Monday, October 25, 2021

Bilingual Halloween-Themed Downloads


A final Halloween-themed post before I focus on Día de los Muertos! Are you looking for Halloween-themed print-and-go activities? Check out my selection of downloads available in English and Spanish! 

My favorite one to create is this Halloween Storybook and Cumulative Tale Lesson. It gives younger children a printable storybook that they can color in. It is the story of a little witch's house. Short and sweet, it focuses on relationships while utilizing mainly nouns and adjectives.

THEN, the file includes an introduction to cumulative tales and provides graphic organizers that guide your children/students through the process of creating their own. 

Read more on my post about Teaching Cumulative Tales.

Need a simple activity to keep your little one busy, learning math, and let's them develop their creativity? Check out my Roll-a-Jack Activity!

It comes with two activities: simple & challenging. Give your kids a black marker and print the color version of the simple Design Your Own Jack O'Lantern page. Your kids just roll the dice to see what type of face to draw on their pumpkin. Also available in black-and-white so that the kids can color their own.

The second activity is more challenging. Your kid will need one die, a pencil (or crayons/colored pencils/markers), and drawing paper. Print the key, roll the die, and draw to match the drawing key. You can come up with a new design every time!

Need something simple and fun? My Halloween Costume Coloring Book will boost your Spanish- or English-learner's vocabulary. The pages show children in their Halloween costumes, so the student will enjoy coloring while learning the words for "bat/murciélago," "mummy/momia," "cowboy/vaquero" and more.

NOTE! This file contains THREE books:
• a bilingual book (English & Spanish)
• an English only (for ESL)
• a Spanish only (for Spanish learners)

And finally, a freebie!

My Bilingual Halloween Counting Mats are just for MommyMaestra readers. You can find them here

Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!!

Monday, October 18, 2021

Halloween Activity Books for Kids

The season for spooks, sweets, and treats is upon us! I wanted to share two more posts for Halloween before I turn my attention to Día de los Muertos. Today, I'm focusing on activity books!

With most kids loving the anticipation of the holidays, Halloween is always a great way to find extra fun that isn’t just about costumes and candy. Many parents have started doing themed baskets as early gifts with activities, books, and games to let their children enjoy the upcoming holiday. If you can find an activity that engages a child and excites them, that is a perfect way to spend time getting ready for the big night of fun. These Halloween activity books for kids will keep your children entertained and they may even learn something. Perfect for car rides and winding down for the day. 

10 Halloween Activity Books

Arranged by age range, these activity books are sure to be a hit in your home!

Halloween Hidden Pictures Puffy Sticker Playscenes  (Ages 3-6)

My Spooky Halloween Sticker and Activity Book  (Ages 3-6)

Halloween Haunt & Find- I Spy Book  (Ages 3-8)

Halloween Hidden Pictures® Puzzles to Highlight  (Ages 6)

Halloween Wipe Clean Book for Kids (Ages 4-6)

Room on the Broom Big Activity Book  (Ages 4-8)

Spooky Mazes Activity Book (Ages 4 -8)

Countdown to Halloween Activity Book  (Ages 4-8)

Jumbo Halloween Maze Book for Kids (Ages 4-12)

Halloween Tales Hidden Picture Book (Ages 6-9)

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

"Día de los Muertos" by Nathalia

Día de los Muertos is quickly approaching. It is the time of year when many families take the opportunity to remember their friends and family who have passed away. 

If you don't know what exactly Day of the Dead is about, check out my post, A Brief History of Día de los Muertos for Children. You can also click on the post tags to see TONS of content (crafts, books, lesson plans, etc.) for this holiday here on MommyMaestra

I'm kicking off this year's Day of the Dead content by sharing this lovely new animated music video by Nathalia. I think those of you raising bilingual kids will love it. 


Monday, October 11, 2021

12 Fun Halloween Craft Kits for Kids

When it comes to the celebration of all things Halloween, it is about more than the candy and trick-or-treating. Kids find fun in the time leading up to the big night by doing activities to set the Halloween mood. One really fun way to get your children excited for the upcoming holiday - and even help with decoration ideas - is to get crafty!

