Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Raising a Biliterate Child: Set a Good Example

photo courtesy L. C. Ladish

The following article is part of a series of guest posts on biliteracy by Dr. Carlos Ulloa. Originally published on the L4LL website, both have given me permission to reshare these valuable articles to help parents raising bilingual and biliterate children. Thank you, Dr. Ulloa!

Model, Model, Model

What do I mean by model? You are your child’s first teacher and what you say and do will highly influence your child’s bilingual and biliterate self-image. Your example and how you approach the world will help carry your child through his or her life. What you do will be imitated. What you say will be repeated, shared, minced and eventually outlast you.

Nurture your child’s two languages and vocabulary by embracing your cultural roots and passing on your favorite dichos y refranes. Those oral proverbs, phrases and saying you have heard your parents, abuelo, abuela, tíos and tías use while growing up are rich with not only wisdom, they cross generations and cultures. Those words carry meaning and will stimulate your child’s thinking and oral language development in two languages.

Children love to learn new words when they are used in the context of a lively conversation. Dichos y refranes also make for an engaging conversation during those transition times during the day; such as commuting, grocery shopping, cooking or getting ready for bed. Talk to your child about the message in your favorite dichos y refranes. Ask him or her what the message in the phrase is trying to convey. Together you can come up with examples to reference the dicho or refran to give the phrase life or find a comparative phrase or saying in your child’s second language. Each time you introduce new words in Spanish or English, you are building knowledge, stimulating connections in the brain and reaffirming how words can get you thinking and wondering in two languages.

Begin writing down those favorite dichos y refranes that personally influence what you most value. Record your thoughts, your child’s thoughts, your parent’s thoughts, your abuelito and abuelita’s thoughts on those favorite dichos y refranes. If you want to get extra creative, begin creating, sculpting or collecting photos to pair with your recorded dichos y refranes.

Although most dichos y refranes can be literally translated, your child will learn that sometimes words get lost in translation or the words just don’t flow so poetically in the other language. Sometimes when translated into English or Spanish you will need less or more words to express your meaning. Your child will learn to appreciate the beauty of two languages through dichos y refranes.

What words do you want your child to own and live by? You may be inclined to go to the web and look up what other people have to say about dichos y refranes. You can go there but if you listen to your own words and reflect on the wisdom passed on to you, those dichos y refranes will come to you. Think about the words you really want to pass on to your own child and you may just hear your mother, father, abuelita or abuelito’s voice in your mind.


Dr. Ulloa y su Tía Chepa
Dr. Ulloa grew up speaking Spanish with his mother and English with his father.  He is currently a Dual Language reading teacher in the Escondido Union School District and a lecturer in the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department at San Diego State University. Dr. Ulloa has over 28 years of experience as a director of curriculum and instruction, elementary teacher, Descubriendo la Lectura/Reading Recovery teacher and parent involvement specialist.  He served as a commissioner on the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), an advisory board to the California State Board of Education from 2012 to 2016. Ulloa earned his bachelors at San Diego State University in Liberal Studies with a Spanish Bilingual Emphasis, masters degree in Education from Harvard University and doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Ulloa can be contacted at

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Giveaway: Strong Roots Have No Fear

Friends, I love the subject of today's giveaway. This book is for every single parent. We should all be striving to raise children to have the courage to forge forward on their life's path and to be themselves as they were created to be.

Strong Roots Have No Fear (aff) by Aditi Wardhan Singh is a parenting guide that gives moms and dads the tools and confidence to help prepare their children to thrive in a multicultural world. Singh draws upon her own childhood experiences as well as her current parenting choices to counsel the reader. 

The book itself is divided up into 20 chapters. Here's a sampling of some of the themes:
  1. Being an Empowered Parent
  2. Big Emotions
  3. Multilingualism
  4. Creating a Love of Reading
  5. Motivating Self Reliance
  6. Cultivating Talent
  7. Igniting Curious Learning
  8. Imparting Self Moderation
  9. Gender Equality
  10. Counter Bullying
  11. Preparing for Tragedies/Predators
  12. Infusing Your Heritage
  13. Celebrating Diversity
  14. Ingraining Racial Equality
  15. and more...

