Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas in Colombia

December is a busy month in Colombia. Many schools close early in the month, and everyone gets ready to celebrate "la Navidad" with friends and family. Everything starts on December 7th with "La Noche de la Velitas," a night  for everyone to celebrate la Inmaculada Concepcion. You will find candles in many houses, and they will stay lit all, night and the celebration continues until December 8th.

From December 16 to the 24th, many families gather to recite prayers and sing Christmas songs next to the Nativity scence. This is called "Las Novenas" because it lasts nine days.

December 24th is a family night, when everyone awaits with joy the rebirth of "El Niño Jesús." People share Colombian treats such as natilla, brevas, and manjar blanco to celebrate. The children that attended all the novenas without missing a might will get presents from the family hosting the celebration. This is the most important night when people stay up waiting for Niños Dios to arrive. Children have to go to bed before midnight to be able to receive their presents.

December  25th is the day when the children celebrate opening the presents "El Niño Jesús" left next to the Nativity scene, the Christmas tree, or under the bed.

All these celebrations lead to December 28th"El Día de los Inocentes," a day that is similar to April Fools in the United States. It is a day filled with jokes and fun.  

And on December 31st everyone gets excited about the New Year and the resolutions it brings. Año Viejos are built in many places to leave the bad things from the previous year behind and make a new start. They are be burned at 12:00am. The five minutes before the year ends are crucial and frantic, with yellow underwear for good luck, suitcases filled to go around the block (to ensure you travel much), a dollar bill in your pocket (you probably get the reason for this one), 12 grapes with 12 wishes or resolutions, and many other exciting and fun thing for a new start to a new year.

January 6th is usually not a big day in Colombia, but it is in other countries like Spain. In Colombia, it's the date that marks the end of the Christmas season which means it's time to put away the pesebre for next year!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Interactive Notebook in A FLES program {Take A Quick Peek!}


This is my first year using interactive notebooks with my students. I teach grades PreK-3, but I only use it with second and third graders, and they have Spanish twice a week for 45 minutes each class. We play games and sing a lot in class and sometimes make projects on iPads,  but at the end of every unit I like making a paper project or worksheet they can keep in their notebooks. Last year I used binders and divided them into sections, but soon enough the binders were messy, and some students dropped them by accident, and pages flew all over the place. I am not sure how interactive this notebook is, but I like calling it that because it sounds less boring than calling it just a a regular notebook, at least for my own motivation! So far the results have been great and the children really love them. Creating an interactive notebook is a lot of work. I have decided to create mine along with my students and with the curriculum in progress to see what activities really work.

Take a peek inside our notebooks. These are some of the activities in the second and third grade interactive notebooks. I will keep adding more pages as the school year progresses. 
  
Children worked on personalizing their notebooks

  
We used these two activities during the first two weeks of school. 

The calendar in the notebook is very useful as we use it as part of our class routine and can refer to it and access it very easily.

We also glue regular worksheets in the notebook folded in half to save space.


 
These are two different activities second and third graders did to review and learn new parts of the body.


   
We also glue booklets and lyrics of some of the songs we learn during class.

 


This is our latest activity to share what we are thankful for in Spanish.

 
At the end of the notebook we glued envelopes to keep those extra papers we need to save such as our participation cards.
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More pages will be added as the year goes by and we explore more language in our classes. You can purchase all the activities above in my TpT store. The good news is that I will keep adding more activities to this set, and if you purchase this set now you will be the first to get the new activities at no extra charge. You will be notified via e-mail every time I add more to this product, and you will just have to download the recent file! The price will change as the product grows, and you won't have to pay anything extra.

Have fun putting your interactive notebooks together with your students!
Carolina

Thursday, November 6, 2014

November Bilingual Blog Hop

This month I have joined a group of amazing teachers in a bilingual blog hop. You will be able to download free resources for your classes. 
Here is my free product for you:

A Thanksgiving Pie in Spanish

A cute mini-book to count up to 10
Download your freebie HERE!


Please stop by my Teachers Pay Teacher store for more freebies and holiday resources for teaching Spanish. Don't forget to like my page on Facebook to stay updated about more teaching ideas!

Next stop is at Maestra Sandoval's blog! Make sure to visit her to get the awesome freebie she created for you!

http://www.maestrasandoval.com/2014/11/bilingual-blog-hop.html

Happy Thanksgiving!
Carolina

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

El Año Viejo: A Fun End of the Year Tradition {Giveaway}

El Año Viejo is a common year-end tradition in Colombia. On December 31st, everyone gets excited about the New Year and its obligatory resolutions for change. Años Viejos are used in many places to symbolically leave behind bad things from the previous year. Traditionally, this involved burning effigies full of firecrackers or pockets of gunpowder, but for safety reasons, the practice has evolved into something less spectacular but no less important. Below you can find a video of how intense and exciting this celebration could be.




The Año Viejo is now crafted as a small doll in a tin. People take small pieces of paper and write all the bad things that have happened during the year. They then burn them and the doll in the tin as a symbol of renewal.

This is one of those traditions you can easily share with your students. Have them decorate their Año Viejo and have them think about what they would like to do in the future. 

During my last trip to Colombia, I picked up some Años Viejos that can be purchased from my storeI would like one of my readers to have a set to use in her/his class this year. 



Giveaway Time!