You don’t need to be a superstar crafter to help your kids complete these fun and thrilling Halloween craft kits. They are great for family night, school activities, and even for putting in Boo Bags as fillers. Your children will have fun helping set up, create, and share their adorable creations. 

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12 Halloween Crafts

DIY Colorful Halloween Craft Stick Faces
Makes 10.
Fuse Bead Spooky Halloween Ornaments
Makes 5.

Paint Your Own Halloween Squishes Pumpkins
Makes 6.

Foam Ghost Magnets
Makes 12.

DIY Arts Crafts Wood Magnet Creativity Painting Kit
20 pieces.

DIY Witches’ Potion Kit
Makes 10.

Halloween Wood Blank Cutouts
Makes 40.

Halloween Window Art Clings
Makes 7.

Halloween Rainbow Scratch Paper Ornaments
Makes 48.

Halloween Glow in the Dark Rock Painting Kit
Makes 10.

155pc Halloween Heat Shrink Kit. Make keyrings, earrings and more!

DIY Halloween Themed Dangle Earrings Kit
Makes 10 pairs.

Image credit: © Can Stock Photo / spukkato

Friday, October 8, 2021

Brick-Stamped Apple Tree Activity

 LEGO-stamped apple tree activity for kids

Are you looking for a fun and fall-themed activity or craft to keep your kids busy this weekend? This (LEGO) brick-stamped apple tree craft is brilliantly simple to prepare!

I have two boys who absolutely love Legos... 

Lego floor
(One small tote full of Lego's from my kid's room dumped all over the living room floor.)

So saying I have all the bricks 100 kids need to craft with is by no means an exaggeration. 

And I'm guessing that a LOT of you reading this can totally relate. So that's why I thought it would be fun to share this simple craft using a little paint, a piece of paper, and some LEGOS! It's the perfect craft in ANY language!

LEGO-stamped apple tree activity supplies


  • Green paint in 2 different shades
  • Red paint
  • Brown paint
  • A paper plate or large plastic lid
  • Paper
  • Legos in assorted shapes


1) Squeeze a generous amount of each color of paint on a paper plate.

2) Instruct your child to make the trunk and the branches first using brown paint. A long, skinny Lego will work best. Allow your child to experiment with which side of the LEGO they prefer to use as a stamper. Each side offers different textures.

Brick-stamped apple tree activity for kids

3) Next, encourage the child to stamp into the green paint. Layer the colors of green and use a variety of bricks to create the leaves.

Brick-stamped apple tree activity for kids

4) Offer a small brick to create the apples. We found a brick with only 2 connectors was a nice choice. Allow the project to dry... then display!

Brick-stamped apple tree activity for kids

As the painting is happening, your young child's fine motor skills will be used to pinch and hold the slippery bricks. And kids will love the sensation of creating art with a favorite toy.

Happy crafting!

Brick-stamped apple tree activity for kids

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Free Spanish Halloween Activity Card Set

FREE Spanish for You! Halloween Activity Card Set!

Use this downloadable PDF Halloween Activity Card Set to learn some Spanish Halloween vocabulary and for your own games and activities for classes or home. Reproducible year after year! Packet comes with:
  • 16 Large Picture Flashcards with Spanish Words
  • 16 Smaller Picture Only Cards
  • Word Search
  • Audio so you can hear everything!
You can also find some fun and easy ideas for using the cards at the Spanish for You! Curriculum Activities website page here.

You'll only find this offer here on MommyMaestra. 

To get yours, click here, and the code for the offer is: SpookyCardsFree.

Remember! Spanish for You!'s program is geared for middle schoolers and is the perfect choice for homeschoolers and afterschoolers alike because their concepts are carefully divided up into manageable bundles that are available for immediate download from their website.

If this is your first time here, you can find other free samples from Spanish for You! here. There are some fantastic downloads of games and activities for you and your family to enjoy. If you enjoy this activity, be sure to visit the Spanish for You! website where you'll find tons of additional resources for you to help your young Spanish learner!