I love Singh's voice - at once she's both authoritative and personal. Through her writing, she is encouraging and determined. She tells us what to do and how to do it. And she gives examples from her own life to help us understand.

The most powerful statement in the book that I read was this one...
"The secrets lie within our own childhood."
And it is so true! I think back to everything I am and I think the largest and most essential part of me is a result of my childhood and my family. Whether I am like them or not, I made the choice (whether I realized it or not) to do so.

Singh says, "You cannot stop your little ones from growing up and walking into the big bad world, but you can create within them the strength to face it. Every challenge, every fear.

For me - with children ages 15, 13, and 2! - this book was super meaningful. It helped confirm what I knew I needed to do for my youngest, and imparted wisdom when dealing with my oldest. It understood my own feelings of fear and inadequacy and gave me peace and confidence.

One of the most important parts of her book, I thought, was the section on preparing your children for tragedies, and how to identify and deal with bullies or predators. Really, I am a neurotic parent when it comes to my children being around strangers. I trust nobody other than my immediate family, and even then, I am always watchful for the smallest of signs. It's terribly sad to be that way, but in today's world, I think we have to be. And it was wonderful to read the words that validated my caution. But also great to read about ways to teach your children to be vigilant and give them the tools for self-preservation.

If you have followed MommyMaestra for any time at all, you know how strongly I champion teaching our children about their own heritage so that they grow up knowledgable and proud of it. Because doing so provides them with an inner strength that I think you can't get anywhere else. So, of course, I was delighted to see the author also teach this in her chapter on Infusing Your Heritage.

Overall, I think this book is a must-have for EVERY parent! You will feel so much better after reading it. And especially for parents who send their kids off to school, this is one read that will help lessen your anxiety.

If you'd like your own copy, then you can find it here on Amazon (aff link). OR you can enter...

The Giveaway

The author has kindly offered one copy to a MommyMaestra reader. (Yay!)

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Review: Whistlefritz Spanish Learning Program

As another school year begins, it's time for a new review of another Spanish-learning program. You can find a complete list of programs available for homeschoolers here

Name of program: Whistlefritz (Educator's Spanish Collection)
Target age: Preschool - early elementary
Amount of materials: Comprehensive
Price: $139 - $169.99
MommyMaestra Rating: ♥♥♥♥


Whistlefritz is a complete program designed for preschoolers and early elementary students. What I love about this program is that each lesson is centered around an activity that teaches a specific concept and new vocabulary. Little kids are so hands-on and project/game-based learning is often the best type of education that they can receive.

I received a copy of Whistlefritz's Educator’s Spanish Collection. This includes:
  • 1 lesson plan book
  • 1 set of DVDs and CDs
  • 1 set of Memory Matching Cards (game)

The book contains 40 lessons each of which takes 30 - 40 minutes to complete. The spiral curriculum builds on previous lessons and allows children to master their Spanish by providing them with multiple opportunities to revisit previously taught concepts. 

Some of the lessons are cross-curricular, teaching not only Spanish, but also science, art, and even physical education. ***Added Bonus: because most of the lessons focus on preschool concepts, I think this curriculum would work as a preschool curriculum for Spanish-speaking children.

Each lesson contains two sections. The first has...
  1. a description of each lesson
  2. the goal
  3. the objective
  4. vocabulary
  5. materials
  6. estimated time to teach
The second section is on the activity itself and it has...
  1. the focus (and review)
  2. teacher input
  3. guided practice
  4. independent practice
  5. the closure
  6. and extension activities
Quite a lot of thought has gone into each lesson and I really appreciate the guided practice section because it is thorough and provides the teacher with exact text to help their students.

Although the text is written in English, Spanish text for all speaking scripts is included, making this a good choice for immersion programs/homeschoolers.

I really love that the video series is purely supplemental and not a required part of each lesson. They are occasionally recommended in the extension activities. I feel like kids today already stare too much at screens. But these short videos are a fun way to complement the lessons. In some of the videos, students meet Fritzi the mouse who is always in the middle of some sort of adventure. He really is adorable. But they are all about learning the concepts being taught.

And finally, there are the CDs. They are full of fun music that will make your kids move! Carnaval is the most recent release and it is really just top-notch. Listen to clips of the songs yourself here. My 2yo just can't help but dance when the music starts.

Overall, I think this is a really great program for little ones. You don't have to take my word for it, though. As always, I recommend that before you purchase ANY curriculum in any subject, always visit their website first and download samples. When you go to Whistlefritz, you can listen to a sample, watch a clip, or download a sample lesson to see if this will be a good fit for your (home or school) classroom.

Disclosure: I asked for and received this curriculum for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Do you know about FIRST LEGO League?

I first learned about it online and so I decided to find out more. My oldest son and I just attended our first introductory meeting and I think we are both very excited about it. If you've never heard of it, FLL is a team-building, STEM competition coopertition that focuses not on winning, but on growing and developing our children's skills.

Wait, coopertition? Yes, I know that is not a word. But it was the one used by the engineer at our meeting. She admitted that it was a made-up word that combines the words cooperation and competition. And she said the goal was not to win, so much as to learn how to work in a team and to develop FIRST's core values in the students.

According to the website, FLL...
" the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program is built around theme-based Challenges to engage children ages 9 to 16 in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering. The foundation of the program is the FIRST Core Values, which emphasize teamwork, discovery, and innovation. Students emerge more confident, excited, and equipped with the skills they need in a changing workforce."
It sounds like SUCH a great opportunity for kids to nurture their STEM skills, learn to work in a team environment, and direct their energies toward improving the world we live in.

Watch this:

This year's global challenge has been announced and the theme is: CITY SHAPER and the challenge is to

Teams can be found all over the United States...and also in 97 other countries.

The entire event - from the start of the planning to the final competition - all takes place within about five months. Our team has already received its gameboard (shown below), and they will begin to build the modules that go on the board. Then they will build a robot and program it to approach each module and complete a specific task. There are 10 modules in each.

There is a strong focus on teamwork, communication, and problem solving. They want your children to enjoy the competition, while striving to improve themselves, and helping the other teams along the way.

Overall, I think it will be a fabulous experience for my son, but it is a major time commitment that I hope we can meet. If you have a budding engineer, lego lover, or breathing tween/teen, then maybe this would be for him/her, too!

Visit their website to find out if there are any teams near you.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Free Download: Multi-Subject Binder Inserts

Are you signed up for the MommyMaestra newsletter? If so, be on the lookout for it in your inbox. This next newsletter has a new freebie for you: Binder Inserts.

A few weeks ago, a MM reader was looking for binder inserts for the Spanish classes that she's teaching. I made them for her and then decided to go ahead and make them for all the subjects. I hope I didn't miss any. If you have a subject that you'd like me to add, just contact me and let me know!

They are available in English and Spanish, with space at the bottom of each for you to write the child's name and grade.

If you don't get my newsletter, you can sign up here and you'll get access to the freebie right away.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Braum’s Book Buddy Program

Braum’s Book Buddy Program is officially open for enrollment! You have until August 31st to sign up.

This reading incentive program is open to students in 1st through 5th grades. Each child can earn up to six Braum’s ice cream treats per school year just by reading. And, yes, homeschoolers can participate!

The program starts on October 1st and runs throughout the school year. Kids receive a Braum’s Book Buddy booklet in which their teacher records how many books the child has read. One sticker = one book. After six books have been completed, the child gets a coupon for a free treat from Braum’s.

Who doesn't love that? I wish I had a kid old/young enough to participate!

There are just a few criteria to participate, including how your school MUST be located within 30 miles of a Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store.

So, this is super fun! Go sign up!

Monday, August 12, 2019

5 Tips to Nurture a Biliterate Child

The following is the first in a series of guest posts on biliteracy by Dr. Carlos Ulloa. Originally published on the L4LL website, both have given me permission to reshare these valuable articles to help parents raising bilingual and biliterate children. 

Dr. Ulloa will expand upon some of the tips he outlines in this article as this series continues during MommyMaestra's Back-to-School Fiesta. Thank you, Dr. Ulloa!

Below are some tips to consider as you help instill the ongoing love of reading, writing, listening and speaking in two languages with your child.


Model fluency by speaking, listening, reading and writing to your child daily.  If you want to develop a bilingual and biliterate child, you must be a strong and consistent example. When you embrace the gift of speaking, listening, reading and writing in two languages, you are passing on a family value that can be passed on for generations. Accept it, you are your child’s first teacher! Do not relinquish this important responsibility to anyone.


Make time to read with your child every day. There is nothing like escaping into a great book with your child. Reading should not be a chore. Discover familiar and new books you would like to read with or to your child. Find your child’s inner passion and find all books and websites related to his or her favorite topic.

While reading, consciously ask questions aloud of the author, story setting, characters or plot. This is what great readers do in their heads and you can model it for your child. Put yourself into the book and honor your child’s responses.

There are a growing number of books written in English and Spanish. Your local library and your child’s school library are the best places to start. Start by checking out Pura Belpré Award-winning books. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate. For a list of current award and honor books, check out the Pura Belpré home page.


A simple and fun prewriting activity is to consciously talk about new and familiar words when you are walking, driving or cooking. When encountering new words, be curious about them, help your child define the new word by breaking the word apart to find smaller words within the word.

Writing is a process. Consider writing a letter to a family member in Spanish or writing down a favorite family recipe. Card making is also a wonderful and purposeful form of reading and writing.

Expand from letter writing to recording family anecdotes, saying and writing captions to include who, what and where on the back of your family photos.


When you are at home or in the car, listen to songs in both languages. Talk about the lyrics. What is the singer trying to say? Audiobooks in English and Spanish are also a wonderful way to bridge into your child’s listening comprehension.


It is never too late to give your child the gift of biliteracy. Language and culture cannot be separated and if you can’t make trips to visit abuelita and abuelito, call them on the phone.

Nothing is sadder to a Spanish-speaking grandparent or relative than when a child cannot communicate with a family member because they do not speak or understand the same language. When you value biliteracy, you are giving your child a life-long gift and a sincere purpose to read, write, speak and listen in two languages.


Dr. Ulloa y su Tía Chepa
Dr. Ulloa grew up speaking Spanish with his mother and English with his father.  He is currently a Dual Language reading teacher in the Escondido Union School District and a lecturer in the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department at San Diego State University. Dr. Ulloa has over 28 years of experience as a director of curriculum and instruction, elementary teacher, Descubriendo la Lectura/Reading Recovery teacher and parent involvement specialist.  He served as a commissioner on the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), an advisory board to the California State Board of Education from 2012 to 2016. Ulloa earned his bachelors at San Diego State University in Liberal Studies with a Spanish Bilingual Emphasis, masters degree in Education from Harvard University and doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Ulloa can be contacted at

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Free Download: #ElPasoChallenge

This week, while reading about the horrific mass shooting in El Paso (in my home state), I stumbled upon this one article highlighting the efforts of 11-year-old Ruben Martinez.

Deeply disturbed by the shooting, the sixth-grader wanted to do something that would help his community. And after being challenged by his mom to think of an idea that shows the kindness of El Paso, he wrote down a whole list of ideas.

And he started the #ElPasoChallenge.

He is challenging everyone to do 22 acts of random kindness in honor of those who perished that day.

I love your challenge, Ruben. And to help you with it, I've created these two pages (available in English and Spanish) that list ideas of ways to be kind, or allow you to record your acts of kindness.

It is free for everyone to download and use.

Thanks, Ruben.

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Grammar Missions Giveaway!

Six years ago, I shared with you one of my favorite resources for teaching elementary kids grammar: Super Grammar (aff link)!

You can see above why I like it so much. It's because my kids LOVED it. My two oldest, who hated boring worksheet activities related to grammar, totally got into the action and adventure hidden inside this book. And I was able to use the characters to teach and present important grammar concepts in a way that my kids could enjoy learning. Read my post here to see how I used it.

Anyway, Super Grammar has now opened a store on TpT! Do you know what that means? NO WAITING! You can now buy and download a digital copy of their updated 2nd edition of Super Grammar instantly.

In addition, they have now come out with an additional resource that is just SUPER helpful. Grammar Missions is the awesome workbook that I wish I'd had six years ago. It goes perfectly with Super Grammar and contains more than 140 grammar mission assignments.

This workbook has a section for each Super Grammar super-team, and each super-team section is color-coded to match the color-coding in Super Grammar. Also, to keep things organized and easy to follow, the super-teams and their superheroes in the workbook appear in the exact same order and progression as they do in Super Grammar.

So if you have a 3rd, 4th, 5th, or even 6th grader who loves action and adventure and needs a grammar curriculum that's different and fun, this may be for you!

The Giveaway

Tony has graciously offered to give a Super Grammar Power Bundle to one MommyMaestra reader. This bundle contains:

  • the second edition of Super Grammar (with some expanded content)
  • the Grammar Missions workbook
  • a set of Super Grammar Mini Posters
  • and a set of Super Grammar Mini Lists

This is an awesome deal! And if you have a kid in 3rd through 6th grade who desperately needs a more engaging grammar curriculum, you should enter to win it!!

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below.

Good luck!

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Art for Kids Hub

Today's Back-to-School Fiesta favorite new resource is centered around ART.

By now, I hope we all know about the profound effect art classes can have on academic performance. Access to art classes really has a beneficial impact on how a child performs in all the other subjects. In this study of more than 10,000 students in the Houston area, exposure to art classes led to "a 3.6 percentage point reduction in disciplinary infractions, an improvement of 13 percent of a standard deviation in standardized writing scores, and an increase of 8 percent of a standard deviation in their compassion for others."

Another study found a link between arts elective courses in music, dance, visual art and drama, and better grades in middle school. According to the study "when all variables are accounted for, enrolling in the arts seems to be linked to better academic performance, in the same year and later years."

And Learning Liftoff lists the specific skills that art education helps develop.

So I'm always looking out for art curricula, either online or as DVD/workbook sets. A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon Art for Kids Hub on Facebook.

It. Is. So. Much. Fun!

The videos show kids how to draw various objects and scenes by watching the artist and his young student. After a brief introduction, the camera zooms to their artwork, and the drawing begins. Their art is side by side, so kids can see both versions.

It is fun and easy. If you have a budding artista, check out their streaming channel, so your kids can watch the lessons without ad interruption. Or they can watch for free on their YouTube channel (I don't recommend unless you have it set to restricted mode).

I haven't been able to find out much about the people behind the program, but I do know that it is a family out of Utah. And - MAN! - have they uploaded a TON of videos! You can learn how to draw pretty much ANYTHING. From dinosaurs to peregrine falcons to Miguel from Coco to a food truck to a Native American headdress...seriously, there's not much you can't find on their videos.

Here's a summer-themed one I just randomly picked out to show you.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Teaching Textbooks 12-Month Subscription Giveaway

I'm thrilled about being able to offer MommyMaestra readers another wonderful giveaway from Teaching Textbooks, our favorite homeschool math program.

My family has been using Teaching Textbooks for at least the last five years. Here's the original review I did of the program in 2017. We started out ordering the version that has the entire program on CDs so my kids didn't have to use the internet. This was perfect for us the first few years because our internet had data caps and was crazy expensive.

Last year, Teaching Textbooks rolled out their new 3.0 online version. We used it this past year and it has been such a great addition to our curriculum.

Lessons are simple and straightforward. A new concept is taught in each lesson, which begins with a short lecture.

Then, the student gets a chance to practice a few questions before answering 21 problems. The online version also lets you customize your screen and turn on and off the animated "Buddy" in the top left corner.

