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? TheDream.us 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.

Pass it on.



Monday, August 13, 2018

Read Conmigo School Supply Contest

Did you know that your school could win free school supplies and bilingual books from Read Conmigo? FOUR schools will win! Teachers can ALWAYS use extra supplies and books. Especially bilingual ed classrooms. :) Don't wait! Go nominate your school today.

Visit ReadConmigo.com to enter or click here.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Celebrate Back-to-School with Little Passports!



Little Passports has been one of my children's FAVORITE subscription packages. We used it a lot when my kids were younger to learn about geography and world cultures. And I'm looking forward to the day that my youngest is old enough for us to use this fun program again.

My older children have enjoyed the World Edition and the USA Edition (read my previous post describing them). I loved both because they really helped me supplement our geography lessons in a way that kept them excited and engaged. (In fact, I love this company so much, I signed up as an affiliate because I know that your kids will love it, too.)

We also had a ton of fun with their new Science Expeditions - read my post from last year to see examples of what they include and how my son enjoyed it.

Actually, I've written a lot about Little Passports and shared not only our experience, but also fun downloads or activities from them. They are always creating wonderful new resources for families. In fact, if you head over to their blog you can find a free printable: Global Lunchbox Notes!


So that's why I want to encourage those of you with children in upper elementary and middle school to seriously consider adding Little Passports to your homeschool lessons this year. And now is the perfect time to save because if you sign up between now and Monday, you can get 15% off ANY subscription by simply using the promo codeREADY when you checkout.

Don't wait. This product is totally worth it!




Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bilingual Back-to-School Printables


Are you in search of bilingual back-to-school printables? I have a nice collection of them, including the free download "Goal Worksheets" shown above. You can find this one in my post on "Preparing Kids Emotionally and Academically for the Start of School."

Or maybe you are like me and you like to give your kids a tiny gift on the first day of school. I usually do a book or unusual school supplies or a fun game we might use in school. Most of the time I wrap it and add one of these little labels. :)  You can download them for free, too, if you take a look back at this post.

But maybe you are like me and you are looking for some bilingual, back-to-school themed activities to use in your classroom. If so, don't forget I have these available in my TpT store and MommyMaestra shop!





Monday, August 6, 2018

Teaching Textbooks 3.0: Free Trial & Giveaway

Teaching Textbooks 3.0

This is a sponsored post and giveaway in collaboration with Teaching Textbooks. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I'm pretty excited about today's review and giveaway!

Last year, I shared with you Teaching Textbooks, the math curriculum that we've been using for the last few years. I explained how I loved the fact that we could buy the complete math course for the specific grade(s) I needed and simply upload it to our computer and run it without an internet connection. It was perfect because we lived in an area where my internet was expensive as could be and sometimes unreliable. You can read about this and the many other reasons why we've chosen to use Teaching Textbooks here.

Now fast forward one year. Life has changed dramatically for us, so I am absolutely delighted to share with you the new elements of the program that are now available to everyone!

Teaching Textbooks 3.0

Teaching Textbooks has now made their fantastic math program available anytime and anywhere with their new 3.0 version. For homeschool families like mine who frequently travel, this new accessibility makes the program invaluable.

And the best part? It's CHEAPER than if you buy the physical materials - but don't worry, Teaching Textbooks 2.0 will still be available for families who prefer to go that route. Scroll down to learn about the new pricing and the large family discount.

I only wish that it had become available sooner. Remember, how I mentioned on my Facebook page that we had to move halfway across the country at the end of last year? The upheaval of moving made homeschooling so difficult, especially math, because our math program was tied to our school desktop computer. I had to switch halfway through the year to the physical textbooks (which were a lifesaver, I have to admit) and away from our computer lessons. While this was fine for the kids, it added a lot of work to my already overloaded plate because instead of the program keeping track of what my kids got right or wrong as they completed their lessons, I now had to review EVERYTHING. And the computer was no longer keeping track of their grades.

So you can only imagine the sheer joy I felt whenever I was contacted by Teaching Textbooks and told about their new 3.0 version which was debuting for this coming school year. I could have wept. Because you know what this means, right?

Freedom.

The reason I love Teaching Textbooks is that it takes some of the pressure off of me to keep track of grades, teach concepts I might not be familiar with, or that I struggle to master myself. (Hey, I'll be honest, math has never been my greatest strength. I prefer writing!)

My son learns new concepts from someone who knows what they are talking about in an engaging format, and who gives him immediate feedback when he answers questions/solves equations correctly or incorrectly.

I don't have to keep track of grades but can easily open up my teacher's grade book to see how my kid is doing, how many tries it takes him to solve a problem, and what his grades are each day.