Monday, October 4, 2021

Resources for Dyslexia Awareness Month

The following is a guest post by MommyMaestra contributor, Stacie Servantes Farias, a Mexican-American mom of 6 who does not blog because she is too busy reading other blogs to write one of her own.

Deep sigh. favorite month of the year where temperatures begin to drop, the mosquitos begin to disappear, and the changing of the leaves never fails to impress with its beautiful, fiery hues.  October is a month to celebrate these seasonal changes, and the best part, it gets topped off by a holiday where we get to wear costumes and collect bags of candy! 

Surely Anne Shirley was right when she said, 

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!”  - L.M. Montgomery from Anne of Green Gables 

For my homeschooling family, and for many families everywhere, October has an additional special meaning as Dyslexia Awareness Month.  I have written for Mommy Maestra before about how dyslexia has impacted my family and have shared a couple of reviews and resources (here and here) that we’ve enjoyed. However, in honor of this lovely month and because most homeschooling families beginning their dyslexia journey do not know where to start, I’d like to share a few links and resources which I hope will be as illuminating for you, as they have been for me.  

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My favorite dyslexia-related websites for homeschoolers:

Seriously, start your research with this website.  It is fantastic! Curriculum reviews, comparison, tools, eBooks, workshops, everything you need to learn about dyslexia is here.

Wonderful website for homeschoolers AND school systems families.  I have said this before and I will say it again, Susan Barton, the founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia and Barton Reading and Spelling, is a Q-U-E-E-N!  Watch the videos and this website and be in awe of her compassion and expertise.

This is the website for the International Dyslexia Association and info on dyslexia is available in English AND Spanish on this website.  Be sure to check it out!

Brock and Fernette Eide recently developed a dyslexia screening app for the iPad!

Decoding Dyslexia is a parent-led nonprofit that is available in every state. The link above is for the DD-Military Chapter but rest assured your state has its own network that you can google.

My favorite dyslexia-related websites with printable activities:

Check out this shop on her site and Teachers Pay Teachers.  It’s excellent!

Fun Fun FUN phonics-based activities found here!

My favorite books about dyslexia:

Dyslexia 101: Truth, Myths, and What Really Works by Marianne Sunderland

Quick read and good starting point.

Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz and Johnathan Shaywitz

Make sure you read the new and updated 2020 edition.

The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock and Fernette Eide 

The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan by Ben Foss

Favorite Podcasts and podcast episodes about dyslexia:

The Dyslexia Quest Podcast

Read Aloud Revival Podcast Episodes 175 & 176

Institute For Excellence in Writing Podcast.  There are many episodes dedicated to dyslexia but here is one in particular that I enjoyed.

There are so many more books, websites, blogs, podcasts, etc. available that it would be impossible to include them all, which means that our children and homeschools are blessed to have an abundance of dyslexia resources. Whether you are the 1 in 5 people with dyslexia, or your child is, take comfort in knowing there are solutions, advantages, accommodations, and anything you need to make learning accessible. I leave you with a quick 5-minute video that explains dyslexia way more concisely than I ever could. 

Happy October to you all!

Photo credit: (c) Can Stock Photo / dizanna



Stacie Servantes Farias is an Army wife and mom of 6 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. 

Friday, October 1, 2021

Bilingual Homeschool for the Parent Who Doesn’t Speak Spanish

The following is a guest post by homeschool mom, Rachel, from Where'd You Learn That.

Can you attempt Spanish-English bilingual homeschool, even when you don’t *really* speak Spanish?

Sure you can! For the exact same reason that homeschool parents don’t need degrees in chemistry or physics so that their kids can study high school-level science.

You don’t need to be an expert in everything that your child learns during their homeschool journey. You do need to be willing to learn alongside your child, and to seek out resources and tools for the learning journey that you are embarking on.

Let me share what I’ve learned since beginning bilingual homeschool as a mom who doesn’t *really* speak Spanish...or didn’t until this journey started!

Where I Started

My family is fairly typical of those you’ll find among the bilingual parenting community. My husband has Mexican heritage and grew up speaking Spanish in his family, and I’m an English speaker. I did take a couple college classes in Spanish many years ago, is the story of many who studied a language but never needed to use it to communicate...I never spoke it, up until after we had children.

