Thursday, October 7, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month

 Do you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? My family is from Mexico, so we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, especially Mexico's Independence Day: September 16th. Let's say that this year, besides dressing up a little bit, we listened to Mexican music and we had enchiladas for dinner. By the way, these were not your typical Tex-Mex enchiladas smothered in cheese, these were authentic Mexican enchiladas. Or at least as authentic as I can make them! These enchiladas are made with homemade enchilada sauce made from guajillo chiles, topped with sauteed carrots and potatoes, sprinkled with queso fresco and drizzled with Crema Mexicana.    

Once you have some real enchilada sauce, there are so many other dishes you can make! 

Of course, you have to have some chips, salsa, pico de gallo, and guacamole to go with dinner!
During National Hispanic Heritage Month we recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and their achievements in the United States. I love learning and teaching about influential Hispanic people that my students can identify with. 

Did you know that Zoe Saldana grew up speaking both English and Spanish?

Did you know that Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote songs for the movies Moana, Mary Poppins, and Star Wars? 

Did you know that Eva Longoria wrote a cookbook and has a restaurant in Hollywood? 
I have put a few facts together in the Hispanic Heritage Month Bundle. This bundle includes Hispanic Heritage Month Important People and Hispanic Heritage Month 10 Countries. This great resource includes information on 11 Hispanic Americans, information on 14 other important Hispanics, 10 Countries, their flags, a printable for each country, and a set of FREE posters. In fact, check out the Bundle Preview to see exactly what's included.

Hope everyone has a great Hispanic Heritage Month!

Best Wishes!


Friday, December 4, 2020

Bilingual Teacher Virtual Conference presents Engaging Students with Flipgrid


I am proud to present my first conference session this weekend! I will be joining Bilingual Marketplace and Biliteracy Now in their Bilingual Teacher Virtual Conference December 5-6.

 One of the digital tools that has helped me so much is Flipgrid. If you don't already use Flipgrid in your classroom, you will be amazed at how easy it is to use it and how useful it is. In my session, I explain many way to integrate Flipgrid into your lessons to engage your students regardless of whether they are in person or virtual. 

Although this conference is designed for all bilingual and dual language teachers, my session is great for any teacher in an elementary campus. I have also included a special freebie that will only be available to those who sign up for this conference.

If you're interested in attending, don't wait and sign up. With the All Access Pass, you get access to the 20 speakers, all sessions are pre-recorded and you can replay them until February 2nd, 2021. You also get a PD certificate, a teacher shirt, and a matching sticker. You can sign up using this link. 

Best Wishes!


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Fall Celebration

The Fall season is here! This is a favorite season for many people. I enjoy the cool weather and the Fall colors.

When Fall comes around, there are lots of things to celebrate. For many people, Halloween is one of the most anticipated events of the season. My family never went all out for Halloween, but we would decorate and throw occasional Halloween parties. The last several years, we haven't even decorated for Halloween. I do like traditions, though, and this is a great time of the year to hang out with friends and family. Due to Covid, we have to limit our circle of friends to just close family members right now.

With the pandemic and my 8 year old daughter being at home all day every day, I'm trying to find ways to make life a little more fun for her. Honestly, teaching has me very exhausted but I try to find the time and energy to do this for my kids. So I came up with a Fall Celebration instead of a Halloween party.

Many kind people have told me that I am creative and I should dedicate myself to making party decorations, but honestly it's hard, time consuming, and people don't usually want to or can't pay for such an expensive service. I don't particularly like spending so much time making party decorations, I only do it because the smiles and happiness in my kid's faces are worth all the late nights I spend making decorations. I have many other things I could and would rather do than spend them making party decorations.

So I want to share what I'm doing and offer you the templates, so you don't have to start from scratch like I did.

For this Fall Celebration, I began by creating a simple invitation that I was able to text my family so they could save the date. You can use my template by clicking here.

 Then, I came up with a list of Fall activities. 

I created a Fall Bingo. You can download the Fall Bingo for free from now until Halloween. In November it will become a paid item, so be sure to download it soon.

We will play Bingo and the winners will get to poke a hole in the pumpkin and get a prize! For this Poke-A-Hole Pumpkin, we used 9 oz Solo clear plastic cups, orange PMLAND 20 inches tissue paper, hot glue gun, glue sticks, poster board, and of course candy and/or prizes. I folded the sheet in 8ths, then cut the corners off. I placed it over the cup and wrapped it tightly. I turned it upside down, squeezed hot glue around the edge of the bottom of the cup and glued the paper to the cup. Don't forget to put a prize in each cup before you cover it! Then I made the shape of the pumpkin with the cups on the poster board and glued them. Don't forget to cover 2 of them in green paper to make the stem. If you don't have green tissue paper, you can just make a stem out of green paper, cut it and glue it to the poster board. I think this will be fun! Can't wait for everyone to play Bingo and win so they can poke a hole and get a prize!

 Matching Pumpkins or Pumpkin Memory is a visual discrimination game that can be played by anyone. You can download this one for FREE until Halloween as well.


Tic-Tac-Toe is an easy game to play and prepare. All you need is a piece of poster board and some electrical tape or thin duct tape. Kids can play using pumpkins, leaves, acorns, or even candy.

 Buy 1-3 large pumpkins with long stems and you now have a Pumpkin Toss game. I bought some glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets so that they can toss them. This is an easy game to prepare and I'm sure kids will be be thrilled playing it.

 We will also be doing other activities on that day. We plan on having the kids paint a pumpkin, we will cut a pumpkin in half and take everything out of it, and we will build a scarecrow. I already have the clothes and I've been saving newspapers to stuff it with. If I can't make a small pumpkin to stay on as a head, we will just use a paper sack as a head.

To decorate, I also bought some tissue paper pumpkins from Amazon. I will be placing those on the table and throughout the house. 

I also purchased some Fall Clings because that's another easy, clean and low cost activity that kids enjoy and will keep them busy for a short while during our Fall Celebration.

Other decorations include Pumpkin pinatas, Freshly Squeezed Pumpkin Juice, Pumpkin Poo, Pumpkin Teeth, Sweet Pumpkins, "Fang"tastic Donuts, and Pumpkin Seeds. For these, I have labels that I will share with you all. You can just print the signs you want for whatever you are going to have at your party. You can download the signs here








I will add pictures of how everything turns out after Halloween. For now, I wanted to share a few things that I'm doing in case you wanted to plan something similar. This might end up being a tradition at my house instead of going out Trick or Treating in the future. 

I hope everyone has a fantastic Fall season. Please take care of yourself and your family.

Best Wishes!


Monday, October 12, 2020

Chicken Noodle Soup


What do you cook for your family when someone is not at 100%? We have cooked Chicken Noodle Soup for family and friends, and everyone loves our recipe. I'm sharing it with you in case you don't already have a delicious Chicken Noodle Soup recipe.

You can find the recipe here.

Best Wishes!