Color Craze

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Bilingual-Spanish, Colors, Math, PreK, Preschool, Spanish | 0 comments

Give your students practice identifying, categorizing and sorting colors with these fun color activities.

These activities can be used as an independent station or use the clip cards as a quick assessment. Differentiate by providing more or less mats and picture cards.

Color Craze includes 11 colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, pink, gray, black and white.  Sorting mats come in both English and Spanish.

Color Craze

Color Craze

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Lesson Planning Essentials

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in #ECEChat, 21st Century Teaching & Learning, Lesson Planning | 0 comments

As teachers return to school, lesson planning once again becomes part of every teacher’s’ life. Have you ever stopped to really consider what makes a lesson good? This past week I spent time on Twitter with teachers and administrators discussing lesson planning essentials.

Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral authors of Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom joined the chat and they brought great thought provoking questions.  Here are just a few of the questions shared during #ECEchat. 

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On my campus our teachers collaborated to come up with a list of what we call “non-negotiable” or “no excuses” items a lesson plan must include.

Here is the list of Lesson Plan Essentials. The list correlates with our students’ needs and campus goals.

 

q2I  really like this question. I am on a bilingual campus with a large population of ELLs.The moment I read this question ELLs came to my mind.

Because of the age of our students and their level of English proficiency, I think the instructional strategies selected by the teacher is vital in helping students understand a concept.

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Reflecting on our practices is key if we want to improve teaching and learning. How often do teachers reflect on the effectiveness of a lesson? PLC meetings and PLN discussions are great venues to have those conversations. Asking questions like, “How many students must master a standard for the lesson to be considered a success?” and “How do you plan for on the spot intervention when you notice students are not understanding something?” are important discussion points.

If we continue to do what we have always done, we will also continue to get the same results. By reflecting on the “why” we choose specific strategies and “how” we determine if a lesson was effective, teachers are able to be more intentional and effective in their lesson design and ultimately improve student outcomes.

 

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Labor Day Sale!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 in 21st Century Teaching & Learning | 0 comments

I hope everyone is enjoying the Labor Day weekend relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends.

This weekend I am having a 30% off Labor Day weekend sale! Get 30% off your entire purchase when you use coupon code laborday16 at checkout.

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Spanish Syllable Listening Station

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Bilingual-Spanish, Free Resources, Literacy, Phonics, Preschool, QR Codes, Sílabas, Spring | 0 comments

A few months ago I discovered Mono Sílabo on Youtube and fell in love! Mono Sílabo videos are great quality and highly engaging.  They teach young readers how to combine syllables to form words. The videos last an average of 9 minutes and include music and visuals to support students in the acquisition of this foundation early literacy skill.

Often times I see teachers use these videos in their morning circle routine or during phonics instruction. The video is often correlated to the letter they are focusing on that week.

Students require lots of repetition and practice to read syllables fluently so I created this syllable listening station to do just that. The Mono Sílabo book is a compilation of all the open syllable combinations. Place the Mono Sílabo video book in your independent listening station so students may access the videos and get extra exposure to this very important skill. All the videos have been saved in SafeShare to ensure there are no ads or popups. Enjoy!

Spanish: Sílabas con el Mono Sílabo

 

 

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New Spanish Word Work Syllable Stations for B and C

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in 1st Grade, Bilingual-Spanish, Literacy, Phonics, QR Codes, Sílabas, Spanish, Technology Integration | 0 comments

Once students have learned all the letter sounds they are ready to begin learning how to combine those letter sounds into syllables. In my latest Spanish word work stations I have included a variety of activities to give students practice to master identifying syllables with B and C at the beginning of words.

The stations included in these packs are perfect for literacy rotations. These stations can be used as independent student word work stations or as teacher lead small group lessons. I’ve included lots of reproducible practice pages to give students many different ways and opportunities to practice and master identifying and reading syllables BA-BE-BI-BO-BU and CA-CE-CI-CO-CU.

Here are a few pictures of some of the stations and practice pages in these Spanish Word Work packs.

Sílabas con B

Spanish: Sílabas con B Spanish: Sílabas con B Spanish: Sílabas con B Spanish: Sílabas con B

Sílabas con C

Spanish: Sílabas con C Spanish: Sílabas con C Spanish: Sílabas con C Spanish: Sílabas con C Spanish: Sílabas con C Spanish: Sílabas con C

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