Monday, July 21, 2014

Using Broken Devices to Nurture Your Child's STEM Interest



STOP! Don't throw that broken toaster in the trash! Don't discard that old radio that has stopped working!

Instead, save them for your kids.

A few weeks ago, someone (the kids) lost the remote to our last DVD player, which was a super basic model that I bought because it was the cheapest available at my local store. On the front was PLAY, STOP and EJECT. So to pause, rewind, or fast forward you needed the remote. And I only bought that one because the DVD player in our original DVD/VCR combo had stopped working. But we still have quite a few movies on VHS, so I kept the broken device.

The point of all this is that our entertainment center was a crowded mess. And after losing the remote, I finally had enough. So...

Last week, I bought a new DVD/VCR combo. On Tuesday, I unhooked the ghastly tangle of wires and cords that connected all of my old devices to the TV, and finally figured out how to hook up the new player. I was about to throw out the old devices when inspiration struck. I looked at my kids who were tired of reading and complaining about being bored and begging to watch a movie. Instead, I gave them the old DVD/VCR combo and told them to enjoy.

They were ecstatic.


Next thing I knew they were scrambling for screwdrivers, headlamps, sorting containers, and tweezers. Then they spent the next couple of hours taking it apart.


I love that my daughter pulled out her Inventor's Diary so she could take notes.


She even grabbed her camera to take pictures.


So next time you have something break, don't throw it out!

Give it to your kids instead.

CAUTION: Remember, that these device have tiny pieces that pose a choke hazzard, so they are not for small children to play with. My kids are 8 and 10, so I would recommend that only older children be allowed to explore the inner workings of small appliances. Make sure none of them have sharp parts and that they are NOT plugged in before your child begins to take it apart.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Understanding the Child Migrant Crisis



I've been so disturbed lately reading the hateful rhetoric about the 50K children who have crossed the Texas border in the last year or more. It appears to me that people are confusing two very different and separate situations: the immigration issue and the unaccompanied minors crisis.

If you don't know much about the children who are crossing from Mexico into Texas, here are the facts:
  • More than 52,000 children have been caught crossing the U.S. border alone since October (that's more than double last year's number).
  • The majority of these children are from three Central American countries: Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Mexico, Ecuador, and other countries together make up less than a quarter of the remainder. 
  • The world recognizes these three countries as being in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.
  • Over the last several years, a citizen was more likely to be killed in one of these countries, than to be killed in Iraq at the height of its insurgency.
  • The highest number of children come from Honduras, which currently leads the world with the highest homicide rate.
  • 3/4 of the minors are boys, but in the last year the number of girls and younger children has dramatically increased.
  • Most of these kids are crossing the Texas/Mexico border.
  • The US is not the only country to which they are fleeing. The surrounding Central American countries such as Costa Rica and Nicaragua are also experiencing the mass migration of children across their borders.

The immigration issue deals with people coming to this country for better economic opportunities.

The unaccompanied children coming to this country are fleeing for their lives, not to find a job. 

Organizations and facilities along the border and now across the country are overwhelmed with the responsibility of housing these children until they get a hearing. They need help with basic supplies and services.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue of whether or not they should stay or go, I hope that we can all agree that while they are in holding facilities, these children should be treated with compassion and respect.

So I am happy to be a partner with several other great groups including the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Speak Hispanic, Family is Familia, and other partner organizations to help direct individuals and families who would like to help to those organizations directly working with the children. Many are accepting item and monetary donations, as well as volunteers such as interpreters and lawyers to help these children navigate the legal system. You can find all this and more by visiting our website: BorderKidsRelief.org.

Please note that we are not accepting monetary donations ourselves. We are directing you to the facilities and organizations who are in need.

All of the children who are detained are placed in detention centers and "temporary shelters." They are screened by the Department of Health and Human Services and given immunizations if needed. Upon leaving the shelters, the children are placed with relatives or foster families/sponsors. Several organizations are desperately looking for foster families for these children because they need to make room for more children arriving.

If you or your community or your church or your child's troop/club is looking to support through monetary or item donations, please check out the organizations listed on our site under "Get Involved." Many are accepting Shoe Box Donations with basic toiletry items.

And if you know of an organization working with these children, you can recommend it be added to the site.

Below is a GREAT video from vox.com that explains in two minutes the child migration crisis. I encourage you to watch if you can.