I would like one of my readers to have a set to use in her/his class this year. Just enter below to participate. United States only! The winner will be announced on November 8, 2014


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¡Buena suerte!
Carolina

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

¡Es la Gran Calabaza, Charlie Brown! {Movie} - Activity Guide for Spanish Class

It's Halloween time, and many of our students get excited about it in school. I always see this time as an opportunity to bring new language to my classes. It's a great time of year to teach or review colors, seasons, feelings and so on. Last year, I bought this holiday movie classic and watched it in my classes but didn't really have the time to plan an activity to go along with it. This year I decided to create an activity set that students may use to talk in Spanish after watching the movie. 
Download the free activity set HERE!

I show the movie to my students in Spanish and show English subtitles. According to your level and class meeting frequency, you might want to watch it in Spanish without subtitles. I used this activity in my third grade classes, but I am sure if can be used with various levels. 


Happy Halloween!
Carolina

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Take Your Students on A Trip With This Awesome Puzzle!

As a Spanish teacher, I feel that teaching geography is a responsibility of mine. Due to the ages that I teach, I find it hard because many of the maps that show Latin America are either in English or are not simple enough for the eyes of my second and third grade students. 

I felt a relief when I received this puzzle. The picture is a piece of art and is simple enough for my students to put together. I have used this puzzle as a center for early finishers and they absolutely love it. I often use a corner in my classroom for students from different classes to work on the puzzle collectively, adding pieces when they have time.



This puzzle has become a collaborative project in my room, serving as a thread to connect all of my students throughout the week. And the best is when I hear them reading the names of the countries in Spanish or making comments such as "I didn't know Colombia is next to Ecuador." Children always come to my classroom asking for el rompecabezas. It's an activity that engages them easily and allows them to work in groups. They have made it a challenge and can't wait to finish and see the final result. This will take your students on virtual trips to different places in Latin America. 
This puzzle has worked great for my students and I am sure it will work for your students too. This puzzle was created by a Spanish teacher who knows the importance of including geography in foreign language curriculum. To learn more about this great teaching tool please visit their Amazon store or like the their page on Facebook. I would love one of our readers to have one these awesome puzzles! 

And, with students who know where the Equator is, here's to hoping I never get asked if it's "winter" in Colombia with students who know not to assume that all of South America is south of the Equator! 

Giveaway Time!

One lucky teacher will get to win this puzzle for her/his class! Just enter below to participate. Winner will be announced on November 1st, 2014. United States only!


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¡Buena suerte!
Carolina

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pumpkin Face {Freebie}

This is an activity that your younger students will enjoy. Putting the pumpkin together as a group is a lot of fun. You could either make sets for different groups or have one for the whole class. Call out a part of the pumpkin face and have your students find the right one and add it to the pumpkin.  After completing the face, students can label the parts.
I like laminating my sets so I can reuse them later. I use this on a cookie try or on  a magnetic board. You can create more parts with construction paper, maybe add crazy hair, hands or feet.
Download your freebie HERE!



Enjoy,
Carolina

Friday, October 3, 2014

October Super Saturday Sale

I am excited to be part of this amazing October linky party. All my October products will be 50% off only on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Please visit The Learning Highway or my TPT store to get 50% off on all the October products!
Happy shopping!
Carolina



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

RockAlingua Has A DVD Now! {Review & Giveaway}


I have been a fan of Rockalingua since it started. This small company is run by Cesar Chinchilla, a talented elementary Spanish teacher based in California.

I have firsthand experience using the songs in my classes, and they truly engage my students. I was pleased to learn that Rockalingua released a DVD that includes 13 fun songs. This DVD has colorful and live animations that students love. The songs are well paced and allow space for repetition in class. Some of the tracks even include a karaoke version!

I have used this DVD as a warm up in my classes or as a way to support my units. This DVD has become my students' favorite, and many of them ask for it every class. 


Rockalingua has a great collection of songs and videos in their online store. You can purchase the songs and videos as you develop your lessons or get everything with a yearly membership. 



Giveaway Time!

I am lucky enough to own my very own Rockalingua DVD. I would love one of my readers to own a copy too! To participate, enter below. Winners will be announced on Monday, September 29th, 2014. World wide participants are welcome! ¡Buena suerte!


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¡Buena suerte!
Carolina

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Halloween Freebies and More!

Halloween is around the corner and I know many teachers are getting their lessons ready for this special occasion. Halloween is an exciting time for many children in the United States and also a great opportunity to explore a lot of language in Spanish class: colors, numbers, feelings, shapes and so on!

To make your life easier I have put all the free and paid resources I have in my Teachers Pay Teachers store so you don't go crazy looking for them all over the place.

Let's start with the freebies!


Halloween Chants
Grab freebie here!


Finger Puppets
Grab your freebie here!

Spooky Halloween Counting Cards
Grab your freebie here!

Mi Libro de Contar Calabazas
Grab your freebie here!

More products!

Cinco Calabazas Activity Set
Buy here!
$4.50

Halloween Bingo and Coloring Book!
Buy here
$4.50

Halloween Coloring Set
Buy here
$3.50
Halloween Activity Set
Buy here
$3.50

Game to Teach Days of the Week
Buy here
$2.75

Yo Tengo ¿Quién Tiene? Game
Buy here
$3.00


And many more resources in my Teachers Pay Teacher store!

Enjoy!
Carolina