Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Children's eBook about Homeschooling from Read Conmigo

Hey, guys! I am SO excited to share with you a new eBook I wrote for Read Conmigo! Linda and Reuben Learn at Home is all about homeschooling and is a fun read for bilingual families who are thinking about teaching their children at home.

Are you already a member of Read Conmigo? You can subscribe on their website for FREE and get instant access to all of their wonderful, bilingual eBooks. And if you live in certain cities, you can receive free printed versions of their books.

If you are the parent or teacher with children in PreK through 5th grade, then this is a great resource you should be taking advantage of! Their website contains important information and useful tips on early learning, parent and teachers resources, free activity downloads, and more.

Did you know that you can apply for a scholarship to send your child to a private school? Read Conmigo's sponsor, Infinity Auto Insurance, has provided more than 1800 scholarships to help families provide a quality education for their children. Read more about it here.

Anyway, earlier this year, I was approached by Read Conmigo to write a children's book on the topic of homeschooling as a way to teach bilingual families about this schooling option. I was delighted to do so!

In Linda and Reuben Learn at Home, Leonard (Read Conmigo's friendly, lovable, leonine character) meets a new family that has moved in across the street. He discovers that they homeschool and learns what exactly that means. (Note: In the book, I mention that the children take an end of the year test and have to complete 180 days of school. This is true for us since we live in North Carolina, but each state has its own set of rules. Some have more regulations and others have fewer.)

At the end of the book, you'll also find a word search and reading comprehension questions.

I'll admit that I drew heavily on my own family's experience when writing this book. The children - Linda and Reuben - closely resemble my own, as does their homeschool classroom. And I have to thank the illustrator, Justin Dial, for bringing my story to life! The illustrations are just fantastic and SO engaging.

I'm also grateful to Read Conmigo for translating the story into Spanish making it accessible to bilingual and Spanish-speaking families.

To download and read your copy, head over to Read Conmigo's website and sign up for free.

Thank you, Read Conmigo, for asking me to write this story about homeschooling for young readers!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Free Download: Spanish Numbers in the 50s & 60s

Time for our next monthly free download from our wonderful sponsor, Spanish for You! They are focusing on numbers for the rest of the year (you can find their earlier downloads here and here). Most Spanish learning programs teach students how to count through the number 20, but few focus on those higher numbers. 

This month's 8-page mini-lesson will help your young Spanish learner memorize their numbers in the 50s and 60s, as well as how to spell them. The file includes a page of directions, memory cards, and a spelling activity sheet. Worried that you aren't pronouncing them right? They've got you covered with the audio file to help you learn proper pronunciation. 

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!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Verizon Innovative Learning Program #weneedmore

Yesterday, I shared an NBC article on the MommyMaestra Facebook page that talks about how the Latino high school dropout rate has hit a new low while the number of Hispanic students enrolling in college has reached a record high.

Despite this enrollment increase, however, Hispanic students still have a very low college completion rate. Latino males still earn less than 9% of Bachelor's among graduating college students.

And Latinos account for less than 10 percent of the STEM workforce. In today's technology-driven world, that's disappointing. And that's why it's imperative that children get a good education in STEM classes. Because that college degree and subsequent STEM career can make the difference in pulling a family out of poverty.

Did you know that by 2020, 77percent of all U.S. jobs will require the employee to have computer skills? And yet an alarming number of schools in low-income neighborhoods lack the funding or support for technology tools, such as computers or iPads. And who suffers as a result? Yep! Minority students.

So now, Verizon Innovative Learning, the education arm of Verizon Foundation, is focusing on helping Latino students break down barriers in the hopes that they will consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers.

They are doing so by expanding their STEM & entrepreneurship program for minority middle school boys in 16 cities including areas with high Hispanic population. The program gives students acess to intensive hands-on courses such as
  • mobile app development, 
  • 3D design, 
  • drone creation and execution, 
  • and development of virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. 
As participants in the Verizon Innovative Learning program, students are connected to college mentors and paired for continued programming during the school year. So far, over 2,000 students have participated in the Verizon Innovative Learning program and the results are awesome:
  • 64% are more interested in attending college 
  • 53% are more interested in STEM careers 
  • 47% feel more confident in what they can do 
Currently there are 4.4 million open tech jobs, but millions of kids don’t even know they exist! 

That’s why Verizon Innovative Learning is giving free technology and tech education to kids in need. Check it out...

To learn more and see if there are any programs going on near you, visit the Verizon Innovative Learning website.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Environment Collection for Kids: Multilingual Book Series

Bilingual homeschoolers! Here's a new series you may love.

The Environment Collection for kids is a set of books that focus on introducing young children to the basic building blocks of our environment. With the simple text and illustrations, these books are perfectly geared for kids in preK - 4th grade. For example, in Air (La Tierra), children learn all about how we need air to breathe, how it makes up the atmosphere, what gases are found in it, and why it is important to keep it clean.

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So far, the titles include Water/El Agua, Air/El Aire, Earth/La Tierra, and Plants/Las Plantas (affiliate links). They aren't actually bilingual books; each book is written in the target language, so if you want English, you can get that version, or you can get Spanish. They've been translated into five languages: English, French, German, Hebrew and Spanish.

The books are written by David Palatnik in partnership with Dr. Israel Felzenszwalb, Ph.D., a biologist and professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The information is acurate and the illustrations are colorful and engaging for young minds.

If you are interested in learning more or want to incoporate this series into your (homeschool) science lessons, visit David's site here. As you can see, they would be a fantastic teaching tool for kids! I love the illustrations and the focused text that is delivered in brief descriptions easy for young minds to understand. Here's a peek at some of the other books...

Disclosure: I received copies of these books for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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