Tuesday, September 10, 2019

YOTTOY Productions


I recently received a YOTTOY Productions book and plush. Did you know that they are a woman-owned company that started in 1995? Growing up, Kate (the owner of YOTTOY) would see fancy toys in stores and dreamed of one day having her own toy business! She accomplished her dream. Now, YOTTOY has an impressive variety of books to choose from and you can also purchase a matching/accompanying toy to go with the book. The soft toys are high quality, cute, and a treasure to share.

I chose “No dejes que la Paloma conduzca el autobus” and the bus plush. YES! They have popular SPANISH books, too. So often these cute books and toys are only in English, but YOTTOY Productions does have SPANISH books available: Corduroy, El camioncito azul, and ¡No dejes que la Paloma conduzca el autobus! If you are looking for these books and a matching toy to add to your read alouds, I highly suggest visiting YOTTOY Productions. My own girls loved cuddling the bus as I read the book out loud to them! They are already deciding which book and toy plush we'll be purchasing to add to their collection :) 



Do you want to win your choice of SPANISH book and plush? To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I have teamed up with YOTTOY to give one lucky winner a Spanish book and toy plush of their choice. Head on over to my Instagram @mmbilingual to enter this amazing giveaway!


Until next time friends! XO




Thursday, May 30, 2019

En La Radio - Album Review


Hello everyone! After quite a break from blogging, I am here to share exciting news with you! Nathalia, my favorite bilingual songwriter and singer is releasing her newest album tomorrow, May 31st,  En La Radio. Nathalia’s music is magical, engaging, and I could listen to it all day long on repeat. Are you ready to check out her unique style and family friendly songs? Do you want to win her latest album to use with your students? Keep reading for more details.



Nathalia’s newest album En La Radio is authentic, family friendly, and educational.

Authentic – Nathalia’s style is unique and no one song is like the other. From Latin American rhythms, to dance, cumbia, rock, bluegrass, vallenato, and even acoustic. Each song is exposure for our children to different types of music and experiences.


Family friendly – I love that I can listen to this with my 4th grade students because of the catchy music, but I also LOVE that my 3-year-old toddler also enjoys it. Nathalia’s music is upbeat and can put you to dance in your chair, in the car, in the kitchen while cooking, pretty much anywhere.

Educational – Did you know Nathalia has FREE lesson plans that correlate to her songs? See available ones HERE. Her newest album, En la Radio, is great for using in the classroom. You can analyze Sounds of the Seasons and learn about the seasons in English and Spanish. In LEGO Let’s Go, she encourages children to use their imagination and creativity.


My personal favorite is La Rutina. Nathalia dedicates this song to all students and teachers reminding us that even in our day to day routine, each day brings new opportunities!

La rutina al empezar el día, dice con alegría que ay otra oportunidad

The routine reminds you every morning with a smile
You’ve got another day full of opportunities

My 2nd favorite is Amor, Amor. This song hits home and reminds me of conversations with my little one. This song is adorable and puts a smile on my face!

Aunque todo cambie al pasar los años
Si me necesitas estaré junto a ti, junto a ti
Love, love, amor, amor, amor



Now on to our giveaway! Nathalia has very graciously offered to give away a copy of her newest album to one of my followers. Head on to Instagram and look for my post on how to enter to win.

On her website, nathaliamusic.com you will find her bio, calendar of events, lesson plans, and information on how to book her for an event. Until next time friends!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Linguacious Review and a Giveaway!

Hello everyone! I am back today with a fabulous resource you can use with your bilingual students or even your own kiddos. Have you heard of LinguaciousLinguacious is a company that provides language learning products in Hebrew, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, English/ESL, Russian. I have been trying out a few of their products and am here with an in depth review AND a giveaway. 

Linguacious focuses on both the expressive and receptive language domains and their materials target all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Keep reading to see how I've used them.

~Flashcards~
We all use flashcards with our students, well, wait until you try these! The Linguacious flashcards have:
1) vibrant, real life photos
2) easy to read text
3) a QR code that you can scan to listen to the correct pronunciation from a native speaker


The flashcards include suggested games you can try at home or at school. It is a great way to practice and truly internalize a new language. I have used them with my 2nd graders in a word study center where they scan the QR code, listen to the word, then they'll try to use it in a sentence. I've also used these with my 18 month old baby girl. Of course, she's not speaking in sentences, yet! With her, I'll point to the picture, say the word, then scan it with the phone QR reader (she LOVES to listen to the word pronunciation).


~Posters~
The posters are a quick way to have the same words as the flashcards. I have these displayed around the classroom and they are easy to scan whenever you want students to practice their words. There are 3 posters which include: a side of things around the home and a side of animals. 


Giveaway & Coupon Code
Linguacious and I have teamed up to bring you a 10% discount using MMBILI10 on your Amazon purchase. Take advantage before it expires on February 12th! Furthermore, we will be giving away a poster set to one lucky follower. All you have to do is follow the rafflecopter instructions below. Good luck and until next time, friends!


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Saturday, February 3, 2018

2018 Update

Welcome back to my blog friends! I have been busy, swamped with all the things:
*life
*teaching
*my baby girl (now 18 months old)
*obtaining my principal certification
*where has time gone!!??!

I am hoping to start balancing it all a little better and bring you high quality ideas you can utilize in your bilingual classroom. I have so many projects in the works and hope to soon be able to share all the content I have planned. This February also marks my 4th year as a TpT seller!! Wooo what a fantastic ride this has been. 

