Posted in Amazon, Angelman Syndrome, Children's Literature, Educational Insights, Educational Resources, Educational Tools, Latina en educación, Latinaineducation, Maestra, Maestra De Primaria, My Amazon Buys, Teacher Budget Friendly, Uncategorized

My Secret Teaching/Learning During Quarantine Tool + Angelman Syndrome

Hi! I know it’s been a while but a lot has happened since the last time I blogged! I hope everyone is safe and doing well. I pray that you and your loved ones are well.

Before I start, I wanted to mention a special company that is so dear to my heart, Educational Insights! 

If you know me, you know I brag about them 24/7. I honestly love this company and everything they stand for. My kiddos and I love using their tools in our classroom! A while back, before the COVID-19, my kiddos and I received a gift! Not a regular gift, a cool educational gift!

IMG_4452 (I keep all our Hot Dot Pens and cards in this container for my kiddos to place back and that way we can keep it organized.) I also had 2-3 kiddos trying to take them home.

My kiddos enjoyed working with our Pete the Cat and Ollie! They loved our sets! Since the day the started to use them, I could see their confidence building up! If they made an “oopsie” they would look at it again and when they got it right they cheered! You can also find out what other items I use from Educational Insights and how I incorporate them in our learning environment by clicking this other post here. 

However, since we are under “digital learning” or “working/learning from home” not all my kiddos were able to take a Hot Dots pen home with them. Instead, we are able to pull up resources provided on their website! 

In addition, they provide all types of learning resources for all KIDDOS! Including kiddos in the early stages of learning! I recently purchased the Playfoam, and let me tell you, it is wonderful for therapy!

Many of you may not know, but my younger sister has Angelman Syndrome. She is currently 16 years old but due to her development delay I would say she is still in the early learning stages. Since we are learning from home, she is not able to receive her services for her safety and her therapists. So now more than ever, my mom and I are responsible for providing those sensory and learning opportunities for her. This Playfoam is perfect! The texture is amazing! Crystal really enjoys it! Plus, its mess free! That’s right! We don’t have to worry about cleaning up any mess! We recently replaced her old sensory box with one filled with Playfoam and a couple of different objects.

As soon as I get a chance I’ll upload a picture here! You can also find Educational Insights on Amazon! If you are interested in purchasing from their website they always have promo codes! As of today, they have a 30% off site wide (excluding sale items) with the code LEARN.

Check them out! Also, if you would like me to do a blog post about #Angelman Syndrome let me know! I’m more than happy to let you all in a special place in my life!

Also, this blog is not sponsored. All recommendations are legit!

Thank you for your unconditional support.

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

Posted in Educational Insights, Educational Resources, Educational Tools, Latinaineducation, Teacher Budget Friendly, Uncategorized

Educational Tools! + Teacher Budget Friendly!

Hi! Welcome!

As an intervention specialist, I am always looking for fun, educational, and interactive tools for my children to use in and out the classroom! Since my classroom is a #TeacherFundedClassroom I am very selective of what tools to incorporate. If you follow me on instagram you know one of my favorite brands is Educational Insights ®.

In my first block for the day, I have 13 kiddos. Since they are in first grade, their goals are entirely different. Most are sight words, writing sentence structure, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and I have a specific child that works with letter recognition.

To be completely honest, it is often very difficult to sit with a child one-on-one, let alone help build their confidence. With this said, it has been over a week now since my kiddo started working with the HotDots alphabet and phonics kits. I decided to pair those kits together since they go hand in hand! I highly recommend this product! I don’t think I can express how important it is to incorporate fun educational tools in the classroom.

When I finished with my assessments this week, I noticed a huge boost not only with his confidence, but with his letter recognition! I am truly amazed! I know I wouldn’t be disappointed.

I recommend this product for parents, guardians, caregivers, and/or teachers, to use with their children. It’s definitely worth the price!

This blog was not sponsored. 🖤

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Posted in Educational Resources, Recordable Buzzers

Unique Ways to Use Recordable Answer Buzzers!

Hi! I’ve been wanting to sit down and tell you guys about an excellent product I’ve been using for a while. There are so many different ways in which you can incorporate this tool in your classroom!

