Jul 29, 2014

Vinchas de Colores

My kids love headbands. Using them children can actively participate in class and have some structured wiggle time, and it helps lessons go well. You can use them to introduce or review colors. Besides you can:

1. Call children to get in line or go to different areas in the room by the color they have in their headband. “If your color is green sit on the rug.”

2. Pair up children. Each child will name the color they have in their headband. They will describe it, for instance " Turtles are ..."

3. Call children to get in line or go to different areas in the room by the color they have on their headbands. “All the green things get in line.” “All the red things go to your seat.” 

Download your free copy here

A Teachable Year

Jul 27, 2014

Classroom Environment in a 1st Grade Class

Hello my Bilingual Friends!
On July 23rd, I started a new school year with 25 lovely first graders.  I’m excited and a bit nervous (yes, after 20 years) to see what this year has stored for us.

I’m sharing a few pictures of my classroom environment this time around so that you get ideas on how you would like to set up yours. 

Classroom Jobs
Each student in my classroom holds a job for a week.  No one is left out, everyone participates to keep the classroom in order.  sometime I will place two students for the same job because it takes longer to accomplish.   Find the cards in my TPT store.  

Math Tubs
I got these math tubs at Party City.  They hold all the manipulatives we need for our math lessons.  
You can find these labels for FREE here!!

Daily 5 in Spanish
I started reading the Daily 5 (2nd edition) and I fell in love with the management system once again.  I made these headers for my Daily 5 wall.  My students will place their number inside the sheet protector to let me know what activity they have picked.  Meanwhile, I would be working with small groups.

Big Bean Bags
I got these wonderful bean bags so that my students can read with a partner during our Daily 5 time.  I purchased them at Walmart for $29 (online) and the shipping for these adorable chairs was FREE!

I hope you enjoyed a little tour of my classroom!  
Until next time!  Angelica Sandoval

Jul 25, 2014

First Day Welcome

Going back to school is right around the corner for most of us (if you haven't already begun), and it is always nice to have a few ideas in the bank to welcome your students and even colleagues that first day back (as let's be honest, we all have some of those first day jitters!).

Last year as a coach, I placed one of these fun little snacks into each of the new dual language staffs' mailboxes.

It is just a little way to say "have a great day!"
You can punch the bags and tie on the saying with ribbon as I did, or just go ahead and tape it right on  there!

The image below represents a second version I created, which may be a great one to use with students the first day if you plan to set them out on their desks, etc. Click on the image and you can download either of the versions for free :).

Happy start to your school year!

The Second Grade Super Kids and Beyond

Jul 24, 2014

Spelling in the Dual Language Classroom

Spelling...oh spelling. Some teachers really emphasize spelling, others not so much. Many claim that words that are studied one week, go down the drain the following week - in other words no retention.

So what do I do or use for spelling?
When I was in the English-only classroom (not dual language) I fell in love with Words Their Way by Beers, Invernizzi, Templeton and Johnston. It was the only program I felt really worked for my students. Forget the 'one-size-fits-all' spelling list, because with WTW children are grouped according to their developmental spelling stage. Yes, it was crazy at times because there were 3 or more spelling groups at one time (usually 5 at the most, yet I feel more comfortable with 4) and every group had a different list. Setting up the routine took some time at the beginning, but after a month or so it was so smooth, you could hardly notice that children had different words. When I moved to the dual language world, I searched everywhere for something that would resemble Words Their Way and while there is not an official Words Their Way program designed for Spanish learning students (the books have an extended list/test for ELL but is not designed to teach words in Spanish), I came across a very promising guide created by Irma H. Trujillo and a team of collaborators with funding from the Department of Education.

The great thing is that since it was funded by the Department of Education, the materials and guides are FREE. There is a webcast available here with plenty of examples and a breakdown of how this tool works.

The guide, "presents teachers with a clear understanding of authentic Spanish word features, discusses a tool for word study assessment developed for a New Mexico school district, and provides resources to assist teachers in their efforts to implement a Spanish word study program for elementary students." 
(Early Literacy Intervention: Estudio de Palabras/Word Study in Spanish)

If you are familiar with WTW (Words Their Way), this guide will make TONS of sense. One thing I learned for sure or that I started to accept is that in Spanish word patterns or features are completely different from English so children do not progress through stages as they do in English.

This past school year I started playing with the program and really liked how it was structured; however, I found that since in Spanish words sound like they are spelled (for the most part) my students were not really having trouble with spelling as they did with vocabulary. I made changes throughout the year so that towards the end I did spelling in English and vocabulary in Spanish. It worked out really well, but I was left wondering if there was a better way to teach spelling in the bilingual classroom and if it is necessary at all.

Do you focus on spelling or vocabulary in Spanish or both? Other teachers and I would love to hear what awesome things you do in your classroom.


Image thanks to elginwx

Jul 23, 2014

Meet Eliceo - Interactive Notebook Giveaway

Hello! My name is Eliceo Sanchez and I am excited to be collaborating with so many amazing bilingual teachers on this blog. Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in a small town in the mountains of Puebla, Mexico. As a teen I moved to Minnesota in search of a better life for me and my family. I began learning English in school while working to support my family back in Mexico. A few years later I married Nicole, an elementary ESL teacher and had two children. We lived in Minnesota for several years, and then decided to move Yucatan, Mexico. 

After we made the move, I began teaming with Nicole to design and translate elementary curriculum and teach English here in the Yucatan. Through our experiences, we saw the need for quality bilingual educational materials, so we began posting our own resources and tips for teachers online during our spare time. As a native Spanish-speaker, and former ESL student I feel I bring a unique perspective to our teamwork, and look forward to continuing our efforts to support bilingual teachers around the world. 

This week our TpT store hit a major milestone of 2000 followers. To celebrate we're giving away 5 of our best-selling interactive notebooks. To enter, just fill out the rafflecopter below. The best part is you get to pick which notebook you win. As always, happy teaching!
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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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