Raising Spanish-speaking kids was important to my husband, so it became important to me. We started out with the typical OPOL method, “One Parent One Language.” But...where we live, we have zero access to a local Spanish-speaking community, and I’m the primary caregiver, while my husband works outside the home. We quickly realized that if the only Spanish exposure our kids got was through conversation with him, it wouldn’t be enough for them to build really solid Spanish language skills. I needed to get involved in the process. Spanish needed to become a natural part of our homeschool preschool routine. I needed to get outside my own language comfort zone and challenge myself in order to give my children the gift of bilingualism.

So, I set my mind to the task of bilingual homeschooling, even though I was far from able to hold a conversation in Spanish. If you’re in a similar place, how can you get started?

1. Build Your Library

I started by collecting any Spanish picture book I could get my hands on. Translated or authentic, it didn’t really matter when I was starting from nothing. What mattered was that even though my spoken Spanish was slow, broken, and awkward, my background of taking Spanish classes had equipped me with the ability to pronounce Spanish words and read them aloud. 

I don’t understand every word, or the grammatical order of the sentences in the endless picture books I read to my young children, but illustrations, a storyline, and young, eager listeners provide the perfect foundation for understanding. Make it a goal to learn how to read Spanish aloud, and you’ll quickly grow more and more comfortable with the vocabulary and rhythm of the language.

2. Expand Your Music Collection

I can sing dozens of songs off by heart—all the songs I heard throughout my childhood. Every one of them is in English. When exploring bilingual homeschool, I needed to enter the unknown world of Spanish music for children. I asked my husband about his favorite artists. I talked to other parents raising Spanish-speaking kids and got recommendations of artists creating child-friendly music in Spanish. I made it a habit to play Spanish music during times of work and play throughout our day.

When the Spanish music plays, I don’t turn my mind off. I listen. Over time, with repeated hearings, I try to sing along. I stumble over the fast pace of the words at first, but with time, I get better. As time has passed, I begin to be able to sing some of these songs even without the music in the background. Today, my sons can be heard singing in Spanish as they play together. Bilingualism isn’t built in a day, but in a million tiny decisions throughout the years.

3. Don’t Try to DIY Everything

Although my children are young, I feel very comfortable in the world of homeschool and education. I was homeschooled from preschool through graduation. I’ve been a classroom teacher, a private tutor, and a curriculum writer in the days before parenthood. If I were homeschooling in English only, I’d be just the type to create custom, DIY curriculum, to go off-script, to lead spontaneous activities and unit studies.

But because I’m homeschooling bilingually in a language I’m not yet confident in...I need a script right now. I have purposefully purchased workbooks and learning guides that are published in Spanish so that I have a script to follow. I use Spanish-language videos to teach concepts to my children, and use the same videos to teach new vocabulary to myself. I don’t have all the vocabulary words that a native-speaking teacher would have. I know myself. If I’m not prepared, if I don’t have some sort of script to give me the basic words, I’m going to freeze, and all the vocabulary I do have will disappear from my brain. I’ll revert back to what’s easier for me: leading any activity in English. Curriculums that are already in Spanish help make bilingual homeschool possible for me.

Many families choose to incorporate online or in-person classes taught by native speakers. You are not “betraying” any homeschool ideals when you hire a teacher to help strengthen the Spanish component of your homeschool. There are no unwritten rules that good homeschool moms do everything on their own. I know it feels like that’s a rule...but trust me, it isn’t.

4. Be Willing to Feel Dumb

I want to applaud everyone out there who’s on the journey of learning a second or third language as an adult. It’s tough. You feel like an intelligent, capable human being when speaking your native language, but in your second language, you stumble. You speak slower. You make errors that are obvious to a 1st grader. You get frustrated with your clumsy tongue. Sometimes it’s just easier to be quiet than to continue trying to speak.

When you’re using your second language to homeschool your kids, there will be times when your native-speaking kids know the right Spanish words to use before you do. Times when they correct you and remind you. That means you’re on the right track. You’re giving your children the gift of language acquisition at an early age. This is something that’s going to benefit them for a lifetime, and it’s okay if there are times when it’s a little hard on your own self-esteem. Press on!