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CVC Sight Word Speaker: During my small intervention groups I try to serve as many of my children as possible, but sometimes it is impossible to be there with them every step of the way. So I made a couple adjustments to the “Sight Word Swat” and renamed it the “Cherry Blossom Catcher.” I prerecord my voice calling out the sight words written on the flowers for my kiddos to “catch” the cherry blossom that it is on. I am able to record approximately 5 sight words on each. I also make sure to use Duracell batteries since I believe the higher quality batteries, the higher quality you will be able to receive from the product. I place in different stations and pair my kiddos up in partners.

Adaptive Communication Device: That’s right! This is probably one of my FAVORITE ways I have incorporated this product! Background Story: I have a younger sister that was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome at the age of 15 months. If you are not sure what Angelman Syndrome is I encourage you to research it or reach out to me, I have a large variety of information I can share with you. For the time being, I will explain it concisely, Angelman Syndrome is a very complex genetic disorder that causes developmental disabilities and neurological concerns and epilepsy. This includes but not limited to, developmental delay and speech impairment. Furthermore, we are always looking for new useful tools and ways to communicate with my sister in ways that are convenient for her due to her current motor skills. She had an adaptive communication device but it was not the most effective one.

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It was tremendously heavy and it was harder for us to store it. I’ll attach an image of it. (To your right.)

In addition, when we started using the buzzers with prerecorded statements, my sister seemed very eager to use them. We also printed and tapped a picture to each buzzer. I recommend using poster strips to tape them down. We try to leave the buzzers on areas we know she will need them. For instance, for the TV remote buzzer, we have it near the center table of the living room since that’s where we mainly watch television. For a snack, we have the buzzer near the fridge since most of her snacks are mainly around the kitchen. For the restroom, we have the buzzer on a table since that’s a common space she’s able to reach. Since the buzzers are very lightweight we are able to carry them along with us anywhere! By the way, I reprinted the images for the buzzers for the picture..*IMG_13582

PROS: Easy to use, easy to customize, lightweight but well built, travel size which makes it easier to place it in different locations, kids love it!

CONS: They do not have a turn off button! So when we are traveling we often get scared when we hear “Baño” (Restroom in Spanish)out of nowhere…

Math whole group game buzzer: I usually will incorporate my buzzers in class since my kiddos love them! It’s an easy way to keep them actively engaged in the lesson. For example, they get into groups and I  place a word problem on the board, once they have solved the problem they record the answer on the buzzer and at the end, we all get a chance to go over the answer while tapping on the buzzers.

Other ways this product can be used:

Tired of repeating the lunch choices for the day? Use the buzzers! You can easily record the lunch choices for the day.

Want a quick matching CVC Or Sight word activity? You can print out images and have students use the buzzers! I record their sight /CVC word and have them find the image and place it beside the buzzer.

*I purchased my buzzers from Learningresources.com but they can also be found on Amazon, Walmart, and Staples. Please be aware that there is a similar set of buzzers for a cheaper price, however, they are not the personalized buttons.

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Posted in Bilingual Book Set, Children's Literature, Educational Resources

Bilingual Book Set (Spanish/English) Culturally Appropriate & Link to Scholastics Warehouse Sale to save even more money.

I’ve noticed that not every child has an opportunity to be exposed to bilingual literature in their classroom. I strongly believe that by providing a variety of texts in our classroom’s library we may open a window or provide a mirror for our children. With this said, there are several books that are not culturally appropriate when it comes down to Spanish texts. Several of our children have or are going through hard situations at home that they may or may not feel comfortable talking about, such as immigration, deportation, and many more. As educators, I believe it’s our duty to look into delicate topics and provide texts for our children. These books are culturally appropriate and can be found at stores like GoodWill, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Scholastics, Barnes and Nobles, and other online sources.

Click here for more details on the Scholastic warehouse sale. After you register they will email you a coupon. They have all their books on sale and also all their other items that are perfect for our treasure box. Last year I spent $75 on 22 books and 30 treasure box items. You can also volunteer and get paid in ‘credit’ that you can use towards your purchase.