Teaching Textbooks 3.0

As a Student:


The new 3.0 version means we can do math anywhere and anytime; at home, at the library, at grandpa's house, in the car. Anywhere. And it is no longer tied to one device. My son has started 7th grade and is using the Math 7 program. He can use the desktop, or our Chromebooks, or our tablet! All he has to do is log in, and the program takes him immediately to where he left off and he can start his next lesson.

Another advantage is that my tech-savvy son can now manipulate his dashboard. This is HUGE for him. He loves the ability to personalize his lessons by simply clicking on the "Settings" button located at the bottom left corner of his lesson pages. He can change the wallpaper on the background whenever he wants and even add new "buddies" - or characters - to the simple animations that the program uses as incentives for completing the work. And he can turn on and off the sounds that go with the buddies or the hints.

Teaching Textbooks 3.0


And there's another new element: Now, the buddies tell jokes. (In the previous disk version, the animated characters would do funny things when you got a problem right.) So while working on his lessons, my son now frequently stops and comes to find me (or his sister, or his dad) to tell me one of the jokes he just learned.

Seriously, anything that will get my son excited to do math makes our homeschool days SO much more pleasant! So this extra touch really makes a world of difference for our family.

Teaching Textbooks 3.0

As a Parent:


I am so grateful for this program. Why? Because it lightens my load. I juggle a LOT, so when I can add a program that helps save me time or that does some of the work for me while still teaching quality content, then I am ALL IN.

And, you know, one of the things I frequently hear from parents is that they are nervous about homeschooling because they did poorly in math when they were in school and they don't know how they are going to teach their children this subject. The fear of math is real, People. I'm not scared of it, but I do sometimes worry that I can't effectively teach certain concepts because I'm not clear on them myself. That's when I look for outside help, whether it be online, through another curriculum, or from a friend or professional. And that is the role that Teaching Textbooks plays for us, and could for you, too.

The 3.0 version also gives parents more control. Don't want your kids to get hints or second chances at answering the problems? Turn those features off with the click of a button on your dashboard. It's easy and puts you in charge.


Teaching Textbooks 3.0

Try it out...FREE!


You don't have to take my word on all of this...try Teaching Textbooks 3.0 yourself for free! This is the most fabulous part of their new version. You can select the grade you want to try and have access to the complete course (lectures, lessons, eBook, and grade book) up through lesson 15. And there is NO TIME LIMIT. Your child can complete it in his or her own time. If you don't love it, no problem. But if you DO love it, then you can sign up for the complete grade level and your child's grades will automatically transfer so they don't have to do the work all over again. Just pick up where you left off and run with it!

And before you ask, the answer is NO, you don't have to provide a credit card number like so many free trials seem to require nowadays. Really, this is the best offer I've seen in a long, long time!

Not sure what grade level your child is ready for? No problem! Take the placement tests.


Teaching Textbooks 3.0

Normal Pricing & Large Family Discount


Okay, here's what is super: the individual plans for 3.0 annual subscription are cheaper than if you buy the 2.0 physical media (CDs & textbook & answer key). The prices vary according to the grade level from $43 to $67. Compared to the 2.0, which runs between $120 to $185, this is an excellent deal.

My son is taking the Math 7 level. It costs $55.08 for a 12-month subscription. That equals $4.59 per month! You see what I mean? This is so much more affordable and accessible for families who have good internet!

In addition, Teaching Textbooks understands homeschooling families and they want their program to be affordable for large families with 4 to 8 children. So they have chosen to cap the cost of the program for these families. As you can see from the image above, that price stops at 199.08. So if you have 8 kids, that works out to less than $25 per child for a year's subscription. WOW!

Teaching Textbooks 3.0

The Giveaway


The lovely people over at Teaching Textbooks have offered a 12-month subscription to the grade level of your choice to one MommyMaestra reader!

Don't miss this awesome opportunity if you are a homeschooler.

To enter to win, simply click on the Rafflecopter below.

¡Buena suerte!


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Friday, August 3, 2018

Mrs. Wordsmith: The Social Journey

Preschool is such a critical time in your child's development. Study after study indicates that a good preschool can have a longlasting impact on your child's future academic success, as well as their adult lives.

I receive a steady stream of emails and messages asking me about how to preschool at home. So, of course, you can find many posts here on MommyMaestra about the importance of preschool and how to give your child a quality preschool education at home. I'm ALWAYS happy to discover new, EFFECTIVE products that help parents and caregivers who are homeschooling their preschoolers.

And today's resource is just that!

When Mrs. Wordsmith reached out to me to ask if I would review their new reading tool for students, I immediately said, "YES!" And I'm so glad I did because I love the program.

