Showing posts with label Magazines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Magazines. Show all posts

Friday, November 29, 2013

BIG Discounts for Educational Product Subscriptions this Holiday Season

This post uses affiliate links, which help keep me in business!

Pssst! This is a biggieIf you are thinking about gifting a subscription-based product like a magazine, book club, or montly activity, NOW is the time to do it! I absolutely love to give subscriptions to the kids for Christmas and their birthdays because it is the ONE gift that truly lasts the entire year when they receive new, educational, and fun products in the mail every month.

And I'm REALLY excited that I have special discount codes for you from three awesome companies.

Fill Their Minds with Cricket Magazines

I've already written about how fantastic Cricket en español magazines are, and the giveaway I did on MommyMaestra was very popular. I'm thrilled that they've chosen to become a MommyMaestra sponsor. But the absolute best part is the fantastic discount that they are offering on all of their magazines to you! Get up to 60% off a subscription to any of their magazines - even the English ones. This is the lowest price they've offered all year.

Now through December 31st, you can get both a print and digital subscription for only $19.95 when you use the code: N5032

The hardest part is deciding which magazine to sign up for!

This Holiday, Give Your Child the World with Little Passports

Starting today, Little Passports is having a huge sale. 

Every month, follow Little Passports characters Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started learning about our big world: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games, and more. Country-specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos and activity sheets arrive every month thereafter. Get started with Little Passports today, subscriptions start as low as $10.95! (And that's without the discount!) 

Here are the details and discount codes you don't want to miss:


  • From November 29th - December 2nd: 50% off first month of monthly subscription with code: BLACK50
  • On December 3rd: 40% off first month of monthly subscription with code: BLACK40
  • On December 4th: 30% off first month of monthly subscription with code: BLACK30

Discount is valid on first month only. All discounts are off of the retail price excluding the shipping and tax. Offer valid on new subscriptions only. Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer valid from 29th Nov - 2nd Dec.

Receive a New Book at Your Door Every Month

Zoobean is a curated catalog of children's books and apps. This amazing little company makes it easier for you to find remarkable books for your child. Each month, they deliver a handpicked book to your doorstep, with reading guides and app recommendations sent straight to your inbox! You can look through their online catalog for free to see some of the wonderful titles they offer.

Now through Monday, Zoobean is offering big discounts with 55% off of the first month of a monthly subscription and 10% off of any gift (up to a $20 value).

  • Save 55% off first month of a monthly subscription with code: SMARTMOMMY
  • Save 10% on Gifts, up to $20 Value, code: SMARTMAESTRA

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ask en español {GIVEAWAY}

Spanish language magazine

I have a great giveaway today from Cricket en español! They sent me a few copies of their most recent issue of Ask en español (and a few others) to look over and I must say they are phenomenal, as you'll see from the snapshots below.

Spanish magazine for kids

Okay, it's true. I said I wasn't going to focus on giveaways and I really, really am trying to get away from them, but at the same time, if I'm approached about a giveaway that I think you would love and benefit from, know what that means.

And today's giveaway is lots of fun and SUPER educational. (That's my favorite combo, you know!)

I've written before about Cricket's new line of Spanish language magazines for kids, and I know you all loved discovering them because there really aren't any other magazines like these for kids. They are high-quality mags that are worth every penny of their subscription.

This month's issue of Ask en español is especially great because the whole issue is pretty much dedicated to bones. (Ask is Cricket's magazine for kids ages 6 - 9. It focuses on STEAM - SCIENCE, technology, engineering, ARTS, and math - stories.) Your kid will learn all about the bones in her body, what happens when you break a bone and how it heals, the different types of skeletons found in nature, and even learn about Día de los Muertos and its view of death and skeletons (i.e., not scary, just a natural part of life). There's also a section on archaeology and what archaeologists learn from bones. Honestly? There's actually a lot more than just this, but you'll have to wait to learn about it until you get your own copy! And can you believe that it is all in Spanish? They are really targeting bilingual families, and I think that's cool.


Cricket en español has generously offered a 1-year subscription to Ask en español to THREE (3!) MommyMaestra readers. Each subscription includes both a digital and print issue, so you can read it however works best for your familia.

To enter the giveaway, simply use the Rafflecopter below.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cricket Magazine Launches Babybug...en español!

Looking for an educational magazine in Spanish for your toddler? Well, I finally have one for you!