A couple of things in the works:
1) #duallanguagespanishfun will be on instagram. Follow me @mmbilingual where a group of educators and I will be sharing posts from our classrooms and resources!

2) Come back next week for a giveaway and discount code on a fantastic learning resource you can use at home or in the classroom!

So friends, make sure you are following me on social media to find out about what's new here at M&M Bilingual!

For now I leave you with a freebie you can use. 
Click here or on the picture to download this free resource!


Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Spanish eBook 2017!

2017 Spanish ebook, free Spanish lesson plans, games, activities, and teaching tips


Whether you're new teacher or a veteran teacher, the 2017 Spanish ebook, is a definite must-have for your school year.


What is the Spanish ebook you ask?  

It's a downloadable document with teaching tips and free resources from 25 top teacher authors.   Yes, you heard that right!  You get 25 free Spanish resources for your classroom.  And trust me - these lesson plans are really good!  We created 2 versions, one for K-5 Spanish teachers and one for Grades 6-12.


Grades K-5 Free Spanish lesson plans, games, and activities:

*Take Home Binder Labels *Los sonidos iniciales *Llama coloring sheet *Back to School Pennant in Spanish *Trabajo de palabras *La araña pequeñita *Scoot Numbers to 5 *Los Pescaditos Poem *Colombia Minibook *Adivina Quién Game *Los días de la semana reader *Transition Video *Repaso de sonidos *Goal Planning Worksheets *Back to School Games Sampler *Unit 1 Los Pollitos Dicen

Grades 6-12 Free Spanish lesson plans, games, and activities:

*Scavenger Hunt Activity *Present Tense Summary Chart *Interactive Notebook Flash Cards *School Supplies Vocabulary Puzzles *All About Me Infographic Activity *Reward Coupons *Imperfect Tense Task Cards *Readings for MovieTalk Extension *"Fotografía" Song Activities *Student Profile Sheet *Para Empezar Daily Bell Ringers *Transition Video *Interactive Reading Activity for Hispanic Heritage Month *Categories Game *50 Culture Project Ideas *Clothing Google Drive Activity *Preterite vs. Imperfect Graphic Organizer *Interactive Activities for September *Todo acerca de mi Build-a-Book *Spanish Adjective Bingo *Comic Strip Activity *Instagram Activity *"Paraíso" Song Activities *Digital Breakout Activity *Conjugation Game for -AR Verbs *Classroom Management Strategy


Not only do you get the free resources, but each of these veteran Spanish teachers shares a pro teaching tip.  Even though I've taught for many years, I always learn so much when I read these. Our K-5 2016 ebook and Grades 6-12 2015 ebook and 2016 ebooks have been downloaded over 14,000 times.  And guess what? Each of them has additional teaching tips and free Spanish resources.  Triple the fun! So you can get 80 free Spanish games, activities, teaching tips, and lesson plans for your class.  Amazing! Still not sure?  Here's a sneak peek at my page.  You'll need to download the actual ebook to be able to click on the resources.     



And for those of you who also teach French, be sure to check out the French ebook.
Hope that all these tips, tricks, and resources help you have the best year ever!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

MPM School Supplies Review & $50 Giveaway!

Welcome back to my blog, friends! I was recently contacted by MPM School Supplies to do a review of their company. They are a family owned and operated online educational supply store with which I was very pleased to work with. Keep reading to learn about my experience and enter to win a $50 MPM School Supplies gift card!


To begin with, their website is very user friendly. It has categories which help you navigate and easily find the resources you are looking for. I found what I needed and the checkout process went smooth and hassle free. The shipping was extremely fast, and I found this box on my doorstep in four days! 


So let’s begin with what I ordered: This year, I am maintaining a chalkboard theme throughout my classroom and there were many resources I found to add and extend my theme. I started adding all things “chalkboard” to my cart. I found a great behavior clip chart. I love how it reinforces behavior and also encourages wise choices. They also have these behavior desktop reminders will be a great visual for me to redirect or reinforce student behavior by just approaching their desk and pointing to how they’re doing.

This next set is amazing! I will be using these for my guided reading centers for students to visually see what group they should be in. What’s great about them, is that they are magnetic! Easy to adjust for differentiation within my groups. The restroom passes are also magnetic, yay!
There are also many Spanish supplies, even Spanish rugs. I found this cute Spanish poster I will display right at my door for students to see when they walk in. It also matches my classroom décor perfectly!

Look at these folders! I am completely obsessed with making these last a long time. I am going to be laminating them and will use them to organize data, student information, gradebook copies, etc. Once again, they match perfect with my classroom theme.


Erasers are the first to go in my classroom. I knew I needed TWO boxes of these!

I saved the best for last. These buzzers are AMAZING. I will use them as attention grabbers and for student engagement during reading. I am certain the sound and lights will encourage my 2nd graders to participate and keep them engaged.

I was extremely pleased with my MPM School Supplies experience and highly recommend their educational supply store. I know I will be returning for more items throughout the school year!

Now, MPM School Supplies has kindly offered one $50 gift card for one of my blog readers. Just visit the MPM School Supplies and leave a comment bellow telling me what you would buy for your classroom. Include your email address so I can contact you! Good luck! Giveaway ends Friday, July 7th.