But what I love best is the easy parent directory. I have separate login credentials, which take me to the home page, which gives me a variety of options to choose from to manage my child's lessons.

I mainly use it to look at the grade book and see how my son is doing. The grade book lets me know if the lesson has been completed, how many problems he finished, how many he got correct, and his score.

If I notice that my son has a really poor score, I will click on the lesson to figure out what in the world happened. Not only can I see which problems he got wrong, but how many attempts he made, and whether or not he watched the solution to figure out the correct way to solve the problem. By seeing the backend, I know if he was just goofing around and not paying attention, or if he really needs more help understanding this concept.

Overall, this program has just really lightened my load as a homeschool parent. I don't mind teaching math, but it does require a lot of prep on my part to make sure I understand what he's learning so if he has trouble, I know where he went wrong and how to help him.

For parents who are scared of math, or really dislike it, this program would be a lifesaver.

The Giveaway

I'm so happy that I'm able to offer this program to one of you! The awesome people over at Teaching Textbooks have once again 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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Monday, August 5, 2019

The Bilingual Back-to-School Blog Hop & Free Download

I'm so happy to be participating in the Bilingual Back-to-School Blog Hop! So many fantastic free resources from some wonderful teachers, who if you aren't following them on TpT, you are totally missing out.

When I signed up, I stopped to think about what is it in my shop that I consider to be essential for classes. And I knew right away that it actually was something that every single school in the country should be teaching.

I created this #RespectEachOther Packet to Combat Bullying three years ago right after the election. I was getting emails from Latino parents worried about sending their children to school. So I made this packet to help parents and educators deal with the issue of bullying, and hopefully using it sometimes helps to stop bullying before it starts.

This packet includes:
  • posters to be placed as visual reminders
  • an educator's guide
  • discussion questions & guide
  • resources for parents
  • phrases parents can use when talking to school officials about their child being bullied
  • plans for students on how to deal with a bully
  • writing prompts
  • writing pages
  • and a recommended reading list

It's also available in Spanish...

and English...

I'm a Texan. And last weekend's shooting in El Paso affected me deeply as a parent, as a teacher, as a Mexican-American, as a Texan, as an American. I'm tired of ALL the mass shootings. It's so easy to feel helpless. This is just one small way that I feel like I can fight the hate and the extremism. I'm sorry to bring this sad subject up in this blog hop, but helping our children/students is just so important. And I think it is one way for us to actively help each and every student.

I hope that you enjoy this download. You can find both of them for free in my TpT shop.

And don't forget that all of my products on TpT AND my online shop are on sale. The TpT sale runs today and tomorrow, while my website sale will run through Friday. Just use the promo code BTS19 when you checkout to get 25% off your purchase.

Time to Hop...

Ready to hop off to the next stop on our Bilingual Back-to-School Blog Hop? You'll love La Profe Plotts! (I even love her logo.)

Go see what wonderful freebie she has lined up for you by clicking here.

Multicultural Family Pack Giveaway

Oh, this is one of my favorite giveaways on MommyMaestra this year. It's for all of us who are raising world citizens (everyone, I hope!), including teachers who are nurturing a classroom full of knowledge, understanding, and inclusion.

Whoever wins this giant Multicultural Family Pack is going to be so happy!

Thank you to all the fabulous ladies who have contributed to this giveaway. Take time to visit their blogs - you probably already known them. If not, here are some links:

Here's what it includes:

Discover the must-have book for all children! Barefoot Books Children of the World depicts kids of a wide range of shapes, sizes, races, abilities and lifestyles from countries and cultures all over the world. From enjoying special days to trying on silly hats, this ground-breaking picture book celebrates the big ideas and everyday moments that all children share.

by eeBoo

Printed on thick, high-quality cardstock, eeBoo’s Art Cards feature the artwork of acclaimed children’s book illustrators. Incredibly versatile, eeBoo’s Art Cards can hang on your wall or serve in a call and response flash-card activity, making them perfect for both play and display. Each set includes 26 7” x 9” cards to spark conversation and inspire alphabet memorization.