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Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation

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by Edwidge Danticat, Leslie Staub (Illustrations)

Not only is this book diverse in characters but it talks about immigration and incarceration! After we learn that Saya’s mother, Mama is in jail (Immigration Detention Center), she was picked up while working in a restaurant. We learn that Mama sends Saya bedtime stories that are inspired by her Haitian folklore. Saya writes a story of her own, a story about her own experience. It’s a very touching story! I cried through it. I highly recommend this book to everyone!Bookshelf2

René Has Two Last Names / René tiene dos apellidos

 

by Rene Colato Lainez (Goodreads Author), Fabiola Graullera Ramirez(Illustrator)

This book is a must! I enjoyed reading it because I can relate to René, the main character, all the issues he faced and story behind the author. With this said, this book is bilingual (written in both English and Spanish) it has a wonderful ending. The illustrations are amazing as well! This book is about a child that has two last names and faces a bit of a conflict when his teacher removes one of his last names. He felt incomplete without having both last names, he realized his name was long but he liked it that way. In fact, he had a dream that one of his last names had disappeared! After he created a family tree (for a school project) he shared his story and talked about both sets of grandparents and at the end, Miss Soria (his teacher) says she will call him René Colato Laínez from then on. It’s an enjoyable book!

Maya’s Blanket/La Manta de Maya

 

by Monica Brown (Goodreads Author), David Díaz (Illustrator)

This book is one of my favorite ones! This book is not only bilingual but it also talks Bookshelf3about enduring family love! The illustrations are so colorful and pretty! Maya, the main character, is given a blanket when she was little and as she grows she keeps reusing her blanket into something different. Not only does she treasure her blanket because she loves everything she turns it into but because her grandmother gave it to her. This story is very creative as well as colorful. I highly recommend it to everyone! The Author, Monica Brown is starting to turn into my go-to authors.

 

 

The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez

 

by Rene Colato Lainez (Goodreads Author), Tom Lintern (Illustrator)Bookshelf4

I read this book to my kindergarten reading group and they loved it! I thought it was a great book because it takes two different cultural beliefs and joins them together in a fun adventure! Of course, it’s not realistic but it is simply amazing! The illustrations are mind-blowing! This story is about a boy named Miguelito, who recently lost his tooth. Late at night the Tooth Fairy and El Ratón Pérez come to claim their tooth. However, there is an issue since they both want the tooth. The tooth fairy, who is responsible for collecting teeth in the United States, wants Miguelito’s tooth. Meanwhile, El Ratón Pérez is the one that has collected all of Miguelito’s grandparents and parents teeth. They both have a misunderstanding but soon find a solution for it! This book is amazing because it simply connects both languages together (Spanish and English) and it also includes a glossary and brief history of both characters in the back of the book.

 

I Know the River Loves Me/Yo se que el rio me ama

 

by Maya Christina González

Genre: Fantasy
Bookshelf5This story is written in both English and Spanish. Although the illustrator doesn’t use color to illustrate the girl, she does an amazing job with her bone structure making the character seem very realistic. The rest of the book is colored very vivid and alive. This story is about a little girl named Maya that has a very close bond to the river. However, it doesn’t have a problem nor a resolution which is because it’s a short children’s book.

Radio Man/Don Radio

 

by Arthur Dorros
I personally loved this book! I plan to use this book for my classroom library! It’s written in English and Spanish, and the illustrations are very colorful and descriptive. The characters focus more on only one particular cultural group but it enhances the Bookshelf6characters even more. I enjoyed this plot because it didn’t label any character as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. This allowed the characters to seem so realistic and it allows many students to use as a mirror as well as a window. The story begins as they Diego and his family often travel from place to place due to their work situation (picking crops), during his new adventure he lost contact with a friend, David and he uses the radio as a way to explore the different areas he travels to and at the end he uses the radio to find his friend.

 

From North to South/Del Norte al Sur

Bookshelf7by Rene Colato Lainez (Goodreads Author), Joe Cepeda (Illustrator)
As all of Rene Colato Lainez’s books, the illustrations and details are amazing! They have a variety of different skin tones within the Spanish-speaking community. This book is written in English and Spanish, which makes it a must for my bilingual shelf! This book has a thick plot and the way it allows children to use as a window is amazing! I believe there are more than a handful of students that can use this as a mirror. It also speaks about immigration (a very important issue that young children face today). It starts as Jose’s mom gets deported back to Mexico and he speaks about how his father and he travel to from south to north to see his mother. This book is very realistic and teaches everyone about the child’s struggle. Towards the end, his mother tells Jose she will go back as soon as she gathers her documents to go back into San Diego.