Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Free Girl Scouts Online Event Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Girl Scouts Online Event for Hispanic Heritage Month

Here's another awesome free online event for you guys to catch! This Saturday, Saturday October 3, 2020, 10 a.m. – noon CT, the Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) is hosting a virtual event in which they explore a series of cultural activities from different Latin American countries.

From their FB even page:

"Our virtual celebration will feature live demonstrations, including:

• Peruvian Baking class from James Beard and Award semi-finalist Chef Maribel Rivero (@CocinaMaribel) https://www.cocinamaribel.com/
• A Latin dance class
• Guatemalan kite making
• Panel of local Girl Scouts discussing what it's like growing up Latina


About our presenters:

Chef Maribel Rivero
Food is a constant topic that always goes back to home cooking for James Beard Award semi-finalist Chef Maribel Rivero. Cooking to her is about sharing life experiences and traditions with food. She is motivated by the stories behind cooking and expressing that story into the flavor of the Latin cuisine. In 2017, she and her brother created Yuyo Peruano restaurant as a celebration of the culinary immersion found throughout South America, where she connected with the people and the culinary community from Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, and Uruguay. Chef Maribel now continues to do Zoom cooking classes that showcases those award winning Latin flavors.

Keyler Maguilbray
Keyler loves dancing and loves to teach different styles of dance such as salsa, bachata, cumbia , merengue , salsa casino and more. She started teaching in Venezuela before deciding to come to the US. During her first year in the United States she had the opportunity to teach a bachata team and group classes with Impulso Dance Academy, Inspired Movement Studio and even performed at the Harlem Globetrotters game.

She enjoyed teaching so much that she decided to start traveling to different cities and perform with a dance partner. In 2018 and 2019 she was teaching and performing at dance congresses in Dallas , New Orleans, Houston and all over Austin."

If you have a girl scout in your home or simply want to join in the fun, register for free here. A patch is available for purchase ($3) during registration. It will be mailed to you.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Kid Writers Live with Lulu Delacre TONIGHT


What a wonderful opportunity! Don't miss this live event with the most wonderful author, Lulu Delacre. I've worked with her before on various projects and she is simply the loveliest person. And SO great with children. Her books are treasures that should be in every Hispanic family's home library. 

TONIGHT!

Join children's author and illustrator Lulu Delacre tonight (Monday, Sept 28th) at 6 pm ET as she answers 10 questions with a story, anecdote, book reading, visual demonstration, and/or a look around her studio.

From the event page:

Three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree Lulu Delacre has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1980. The New York Times Bestselling artist was born and raised in Puerto Rico to Argentinean parents. Delacre says her Latino heritage and her life experiences inform her work. Her 42 titles include Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America, a Horn Book Fanfare Book in print for over 30 years. Her bilingual picture book ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado; Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest and her story collection Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos have received multiple starred reviews and awards. Among her latest works are the art of Turning Pages by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Luci Soars. Delacre has lectured internationally and served as a juror for the National Book Awards. She has exhibited at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in New York, the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, and the Zimmerli Art Museum among other venues. Reading is Fundamental honored her with a Champion of Children’s Literacy Award. For more visit her at www.luludelacre.com. Find her @luludelacre.

This online event is hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library, Carroll County Public Library, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, and Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County. 

How to access it:

Visit the Facebook event page to find the link and register for this FREE event.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage With My Kids

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with my kids


The following is a guest post by Latina mom, Monica Divane. It's part of our Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 series.

As an Indigenous Latina, passing on my culture to my kids has always been something I’ve felt was important. I always look forward to Hispanic Heritage month as a way to celebrate who we are and where our family comes from. 

Every year, I plan activities and find new books so that my kids can continuously learn about the incredible contributions Latinos have made in the US. I always share these resources too so that other Latinos can learn their history and take pride and for non-Latinos to learn about us. 

First, we start with who we want to learn about. I make a great list and then I try to find books about them at my local library. 



I also print out country booklets from Teachers Pay Teachers for my kids to color in as we learn. They include facts about the country. Sadly, not every country is represented, but we make do with what we have and cover the rest with supplemental resources like books & YouTube. 