Thanks for your compassion.


Make Summer Learning Easy with PBS KIDS


I have a confession: This time, I don't want summer to end. Usually, every year right about now the kids have me going nuts. But this year, they've been staying busy with summer reading, a couple of classes, learning Spanish(!), and a LOT of games and activities from PBS KIDS.

In fact, this week we had a Summer Learning Swim party with all our friends. But just because they're splashing in the pool doesn't mean they don't have learning opportunities! Actually, we took advantage of all that water and had the kids build their own penny boats. Before we knew it, all the other kids at the pool were joining in the fun. And it's cheap! All you need is a roll of aluminum foil and some pennies. That one little activity kept the kids busy for ages. But what I especially loved was seeing the older kids helping the younger ones.


The penny boat activity is just one of the great ideas you can find from CAMP PBS Parents. Every week, parent bloggers like myself share educational activities, crafts, experiments and other resources for you to explore with your kids. You'll find fun ways to boost your child's math, science, and literacy skills over the summer - and throughout the year!

PBS has many other awesome resources for parents, including:
And so much more. Take a look at their new summer learning website with daily learning tips, extended learning ideas and recommended games and activities now through August 22nd.
Happy summer!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Early Learning with Mis Primeras Mañanitas by Fisher-Price®



This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Fisher-Price® and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

The early years of your child’s life are some of the most critical ones for their physical, emotional, mental and social development. I’ve talked before about how the amount of interaction they have with family and friends boosts their language development skills, but this is just one small area of their social and mental development. You can help nurture their overall development in other areas using specific tools, products, and activities that challenge them both mentally and physically. And by doing so, you’ll be helping prepare your child for the start of school so that they will begin ready to learn.

That’s why I was delighted to learn about the new Mis Primeras Mañanitas campaign by Fisher-Price®. The first of its kind, this program is specifically dedicated to Latino families and focuses on a key milestone moment in your child’s life: his or her first birthday. I absolutely love the name of this campaign because ever since I can remember, my Mami and ‘Buelita have sung me this song on my birthday. It’s been a family tradition to sing this whenever anyone (especially children and young girls) celebrates their cumpleaños. Not a birthday passed when I was little that they didn’t sing me this song, and even to this day, they call me on the phone on my birthday and sing me Las Mañanitas. (My mother rarely makes it through the whole song before bursting into tears, but that’s another story.)

When my own children were little, it was hard to find - and afford! - products and toys to help engage their young minds. I didn’t really know which products were good, or how to find them. But now there’s help for parents!





If your family would like a chance to win toys that help develop your baby’s skills, then be sure to enter the Mis Primeras Mañanitas Sweepstakes! You could win a Birthday Prize Pack with everything you need to throw a memorable first birthday party. Sweepstakes winners will win party invitations, favors and decorations, a customized piñata, and a customized birthday cake. Winners will ALSO get a bundle of TWELVE (12!!) Fisher-Price® toys, such as:
In addition to giving away awesome products, the Mis Primeras Mañanitas website is a wonderful resource where mamis like you can find unique and creative ideas for your baby’s first birthday party. Moms, you’ll be delighted with all the decorating, recipe, and gift ideas to help make your bebé’s first birthday memorable. Your baby will only be one once, so it is great to have one place where you can go to get lots of tips and ideas!


THE GIVEAWAY


The wonderful gente over at Fisher-Price® have also generously offered to give one MommyMaestra reader a Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car! This is not one of the products included in the sweepstakes, so it is a special treat just for you!

To enter the giveaway, just use the Rafflecopter below.

What better way to celebrate your nene’s first birthday than with educational toys that help him or her learn and grow?

¡Buena suerte!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Homeschool Mom Must-Have: The Sony QX10

This is a sponsored post.

As a homeschooling mami, I have a lot of roles. I'm a teacher, cafeteria worker, coach, bus (van) driver, and even the yearbook photographer. The latter job requires me taking a LOT of pictures to document our school year and their unique learning experiences, which I later layout in a yearbook.

So one of my most valued tools is my camera. I've had a dSLR camera ever since I can remember. But it has always been a difficult beast because it's so big and requires me to use a camera bag to tote around. After I got a smartphone, I started using that one a lot more. The pictures were great, but maybe not quite as great as my dSLR.

And then the Sony QX10 entered my life.

