Teaching in Spanglish

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello October!

Hi, guys! As always, it's been a while. I hope you all are well!
I'm still here... alive... and ticking. =) I just have had my hands full lately taking care of my precious baby boy. He'll be 2 months old this Saturday and, although I am grateful that he is growing nice and healthy, I'm saddened that our time together will be coming to an end in 6 short weeks. =(

This is my baby boy! Isn't he precious?! Don't mind me... I didn't brush my hair this day. Side Note: The photo shoot was supposed to be baby ONLY. As you can see, I was NOT prepared to be in the picture! Lol.

Enough about mommyhood... I don't want to start crying mid-post. Lol.

I think in my previous post I may have mentioned that I was moved from a primary classroom to a 4th grade classroom (if I didn't mention it, I apologize. I was too lazy to check just now.) I'm still so saddened by that news. =( I'm trying to figure out how to win the lotto so I could skip this whole school year and go back for the 2015-2016 school year..... but I guess I should start playing first. Lol.

Would be nice, but a MILLION would be better!


In honor of our new month and my new addition, I decided to make a new set of Repeated Reading Task Cards for you to add to your bag of Spanglish Resources.
During the Cinco de Mayo Bilingual Blog Hop, I added a set of Spring Themed Repeated Reading Task Cards that, according to the feedback, were a big hit. This time around I've made a Fall Edition of those exact task cards.

Click HERE to get your very own sample of my new set!
Click HERE to purchase the Full Set of 20 Task Cards (Note: Product will be FREE for the next 24 hours Grab it while you can!)

Until NEXT TIME! Ta! Ta!

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Letter to My First Day Self

Hey, Guys (and by guys, I mean AWESOME and AMAZING readers!): Can't believe I haven't been on here in two months. I was doing so well! I guess, I'm going to have to use pull the Pregnancy Card! Currently I am in my 9th month! I will be 38 weeks on Monday and will be induced the following Monday if baby doesn't decide to come on his own, so this may be my last post in a while (I know; Surprise, surprise. Lol.)
Many changes have happened this summer and a surprise grade change was one of them!

I guess you could now consider me a 4th grade teacher! I'm super nervous as I've been teaching 1st grade for the last three years.

Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to growing as an educator, but I wish I wouldn't have been changed until the following year. After all, I am having a baby and missing out on the beginning of a brand new school year and a brand new grade! I have new students to meet (we all do), rules and procedures to establish, and standardized tests to prepare them for, yet, I won't be able to do it until mid November. I fear that I'm going to return to sheer and utter chaos! UGH. It's super frustrating!

To calm my nerves a bit, I decided to write a letter to my First Day self. A letter to be written today and NOT TO BE OPENED until the first Day of School! At first, the thought was a little silly; after all, I'm writing a letter to myself! It made me feel as though I had no friends. Lol. As I began, however, it was a very calming process and made me feel more at ease. I thought it would be a good idea to share my letter with all of you and challenge you to do the same. If you can't be honest with yourself and encourage yourself in a time of need, then you need to reevaluate the kind of advice you give others... if there is anyone you could and should be honest with, it is YOU! =)

Just in case you were wondering why my paragraph breaks were incorrectly placed: those aren't paragraph breaks, they are the dividers in between the screen shot images. =)

I will end this blog post with my August Currently:
What are you up to at the moment?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Last stop in the Bilingual Blog Hop! =)

Thank you all for stopping by! This is such an incredible opportunity to be a part of and I can't thank Nancy Alvarez enough for putting it all together!

Aren't these freebies AMAZING!?

Bilingual resources are so hard to come by and for the next couple of days you get to snag quite a few at no cost to you!

Remember that this blog hop only runs for a few days so be sure to grab your freebies before they become purchasable products at our TPT stores!

With that said, let's get this show on the road!

In one of my recent blog posts I posted a sample set of Repeated Reading Fluency Task Cards. Each card in the set has a sentence that is reached through repeated reading.
Such as this:

These cards have worked wonders with both my struggling students and non struggling students. They are fun, engaging, and the sense of accomplishment that comes along when reading the whole card is PRICELESS.

As part of this Bilingual Blog Hop I am giving away my brand new set of Repeated Reading Spring Fluency Spanish Task Cards (sheesh, that was a mouthful!) for your educational use!