Latin America Country Booklets



When talking about Frida Kahlo, we create art inspired by her. We discussed Sonia Sotomayor’s life and how it resembles our own struggles. With the Autumnal Equinox, we discuss the harvest importance of Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta with the rights of migrant farm workers. 

Frida books and crafts

Then comes the extra fun part! We do a drumming lesson when talking about Tito Puente, & we dance to the music of Celia Cruz, Selena, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, and even J Balvin & Bad Bunny. We learn about musical styles from different countries and their form of dance. We rap along with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s music as we talk about his amazing contributions to Broadway and music in movies. 



Another fun activity for HHM is playing fútbol and discuss it’s origins (the Maya refer to it as pok-a-tok) and play baseball as we discuss sports icons like Roberto Clemente, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa. 

We talk about Ellen Ochoa shooting for the stars and pair it with a space craft like a space mobile or galaxy snowglobe. For Sylvia Mendez, we talk about the importance her case played in desegregating schools which happened before Brown vs Board. There are many famous actors/actresses and activists, and let’s not forget the powerhouse Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

We can’t talk about Hispanic Heritage Month without acknowledging our indigenous roots. During this time, I make sure we read more Spanish books, but also folktales from our culture (Mayan), as well as from other cultures. We weave, make chocolatl, build temples out of LEGOS, cook traditional foods, and so much more. 



With traditional public schooling, I was barely given a slice of my heritage to celebrate. As homeschoolers, we can dive further into Hispanic heritage & history which gives us all a sense of pride of our diversities and similarities. We know that if those famous Latinxs could reach for the stars, despite starting off with so little, so could we. Representation is everything. 

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Monica Divane

Monica is a queer Indigenous Latinx bruja and a homeschooling mom of 2. She has been married for 16 years and is currently living in Central Florida. You will usually find her crafting something new, raising monarchs, gardening, reading, dancing, hiking, hanging out in the beach or springs, and at Disney. Monica works for Veggie Mijas which is a WOC/NBPOC Collective that focuses on veganism, decolonization, and environmental justice and also as an Auror & part of the Cheer Squad in Potterhead Running Club. She’s a geek and an activist and is teaching her boys to do so much good in this world.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Teaching Little Ones about Civic Engagement

Teaching Little Ones about Civic Engagement

The following is a guest post by Latina mom, Monika Aldarondo. It's part of our Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 series.


I was raised to share my time, talent, and treasure with my community. I want to pass on those values. It is challenging to find ways to authentically engage in serving our community with little ones when all is well with the world, but this year, it is even harder.

That’s where connecting with organizations such as Community Impact Lab (CIL) is so helpful. The founder, Xouhoa Bowen, is a mom of young kids that has made it her mission to create opportunities for families to engage in meaningful ways to give back to our community.

My 5-year-old has been posing questions that frame our daily exploration. But last week, I posed a question: How can we share with our community? 

I knew that morning we would be spending the day participating in CIL’s school supply drive. I had posted about local school supply drives for the children of migrant workers. Xouhoa messaged me that she wanted to help. CIL had requested a list of supplies from the community for local schools. Xouhoa collected and distributed supplies from her home. Since the usual volunteer days of assembling supplies are not possible in the time of COVID-19, my son and I picked up the supplies from her porch. We brought them home to assemble into sets before driving them an hour to another group that was distributing supply-filled backpacks in San Jose and to migrant farmworker families in Salinas. 

Teaching Little Ones about Civic Engagement



As my son grows, I want him to witness us engaging in our community. Many of the families receiving these bags are doing the labor that allows us to stay safe and fed at home during the pandemic... and now during forest-fire-induced-smoky skies. 

Speaking of their contribution to our lives was step one. Taking actions that show how we depend on each other and must hold up our end of taking care of everyone in our community is critical. I don’t believe that a bag of supplies is equal to their contribution to us. But, we do try to find ways to give back despite the challenges of this time.

My son may not see or understand voter drives, giving to community fundraising campaigns, or calling elected officials that I engage in (yet). But he does understand that kids need supplies to create and learn. So we include him there. The rest he can witness by observing us, and we will include him more and more as he grows.
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Monika Aldarondo is a former arts educator, and current photographer and creative shape-shifter with Puerto Rican roots. She posts about her bilingual home/un-schooling journey on Instagram @librolovinmama. Her photography and creative projects can be found at laancla.com

Friday, September 18, 2020

Connecting to Our Hispanic Heritage through Online Classes

connecting to Our Hispanic Heritage through Online Classes


The following is a guest post by educator and mother, Lidia Aguirre.

I’m always looking for more ways to help my daughter connect to our Hispanic heritage. Growing up with a Mexican father, I was naturally exposed to my Mexican roots. However, as a third generation American, my daughter does not always get that same level of exposure. She is guided by me, a single mother who was born and raised in the US and speaks better English than Spanish. I have worked hard over the last 20 years to develop full fluency in Spanish, and I’m even a Spanish teacher now, but I have to confess that English still comes more naturally to me.  

Sometimes it feels like an uphill battle when it comes to bilingual parenting and maintaining a strong connection to our heritage. I’ve accepted that I can’t do it alone, and I’ve finally realized that I don’t have to. Even if we are staying home more in 2020, there are still ways to find support and to foster that connection to our Hispanic heritage that I so deeply crave. 

Facebook has been a great way for me to discover online events in Spanish for kids. We have attended a lot of fun kids classes in Spanish over the last several weeks, and there is one in particular I want to share with you. We’ve been taking a virtual ceramics workshop through a museum association in Argentina! The organization is called "La Asociación Amigos del MAP." There are various workshops and lectures for both adults and children listed in the “Talleres y Charlas” section of their website. They also have a Facebook page you can follow. 

Here’s a picture of us with some of our latest creations:

We have loved this experience so far. The instructor has been fabulous! My main purpose for signing my daughter up was to boost her Spanish and to help her connect with kids who live in a Spanish-speaking country. As a bonus, I’ve learned a lot as well. The instructor often discusses Pre-Columbian art as we’re working with the clay, so I’ve gotten a few art history lessons just by listening to her interact with the students. Everyone in the workshop has been so welcoming, and it’s been wonderful to practice our Spanish in such an authentic way. I hope we get to visit Argentina in person someday soon!


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Lidia Aguirre is an educator, mother, and writer for hire. She has worked in K-12 Texas public schools and now teaches Spanish at the community college level. She founded the website Spanish From a Distance to support world language teachers and learners. You can follow her Facebook page to stay up to date on blog posts and teaching resources. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Passing on My Bolivian Heritage through Dance



Julie is the third person from the right in the blue dress.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the following is a guest post by mom of 2 boys, Julie Santelices, who shares how she is passing on her Bolivian heritage and culture to her children.

It’s 7 pm on a rainy weeknight. The members of my Bolivian folk dance group are gathered for practice after a long day of working, mothering, or both. The occasional crack of thunder outside reminds us of the storm rolling past. But inside is a safe and familiar refuge. Hand-painted Indigenous artwork adorns the walls while the comforting smells of cafécito and baked humintas waft from the nearby kitchen. All the furniture has been pushed aside to make room for us to practice our choreography.  Our performance songs play on repeat. We synchronize our spins, jumps, and steps for a couple hours until we are either satisfied, exhausted, or both.  

When I get home, my two kids are already asleep. I used to feel a twinge of guilt that I had missed their bedtime stories and goodnight kisses. Now I remind myself that folk dancing isn’t just for me, it’s for them too. I begin my night time ritual and step into a shower. Under the warm water, it’s quiet and I reflect on my slowly evolving dance practice. How learning the steps of my ancestors feels both humbling and empowering at the same time. How dance education has become my way to honor the generations before me and the ones yet to come. Folk dancing makes me feel like an important link in the infinite chain of my heritage.