Wow! I love this little camera. Mamas, this little lens-style camera attaches to most iOS and Android phones. I used it with my Samsung Galaxy. It just slides right onto the phone and then works with the PlayMemories Mobile app.

I just turn on the camera and run the app and I can then take the most amazing pictures. You can use the screen to zoom in or out and snap the picture, or you can use the buttons on the camera attachment itself. (See picture at the bottom of this post) Oh, and the zoom! It is unbelievable. I decided to take a picture outside my dirty kitchen window of a beautiful Summer Tanager bathing in the birdbath in my hummingbird garden, and I couldn't believe how sharp the picture came out! This is not only zoomed 20 feet or more, but cropped and enlarged. Isn't that crazy?


And you know what? You don't even have to attach the camera to your phone! If you are trying to take a photo of something in a hard-to-reach place, you can just start the camera and the app by waving the phone over the camera and it turns on. Then you simply place the camera wherever you want and snap the picture using your phone. Maybe you want to take a pic of your kids riding a mechanical bull (I did this weekend) but there is someone standing in front of you. No problem! Just turn on your camera & app, then raise the camera above your head while looking down at your smartphone screen, from which you can control the lens and snap the picture.

The images I love stay stored in my phone's gallery, too And I can also email them to myself, or share them via social media.

I thought the Samsung phone took great pictures, but they don't compare to the ones taken by the QX10. The colors are vivid and sharp, even in low light. I actually prefer to use this camera inside when low-light conditions exist so that I can get the best picture without washing the colors out with a flash. (See my Instagram acct for examples.) The Optical SteadyShot helps reduce blur from unsteady hands and low light situations. In fact, it is because of this camera that I finally opened an Instagram account. I couldn't resist storing and sharing pictures on the spur of the moment.

Everywhere I go, people are asking me about this camera. They've never seen anything like it and knowing it attaches to your smartphone seems to intrigue them.

So if you are considering a new camera to help you document all of your homeschooling adventures - from science experiments to field trips - and you want a step up from a point-and-shoot without the bulk of a dSLR, then THIS is totally worth considering.

If you need a little more motivation, check out this video, and this one featuring their Quick Start Guide.

You can read more about this awesome little camera here on Best Buy's website. It's currently on sale for $199.99 (you save $50), plus you get free shipping!




Disclosure: I'm a Best Buy brand ambassador and received the Sony QX10 for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions are my own. If I don't like a product, I won't write a review to promote it. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Free Preschool Printables about Mammals...in Spanish



This month's freebie from our sponsor, Monarca Language, teaches children a little science as they learn about mammals. 

The first printable is a set of Fact Cards about four different mammals. On the second printable, children read the sentence and match it with the correct picture. All of the illustrations are adorable!



And if your family enjoys these printables, check out these fun books in Spanish. (All the links are affiliate links.)


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading to Baby



A few days ago, I found it odd that by 7am my two year old had not called out for me. I peeked into his room and found him "reading" in his crib. He was flipping pages and pointing at the pictures just like I do when I read to him and his brothers. I remember relaxing and thinking, "Perfect! That makes 3 life-long readers."

How early can parents help turn children into strong readers? I started my three boys at birth and already know that at age 7, 3 1/2, and 2, they will enjoy reading their whole lives! Not only will they read for pleasure but it will help them immensely with other subjects throughout their academic years.

Reading to babies is super important, as well as having babies handle, play, and chew on books (board books are the best!).

Here are 5 reasons why you should start reading to your baby now: 

1) Listening skills are developed early. Babies love the sound of mami or daddy's voice, especially when it changes from high pitched to low. My boys love my barking voice when reading about dogs! They enjoy the pattern and rhythm of a story and the sounds every single thing seems to have.

2) Language skills are developed early. The more we read and talk to babies, the faster they will start to express themselves verbally. Books also help us start different conversations and themes that normally wouldn't come up in a regular day. Keep in mind that sounds that build vocabulary are learned in the first year! 

3) Reading is great for baby's memory. My two year old can already finish a few sentences from "Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom." When I read, "Will there be enough room?" Jordi answers, "NO!" He's right! Two-year-old children will memorize quickly and that means they are strengthening their little brain muscles. If baby wants you to read the same book over and over again, please do! Repetition is brilliant!

4) They learn about the world around them. Where did the car go? What color is the sky? Who is this fish? Let's count in Spanish... Babies start to understand that books speak the truth. They understand that there is something happening in books just like in our real lives. Jordi points at a sad face in his book and knows that the character is feeling something.  There is more to numbers, letters, shapes, and animals in board books. We can teach babies about feelings, places, and experiences! 

5) Reading becomes the norm.  Read to your baby now and see that as they get older (and see you do it too!) that they will always turn to books for enjoyment. It's never too late to start making it a daily routine. The best part of reading together every single day? Snuggles and love!






Betty Galvan, is writing "for smart and stylish moms" over





Monday, July 7, 2014

The MKB One World Futbol Giveaway

Help Donate a Soccer Ball to Kids #MKBWorldCup
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Yesterday on my Facebook page, I told you that I'd be participating in a wonderful project this week and I asked you for suggestions for a school or youth program that helps low-income or at-risk children through sports. You gave me lots of wonderful suggestions and I also told you that I would be announcing the project today on MommyMaestra.

With the big soccer championships that have been going on the last few weeks, I'm excited to announce that I'm supporting One World Futbol in their mission to bring the healing power of play to youth worldwide through their nearly indestructible soccer/football. The One World Futbol never needs a pump and never goes flat—even when punctured multiple times—due to its ingenious technology. But what I truly love about their model is for every ball purchased, they donate one to organizations working with youth in disadvantaged communities worldwide.


Our Giveaway

Follow along by using the hashtag #MKBWorldCup!

I have a special giveaway planned during these soccer championships with Multicultural Kid Blogs and One World Futbol. It's unlike a usual giveaway as this time you, our readers, are using your collective power to vote to give the ball away to a community in need! I need your help so I can donate one of the One World Futbols (generously supplied by One World Futbol).

Some of you shared on my FB page or via private message some wonderful programs across the country that help at-risk children. The decision was difficult, but I've chosen Kids in the Game (thanks for the recommendation, Tara Crean!). Also known as KinG, it is a provider of youth sports programs in the New York City area, covering afterschool, recess, and physical education programs, as well as specialized camps and clinics.

But here's the thing -- there are nine blogs participating in this contest, and One World Futbol will donate balls to the three blogs that get the most shares on their posts.

So I need your help--please use the social share buttons located below and SHARE this post on Twitter, Facebook, G+, and Pinterest and contribute your power, your vote to help me donate this One World Futbol. Each share made directly from this post is tallied as a vote. And whoever get the most votes, donates the ball! Let's show how strong our voices are with our votes. You can share using the buttons with counters at the bottom of this post. The counters even tell you how many shares this post has had so far, so you can keep track if you want to.

I have until midnight ET on Sunday, July 13, to get as many shares as I can on this post. (The tally will be made based on the number on the social share buttons at the end of this post). So let's start now!

According to their website, Kids in the Game uses professionally trained coaches that have broad and diverse backgrounds in the field of physical education and athletics. Their staff includes current and former college coaches and athletes, as well as graduates with strong backgrounds in health and fitness education. Their goal is to teach all kids the importance of health and fitness as a way of life, and have designed programs for general studies, special needs, and sport-specific groups. I chose this organization because it was recommended by a reader and was told that it can impact Spanish-dominant neighborhoods.

Feel free to use #MKBWorldCup when you share!

And don't forget to visit Multicultural Kid Blogs to help them "unlock" an additional two One World Futbols to donate!

One World Futbol

One World Futbol Project is a B-corporation based in Berkeley, CA and was founded by Tim Jahnigen, the inventor of the One World Futbol. One World Futbol was inspired by refugee youth in Darfur, who had such indestructible spirits - and love for football! - despite their hardships. Tim Jahnigen wanted to give them something more, so he invented a soccer ball that would never need a pump and would never go flat, even when punctured multiple times. One World Futbol Project and its virtually indestructible ball have now reached 160 countries and continue to bring the healing power of play to youth worldwide. The Buy One Donate One model makes it easy for consumers to donate these amazing One World Futbols to needy communities.

Here is more on their work in one community in Brazil:


Participating Blogs

The following member blogs are participating in this contest. Visit them to see which organizations they have chosen. Remember, sharing is caring! The three blogs with the most social shares (as shown on the share counters on their blog posts) will get to donate a football to the qualified organization they have chosen!


