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“Teaching” during COVID-19

“What is the difference between remote and distance learning?”

everyone around the world

-During our current situation I’ve heard the terms “remote” and “distance learning” being thrown around. The term that I’ve been hearing lately is “online learning” which made me realize you can call it whatever you want but I am sure everyone may have similar feelings towards each.

What is it like?

I’ve been connecting with my kiddos through Teams (video conference calls) for about six weeks now (this is week number 6 for us) and I still miss seeing my kiddos in our regular school setting. I must say that our Principal and Assistant Principal have done an amazing job helping everyone and ensuring everyone remains connected, not only as “staff” but as a family. We are truly very blessed to have our school’s counselor available not only for our kiddos and their families but for our staff too. The district also has a program for our children to get breakfast and lunch everyday.

In addition, it is a work in progress that we keep trying to celebrating and embracing everyday. Some days in my intervention groups, I have 2-3 kiddos sign in, other days I have more. I must admit, it is often very hard to remain positive, but that’s when having a team and family come in. Although I am literally plugged to my laptop from 8 to 5 sometimes. My back is literally killing me as well as my neck pain. Something that I am enjoying is using the restroom whenever I want to.

With this said, I can not imagine what educators that have children of their own are going through. Personally, I do not have any children of my own, but I have a sister with special needs. I try to create as many learning experiences and as many entertaining memories for her but she misses school. It breaks my heart that she does not understand what is going on and why she can not see her friends. However, I am grateful that I get to see her beautiful smile everyday. I am also very blessed to spend more time with my mom at home.

What did you have to make peace with?”

My therapist

I have not completely made peace with everything but I am learning to let go of things I have no control over. I am heart broken. I am so sad I did not get a chance to give my kiddos and colleagues a proper goodbye. I did not get a chance to hug them as much as I would of liked. It makes my heart hurt that they will not get a chance to sign my yearbook or share stories with me. I also will not get the chance to hug to say goodbye to my teacher/friends that are retiring and moving. I did not get a chance to train my future safety patrols. The only thing that helps me find comfort is knowing that God has a plan.


I hope to be back soon. I love you all very much. I also appreciate all the sweet messages and all the shares. I pray you are doing well.

Posted in Amazon, First Year Teacher, journaling, Uncategorized

Classroom Essentials from Amazon! + Teacher Edition!

Welcome! Today I will be sharing my favorite classroom (teacher edition) essentials I can not live without! I’ve included links in case you are interested in a product.

Disclaimer: All of my opinions and recommendations are honest with good intent. Some of the links are affiliate links. Purchasing through these links will NOT affect your check out process in any way, I make a very small sales commission that will help my blog. I also like to see what items we share common interest.

With this said, lets get started!

  1. Scents! When I moved into my classroom, I wanted to make sure my classroom had a special touch! I wanted everyone that entered my classroom to feel welcome and cared for. As I mentioned on my instagram, I use the oil plug ins in my classroom and the automatic spray holder for my home. Out of all the scents, the Cashmere woods is literally my favorite! I also tried oil diffusers, click here if you would like to compare them.
  2. Skin Sticks! Yesss! My very first one was given to me as a gift! My friend/mentor introduced me to them and now I have three! I am equally obsessed with the Bamboo and Almond & Honey . As a teacher, I spend most of my free time washing my hands as much as possible! Water can quickly dry our hands,  the skin sticks are travel friendly and fun to use. They are super easy to use and leave my hands feeling A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! They don’t leave my hands feeling oily, instead they lock in moisture that can literally last me a whole day! If you get a chance you should try them out! Click here, if you are interested.
  3. Propolis Spray! Yup, that is right! Unfortunately, I tend to get sick every season! My friend/mentor introduced me to Beekeeper’s Natural throat spray! If you would like to compare prices, click here. I trust Beekeeper’s Natural spray because it is alcohol-free, keto friendly, uses raw honey, and only contains THREE ingredients.
  4. VapoRub + Excedrin! There are days when my migraine symptoms will not go away, for those days I have VapoRub! I often get laughed at for using vaporub for almost everything! But it works! I apply some to my temples and nape. With this said, I keep a bottle of Excedrin inside my desk! Since I was 10, I was diagnosed with both Migraine with aura. I was under a special treatment for 4 years and unfortunately it didn’t go as planned. The older I get the worst it gets. Excedrin is here for me and helps me get through a day of teaching!
  5. Sanitizing and disinfecting! Last year we experienced a stomach virus at my school! As an EIP teacher I work with almost 60+ kiddos a day and interact with a lot more! Our janitorial staff used Purell multisurface disinfectant spray to sanitize and disinfect the school. Every afternoon I spray lysol disinfectant spray on desk, tables, materials, and chairs. I also like the way it doesn’t leave a residue behind!