5. Find and Follow Experts Who are Further Along on Their Journey

I have young children. We’re rather new to the journey of bilingual homeschool, but I am already seeing fruit from the intentional decision to make learning in Spanish a regular part of our lives. 

So many years lie ahead of us. The subjects we study will get more complex. I may not know where to find Spanish-language books, videos, curriculum, and resources for science, history, and beyond!

That’s okay! It may feel like you’re walking this path of bilingual homeschool alone, but you’re never truly alone. Search out people who are further along on the journey. There are amazing homeschool parents out there sharing resources on their blogs, Instagram accounts, and YouTube channels. There are parents and educators creating new Spanish curriculum to fill in the gaps that they have noticed along the way. 

I seek out such people. I follow them. I save their book recommendations and their posts in lists I’m making for future years. I gain new ideas and am encouraged that it is possible to build a thriving bilingual homeschool. Follow people that keep you looking ahead to the adventures that await you. You CAN do this!

Photo credit:(c) Can Stock Photo / pressmaster 



Rachel is a 2nd generation homeschool and a mom of two. She shares her bilingual homeschool journey on her Youtube channel, Seven in All. Rachel and her husband, a Spanish teacher, work together to create printable resources for bilingual homeschoolers on their website.

Monday, September 20, 2021

PBS Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month


There are so many great resources circulating for Hispanic Heritage Month. And one of the companies that I always check first when I'm looking for material on ANY subject is PBS.

Did you know that PBS LearningMedia and PBS KIDS for Parents have several free, online resources parents can access to celebrate Hispanic heritage all year long?

HHM Resources for Young Children:

First, PBS Parents has this list of recommended picture books that celebrate Latino voices and culture.

Next, explore Spanish culture with this lesson in Flamenco dance, a traditional style of dance and music that originated in Spain.

Of course, Let's Go Luna is one of our favorites because we love traveling the word, even if it is only vicariously! Don't miss these episodes highlighting Mexico City and Peru.

Finally, dive into Puerto Rico with this simple recipe for making Mofongo (shown above!) and then wrap it all up with this tasty Piragua!

HHM Resources for Older Kids:

This video summarizes the origin, purpose, and many ways Americans recognize Hispanic Heritage Month. It's part of PBS KIDS’ All About The Holidays series (available in English and Spanish).

Discover Cuban music with this video in which TimbaSon, a group that performs Afro-Cuban and Latin dance music, performs “El Cuarto de Tula.”

While we're on the topic of music, go ahead and learn all about SALSA with this video that features Enrique Gonzalez performing the song “Así” with his band the Big Maracas.

THEN hop over and learn about music from the Andes with this fabulous video in which Fernando Moya, a musician from Ecuador, and Xenon Llusko, a musician from Bolivia, demonstrate a variety of Andean instruments and perform three pieces from the region.

Be sure to download the support materials that are found with these videos!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

5 Picture Books Featuring Legends and Folktales from Latin America

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! 

As I mentioned in my last post, this is one of my favorite times of year for finding new resources that I can use to explore our Hispanic heritage throughout the year. 

Today, I want to start with resources for little ones. So I'm sharing a list of five picture books that feature myths and folktales from five different countries in Latin America. What a great way to introduce culture to young minds! 


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Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth

by Duncan Tonatiuh

Long ago, the gods of Mesoamerica set out to create humans. They tried many times during each sun, or age. When all their attempts failed and the gods grew tired, only one did not give up: Quetzalcóatl—the Feathered Serpent. To continue, he first had to retrieve the sacred bones of creation guarded by Mictlantecuhtli, lord of the underworld. Gathering his staff, shield, cloak, and shell ornament for good luck, Feathered Serpent embarked on the dangerous quest to create humankind.


Kutu the Tiny Inca Princess / La Ñusta Diminuta

by Mariana Llanos

In this bilingual book, written in English, Spanish, and bits of Quechua, we'll meet Ch'illik'utu (Kutu), a princess the size of a cob of maize. When a terrible drought devastate the city of Cusco, where she lives, Kutu sets out on a courageous quest to save her people.