There are 12 Task Cards in all, each with it's own spring themed sentence. I usually print them out on card stock and laminate them, so that they last me the whole year!

Click HERE to grab your very own copy!

If you are one of the lucky few to snag a copy, please leave me a comment with some feedback. I would greatly appreciate it!

Follow my blog to get the latest updates on ideas, printables, and other awesome resources for your Spanglish Classroom. ;)

If you missed any of these fabulous freebies, hop back over to Nancy's at Teaching With Nancy to restart the Bilingual Blog Hoppin' and get ALL the fabulous freebies before they are no longer free!

Click HERE to be on your way!
Happy Hopping, Everyone!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Oops... I Did It Again!

LOL. Can I just say that I couldn't let another St. Patrick's Day go by without letting you know about my mischievous actions (INSERT EVIL LAUGH HERE)!
Let me take you back to St. Patrick's Day 2013 (when I was teaching a 1st and 2nd grade split classroom)...

Linsay over at First Grade With a Twist made this adorable St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt:

We did the unit and the kids LOVED it!
They used their SCHEMA! They INFERRED! They PROBLEM SLOVED! They FOUND THE GOLD! I mean, the morning, could not have gone any better!
We got through our activities, then the kids started hearing small random noises here and there; in there eyes it was this guy:

but in reality it was the heating vents.
No big deal right?!
They were OBSESSED with these noises, so I sit them on the rug and decide to look where they told me to look.
I looked in the behind the shelves, in our bathroom, in our large closet and NOTHING.
Then a student says: "Teacher, that closet wasn't open before," as she points to my smaller closet/large cabinet.
So, of course, I tiptoe toward it and, in my quietest whisper, ask "should I check in here?!" They ALL nod "yes!"....
that's when I got my sneaky idea....
I slowly open the cabinet door and as soon as it is wide open, I let out the most blood curdling scream I can possibly do! "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Imagine 30 students with the following faces:

LOL!!! Is it terrible that I found it so freaking amusing?! I mean, I was surprised there were no wet or brown spots on my classroom rug (Thank GOD!)! Thinking about that moment still tickles my funny bone. =)
By the time lunch rolled around, I could not get them to stop talking about that darn Leprechaun so I figured that while they were out of the room, I would make the naughty Leprechaun go away by leaving a trail of tiny footprints from my trashcan to the bathroom, making it seem as though he flushed himself down the toilet...
Perfect plan right?!
When I came back from lunch, I found every single one of them looking like this:

They were crying because the Leprechaun was REALLY there! Lol.
Needless to say, my plan backfired, and I vowed never to scare them again.....

Fast forward to St. Patrick's Day 2014.....

Sunday, February 2, 2014

First Post of 2014!

I'm FINALLY out of hibernation! Yay!!! I can't believe my last post was back in November! I've been way off track, but to be fair I've been a pretty busy gal. =)

Many things have happened since my last post, the biggest of all is.... I'm expecting baby number 2!!! I'm still trying to wrap my head around the whole thing; after all, my first baby is going to be 7 years old in 8 days! I'm a bit nervous, as I'm due in August... right smack at the beginning of the school year. I have so many questions... when is a good time to return? Should I nurse or do formula this time around? AHHHH! Decisions, decisions.

OK, enough ranting/rambling... now that I'm feeling like I'm getting my energy back, I decided to get back into the groove of things.
In my last post I told you guys about Angeli over at Extra Special Teaching inspiring me to create a Spanish version of her November Fluency Task Cards. While stalking browsing though her TPT Store, I saw another set of cards that I thought were brilliant and thought to myself, "I sooooo need to make something like this in Spanish!"
Well, guess what?! I did!

About the product:
The full product is a set of 20 spanish task cards with repeated reading sentences; so basically it's a sentence that flows like a pyramid with each word building on the last word until a full sentence is formed. These particular cards are only include sentences with the syllables m+vowel, p+vowel, s+vowel, t+vowel and the articles "la" and "el".

CLICK HERE for a sample of this product!
For the FULL product, CLICK HERE to go to my TPT Store!

If you grab the sample and like what you see, please let me know. I would love to hear your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions.