Thursday, November 6, 2014

November Bilingual Blog Hop!

Hello everyone!  

It's been awhile since I've been on my blog!
Before we start, I would like to list THREE things that I am truly thankful for!!!
1.  I am thankful for my family!  I love them all with all of my heart!  I am truly blessed to have every single one of them in my life!
2.  I am thankful to have such a fantastic kindergarten team!  We work so well together and I am so happy that we all can team and bounce ideas off of each other!
3.  I am thankful for all of my friends!  I appreciate all of you so much!


I hope your year has started off to a fabulous start!  Our district started off with a new math series as well as a new reading series.

With our reading series, I needed to create a structured activity for one of my paras to use during our small group instruction.  My students have been making huge gains with letter names and sounds, but were still struggling with their sight words.  Once I started implementing these activities, my students have started flourishing, especially with their sight words.  I haven't finished creating them all, but eventually, I will have one activity book per week to use alongside the Maravillas Reading Series.  You definitely do not have to have this curriculum to use these books.

Each book is sequential and reviews the lessons from prior weeks.  How do I use these books?
I laminate these books and bind them so they are easy to access for the following year.  I also use these books for Interventions with students who need extra help.  I also copy these off and give them to our Special Education teacher who hasn't received any materials. 

Click on ANY of the pictures to download your freebie!  The mini book will include all pages! Be sure to scroll to the very bottom to enter to win MORE of these Little Books! :-)  I will bundle ALL of the little books I have up until this point for the giveaway!  :-) 1:  Introduce the letter of for the week and the sound it makes. 
Example:   T suena /t/      /t/   /t/  /tigre/, and so on with each picture. 2:  Game Board    Review pictures on the page that begin with the letter of the week.  Model the new word of the week and where to find it on the game board.  Then models saying:  letra ___, palabra ___, letra ___, palabra ___ and then the students join in.  You can play your own game using this.  We use this page to help the students track their eyes and follow along with their fingers. 3 & 4:  Use the strategy of "I do, we do, you do" with the students.  Teacher models, teacher rereads the line with the students, the students read each line as a group (no teacher help).  Depending on your reading groups:  My Middle and Low groups I use the above strategy.  With my High group, I use the strategy, "I do, you do" 

1)  Review pictures at the top of the page.  Example:  /t/ /t/ toro, /t/ /t/ tina, /t/ /t/ taco, /t/ /t/ teléfono    2)  Review letter names and or sight words
3)  Review the sight words from all prior lessons.
4)  Review the syllables of the week.  Everyone teaches Spanish a little different.  I teach the students to read as /sound/ /sound/ then blend the /syllable/.  Example:  /t/ /a/ /ta then go on to the next syllable Pages 5 & 6:  Practice reading sentences using the “I do, we do, you do strategy.” 7:  Student practice segmenting words into syllables.  I have the students touch their head, shoulders, hips, knees, & toes for each syllable.  Example:  telaraña:  te - touch your head, la - touch your shoulders, ra - touch your hips, ña - touch your knees.  This really helps them identify their syllables when segmenting. 8:  Students practice segmenting the word on their own and can 1) use their finger to draw a line from the picture to initial syllable, use a dry erase marker to initial syllable, or 3) use Wikki sticks to form a line to the initial syllable.

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Guess what is coming up tomorrow

Oh my gosh! Guess what is coming up tomorrow?
OUR BILINGUAL BLOG HOP!  SEVERAL of our bilingual friends have gotten together to create a FANTASTIC group of freebies for you to enjoy!  I hope you have a great day today and look forward to our next hop starting tomorrow!!!

I can't wait to see what everyone has in store for us! :-) Happy Thursday everyone!! :-)


Saturday, August 30, 2014

I just turned 40!!! Celebrate with me!!!

Hello everyone!!  I can't believe I just turned 40 and I haven't celebrated!!!  Come celebrate with me and ENTER to win ALL 5 Phonics Centers IN SPANISH!!!  Spread the word and I will choose a winner from someone who shares my posts as well!  WOO HOO!!!!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School Bilingual Blog HOP!!!

Hello all! I am so excited to be a part of this next bilingual back to school blog hop!  I hope you all enjoy the freebies offered on every page throughout the hop! Scroll down to download my freebie and enter the rafflecopter!!!  Have a great back to school!

AUGUST 20-22, 2014

Click on the picture below to download the freebie that will only be free during the hop!  It is available in English and Spanish.  The freebie will be in Spanish only! :-)

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Back to school organizing the new reading curricula

Hello all,

Oh my goodness it has been crazy getting things ready for back to school!  We have a new Math curriculum and a new Reading Curriculum this year!  So many things to organize! 

You can get these labels FREE from my TPT store! Click on the pictures below to take you to this FREEBIE!!

Our English teachers received McGraw Hill - WONDERS and the Spanish teachers were given McGraw Hill - Maravillas.  I had to figure out a way to organize these!  So... here you go!  A freebie from me if you have this series! I created a bunch of labels for both the English and Spanish curricula! :-) 

If you notice, my labels were placed on my tubs BEFORE my teaching partner found this awesome punch that was the PERFECT size!  LOVE this punch!  She got it from Joanne Fabrics!  My student tubs are in Spanish for my kids to use, but the tubs on the bottom two shelves are labeled in ENGLISH in case I get a sub.  It is a rarity that I get my subs in Spanish, so I have to leave things where subs can find them! :-)  At least, they can pull materials for when my paras come in to review with the students.  We get 45 minutes a day of Small group Spanish reading.