My first dance lessons weren’t in a dance studio. Rather, my early childhood memories of learning los pasos were in my mother’s suburban kitchen. The same room where I watched her prepare meals and share chismes with her friends. There was a small TV in the corner of the kitchen, but when it wasn’t on, my mother was the most entertaining thing to watch. She would go about her business while booming ballads and pulsing cumbias crooned from the Spanish language radio. I learned the words to familiar songs and sang and danced along with her. I wanted to move with my mother’s grace and confidence. She owned the room, with a sway of hips or a stomp of her feet. A dish towel would circle rapidly over her head as she demonstrated the quick cueca steps for my wide eyes.  

Bolivian dancers


My mother never gave herself the gift of joining a folk dance group. I think she would have appreciated the discipline it requires, and enjoyed the sisterhood that comes with belonging to a performance group. I still thank her for teaching me to love dancing, and more importantly: to love my raices.  I reassure her that I’m passing on all this knowledge to her two grandchildren; that we are all learning together how to heal through dancing. Healing the enduring damage of colonialism. And that dance is like a salve on all that weighs heavy in our hearts.  

Now my own two sons watch me with wide eyes when they see my dance group performances. When they hear the familiar sounds of indigenous instruments, their shoulders bounce, their feet tap, and they understand that tradition flows through their DNA. My children are learning folk dances right along with me. I’m hoping to teach my children what our ancestors already knew: that the dance lives within us. It is an immense honor to do justice to each dance step. I never forget that each dance carries meaning, purpose, and retells our ancestors’ stories in a way that history books cannot. 



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Julie Santelices is a Bolivian mamí and lover of languages. She is raising her two multilingual littles in Central Florida.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Free Hispanic Heritage Month Digital Classroom

 

Today, Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off across the country. I've been thinking for a while about which resource to share on the first day of this celebrate this month-long celebration. And then, like magic, a fabulous mom in our Hispanic & Bilingual Homeschoolers Facebook group shared this!

This is an amazing Hispanic Heritage Month virtual classroom. What an awesome resource! And it is FREE! 

Created by a remarkable group of educators, you can find:

  • videos of biographies and book read-alouds, 
  • maps of Spanish-speaking countries, which lead to... 
  • pages dedicated to each country, 
  • images, 
  • written biographies, 
  • infographics, 
  • and more.
I love that students can watch YouTube videos safely without having access to inappropriate content. So much work has been put into this content wise, as well as to make it visually engaging and interactive for students. Some slides even have music! 

If you're looking for free resources to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, this should probably be at the top of your list!

And if you are wondering...yes, you can make a copy. Yes, you can use it in your classroom. And, yes, you can share it with everyone.

Go and enjoy.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Barton Reading and Spelling: Expensive, Boring, and Effective



The following is a guest post by Stacie Servantes Farias, a Mexican-American mom of 5 who does not blog because she is too busy reading other blogs to write one of her own.

The Basics

Barton Reading Spelling is an Orton-Gillingham based reading and spelling program created by Susan Barton. According to the Barton website, the Barton system “is a great tutoring system for children, teenagers, and adults who struggle with reading, spelling, and writing due to dyslexia or a learning disability.”

Barton Reading and Spelling has 10 levels that range in price from $300 - $350 per level. All students must pass the free Barton Student Screener in order to be able to use the program and all tutors, or parents who “tutor” their own children, must pass the free Barton Tutor Screener. There are several other requirements to be a Barton student (or at least be able to benefit from the Barton program) that are listed here.

The Real Review

Now that I have explained all the basic information, let me give y’all the real deal from a homeschool mom who has tutored her kids through 7 of the 10 Barton levels. 

Barton Reading and Spelling is VERY expensive, as far as homeschool curriculum is concerned. We have paid $350 for just one level?!?!? And all you get is a large spiral-bound manual, some colored tiles, and a set of DVDs!!! 

Yup. A lucky set of circumstances helped us to cover some of these costs, but yes. We paid $300 to $350 per level for a box with a giant manual, some colored tiles (although the tile app is better) and a set of DVDs. The plus side of Barton is that it has a very high resale value. Most families buy one level at a time and list that level “for sale” on eBay or various Facebook groups and easily get back $250-$300 back. That money goes into buying the next level their kiddo needs. Another plus is that many Barton parents later invest in becoming certified Barton tutors and begin to tutor other children. Overall, tutoring your own children is still astonishingly cheaper than paying a tutor to do it for you. 

