Thursday, September 20, 2018

Puerto Rico Coloring Activity

Once again, I'm delighted to participate in the Multicultural Kid Blogs Hispanic Heritage Month series (scroll down for more information). You know what that means? Time for a new printable! I've been offering these informational country coloring pages through various channels over the years as clipart becomes available. This year, I thought that Puerto Rico deserved a turn, especially given what hard years they have had in 2017 and 2018.

Some unexpected issues interrupted me, though, so it is only available in English. BUT for those of you who rely on the Spanish versions of my work, please don't be disappointed because I simply need a few extra days to find the time to sit down and work on the translation. I hope to have the Spanish version up by sometime this weekend (if not sooner).

In the meantime, if you are happy to use the English version, you can click on the link below to download a copy (or just print directly from your screen!).

Hispanic Heritage Month Series 2018 | Multicultural Kid Blogs
We are so excited for our seventh annual Hispanic Heritage Month series! Now through October 15, you'll find great resources to share Hispanic Heritage with kids, plus you can link up your own posts on Hispanic Heritage! Find even more ideas on our Latin America Pinterest board:

September 19 Pura Vida Moms
September 20 MommyMaestra
September 24 Hispanic Mama
September 26 All Done Monkey
September 27 Crafty Moms Share
October 3 LadydeeLG
October 5 Mama Tortuga

Don't miss all of the great posts from previous years as well: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017

Monday, September 17, 2018

Resources to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in 2018

On Saturday, Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off. You may remember that the observance finds its roots in 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson first established Hispanic Heritage Week, and 20 years later, President Reagan expanded it to a month-long celebration. While the current administration will just ignore it, there will still be many events across the country to celebrate it. I'll be sharing them here on MommyMaestra for those of you who are looking for activities in your area.

To help you prepare to celebrate it in your own classroom, here are some great posts that have been shared here on MommyMaestra over the years by wonderful teachers and moms like yourselves!

Blog Posts:

And here are some wonderful websites for you to visit!



This one is a few years old...

And I love this one...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Digital Downloads to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Prepping for Hispanic Heritage Month? Looking for easy, printable activities to engage and educate your child or students? I've got your classroom covered! Most of my products are available in English and Spanish.
Here are some of my downloadable Hispanic Heritage resources that you may enjoy (scroll down to see my new for 2018 products):

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Lingua Garden Offers Free Course Demo

Opportunity alert!

For those of you looking for an online Spanish class, here's a chance to sample the ones offered by Lingua Garden. Here's a message from my friend, Denise, the owner:

Over the next 48 hours, sign up to demo my new online Spanish course for children (2-10 yo) at no cost!

Yep, FREE! No scam, I am just asking for your support and feedback in return.
If interested, please read more below... 

Hola! My name is Denise and I am a fellow homeschooling mom raising two amazing bilingual children. I am also a passionate educator and entrepreneur who specializes in early childhood and elementary foreign language education. I currently dedicate my time to teaching local Spanish lessons to children, live online lessons to children, and homeschooling.

Would you be interested in trying this new Spanish course I have developed at no cost? If so, sign up today! Just click the link below. I would very much appreciate your feedback once you have completed the course. :)

Why am I doing this?
A few homeschooling families I currently work with have encouraged me to reach out to you because they strongly believe that future courses like this one could fill a need in current homeschooling households. I am curious to know what you think.

I love teaching Spanish and about Hispanic cultures. This is my passion. If possible, I want to help homeschooling families in their bilingual journey. I believe that your feedback is essential as I continue to consider the idea of adding more courses with new content. :) 

Ms. Denise

Monday, September 3, 2018

Giveaway: The Hummingbird Sings and Dances

Today's Back-to-School Fiesta giveaway is for those of you with little children. You know how much I love children's books that feature folktales or nursery rhymes from Latin America. I have shared so many here on MommyMaestra over the years. That's because young children learn so much from songs. Research shows that music has many benefits for children, including how it can improve literacy and numeracy skills, develop vocabulary, improve coordination, lift a child's mood, and increase a child's sensory development. (Read more about the benefits of music for children here and here.)

So, of course, I was absolutely delighted to be contacted by my friends at Sugar Mountain PR about the new bilingual musical picture book, The Hummingbird Sings and Dances: Latin American Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes (aff link).