Puerto Rico:

Taíno Tales: The Secret of the Hummingbird

by Vicky Weber 

Alida, the daughter of a Taíno chief, lives in paradise. One day, she is startled by a boy from the opposing tribe, the Carib. Meeting daily in a hidden place, Alida and the boy, Taroo, soon become friends ー and then their friendship blossoms into something more. What will happen if someone discovers their forbidden love? A retelling of the Taíno legend of how the hummingbird came to be, this story brings an ancient culture ー and a young love ー to colorful life.


Animal Poems of the Iguazú / Animalario del Iguazú

by Francisco Alarcón

In the magical rainforest of the Iguazú National Park, butterflies are the multicolored flowers of the air. Great dusky swifts watch over the park, and the untamed spirits of jaguars roam the jungle. Spanning three countries--Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay--the thundering waterfalls and lush green rainforests of the Iguazú have dazzled visitors for centuries, and are now in danger of being lost.


Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

by Carmen Agra Deedy

The beautiful Martina Josefina Catalina Cucaracha doesn’t know coffee beans about love and marriage, so when suitors come calling, what is she to do? Luckily, she has her Cuban family to help!

While some of the Cucarachas offer Martina gifts to make her more attractive, only Abuela, her grandmother, gives her some useful advice: spill coffee on his shoes to see how he handles anger. At first, Martina is skeptical of her Abuela’s suggestion, but when suitor after suitor fails the Coffee Test, she wonders if a little green cockroach can ever find true love.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 Resources

Hispanic Heritage Month begins in less than a week! How does your family or classroom celebrate this month-long observance? Personally, I think it's important to recognize the contributions of Hispanic people and culture to the U.S. throughout the year. But I do like taking advantage of all the resources that become available during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Over the years, my family has celebrated in a variety of ways and learned about some amazing people along the way. I've listed many of these in my recent article for PBS SoCal. Check it out if you are looking for some inspiration. I even included a printable Hispanic Heritage Month Bucket List (shown above) for you to download for free. NOTE: The article does have some resources geared specifically for Southern California, but there are items listed that will appeal to families all across the United States.

Also, don't forget that I have some great downloads available for exploring Latinos in U.S. History, as well as materials for learning about traditions and holidays of Hispanic culture. Here are a few that I recommend:


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.

If you are familiar with Boom Cards, then this may be a good choice for you. If you don't have a Boom Learning account, skip on to the next products.

Introduce your students to Hispanic Heritage Month! From when it is celebrated to how Hispanics have contributed to U.S. history, this informational text is written for students in 4th - 8th grade. It includes 10 self-grading comprehension questions in multiple-choice format.


Teach your kids about Hispanic Heritage Month with this set of three minibooks that are perfect for lapbooks, interactive notebooks, or literacy centers.

This file contains three books:
  • A top flip book featuring Hispanic musicians
  • An accordion-folded book featuring Hispanic writers
  • And a side flip book featuring Hispanic artists
Each book is available in English or Spanish. All of the images in the books may be colored in.

The musician booklet allows older students to research and write in bios, or use the ones provided by cutting and pasting.

The writers and artists booklets come with short bios, or are blank to allow older students to write their own information based on research.

(Available in both English and Spanish)

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.


Teach your students about different occupations with this bilingual poster set! Perfect for Hispanic Heritage Month, each occupation is represented by a historical Hispanic figure.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and teach your little ones about different careers with this bilingual minibook. Eighteen careers represented by 19 Hispanics are featured in this coloring book.

This file contains THREE books:
• a bilingual book (English & Spanish)
• an English only (for ESL)
• a Spanish only (for Spanish learners)

Monday, September 6, 2021

Symbolic Monarch Migration Program 2021

© Can Stock Photo / davidcrehner

Eleven years ago, I first told you about Journey North's "Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration" program in which students in the US and Canada mail symbolic butterflies to Mexico. There children protect them throughout the winter and then send them back north in the spring.

This year marks the program's 26th year!

Last year, 5,000 students participated. And they hope to have just as many or more this year. 