Barton Reading and Spelling is VERY boring. LOL! This does not sound like an endorsement but it most definitely is, after an explanation. Barton was originally written for adults and so there are no cutesy pictures or anything of ANY visual interest in the student pages. The practice stories are drab. The procedures of Barton are so repetitive that you may require a caffeine boost to get you through them. But the repetition is key! The formulaic, systematic, and yes boring, procedures are exactly what a dyslexic student needs to recall and retain the many skills that are needed to read and spell. This is the secret of an Orton-Gillingham based program and why it works. And by the way, Barton is scripted. Moms, you CAN teach your child using this system by watching the DVDs, then doing the lessons from the script. That’s all you need. 

Barton Reading and Spelling is VERY effective. I have seen it in my own children. Their spelling is not perfect 100% of the time but they now have tools to help them. My children can break apart syllables. My children know what schwa is. My children are helping their younger siblings learn how to read using Barton techniques. Wha?!?!? Yes! I caught my dyslexic 12-year-old explaining to my 7-year-old why “y” makes different sounds at the end of a word. It’s called the Cry Baby Rule, thank you Barton!! 

With regards to my children’s reading skills, Barton has been effective in 2 ways. First, my children have stopped guessing at words (at least in front of me) and my children can read words that they have never encountered before by breaking apart syllables. Many people think this is the same as “sound it out,” but it is not the quite the same. There is a system for breaking apart syllables to determine what sounds the letters make and my kids understand this because of Barton. If you are more convinced by numbers, take a look at these studies about Barton’s effectiveness. 

Disclaimer! I could not possibly say everything there is to say about the Barton experience. Some days it just clicks and some days we have to close the manual and take a break. And what can I say about Susan Barton herself? She is a queen, A QUEEN!! If you watch this video of Susan Barton explaining signs and symptoms of dyslexia, you can see how much she cares and how much she knows. When you hear the story about her nephew, grab a tissue. 

Please! If you suspect dyslexia in your child or children, I highly recommend checking up Susan Barton’s two websites:
Do NOT be put off by the early 2000s look of the websites. LOL! The information is up-to-date.

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Stacie Servantes Farias is an Army wife and mom of 5 with a “very healthy” obsession for Snoopy, Disney movies, Audrey Hepburn, Dr. Pepper, Whataburger, books, and homeschooling. Originally from Mission, Texas, Stacie and her high-school sweetheart hubby live with their kids and dog in a different home every few years, because that is the military life. She has big plans to write a book exploring her theory that La Llorona drowned her children because they would take their socks off all over the house and then would complain that they never had clean socks! Stacie also thinks she is really funny, but she is mostly lame. 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Printable Downloads & Boom Cards for Hispanic Heritage Month

This year seems like a it has a million days in it, but somehow Hispanic Heritage Month has still managed to sneak up on me! So I'm turning to printable downloads or online activities to use with my son.

Here is just a small list of the printable or digital resources that I have available. You can find these and more in my TpT store

This year, I've only had time to create one new resource, but it is great for distance learners. My Hispanic Heritage Month Reading Passages & Comprehension Boom Cards are easy to use while still rich in content. You can purchase them on TpT or directly from my shop in Boom Learning.

This is the latest one I've made and is only in English (Spanish is forthcoming when I get some time). But I have several others in both languages available.

Are you new to Boom Cards? If so, here are a few quick tips:

  • Boom Cards are fast and easy. Similar to an interactive digital flash card, Boom Cards may be played on any touchscreen device, or PC w/a mouse. 
  • Completely digital, there is no printing, cutting, or laminating required.
  • The cards are self-grading, so if the student gets one wrong, they know right away and can try again. 
  • Teachers may assign card sets to their students and track their progress.
With my boom cards, students read through a few pages of information, and then answer 8 - 10 self-grading comprehension questions by clicking on the correct answer. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Boom Cards

Hispanic Heritage Month Boom Cards

If you're interested in downloads that you can print off and use at home, consider these resources. They are available in both English and Spanish.