Thank you so much for your support!

Let me know what your essentials are!

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

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Posted in Amazon, My Amazon Buys, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts, Teacher Budget Friendly

Shopping with joy! + Newest Amazon Fav.

Welcome!

It is finally February! I hope this month brings us all the patience we need. This month I decided to mention my latest buys from Amazon! As many of you know, most of the items in my classroom have been purchased through Amazon. However, I’ve decided this post will include home and personal care items!

-My fun educational tools from Amazon will be going live next week. 🙂

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1. If you are like me, you will definitely love this magnetic key holder! I always struggle finding my keys! It is super easy to use and it holds AirPods too! Click here, to shop.

 

 

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2. My goal for 2020 is to drink more water! I’ve own so many different water bottles, but nothing tops this one! Its is so sturdy, handy, and low-key cute! So far I’ve dropped it twice, and it has not leaked a bit! Plus, it has a straw. Check out the wrist strap! Available in so many different colors! Click here, to shop.

 

 

Screen Shot 2020-02-06 at 11.03.46 PM3. This tool has been so essential lately! When I traveled to Mexico, I accidentally left it home! It is perfect if you travel and like to avoid overweight fees! I’ve attached this picture from Amazon. As I mentioned before, I misplaced it. Click here, if you want to see the other colors.

 

 

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4. Hate lint on your clothes? I’ve own one of these for about seven years now! It is super easy to use and clean! To see it in action, scroll all the way to the bottom! To get your very own, click here. 

 

 

 

 

5. This next item is one that I have had for a while now. This baby here has helped me with my anxiety and depression. It refreshens my mind and takes my worries away, even if it is just for a quick minute. I also use the minute timer at school. Click here, to check it out! 3F887218-F7A4-4D12-84A9-9FD2E40E4B30

 

 

 

 

Click here for my newest obsession.

I was rushing trying to get “instagram worthy” pictures of my items, but I decided to just post the ones I already have:
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Disclaimer: All of my opinions and recommendations are honest with good intent. Purchasing through these links will NOT affect your check out process in any way, but it will support my blog.

Thank you for your unconditional support.

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

 

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Posted in First Year Teacher, journaling, Latina en educación, Latinaineducation, Maestra, Maestra De Primaria, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts, Time

Made it to Winter Break!

Welcome!

As you can see I’m so excited! It’s official! I made it to Winter break! The last two weeks were very challenging, but I made it! I’m currently on the plane on my way home! Christmas Eve is almost here and I’m going to get the chance to spend it with my family! I haven’t been home for about three years now! I’m so excited! I’ll finally get a chance to meet some of my family members from my momma’s side and I can’t wait!

I also have to vent about my terrible experience with Delta! I’m so disappointed. Every time I fly, I always fly with Delta. However, this is my second time traveling with my sister and mom through Delta. The first time was wonderful compared to today! The staff members in the check-ins and the Homeland security crew were so so rude!

Furthermore, traveling with my sister isn’t an easy process as we wish it would be. Her wheelchair often gives us trouble. Today was so horrible I felt so sick and wanted to cry! Yes, I had a panic attack! When the checking in process and baggage check was all over, I looked over to my mom and could see that I wasn’t being dramatic at all.

My Goal For This Week: To eat tacos from Tacos Ayala, and seafood from Las Palmeras! I also have to fix my room and get rid of all my old furniture!

Happy Holidays!

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

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Posted in First Year Teacher, journaling, Latina en educación, Latinaineducation, Maestra, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts, Uncategorized

Feeling Conflicted About December Holidays + A Teacher’s Diary .. Send Help..

Hi! I hope you are enjoying this cozy weather! I have my heater on, fully blasting!

As all of you know, December is here! Meaning December’s holidays have arrived. As an educator, my weakness is trying to cater to everyone. With this said, I try to remain as neutral/unbiased as possible. I am aware that not everyone celebrates a certain holiday in December. So I take certain measures to ensure everyone in my classes feel welcomed. However, I’ve recently encountered a small teacher guilt moment. Many of my older kiddos have noticed the classroom does not have an elf on the self (their homeroom does), nor is our classroom decorated with Santas and reindeers (other classrooms are.) My classroom looks pretty much very blah at the moment. Although, I added a gnome and a tealight holder (it looks much better now than before.)