If you would like to participate, teachers must download the teacher packet, which includes the instructions for making and sending the butterfly, as well as directions for registering on the Journey North website. In addition, teachers (or parents!) can use the lessons provided by Journey North to prepare their students for the program. Students are encouraged to send class pictures, drawings, and a letter in Spanish along with their butterfly.

Children at the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico will care for and send the butterflies back in the spring. NOTE: You will not receive the same butterfly you sent!

To learn more, download the Leader Packet. This PDF explains the entire program and includes step-by-step directions for participating. There are also some printables and a checklist. 

Important deadline: Your butterfly must be postmarked by October 8th.

There is a $15 “Passenger Ticket” fee for each Ambassador Butterfly folder that is submitted.

And if you'd like to learn more about the biology of these remarkable creatures AND about their connection to the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, read my post from last year. It includes a free, BILINGUAL downloadable activity about the Monarch butterfly's life cycle.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Calico Stories: Homeschool Spanish Program Giveaway


The following is a sponsored post with Calico Spanish. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

This year's Back-to-School Fiesta ends on a fabulous note with this outstanding giveaway from Calico Spanish. 

Calico Spanish Stories is a comprehensive, parent/teacher-led online curriculum. With 4 levels, 200+ hours of planned lesson content, and more than 360 open-and-go lesson plans, everything you need to lead a child on the journey to speak real Spanish to real people is at your fingertips - even if you don’t speak Spanish!

Fun characters interact in Video Stories using authentic, comprehensible Spanish, and a full range of supporting materials like posters, flashcards, games, and activity sheets get kids engaged with the language they’re acquiring over and over in new and fun ways. 

Led by homeschool moms, Calico Spanish is always ready to support families learning at home with significant discounts and online support. 

If you'd like to read my comprehensive review of Calico Spanish, click here.

If you are already convinced and want to purchase the program now, visit their website!

The Giveaway

Calico Spanish is graciously offering a full year of access to the program, along with your choice of one level’s Visuals Pack, which provides professionally printed versions of the level’s flashcards, posters, and storybooks.

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below. 

¡Buena suerte!

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Monday, August 23, 2021

MamaLingua GO! for Bilingual Families

Have you heard? MamaLingua has launched an amazing new website! 

MamaLingua GO! is a digital library offering an endless library with over 15,000 books from publishers around the world, especially Latin America and Spain. They have curated these books based on fluency levels on their carrousel. Mama Lingua is currently customizing reading plans on the learning platform side so anyone can engage with a reading plan and self learn. They are also collaborating with educators in Latin America making Spanish lessons affordable, authentic and a wonderful cultural experience.

Owner, Aileen Passariello says:

I have been heads down building this platform for the last two years in a goal to support families raising bilingual kids. After working with various dual language programs and families, the #1 question i heard was "How do I support my bilingual learner?" MamaLingua GO! has an unlimited amount of authentic Spanish books (English ones, too), virtual Spanish tutors, guided reading plans, and more. It is accessible with dyslexic features and text-to-speech supporting all bilingual learners, no matter the age, fluency, interest, or preferences. 

This is such a fabulous resource for families! If you're convinced you need this for yours, don't wait! Go and sign up today!

The Giveaway

We have TWO giveaways! MamaLingua has graciously offered a subscription to MamaLingua GO! for one reader (a $75 value), AND 5 Spanish lessons for another reader.

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below. 

¡Buena suerte!

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Risas y Sonrisas Homeschool Spanish Program


We have one last complete Spanish homeschool package to give away this year. Thank you to long time MommyMaestra sponsor, Risas y Sonrisas, for helping our readers teach the next generation Spanish! 

Over the years, owner Leticia Smith has poured her heart and soul into this program developing new materials and ways of learning as times change and new technology becomes available. 

For Homeschools, Parents, and Tutors

The Homeschool Program is perfect for teaching and learning Spanish at home! It can be used in-person or remotely with students of all ages and abilities. Our curriculum is comprehensive and easy to follow, making repetition fun and accelerating learning. You don’t even need to speak Spanish to start teaching and learning with Risas y Sonrisas today!