This beautiful book contains 19 nursery rhymes and lullabies from 17 Latin American countries. Of course, there are the beloved traditional ones such as Los pollitos and Arroz con leche, but there are also some I remember from my own childhood and haven't heard in - ahem - many, many years, such as Naranja dulce and A la rorro niño. Cuba, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Venezuela, and Bolivia are just some of the countries represented in this lovely book.

All of the text is presented in both English and Spanish, but the songs themselves are only sung in Spanish. The songs are sung by the Mexican musical-vocal ensemble, Grupo Cantaro, who do a truly remarkable job of making the songs engaging with background sounds that supplement the music and the lyrics.

Another nice thing is that the back of the book contains the complete lyrics to the songs on the CD so you can sing along! And there is a map of Latin America included at the back of the book. Both of these make it easier to incorporate this book into a lesson plan.

The musical selection and the illustrations are all done by Mariana Ruiz Johnson and they are fabulous. The illustrations are so fun and vibrant. Children will love sitting and looking through this picture book while listening to the CD, or while a parent (or abuelita!) reads and sings to them.

If this book sounds like the perfect fit for your family or classroom, check out the giveaway below. And visit the publisher - The Secret Mountain - website for more books.

The Giveaway

The Secret Mountain publishing company has graciously offered a copy of this beautiful book to two (2) MommyMaestra readers! If you are caring for a baby, toddler, preschooler, or child in elementary school this school year, this would be a fantastic addition to your day.

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below.

¡Buena suerte!

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Free Download: Back-to-School Stuff Mini-Lesson in Spanish

Have your children started school yet? Or do they start classes after Labor Day? There is so much going on during this back-to-school time! Most classrooms spend this time reviewing concepts that were taught at the end of last year just to jog their students' memories. And since we are in the back-to-school spirit, let's give a shout out to MommyMaestra sponsor, Spanish for You! for this month's BTS Spanish freebie!

Today's download is a 5-page mini-lesson to help Spanish learners learn phrases associated with going back to school. The file comes with an introductory page with instructions on how to use the pages in the book as a mini-lesson. There are also vocabulary cards, a conversation activity, and a worksheet to practice what you've learned. As always, there is also an audio file to help you learn the proper pronunciation.

Back-to-School Books in Spanish!

Remember! Spanish for You!'s program is geared for middle schoolers and is the perfect choice for homeschoolers and afterschoolers alike because their concepts are carefully divided up into manageable bundles that are available for immediate download from their website.

If this is your first time here, you can find other free samples from Spanish for You! here. There are some fantastic downloads of games and activities for you and your family to enjoy. If you enjoy this activity, be sure to visit the Spanish for You! website where you'll find tons of additional resources for you to help your young Spanish learner!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

BTS Fiesta Digital Download Sale

Did you know that in honor of my annual Back-to-School Fiesta ALL my digital files are on sale through the end of the month?

Now's a great time to stack up on printable downloads for Hispanic Heritage Month, Día de los Muertos, Las Posadas, Día de los Reyes, Cinco de Mayo, and so much more!

Just click on My Shop in the menu above or click here to visit my online shop. Enter the code BTS2018 when you checkout to apply your 25% off discount on all my digital products.

In addition, I have several books on sale, too! Get Rosita y Conchita while the price is right! 😉 And take a look at other new titles I've recently added for the Spanish classroom...

Monday, August 27, 2018

Two FREE Reading Incentive Programs for Homeschool Families

Every year, I try to share a reminder of some of the literacy incentive programs that are out there and whose registration has opened. I have two for you this year...

The Pizza Hut Book It! Program is a reading incentive program for K - 6th grade. It is a free program that is simple and flexible, but you do have to register in advance. It runs during the 2018-2019 school year, so beginning in October you set monthly goals for your student(s) and by meeting those goals, they can earn a free personal pan pizza each month through March. Those goals can be the number of books, chapters, pages, or minutes your child is expected to read each get to decide.

Homeschool families with children in K-6 grade, are eligible to participate. And, YES! The program is also available in Spanish! If you select "Printables" under the TEACHERS option in the drop-down menu at the top of their website, you can view all their Spanish printables.