Sharpen your memory skills, discover some of the world's greatest buildings and boost global literacy! Match the pairs of landmarks and learn the city and country where the landmark can be found. Features gorgeous hand-painted illustrations by World Atlas artist David Dean.

These passport stamps and passport booklet are absolutely amazing!!! Perfect for an around the world unit, introduction to country studies, a Geography Fair, International Night, Social Studies Units, "Read Around the World" Passports, or Christmas Around the World (or Holidays Around the World).

The passport booklet is authentic, appropriate for students in any country ("Citizen of the World") with a realistic, trilingual identification page to allow students to personalize their passport. On the "visa" pages, we have inspirational quotes from around the world about diversity, kindness, friendship, and making the world a better place.

by Monica Olivera

My Multicultural Heritage Journal is an opportunity for children to explore and record their own multicultural family heritage and history. Inside this journal are pages that allow kids to draw their own family tree, record and describe where in the world their family is from, paste photographs or draw images of family members, and record their favorite memories or stories. Cultural images from around the globe are scattered throughout the book. And there is even a section for writing down family recipes. This journal is meant to be a keepsake that kids can share with other family members and treasure for a long time.

Designed for children ages 8 – 12. This 95-page, no-prep packet includes one-page reading passages featuring 18 international poets. In addition, there is a reading comprehension quiz for each reading passage, as well as comprehension worksheets, poetry activities, and a recommended reading list for further research.

Spanish Classroom Packet

Perfect for teachers and homeschoolers alike, this packet includes a Spanish alphabet "foam puzzle", a Spanish word search book, and Spanish "center/station" signs.

by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong


(This giveaway is for the STUDENT Edition of this book. A separate Teacher/Librarian Edition of this book is also available.)

Celebrate all year long with 156 poems in English and SPANISH... ideal for preK - grade 6. 

This latest book in The Poetry Friday Anthology series offers 12 poems per month plus 12 poems with the theme of “Birthdays and Baby Days.” Choose your favorite celebrations for each month!

Listening Activities and Speech Bubble Photos

Buena Gente is a video series for Spanish language learners. It is available free on YouTube. These activities accompany it.

This amazing Frida Kahlo lesson includes an authentic biography in English plus comprehension questions, a unique guided self-portrait lesson, and a beautiful coloring sheet of one of her most famous paintings.

The self-portrait activity leads the students through all of the symbolism in Frida's paintings, discussing emotions, settings, and why she has chosen certain objects. Students dive deep into her artwork and attempt to create a self-portrait that tells their own story. When they are finished, the class set of self-portraits are absolutely stunning on a bulletin board!

The Giveaway

Didn't I tell you it was an amazing giveaway?

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

MommyMaestra's 2019 Back-to-School Fiesta!

Hola, MommyMaestra Readers!

August has arrived and with it comes my annual Back-to-School Fiesta! This is the time after a quiet summer spent with my family when I share new, helpful, or just plain fun products and services that will help you make your coming school year more effective and/or enjoyable. You'll find resources for homeschoolers, parents, and teachers. So keep an eye on this website because I have a wonderful lineup for you every Monday through Friday this month.

A few notes on important things I want to sneak in today because the other days are already full.

First, don't miss the TpT Back-to-School Sale this coming Tuesday & Wednesday, August 6th and 7th. Everything in my shop will be on sale at their maximum 25% off... including new products. This is the perfect time to go through your wish list and stock up on items that you've been waiting for!

Second, don't miss the Bilingual Back-to-School Blog Hop happening on August 6th & 7th! There will be 14 or 15 FREE DOWNLOADS that you just don't want to miss! My choice of freebie to share was directly affected by an event that happened this weekend. I hope you will all download it, if you haven't already.

And finally, if you aren't already signed up for my newsletter, please consider doing so. There will be a few freebies available only to my newsletter subscribers.

If you are shopping for the coming school year, please check here because you might win something!

Good luck to all and ENJOY!

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