When my kids were little, we would get Babybug and other little magazines like it. At the time, I scoured the internet looking for the same type of magazine but in Spanish, and lamented over the fact that there weren't any. I even went so far as to play with the idea of doing it myself, but with a full plate, that idea never panned out.

Well, I am so pleased to share that Cricket Magazine, the leader in quality children's magazines, has embraced the idea and in a progressive move launched Babybug en español. Babybug is a boardbook style magazine made with nontoxic ink, rounded corners, and no staples. It is put together by the very talented Christianne Meneses Jacobs, creator of Iguana magazine, the only Spanish language magazine for kids ages 7 - 12. (Cricket Magazine now offers Iguana magazine as well.) Full of the highest quality content available from the world’s best children’s writers and artists, Babybug is available in a print or digital edition for your iPad!

With early learning a critical issue for Latino families that has a significant impact on academic performance, it is important for us to find the resources that we need to prepare our children for school. Babybug helps parents develop their children's pre-literacy and pre-math skills with fun but simple illustrations and activities. Inside you'll find stories and activities that teach them about the seasons, colors, number & letter recognition, ways to develop your child's vocabulary, and ones that teach them about the world around them and their own bodies. Poems and short stories prevail and make learning a lot of fun for you nenes.

I especially love how they incorporate cultural folklore and fingerplays that allow us to pass down the traditional stories of our heritage. So many of them are not only fun, but educational, too.

Check out this introductory video to the app...

Learn more about Cricket's Spanish Magazines for children here.

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of Babybug en español for review purposes.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Scholastic's Digital Math Magazines

With summer quickly approaching, it's time to start thinking about how to help your kids keep their reading and math skills sharp so they can avoid the dreaded Summer Learning Loss. But kids don't want to think they're doing school, so we have to get creative and find fun ways to keep them learning.

One of my favorite resources is Scholastic's digital magazines, and especially, their Math Magazine which takes real news stories about current events and turns them into math problems. From Iron Man to cicadas, their problems are fun, challenging, and engaging.  Math Magazine is for students in grades 6 - 9. If you have younger children, you might consider DynaMath for kids in grades 3 - 6.

We've been looking at the digital online magazines (my kids LOVE them), but if you want to order print copies, just click here. The digital mags are full of information including articles, videos, and downloads.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

The April Issue of Plaza Familia Now Available

The April issue of Plaza Familia is now available in select stores across the country. You can also view it and past issues online.

However, I wanted to share with you that if you are interested in subscribing to the magazine, individual subcriptions are available for a small fee. If you are a school or library and would like to order more than one copy to distribute to families, Plaza Familia will provide these to you free of charge. Please contact me and I will happily put you in contact with the right person at Plaza Familia.

This free, bilingual, family magazine focuses on sharing ideas and resources for raising healthy, happy children with a strong emphasis on education. It is a top-notch publication, beautifully presented and very well-written by a team of talented and knowledgeable writers. I hope you all have a chance to read each issue!

Un abrazo...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Plaza Familia: A Free Magazine for Latino Families

Today, I am so pleased to announce the launch of a wonderful resource for Latino families. Plaza Familia is a bilingual magazine and education platform designed to provide information on a variety of subjects related to raising a healthy family. From tips to having a healthy pregnancy to dealing with toddler tantrums (without throwing one of your own!) to helping your tween dream big, Plaza Familia helps parents find solutions and support.

The magazine will be distributed in some Walmarts and other supermarkets throughout the country - for FREE! But if you can't find one near you, don't worry. The beautiful issues are available online. You can find the inaugural February issue and even read ahead in the March issue online at I am honored to be a contributor to this great project, and you can find my first article on How to Maximize Your Children's Learning by Reading to Them inside the March issue.

In addition to the magazine, Plaza Familia is also creating multiple platforms online. First up, check out their new blog for some excellent articles in Spanish. You might especially enjoy the printables, like this letter "A" worksheet for preschoolers and kindergartners.

Don't be afraid to show some love and leave a comment or two!

Together, we are all working toward the education of our children and the future success of our country.

Con mucho cariño...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Resources for Parents of Children Learning to Read in Spanish

Okay, so this is the post where I share a bunch of miscellaneous resources related to teaching your children to read in Spanish. These are tools, websites, books, etc that don't necessarily fit into other categories and should get placed together. I think that I will place some of the resources mentioned over the last few days here, too - but an abbreviated version - so that everything is located in one spot. And I do plan to add to this page as I discover new resources, so be sure to bookmark it if you are teaching your child to read in Spanish, or if you are planning to do so eventually.'

