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, 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.

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).

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:
*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.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

End of Year Tips - Blog Hop

Hello friends and welcome back to my blog! Today we are sharing a blog hop jam packed with helpful ideas to help you finish of the year strong. Keep reading and remember to visit all the blogs to collect all the letters for our giveaway!

My tip for the end of the year has to do with organizationI have file folders for each week of the year. My plan for the end of the year is to visit each folder and add or remove activities based on how helpful they were this year. *Hopefully* I find out soon if I'll be staying in the same grade level/assignment, if not whoever comes in to my classroom will pretty much be set up!

I realize there is so much to do at the end of the year, BUT the more organized you leave everything, the better prepared you will be come the beginning of the year. Slowly tackle your files, drawers, closets (eeek!), and school computer.

Here is a FREE End of the Year Planning Checklist to help you write down everything you need to do before closing up your classroom for the summer.

If you need any resources for the end of the year: I have my bestselling memory books HERE and a free summer bingo HERE!

My letter for the giveaway is:

Now don't forget to enter our giveaway! My Spanish teacher friends and I are giving away a $50 TpT giftcard to one lucky reader. Enter below :)

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Scholastic - Let's Find Out Review

Welcome back to my blog friends! Today I am here to share about a fantastic resource you can utilize in your Spanish Immersion/Dual Language classroom. I was recently contacted by Scholastic to review their Let’s Find Out Bilingual Magazine. Imagine my excitement!!!

I have been trying these out with my kiddos for about three weeks and wanted to share with you this wonderful, highly engaging magazine and some of its components.

First, I received magazines for each of the students in my classroom. I have been utilizing these in small group. I love the crisp photographs and easy to read format that my students can easily follow. There is an individual magazine for students and a BIG teacher edition. I love posting this BIG version on my wall to engage interest even before reading. The magazines are great for Pre-K – 1st grade students. You can even use them like me – with my struggling 2nd graders. The content aligns with the standards as shown below. 

Online Components
Let’s Find Out in Spanish is simple and effective to implement in the classroom. It has an online component which not only reads the magazine out loud to the students, it also includes a building background video, learning games, and even links to related printables. Students are making connections and recalling content with these high interest activities. 

Building language and vocabulary is always of high importance in the classroom. Just look below at all the vocabulary students read and studied throughout this past year’s issues! My students immediately started adding words they were learning to their Libro de Palabras.

Last, but certainly not least, the printables are SO helpful and easy to access. There’s prediction charts, observation recording pages, following directions, patterns to cut/paste, and so much more. The reading is engaging and it is followed by an activity that is just as engaging for the students.

So now, time for a GIVEAWAY! Scholastic has allowed me to choose 1 of my blog readers to win a free class set of the May/June issue (limit of 30 magazines). If chosen, you must provide your full name and address to receive these.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your name and how you would utilize these magazines. Winner will be chosen on May 5, 2017 and contacted by May 6, 2017.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found helpful ideas for your classroom. Until next time!