Disclosure: I have not been compensated for this post. I'm a MKB member and have chosen to participate in this campaign because I love the message and the opportunity it provides for our children. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Mami Time Saver: HP Instant Ink Available at Best Buy

This is a sponsored post.

This is part of my Mami Time Savers series.

One of the most frequent expenses I've faced as a homeschooling mom has been ink for my printer. If you are a homeschooler, I know you can sympathize. I don't have the space or the money to invest in a big, industrial printer that uses giant ink cartridges. I really prefer a desktop printer and have always preferred HPs. And because I'm big on saving SPACE (as well as time!), 3-in-one or 4-in-one printers are best in my opinion. I like that I can copy, print, scan, and/or fax from one device. 

So when I had the chance to review the HP Envy 5530 AND the HP Instant Ink Service, I agreed.

Let me tell you: It is life changing for me! First, let's talk about the printer.

The HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One Printer


This is one of technology's greatest inventions for educators and parents. A wireless printer, the HP Envy can be accessed from ANY digital device. You can print from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC. 

You don't even have to be at home! 

If you're at the library and take a photo of your kids enjoying the summer reading program, all you have to do is snap a photo and then hit print. If your printer is on at home and has wireless access, then when you get home your photo will be printed and ready to go!

Setting it up is super easy and only takes a couple of minutes. I LOVE that it prints both sides of the paper at the same time! It's not slow, either, but fast a quiet. I'm used to desktop printers that are noisy, especially when scanning. But this printer is so quiet, I thought it wasn't working when I was standing next to it waiting for it to scan a document. Only to see the screen say that the scan had already been sent to my email. Whaa?? I thought. Sure enough, my email had a scanned pdf file waiting for me.

The other thing that I have been searching for FOREVER is a borderless printing printer. Ta-da! This is it. And it prints photos beautifully! 


There are a lot of perks to owning this printer, too. When you sign up on the HP Connected website, you gain access to a LOT of free printables from brands like Highlights, Crayola, Disney, DreamWorks, Education.com, LeapFrog, and many others. You can also print recipes, calendars, puzzles, greeting cards and much, much more. And it is all FREE!

The site even keeps a log of all the files you've sent to your printer over the last month. You can print up a report if you want to keep track. 

And lastly, the site gives you access to...

HP Instant Ink Replacement Service


You will NEVER run out of ink again! This service is a goldmine. Your printer tracks your ink usage and when you get low, it notifies HP who sends you more ink in the mail.

You just select your plan...



... and ink, shipping, and recycling cartridges are included! Yes, they even provide postage-paid shipping materials to return used cartridges. HP Planet Partners will recycle them as part of your service. 

Color and black-and-white copies are the same. The monthly plans are based on the number of pages printed, not the number of cartridges you use so you can print as many high quality photos as you want. There's no annual fee and you can cancel at any time. (Psst! If you sign up now, you can get a free month of service.) Billing and service start after you insert you first HP Instant Ink cartridge.

PLUS the ink cartridges come with more ink than the ones you buy in the store (each one prints more than 500 pages), so you save a lot more moolah! I did the math. Last year I spent almost $200 in ink. If I had been on the $4.99 plan, I would have only spent $60 for the whole year! 

So, if you are like me and homeschool your kids and spend a small fortune on ink printing up worksheets, activity sheets, images, pictures, and pages out of books so you can resell them later, then THIS is definitely worth considering.

Do you have a cloud printer? Do you love it as much as I do?

Disclosure: I'm a Best Buy ambassador and received this product for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions, though, are strictly my own. If I don't like a product, I simply refuse to write about it and won't think twice about returning it.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Free Spanish Word Lists for Segmentation



July's free download from our sponsor, Lectura para niños is a pair of read-aloud worksheets that celebrate the 100th Day of School! Teachers, be sure to download this and save it for next year. Page one lists 100 easy syllables in Spanish, and 100 difficult syllables in Spanish for kids to master. Page two lists 100 words in Spanish for your students to read aloud.

Leah says:

This is a huge list of words to practice segmenting with your students. I use this daily with my kids when we practice segmenting words into syllables and or into sounds. I used to always use the same words over and over until I came up with this list. I’ve divided it into parts. At the beginning of the year, we start segmenting words into syllables only. When we segment into syllables, I tell the kids to touch their head for the first syllable, then their shoulders, hips, knees, toes, and back up their bodies if it is a longer word. By mid-year, their favorite word to segment is espantapajaros. It is so fun, they keep asking to segment the word slow, then fast!

