Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mommy Maestra Celebrates Its First Anniversary {GIVEAWAY}

Two years ago, I became a homeschooling parent. For reasons I have already mentioned, this was our best choice at the time. (And it still is.) When I first began, I knew that I had three main goals: To give my daughter the best education I could, to help her complete development (academic, social, and emotional), and to somehow pass on my love for nuestra cultura.

When I began homeschooling, I began looking for resources for Latino parents who are educating their kids at home. I couldn't find many. While there were a few blogs here and there written by Latina moms who were homeschooling, they were mostly about their family's daily routine. I love these blogs. But I want(ed) more.

So I began looking for sites in general that promoted parental involvement in Latino education. Again, I hit a blank wall. I desperately wanted to find some sort of support system, a community, of other Latinas who were in my position. I wanted to find ideas for developing our cultural identity in the classroom. But it wasn't there.

I found a lot of English-only homeschooling blogs that have been super. But rarely do they post about raising bilingual/bicultural children.

So finally, at the urging of mis amigas, I decided that someone had to share all the resources that I was digging up. And I knew there had to be other moms like me out there, feeling the exact same way.

And so last year, on June 1st, I started Mommy Maestra.

Estoy emocionada escribiendo este artículo. Because what a ride it has been! It has been such a pleasure to discover all of you dear readers. And what a surprise it was to discover that while some of you are homeschooling mamis, so many of you are parents with children in a traditional school setting who want to be more involved and help support your child's education. In addition, there are a large number of bilingual ed teachers following, too. I am thrilled.

I have learned so much and found so many resources. Some of them I can use, and some I can't, but I try to pass them all on to you so that each one of you will maybe find something useful to enrich your student's/child's education.

So this week I'm celebrating. And as a giant GRACIAS to all of you, I have a week of educational giveaways planned. I hope that I have a little something that will appeal to everyone.

THE GIVEAWAY


The first giveaway is a totally awesome collection of multilingual preschool learning programs. Created by Brighter Child, each set features Caillou and comes with a color workbook and a CD-ROM. The three sets are: Colors & Shapes, Alphabet, and Counting. The best part? They are multilingual! The workbooks are written in English and French, and the exercises on the CD-ROM can be played in English, French, or Spanish. They also include the voices of some of the Caillou characters.

We are loyal PBS fans in this casa. And when my children were younger, they loved Caillou. (Actually, the youngest one still does.) So this is a popular item in my house. Even though my son has learned these subjects in preschool, I will use these workbooks as a review before we begin Kindergarten.

One lucky reader will win all three sets.

To enter, simply leave a comment below.

The deadline to enter is 11:59 EST, Sunday, June5th. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. and contacted via email - so be sure to leave a valid email address in your comment!

And to increase your chances of winning, you can:

1.) Blog about this giveaway and include the link to your post,

2.) Tweet the following: Enter to win 3 Caillou preschool learning sets http://bit.ly/kpMAPQ #giveaway

3.) Follow us on Facebook,

4.) Fill out the MommyMaestra survey.

Don't forget to let me know by posting a separate comment for each entry!

¡Buena suerte!

Comments are now closed.

52 comments:

  1. ¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? What a great collection! My son would love it. I wanted to ask you if it's open to international readers. Best regards from Barcelona, Spain,
    Marta
    http://abilingualbb.blogspot.com/

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  2. Hola, Marta!

    I will agree to ship to Canada, England and Spain only. Thank you for following!

    ~Monica

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  3. Agnis Peña-ToroMay 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Hello Monica,

    Congratulations on your wonderful job having a bicultural family and passing onto your children the gift of connecting to their roots and heritage through the Spanish language. I love your blog!

    Take care,
    Agnis

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  4. Thanks, Agnis! Every day is a challenge, and I appreciate the support of readers like you!

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  5. I'm just starting homeschooling, and am proud to be half-Latina. My father passed on so much of the Spanish culture on to me and now I am doing the sane with my children. Great blog!

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  6. Congratulations on celebrating your 1st anniversary! I love your blog -the resources and blog discussions are so relevant to our family. Very cute giveaway as well :-)

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  7. Has it already been a year? It's been lovely to learn along with you about homeschooling!

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  8. I like MommyMaestra on facebook. Thanks! Marta García martaplayita [at] gmail dot com http://www.englishinbarna.blogspot.com/

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  9. I've just completed the survey. Thanks! Marta García martaplayita [at] gmail dot com http://www.englishinbarna.blogspot.com/

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  10. I've blogged about this giveaway:
    http://abilingualbb.blogspot.com/2011/05/sorteo-de-programas-de-caillou-en.html
    Thanks! Marta García
    martaplayita [at] gmail dot com
    http://abilingualbb.blogspot.com/

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  11. I'll have a little one ready for this very soon!

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  12. ¡Felicidades! Such a breath of fresh air to read your postings - helps to know there are 'otras' out there...

    lpena_2000@yahoo.com

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  13. Completed the survey

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  14. I would love to win these for my son. He loves to read and I am trying to motivate him to read in Spanish

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  15. My daughter would love these!

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  16. I just discovered and bookmarked your site. These would be great for my son. He is really interested in learning his letters and numbers. I would love more materials to use in teaching him.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  17. I Tweeted- http://twitter.com/ksh123/status/76354588541845505

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  18. I took your survey.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  19. I would love to win this for my granddaughter!
    rmelton[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  20. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/#!/4emsmom/status/76382183610269697
    rmelton[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  21. Thank you for the chance to win these great items. I know they would help Gunner who has Down's Syndrome.

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  22. I tweeted http://twitter.com/cstironkat/status/76482524792094720

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  23. This would be great for my grandson
    heidisweeps at charter dot net

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  24. tweeted about the giveaway
    http://twitter.com/#!/hydeeweez/status/76497892059262976
    heidisweeps at charter dot net

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  25. I follow you on facebook (heidi byrd maplesden)
    heidisweeps at charter dot net

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  26. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    I WOULD LOVE THIS FOR MY GRANDSON

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  27. nice giveaway
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Happy Anniversary! I have followed you from day one and you are doing a great job sharing hard to find information on bilingual homeschooling. Keep up the great work!!

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  29. Well, I certainly understand where you are coming from. I have found difficulty finding fun, interesting and educational blogs in Spanish and Italian, and I am grateful to have come across yours. I found you over at A Bilingual Baby. So glad I decided to stop by. I guess I cannot participate in the giveaway as I live in Italy, but I did do the survey anyway. Thank you for sharing what you are leaning with the rest of us... for sharing the joy of family and learning together... Blessings to you and your family... I blogged about you as well and linked you at http://tonguetriedbilinguist.blogspot.com/2011/06/caillou-cd-rom-and-workbook-giveaway.html

    Thank you...

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  30. As a mom and a teacher, I love these! Thanks for exposing me to these!

    mariahm22 at gmail dot com

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  31. Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/formulamom/status/77081270148018176

    mariahm22 at gmail dot com

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  32. Took the survey!

    mariahm22 at gmail dot com

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  33. This would be so much fun for my son!

    judywhatilivefor at gmail dot com

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  34. Love your blog!
    b dot ringer at hotmail dot com

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  35. I would love to win this for my friend's grand daughter Khloe-she loves Caillou and is smart as a whip-she would enjoy learning
    thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  36. like u on fb Julie S Laws
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  37. we love Caillou!

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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  38. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/neneandlulu/status/77470138533810176

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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  39. i follow you on fb as mary gardner

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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  40. filled out the survey

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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  41. I'd love to win this for my kids :)

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