The Homeschool Program includes a comprehensive Instructor Manual with over 100 hours of lesson plans as well as a complete set of high-quality, full-color printed materials. All this is complemented with our complete Online Program, the digital version of our curriculum, encouraging multi-modal practice and allowing you to teach and learn remotely.

The Giveaway

Leticia has generously offered one of her Homeschool Programs (a $299 value) to one MommyMaestra reader!

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below. 

¡Buena suerte!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Niños and Nature: Bilingual Nature Studies

After being cooped up for a long pandemic year, families are embracing nature studies - especially in their homeschool lessons. But finding nature-based programs have been difficult in the past. Which is why Niños and Nature is so fantastic! 

The Back-to-School Fiesta only has a few giveaways left this month, and I sure love this one! I have seen SO MANY bilingual homeschoolers searching for a nature-based curriculum. So when I saw this one, I was ecstatic! 

Read on and enter the giveaway if this sounds like a good fit for your familia...

Screen free Spanish learning for nature lovers

Niños and Nature is a series of play-based, nature-inspired Spanish courses for children ages 1½ to 6. They currently offer two courses:

Con mi Familia
A play-based Spanish course and preschool curriculum for nature lovers! These Spanish courses are designed for families who want to grow their language skills, while creating a bilingual learning environment for their children right at home. This is the perfect Spanish preschool curriculum for families that love nature, play and connecting with each other! For children 2-6

Spanish in the Wild
These seasonal bilingual nature study courses are designed for families who want to immerse themselves in Spanish, while learning more about the world around them. This is the perfect blended curriculum for language and nature study for your children and teens. This course helps you learn Spanish in every season, and encourages you to get outside for all of your language learning. Whether you are studying the anatomy of a mushroom, the lifecycle of a butterfly, or learning more about gemstones and crystals: this course helps bring Spanish to life with real world context and experiential learning. For children 5+ (even teens!)

If you'd like to see samples, click here

The Giveaway

Niños and Nature has kindly offered to giveaway one of each course to two MommyMaestra readers!

To enter to win, simply use the rafflecopter below. 

¡Buena suerte!

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Waldorf-Inspired Spanish Circle Time Program

There are many methods and styles of homeschooling, and we are seeing these styles translated into Spanish-learning programs. Here is the first one that I've seen that embraces the Waldorf method. 

Waldorf takes a holistic approach to learning that views the arts, humanities, and sciences as interwoven with one another, not as separate fields of life or experience. This method focuses on a true liberal arts education where the student takes all subjects and not only those in which they excel. There is a strong emphasis on rhythm and balance in the child’s life, beginning in early childhood.

Waldorf-Inspired Spanish

Spanish learning made easy and super fun!! 

Learn Spanish in a playful way through stories, puppet shows, songs and art sessions in a video format, ready to use by beginners, as well as advanced learners. 

When you access the Circle Time you will access a world of Spanish Immersive experience where you can move from full Circle Times with a Puppet show exclusively in Spanish, to a combination of materials in Spanish and English that will support your family’s learning journey. 

Each month there is a new seasonal theme that is led by the story and the songs.

The materials included are:

  • Spanish Circle Time with Puppet Show (3 times per week)
  • Weekly Art classes (bilingual)
  • Weekly “Learn a Song of Daily Rhythms” video tutorials (bilingual)
  • Weekly “Learn a Song of Circle Time” video tutorials (bilingual)
  • Printable materials (bilingual)
  • Mp3’s of the songs of the month
  • Lyrics of the songs in Spanish and English 
  • “Learn with the Puppets” video series where the characters of the story teach concepts to the children from the story. (Bilingual and bimonthly) 
  • English-only version of the puppet shows included that month. 

Waldorf-Inspired Spanish also offers Spanish Live Online Classes for children through storytelling, puppet shows, art and songs.

If you'd like to, you can join their Facebook group for additional materials and inspiration!

The Giveaway

 Waldorf-Inspired Spanish is offering access for 1-month to their family subscription plan.  

To enter to win, simply use the rafflecopter below. 

¡Buena suerte!

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