According to their website, Braum’s Book Buddy is a reading incentive program for children in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Each child can earn up to six Braum’s ice cream treats per school year just by reading, and it is free to participate in the program!

The program begins in October and lasts through the school year. Teachers distribute Braum’s Book Buddy booklets to their students and then monitor book reading by placing a Book Buddy sticker in the student’s booklet for each book read. When a student has read six books, the teacher rewards the student with a coupon for a free treat from Braum’s!

Homeschoolers may apply here

But remember, there must be a Braum's store within 30 miles of you!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

How to Read Maps Giveaway

I love introducing my kids to the world. We like to travel, though not as much as we actually want. And it is part of my mission to raise world citizens.

So geography and world cultures is always a subject each year in our homeschool. And I LOVE finding vibrant resources that engage my kids and make them want to learn more. So when I saw this book on How to Read Maps by World Explorers (aff link), I knew I was going to make it a giveaway for MommyMaestra readers. I carried it with me all the way from North Carolina 9 months ago with my Back-to-School Fiesta in mind. 😉

This book by Joe Fullman is gorgeous and fun. It's an easy read and contains colorful illustrations on the topics of what are maps, how to use them, how to make them, the roles of satellites and GPS, the elements of a map, modern mapping, and more. It's best suited for kids in elementary grades K - 3rd.

The best part might be the giant folded map inserted inside the front cover! Perfect for home classrooms or a child's bedroom wall decoration.


I'm so delighted to offer a copy of this book to one MommyMaestra reader. (Or to buy your own guaranteed copy, just click on the linked title above!)

To enter to win, just use the Rafflecopter below.

¡Buena suerte!

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Monday, August 20, 2018

TpT Bonus Sale & Gift Card Giveaway!

School days are upon us!! My daughter started high school last week and today, I started our homeschool year with my son. I'm excited about what the coming year will bring them.

And to make matters even BETTER, TpT is having a Back-to-School BONUS SALE!! But it is ONE DAY ONLY! Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 21st until 11:59pm ET), they're giving all of us one more chance to stock up on all your last-minute back-to-school needs. 

Just use promo code BTSBONUS18 to save up to 25% sitewide on A+ back-to-school resources.

My entire store will be on sale again. :)

And to celebrate even more, I'm giving away a TpT Gift Card to one lucky MommyMaestra reader to use tomorrow during the sale. So this flash giveaway is happening on my Instagram page. Just hop over there and enter to win it!

¡¡Buena suerte!!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Free Mexico Exploration Kit from Pack-n-Go Girls

Free Mexico Exploration Kit from Pack-n-Go Girls

MommyMaestra's Back-to-School Fiesta continues with a great find and free download! I love fun, educational printables that teach kids about other countries. It's part of raising global citizens. So when I spotted this free Mexico Exploration Kit from Pack-n-Go Girls, I knew I had to share it with you.

Want to make Mexico come alive for your kids? Consider buying one of these two books - Mystery of the Thief in the Night or Mystery of the Disappearing Dolphin from the Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure series! (aff links)


Then download their FREE Mexico Exploration Kit! Simplify your teaching day with this resource loaded with 50 pages of engaging learning activities.

Click here to get your FREE Mexico Exploration Kit.

Teachers and parents, you can save yourself some time with this packet! When you sign up, you’ll receive the FREE Mexico Exploration Kit filled with activities to enrich every part of your curriculum, such as...

  • Encourage young writers with vocabulary, story elements, and story starters.
  • Keep your students busy with a creative art activity that also teaches them science.
  • Discover the tastes of Mexico with kid- and classroom-friendly recipes.
  • Dig deeper into Mexico’s history and culture with math, science, and social studies activities.
  • Take a fun break with a word search, puzzle, or game.
  • Fill in learning space for quick learners with some coloring pages.

Truly, this is a fun set of activities for kids ages 6 to 9. In fact, all of Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure books are entertaining reads that are jam-packed with information to introduce readers to cultures and communities around the world. And I love their diverse characters, too!

Visit their website to learn more about their products.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Scholarships for DREAMers

Are you DACA eligible - or know someone who is? - and planning to enroll in college, but need financial aid? is now accepting applications for its 2017-2018 scholarship round!

Visit www.TheDream.US to learn if you can qualify for up to $80,000 in tuition/fees support.

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