Previously mentioned resources will be simply listed with a link to the previous post for more description. The other fantastic tools will have a more lengthy commentary. And check back tomorrow to read how a homeschooling mami has taught her daughter to read.

Reading Programs, Curricula, & Activities (Go here to read more information about each one.)

• *Hagamos Caminos* - This is MommyMaestra's #1 recommendation for a Spanish reading program. Created by acclaimed children's author, Alma Flor Ada, the program combines the benefits of both phonics and whole-language approaches. This program is a first reading, writing and printing program with workbooks. You can read our fabulous review here.

Monarca Language - This is a subscription-based online program for 3 & 4 year olds. They even include phonetics instruction, in addition to letter recognition. I was impressed to read that 85% of the participating children finish the program reading and writing efficiently.

Lectura Para Niños- Download your free printables from our sponsor here. 

Español: Primero Grado Lecturas - Spanish curriculum available on Amazon. Take a look at Teaching Español's excellent review.

Actividades del Primer Grado - 100 activities for First Graders (Kindergarteners?), linking school to the home. This is an AWESOME resource!!! If you don't look at anything else, look at this site.

Comprensión de Lecturas I - A downloadable reading comprehension lesson plan for 2nd and 3rd grades. 

Blogs and Articles

En la escuela de Mabel - Possibly one of the best educational blogs in Spanish. Written by Mabel Gutiérrez with many fascinating articles on primary and elementary education. The link will take you to a page that lists all her articles dedicated to lectura y escritura, but take the time to explore her site. From the blog: "Un blog dedicado al intercambio de experiencias e innovaciones educativas de Educación Inicial y Primaria que permita fortalecer las debilidades en el aula de clase."

• "Cuándo los niños deben comenzar el aprendizaje de la lectura" Guía Infantil

• "Reading in First Grade: How reading relates to ELLs" by Colorín Colorado. Available in English and Spanish.

• "Etapas de desarrollo de la lectura" PBS in Spanish and English.


AMPA Colegio Público Alhambra - This is a great site with stories for children who are learning or who have recently learned to read. Spanish only.

Cosicosas - An online poetry magazine for children. Their objectives are to inject poetry into the field of infant and juvenile literature, to create a space where writers of children's poetry can be inspired and exchange ideas, and to develop unity among Spanish-speaking countries. The site was created and is published by children's writer, Carmen Gil Martínez. Spanish only.

Centros de Excelencia para la Capacitacion de Maestros de Centroamerica y Republica Dominicana - An excellent site with links to online stories for beginning readers.

SoloEducativos - More educational links.

Guía Infantil has a lot of resources, too, including a section of poetry, fables, and more.


• You can read about the Primeros Lectores series and the Jovenes Lectores series.

• For chapter books in Spanish, here's what I recommend.

• ISSUU - I am so very grateful to Lori Langer de Ramirez from Mis Cositas for sharing this site! ISSUU is a self-publishing site where many Spanish writers and illustrators have added their work. Here are a few of my favorites: La Gallina Cocorina, La luz de tu corazón, and Versos que el viento arrastra.

Con mucho cariño....

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LEGO® Magazines for Young Minds {GIVEAWAY}

I'm sure you have all figured out by now that we are LEGO® fans. I enjoy the creativity that they inspire in my children, and I like using them as manipulatives to reinforce concepts that I am teaching in math, science, and other subjects.

LEGO® publishes two magazines: Club and Club Jr. (school editions). In their magazines, you can find puzzles, comics, building ideas, fun contests, and other activities. This latest issue of Club magazine features Ancient Egypt and includes facts about the pyramids, mummies, and myths and legends. You can visit their website at and discover more building ideas, games, and other activities. You can also subscribe to their free magazines.

But because I happen to have a few extra copies of their LEGO® Club magazines that I'd like to share with you, I am going to giveaway a set of both magazines to four (4) Mommy Maestra readers. If you have children who enjoy playing with Legos, and would like to see some samples of their magazines before you subscribe, then this giveaway is for you!


• To enter for your chance to win a set of LEGO® Club magazines, simply leave a comment below.

The deadline to enter is Monday, February 28th Tuesday, March 1st at 11:59 EST. Four winners will be chosen using and notified via email next Tuesday, March 1st! (So be sure to leave your email addy in the comment.)

For an additional chance to win, you can follow us on our Facebook page. Don't forget to let us know by posting a separate comment for each entry!

¡Buena suerte!

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