Mrs. Wordsmith is designed to improve your child's learning and memory through various programs. It's based out of the UK, but they launched here in the U.S. at the beginning of the summer.

I received their Social Journey vocabulary program, and love both the concept and the application of this learning tool. It is designed for kids 3 - 6 years old and the focus is social-emotional skills, which are extremely valuable to your child's growth and success in life. Teaching your child these skills ensures that they are "school ready" by the time they start kindergarten.

And the program is two-fold as it not only teaches kids these important skills, but also does it through literacy-boosting activities. Here's something that struck me when reading the instruction booklet inside the box I received. It said:
When children learn vocabulary to accurately identify their feelings, they are better able to manage them. Likewise, labeling and discussing concepts like "community" empowers children to more ably engage with their world (Elias 2014).

Makes sense, no?

And it is apparent that a lot of time and energy has gone into this product. Here's a look at what you will receive:

Each month, a new box will arrive at your door and the activities will focus on a different aspect of the social-emotional skill set. For example, learning growth-words such as push, try and effort, helps children understand their actions and feelings.



I love how the inside of the box is carefully organized to make sense for the parent/caregiver. There is no guesswork here. You'll find an instruction booklet immediately upon opening the box - but really, the process is quite simple.


You start with the picture book and read at your own pace. Each story introduces the new words your child will focus on learning.


Then you set up your activity book stand and place the activity book on it and open to the first word. You've probably read on MommyMaestra more than once about how creating a print-rich environment for children is crucial for developing their literacy skills. Well, here's an example of how to create a print-rich environment: place words on display in your home! Put your stand in an accessible place where your child can see it throughout the day and look at it at his or her leisure.


Each month has around 20 words for you to teach your little one. You can just take your time, letting the new word hang on the book stand for a while before tearing it off and completing the activity on the back. Give it time to soak in.


And, finally, there are the word cards which you can use to play games with your child in order to reinforce their meaning.

What a great product!! I can't wait to use it with my youngest child as soon as he is old enough.

THE GIVEAWAY

Mrs. Wordsmith has graciously offered a 12-month subscription to their Social Journey product to one (1) MommyMaestra reader! If you are caring for a preschooler this school year, this would be a must-have for your lesson plans.

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below.

¡Buena suerte!


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Disclosure: I received a sample box for review purposes. All thought and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

MommyMaestra's 2018 Back-to-School Fiesta!



Thank you all for bearing with me last month as I took time away to properly grieve the loss of my mamá. As I mentioned on Facebook, the last year has had me on a wild ride - some good, some awful - but two things remain constant: my love for my kids/family AND my love of writing!

As promised, I wasn't about to miss out on my annual Back-to-School Fiesta! Each year during this month, I celebrate the Back-to-School season with articles, opportunities, freebies, and giveaways that I line up with you in mind. Once again I have awesome resources for you in English, Spanish, or both.

I'm kicking things off with a gift from ME to you.


FIRST, I want you to know that my ENTIRE TpT store is on sale today and tomorrow. You can get 25% off any of my printables. So stock up on back-to-school-themed printables, like the one shown above, or get a jump on the school year and buy your Día de los Muertos, Las Posadas, or even Cinco de Mayo reading passages today!



NEXT, with homeschooling on the rise among Latino families, I am giving away three copies of my book, The Latino Family's Guide to Homeschooling. I designed it to help you get started. Or, if you are a veteran homeschooler, it provides additional resources for those of you who are already on the journey.

Inside this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn the following:

  • what is homeschooling?
  • how to get started 
  • bilingual homeschooling
  • homeschooling children with special needs or learning differences
  • preschool & kindergarten
  • homeschooling older children
  • preparing for college


You’ll also read the stories of other successful homeschoolers, most from a variety of Hispanic or bilingual backgrounds. Learn about how and why they began homeschooling, and read their advice for teaching at home. I am SO grateful to all the wonderful parents and professionals who have shared their tips, knowledge, and stories with MommyMaestra readers over the years. Every single one that I contacted about sharing their story in this book quickly agreed, and a few even wrote a piece specifically for this book to help me make it complete.

Filled with resources and tips for finding great curricula, as well as advice for daily learning, this book is a must-have for every Latino family considering homeschooling.

THE GIVEAWAY


Of course, if you can't wait or want a guarantee to get a copy, you can purchase this book directly from my shop or on Amazon (aff). 

But I am celebrating by giving away a copy to three MommyMaestra readers as part of my Back-to-School Fiesta. 

To enter to win, simply use the Rafflecopter below.

¡Buena suerte!

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