show him that you too are interested in his or her life.

Rule 11. Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness. I try to remind my students that if they are nice to others life will be nice to them. 

Rule 29. The ABC's of etiquette. Many of our students do not share the table with their parents; they don’t have many opportunities to attend restaurants or public places. We can help a little by sitting with them during lunch, teaching them the proper use of cutlery and good manners in public places.

Rule 50. Be positive and enjoy life. Everyone has problems, but if we have a good attitude we can find better solutions. Don’t be afraid to tell your students you are mad or that you have a problem, but be sure to show them a good way to handle these situations.

Rule 53. No matter the circumstances, always be honest. My students know the problem will be worse if they lie, but if they are honest chances are I forget the incident.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you the book I am reading now; well, I’ve read it several times, and I am planning to read it again with my students the next school year.

What are some of the rules you have in your classroom?

Jul 16, 2014

FREE Welcome Back To School Postcards

Many of us send postcards to our students to welcome them to our class. This is a great way to make a connection with your students before they ever enter your classroom. And who doesn't love getting mail?
I made these postcards to send out to them. Click on the image to get them.

I did not add any printing to the back side of it. Just print, cut out, personalize, stamp, and mail to get your new students excited about the new school year.

These postcards coordinate perfectly with my other Celebrate Mexico items in my store. Check them out!

Classroom Decorations
Have a fabulous school year!!!

Jul 15, 2014

Calendar time

  I noticed that I was doing all of the work for my kinders during calendar time. I sang the songs, asked and changed the date, changed the place value chart, counted to a 100, asked about the weather etc. That's why I decided to create a morning work routine where students would become more independent. 

     It took a whole year to make but I can finally say that it is ready. I created a morning work packet from September through June. I also created it the English version for my team. 
         This is how I use it in my classroom. My  students have different jobs each week. One of their jobs is "teacher assistant", he/she sings all of the songs (good morning, days of the week, colors etc) and the "police officer" goes through our class rules.  
I then review the calendar and read the instructions for that day on the morning work routine.

Here is a short video explaining Mi trabajo de la mañana

       I still meet with my students during calendar time, that is something I will never change. I need to activate prior knowledge, establish a routine, talk to my students and prepare my students for the day.
At the beginning of the year my students need a lot of scaffolding to complete the morning work routine. I decided to practice with them for a week so they could get used to this activity. Eventually, they learn how to do it all by themselves. 

 Check them out! You could get each month separate, by bundles (3 months), or buy the whole year and save some $!

Jul 14, 2014

FREE Back-to-School Printable

Self-portraits are commonly used on the first week of school in Pre-K and Kindergarten. We can gather a lot of information from this activity. Teachers who walk around the classroom, during this time, will be able to observe and get to know their students and their abilities.

What should I look for?

*Fine motor skills
*Student's attention to detail
*Pencil Grip
*Dominant Hand
*Spatial Relationships
*Following Directions

Books to read

I compiled a list of several books that you can read during the first week of school. Some of them lend themselves to this self-portrait activity. My favorite one is Leo, el retoño tardio.

Click on my Kinder alphabet blog button to download your freebies. They are available in English and Spanish.


Jul 11, 2014

Interactive Word Walls

Hey y'all!!!

We wanted to share with you what to us is one of the key elements to a successful dual language classroom: yes, we are talking about interactive word walls. Year after year, we see our learner's exceed our expectations when it comes to building meaningful sentences and even stories using our interactive word wall.  
Our students use word walls to sort words by initial or ending sounds, by parts of speech, to classify nouns, to divide words in syllables, to complete sentence stems, to form plurals, and to write short stories, riddles, and poems! The possibilities are endless!!!
Our word walls started simple, just with words written on index cards on white magnetic boards and lockers.  
As we have seen the engagement that takes place when the students interact with the word wall, we have continued to add words, verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, adjectives, etc.  We want to give the students as much tools to build meaningful sentences and have fun with the language at the same time.

As we stated earlier,  we started with very simple word walls, however if you want to save yourself some of the work, here is a product we created that we think you may find very useful!
In this product have we put together all the elements we have been using so far. It is ready to use! It will be 50% off in our tpt store until the end of July.

Here is a freebie that your students can use as they interact with your word walls!


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