As I walk around, I see most of my colleagues so happily in their holiday sweaters, cute Santa earrings, and their classroom doors are tremendously festive. Then, there is me. I seriously feel like the grinch, it’s official, one of my kiddos called me out. I am unsure of what to do. Of course, I will be doing goodie bags for my kiddos that may include a snowflake pencil or a couple of Winter related items but I am unsure if I should include Christmas items. The last thing I ever want to do is offend or disrespect my children’s culture and beliefs. Have you felt like this before? If so, let me know I am not alone.

Am I officially a grinch? Help me, please.

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P.S. I normally don’t wear other earrings (I like to stick to my knot ones), but I caved and now own these Snowmen earrings.

 

 

 

*Side note: I purchased the beautiful handmade holiday gnome and tealight holder from a very talented colleague.

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 journaling, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts, Time, Uncategorized

My Life : Race against time..

Hi, everyone!

Welcome back!

Before you start to read this please be aware this journaling entry is very personal and it is extremely a very sensitive topic for me. Lately I have been questioning all my previous and current life changing decisions and the motives behind them and it all finally clicked.

As I am revising my 5 year plan, I’ve noticed so many events have taken place. Events that I honestly did not plan, events I had no idea would happen, and events that were expected. Back when I was in HS my 5 year plan consisted of personal growth and it has been a wild rollercoaster! As I reflect on my college years, I realize that I always felt pressured to graduate on time and finish everything in a timely manner.

After speaking to my parents and some soul searching, I realized when and where it all started. The year I lost my grandma. I lost my grandma when I was about to turn 12. As soon as I found out I canceled my birthday party. You know it is not easy to deal with the death of a loved one. But losing a grandparent is indescribable. Realizing you will not see them or speak to them or hear their voice is the most painful part of it all. Going back to Mexico and not having her around to talk to, hug, or sit with has been the worst pain in the world. Since that year I felt completely guilty. Guilty, because I felt like I ran out of time to make her proud. She did not get a chance to see me grow as an individual. She did not get a chance to see the amazing daughter (my mom) she raised be the World’s Best Mother. Ever since that I year I realized my life was a race against time. A race against time to reach my goals and make my family proud. I know that ironically death is a part of life, but I am not okay with it at all.

With this said, I realized I have always and still continue to speed up my journey. Most of the time I forget to relax and enjoy the little moments in life, even the little chaos life throws at me. The fact that it has been almost a year since I graduated college makes my realize how fast life moves and we have no control over time. “El tiempo no perdona.”

So what’s next? Instead of running full speed I plan to walk the race by the ones I love  and enjoy the time and view.

I hope you all have a blessed day!

Thank you for journaling with me! Until next time.

 

Posted in First Year Teacher, journaling, Latina en educación, Latinaineducation, Maestra, Maestra De Primaria, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts, Uncategorized

Teacher Tired:​ A level of tiredness I did not know existed! + FREE SUPPLIES

Welcome back!

If you are new, Hi!

I am so excited! I just realized I gained a couple of new friends on here!

Update: I lost track of what week this is (Week 3) for me! As many of you may know, I spent the first week of school working with my kiddos in K. With this said, I am now working with my regular first through fifth-grade kiddos and will start serving my K kiddos next week!

Feeling: I’ve been having a difficult time adjusting to my BTS schedule. I wake up at          5:25 am every morning and usually get home around 5:00 pm. As you can tell my sleeping schedule is all over the place! I’ve been spending most of my time doing my LP and looking up research-based interventions for my kiddos. I believe I discovered a new level to tiredness I had no idea existed!

Personal Life: Although my work schedule is currently a little intense at the moment, I am so blessed to be surrounded by my friends!  Seeing them and catching up with them is seriously the best therapy!

Current Goals: I am currently trying to stop drinking Coca-cola but it seems harder than I thought it would be! I also want to make more “teacher” friends! I even started my very own teacher Instagram!  So add me on there it is: _teachingwithjoy

Current Coping Strategies: Avoiding Caffeine, journaling, yoga (my version of it lol )

Side Note: I’ve been obsessing over succulents plants (Echeveria elegans) but I am afraid I will not care for them properly, any advice?

FREE SUPPLIES*: I tried to post the video through here but the file was too large. Find out how you can gain access to hundreds of FREE stationery + educational supplies here: https://youtu.be/hwWesuXt0vc

Make sure to share the website with all your teacher friends!

 

Posted in First Year Teacher, journaling, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts, Uncategorized

Things I wish I would have UNDERSTOOD When I was YOUNGER… Dear Me,

Welcome back!

If it’s your first time here, hi! 

Today I will be doing a little reflection on my younger adult years. Things I wish I would have understood. Funny thinking about it. I was thinking of things I wish I would of known, but then I realized I already knew I just did not understand at that time.