The word categories are broken up into:

1) Words with open syllables
2) Words with closed syllables and blends
3) Words with diphthongs
4) Words with hiatus

This list has been helpful for my paras who come in and teach small group reading as well as subs who don’t have a strong foundation of segmenting words in Spanish.

Once the students have mastered segmenting words into syllables, I start segmenting syllables into sounds, and finally words into sounds. We are required to segment on one of our state assessments.



For more awesome Spanish materials, especially those that teach children to read in Spanish, check out Lectura para niños on FacebookTeachers Pay TeachersBlog, and Pinterest.

Don't miss this weekend's Bilingual Blog Hop!

This weekend there is also a HUGE BILINGUAL BLOG HOP for bilingual teachers, moms, and homeschooling families! The Hop will be from July 4-6.

Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Free Spanish Summer Verb Fun Printables with Audio


This week we're expected to have our first real heat wave and maybe even a hurricane brushing the coastline just a couple of hours from here. In the meantime, we've been enjoying warm nights with fireflies and toads, stargazing and soccer. Summer is officially in full force around here.

This month's freebie from our sponsor, Spanish for You! continues with the summer theme. This Spanish summer verb activity is good way for your child to practice Spanish verbs most commonly used during this season. As usual, this great printable comes with an audio download with all of the vocabulary words to help learners with pronunciation.





If you are looking for a curriculum to help your child learn Spanish this summer, take a look at Spanish for You!. The lessons take 15 - 30 minutes a day, and they use a lot of fun, interactive games that help your child remember new vocabulary. They even have free mini-lessons and worksheets for you to try out.

If this is your first time here, you can find other free samples from Spanish for You! here. There are some great downloads of games and activities for you and your family to enjoy.




And to supplement this activity, here are some great bilingual and Spanish-language books centered around Summer: (These are affiliate links.)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

4 Years and 1,000 Posts Later...GIVEAWAY


I'm a little emocionada writing this post.

My dear friend Betty pointed out to me earlier today that my next post (this one) would be my 1,000th post on MommyMaestra. After further rumination, it occurred to me that I've been so preoccupied the last couple of months dealing with personal issues and the launch of the 2nd Latino Children's Summer Reading Program that I also missed MommyMaestra's 4th anniversary.

On June 1st, 2010, I started this little blog because I had begun the journey of homeschooling my own daughter, and although I felt like I didn't know what I was doing, I knew that there had to be other Latina homeschoolers out there. And if there weren't, then maybe it was because they just needed a little encouragement, a place to find resources.

And so the years have flown by. MommyMaestra has grown and as a result I've had so many wonderful opportunities to encourage other families to get involved in their children's education.

I think about all the emails I've received from nervous parents who are thinking about or starting to homeschool their own children. And the messages of gratitude from parents who have been homeschooling, and are so happy to find another Latino family also doing so. And notes from bilingual ed teachers excited about a particular resource they read about on MommyMaestra. And emails from parents with children in dual immersion schools who are looking for specific resources in Spanish for their children.

I'm especially grateful to all of you who have supported my blog by sharing your own stories and resources on MommyMaestra to encourage other parents.

So to celebrate all this, I thought now was a great time to do a giveaway.

And I'm going to do one for three winners. Here are the prizes:


Winner #1 will receive the Typing Instructor:
  • Kids learn to type on an exciting adventure on Typer Island
  • Teaches keyboard basics following an age-appropriate Typing Plan
  • Step-by-step lessons, challenges, tests, and games motivate kids to keep typing
  • Program offers rewards every step of the way; learn in English or Spanish
  • Arcade-style play and multiple levels; 30+ game challenges
Winner #2 will receive a Nancy B's Science Club Microscope & Activity Journal:
  • Real-life journaling activities provide hands-on science experiences
  • Includes 40+ piece dual microscope and twenty-two-page journal
  • Scientific experiences designed for kids ages 8 to 11
  • Batteries 3 AAA batteries required. (not included)

Winner #3 will receive Uncle Milton Moon In My Room:
  • Authentically detailed 3-D lunar landscape.
  • Automatic or manual function shows 12 main phases of the moon.
  • MP3 download code included provides a guided tour of the moon.
  • Auto shut off
  • Hangs on wall
They are all FUN and EDUCATIONAL! 

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter below.

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