The tubs on the bottom were purchased from the Target Dollar spot for $3/each.  I know you can get these from Lakeshore and Really Good Stuff as well.  The tubs on left top - Target Dollar spot a few years ago.  Tubs on the right - Lakeshore.  I like the Lakeshore tubs.  They are a lot sturdier and wider to fit notebooks!  The tubs on the left barely fit a writing notebook.  They do fit my workbooks for our new reading series though!  The white cubes with trays came from Michael's for $19.99 on sale!  I LOVE THEM!  Great for storage!

I hope you all have a great back to school!!


Thursday, July 31, 2014


Hello everyone!  I've been absent lately trying to get things set up in my classroom!  Some of you have already started.  I cannot believe summer is already over for us.

Well... back to school is here and back to school sales are happening! 

Here are several of my BILINGUAL Buddies!  Check out our stores and stock up on your shopping cart!  I have already started adding to my cart!  Up to 28% off!!  I can't wait! 

I hope you all have a great start to your school year!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fourth of July Blog Hop!!

Before we begin...

I want to take a moment and thank all of the Veteran's out there and to those who are currently serving in our military! 

Here is a picture of my dad when he was serving in Vietnam and another picture of him on a day hike.  I am proud to say he is my dad and a Veteran.  Thank you to all of the Veteran's out there.  I appreciate all you have done!


I have always had a hard time organizing my classroom.  Over the last few years, I've become a lot more organized purchasing tubs and storing everything in my tubs.  It was hard at first to let go of the box that the materials came in, but after I started taking pictures of my boxes and or materials it became a lot easier.  

 This is an editable item, so you can continue to take pictures and add to this document as you wish. I have taken pictures of all of my math and literacy centers. I inserted the pictures into each cell and labeled accordingly for my Dual Language classroom. Centers labeled in yellow are all in Spanish while centers labeled in blue are in English.

1. Print each page 3 times and laminate. You will need one page for your centers wheel and the other two for your shoe box tubs. I originally only had one picture on the front side, but when it comes time to clean up, my students didn’t always put my centers back with the label on the front. This has been so helpful when it comes time to search for your centers. I have also taken all of my centers out of their boxes and put them inside my tubs.

2. Cut out the color wheel and the white wheel. Use a brad to connect the two wheels. Tape on the 4 centers you would like to work on for the week. The wheel will easily rotate and you don't need any HUGE pocket chart to move your students from each center.  Just rotate the wheel! 

3. I have 4 colored tables in my room. Each color on the wheel represents the table the students sit at. On Monday, I review the 4 math centers we will be doing along with the learning targets. Tuesday-Friday, I teach whole group math for 30 minutes, then we break into small group centers. The students will do their assigned activity. The wheel rotates daily!  The students LOVE this wheel because they always know what is coming up the next day.  Routines help keep us all on track.  This wheel is also great for when you have a sub.  All the sub has to do is rotate the wheel and there is nobody to say, "you put the centers on the wrong spot!"  (THIS HAPPENED EVERY TIME I had my centers in a pocket chart. 

You will need to have Microsoft Word 2010 in order to open this.

Click on the picture below to download your freebie!  Please be sure to leave comments on my TPT page after downloading.  I really appreciate it!!  Thank you in advance!

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Also.... 20% of sale all weekend in my store!

The next stop in the blog hop is Kinder Bilingue!  
Click on the NEXT STOP picture below to visit her blog!


I can't wait for this BLOG HOP!   
14 bilingual teachers getting together to share 14 more BILINGUAL freebies for you!!!   I hope you all enjoy!  

July 4 at 12:01 AM! :-)  

Happy 4th of July and thank you to all the men and women currently serving in the military!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Our friend Totally Sweet Math Centers by Tabitha Celebrates 1,000 followers! Let's Celebrate!

Lectura Para Niños is participating as well!

I've teamed up with the best of the best TpT sellers for what I'm sure will be an amazing giveaway! 10 winners will each win one of the prize packages listed below. Each package contains a $10 shopping spree to 10 different stores- that a $100 shopping spree and a total of $1000 in products in all!

When it comes time to pick $10 from my store if you are a winner, anything over $10, will be marked to $10 as well.

You can enter right from my page. Best of luck! 

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

I'm away from my blog... so please enter my RAFFLECOPTER DAILY!!!

Hello everyone!  I wanted to let you know I'm going to be away for a week or so from my blog!  SO.... while I'm away, I thought I'd hold a RAFFLECOPTER for my fans to say thank you for following me!!!

And the winners are:
Andrea Tiggeriffic Browder & Yanett Garcia

The winner will win ANY TWO products from my TPT page!    

You can enter the drawing EVERYDAY while I'm away! 
Have a great week!!!

Please remember to LIKE, SHARE, and TAG a friend!  
I will be able to see who likes, shares, and tags.  I will choose one extra person to win for the most LIKES, TAGS, & SHARES!!

Have a fantastic week my friends!

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Bilingual Clubhouse Introduction and iTeachBilinguals

Hello everyone!  I have just posted my introduction on the Bilingual Teachers Clubhouse Blog!

This blog is going to be a collaborative effort from all of the Bilingual/Dual teachers who are working together to promote quality materials for Bilingual and Dual Language classrooms.  If you haven't done so already, please follow the blog!

Here is the website!  So are many resources to support you with Dual and Bilingual Education on this site!  Please follow this website! :-)

  Here are some Pinterest boards you might want to follow as well!


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