  • Love yourself. Always put yourself first no matter what everyone may think. When you love yourself life gets better. You shouldn’t allow people to make you feel guilty for putting yourself first.
  • Don’t allow people to have access to you when it is convenient for them. Allowing people to pick and choose when they want to talk to you is a huge no-no. Most people tend to treat you how you allow them to treat you, and they get a little too comfortable too quickly. I wish I would have understood that being around me and my energy is a privilege.
  • Just because someone is in your life it does not mean that person is rooting for you. I often got confused assuming everyone in my life was rooting for me. I tend to always see the good in people. I have trained myself to always see the positive side to things in life. I wish I would have understood what my parents meant when they would tell me not everyone is your friend. Just because people are friendly does not make them a friend.
  • Everyone you meet is in your life for a reason or a season. Part of human nature is building relationships with other people. However, the longevity of any relationship is not up to us. Some people will be in our life for a short period of time and that is OKAY! We must make peace with it and move on. Life is too short to be bitter or try to fix every single friendships/ relationships/connection.
  • Protecting your energy. Be picky when it comes to picking out “your crew” they should reflect your energy. The risk of having a “good heart” = we feel that we must “heal” or “fix” people. In addition, accept people for who they are and not what they can be. Read that again.
  • Be who you want to be not who others want you to be. Who cares what others think?! Be your truest form! DO NOT let anyone discourage you or make you feel as if your ideas/goals are too small.
  • Lastly, follow your instinct!

 

If you made it all the way to the end, I love you!

Thank you for journaling with me! Until next time.

Posted in First Year Teacher, journaling, Personal Journal, Personal thoughts

Starting from scratch! (Sort of)

Welcome back!

It has been an extremely short yet wonderful Summer! I haven’t been blogging as much since I am trying my best to spend as much time with my sister as I can.

Feelings & what is coming up? I am so anxious! I will officially start my “New Teacher” orientation TOMORROW! My stomach feels so funny! I am unsure what to expect or what to wear! Jajaja *laughs in Spanish*  I am trying my very best to go with an open mind and without setting any expectations.

Classroom progress:  I was lucky enough to start setting up my classroom earlier last week! I only have a couple of things I have to order from AMAZON but hopefully, I can get them cheaper during PRIME DAYS.

Any tips? Earlier this week I realized that I am borderline a hoarder. I am having a difficult time organizing and decluttering my classroom. My biggest fear is that I may throw important papers away. What should I do?

Makeup: Any suggestions for a long-lasting powder foundation? Please let me know! My skin is definitely combination, and I need something that will not turn me into a greasy mess after a couple of hours.

** I know a couple of my very closest friends are struggling to create a profile on here, any suggestions**  Shoutout to Ken! (Show this to Kirsten! I miss seeing her on Instagram.)

Thank you to the ones that have sent me very sweet messages. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you!

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

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Baby Gifting Ideas + Advice?

Two close friends are having babies! Yes, that’s right! I am excited! I’ve went to different cites but most of the places don’t carry enough “neutral” tones. Below are some links of items I found on Amazon. I am open for suggestions.

-Thank you all.

Dark tones

Footie

 

 

Light tone

Footie

Washcloth (6 count)

Baby Healing Ointment (Aquaphor)

Tooth Fairy Box

 

I will be updating this post.

https://amzn.to/2S2aDEz

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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! ♡

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Note from a friend.

Hi, everyone!

How are you? How are you feeling?

I wanted to get on here and do a quick catch up.

We all know how difficult the last week before break gets. This previous week was one of the most challenging weeks by far. Lately, I’ve been feeling dizzy, tired, and lightheaded. I thought I was catching a cold or maybe it was stress. It all started to get more complicated around Tuesday and Wednesday. I knew something was wrong when different people from my team were dropping by or checking on me because they realized I wasn’t being myself. However, it wasn’t until Friday that I decided it was time to reach out to my doctor and also to my family and friends (including my school family.) This weekend was the perfect time to reflect on everything. I’m currently working two jobs and assumed that I was getting burnt out. I also thought it could be my anxiety or seasonal depression. Turns out, I was completely wrong. I need to make my physical, mental, and spiritual health a priority. Since last Friday, my body has been sending me signs that I have completely ignored. I am not ready to talk about my current situation, but when I feel ready I will share the journey with you.

Note to a Friend:

With this said, I urge you to listen to your body. You are your most sincere friend and your health should always come first. Listen to your gut. You may have heard this about a thousand times, but your intuition is always right. If you are feeling tired, drowsy, or anything other than your usual self reach out to a professional. You are NOT alone.