Designed for older children, this 79-page unit allows students to choose from a list of 100 Hispanics in world history to research and share. The list is available in two formats:
  •    The historical figures are arranged by century starting with the 1400s to the present
  • The historical figures are arranged by field of influence, including musicians, artists, activists, scientists, athletes, writers, journalists, actors, leaders & politicians, and other notable figures.
Pages for note-taking, research, and one-page presentations are included, as are additional pages for comparing/contrasting historical figures, word association, and listing new vocabulary.

In addition, date cards and information labels are included for creating a timeline display on a wall.




This bundle shows 4, but I have activity packs available for six countries: Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Spain, Peru, and Venezuela. More countries are on the way, so just check back. Each one introduces children to the country with a printable map for them to color in and fact page with facts numbered to match the images on the map. 




These fact files may be used as individual bookmarks or a fandex. It features 36 historical figures. Directions for fandex assembly and use, as well as individual worksheets, cut-outs and answer key included.


Hispanic in History Character Crowns (shown at top of page)

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by playing "Who Am I?" with this set of character crowns featuring 30 influential Hispanics in History.

Each crown comes with a fact sheet and extension strips for making the crown. Directions for assembly and instructions on different ways to play the game, as well as different ways to use the crowns are included. Available in English AND Spanish.


One-page reading passages about the following 10 famous Latinas:
  1. Ellen Ochoa
  2. Isabel Allende
  3. Dara Torres
  4. Frida Kahlo
  5. Linda Ronstadt
  6. Dolores Huerta
  7. Sonia Sotomayor
  8. Carolina Herrera
  9. Rita Moreno
  10. Sor Juana de la Cruz
I've also included reading comprehension worksheets that focus on facts and vocabulary from the passages, a matching activity, dictionary reference, and complete the sentence. Answer key included. ENGLISH AND SPANISH.



A set of one-page reading passages about the following seven famous Afro-Latinos:
  • Celia Cruz
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Soledad O'Brien
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Martina Arroyo
  • Pelé
  • Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez
Reading comprehension questions for each reading passage are included. I've also added reading comprehension worksheets that focus on vocabulary from the passages, a matching activity, true or false, describing words, and a Venn diagram for comparing characters. Answer key included. The reading passages are available in full color or black and white.


Monday, September 7, 2020

Free Download: Spanish Lesson on Giving Commands



One of the most important lessons in Spanish is the one that teaches the imperative verb tense. But we don't see that highlighted ever in the PR for Spanish programs. It's weird because being able to tell people to do things is an important part of speaking any language! So I'm pretty happy with this month's free download from MommyMaestra sponsor, Spanish for You!

This month's freebie is all about telling others to do things. Sounds bossy, doesn't it? But trust me, it's not! When we are with people we tell them to do things all the time - Look at this! Write this down. Listen to this song. Leave it on the table. Come with me! I could go on and on.

This 5-page file includes an instruction page, two command and supportive vocabulary card pages, and two activity pages. There's also an audio file to help with 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!

Friday, September 4, 2020

A Montessori PreK 9-Month Planner

 
Did you guys know that I have a book out to help you plan and record your Montessori lessons for preschool? It can be used by new or veteran homeschoolers, as well as Montessori school teachers.

Montessori PreK: 9-Month Lesson Planner is a thick book. There is a LOT of room for writing down and storing activity ideas, making booklists, recording themes, and then the actual daily lesson guide sheets for you to fill in.

The first section includes a 9-month calendar for writing down all your monthly themes. There are also 28 pages for recording your favorite activities to reference as you fill out your planner each month. 

Then there are nine sections for planning your monthly lessons. Each section includes space for listing all the materials you’ll need for the month, a section for writing down the book titles you’ll be using, and finally pages for recording up to three activities for each daily lesson. There are 28 pages in each month for four weeks' worth of lesson planning.

If you're interested in learning more about the Montessori learning/teaching method, check out these ... 


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