Silence for Sandy Hook Elementary

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My heart is with them!

Los Cucos Amarillos- A game that teaches about a Colombian tradition

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wearing yellow underwear is a unique tradition that some people in Colombia, and other places where Spanish is spoken, have on December 31st during “La Noche Vieja” on New Year's Eve. It is believed that wearing yellow underwear will bring good luck in the new year. This tradition is known in Colombia as “Los Cucos Amarillos” or “Los Cucos de la Suerte.” “Cuco” is a word used in some places in Colombia to refer to underwear.

Through this game children will learn about this fun tradition and three simple common expressions in Spanish: ¡Qué buena suerte!, ¡Qué chévere!, ¡Qué mala suerte! You will need good luck to play the game well, of course!
Download the freebie HERE!

¡Buena suerte!


Fun Christmas Game to Play in Spanish Class

Thursday, December 6, 2012
This game will get everyone involved in class and will allow participation at different levels. For this game we read the e-book "¡Papá Noel! ¿Quién Tiene Tu Gorro?". In this short story "Papá Noel" is missing his hat. He is worried and needs to find it before Christmas. He will ask Rudolph, the Christmas star, the candy cane, and others for the hat. To his surprise, he finds that the Christmas present had his hat. Once he has the hat on his head Papá Noel shouts happily "Ho, Ho, Ho, ¡Feliz Navidad!"

In preparation for this game, you will need to print the "Papá Noel" without the hat and a few copies of the hat. Just scroll down to find the link to download them for free . Laminate them and place Velcro or adhesive tape on the back of each hat.

You will need to teach students each of the phrases in the game. A good way to do this is to chant them along with children. I encourage my students to chant as a whole group and help each other out this way. 

Next, choose a student to volunteer to be Papá Noel. Ask this student to leave the room. 

Quietly distribute the hats between the children and ask them to hide the hats.

Invite your class to call the child who left the room by saying "¡Papá Noel ven aquí!"

Then, the class will ask: "¡Papá Noel! ¿Quién Tiene Tu Gorro?"

The student who is Papá Noel will ask in the class "¿Tu tienes mi gorro?"

The student and the class will answer: "Sí, si tengo tu gorro." or "No, no tengo tu gorro".

You can choose the number of turns you allow. If the student who is Papá Noel finds the hat, he can place it on the picture and say "Ho, Ho, Ho ¡Feliz Navidad!".

This is how it goes:

Class: Papá Noel ven aquí
         ¡Papá Noel! ¿Quién tiene tu gorro?
Student (Papá Noel): ¿Tu tienes mi gorro?
Class: No, no tengo tu gorro.
         Sí, sí tengo tu gorro.

Click HERE to download this freebie!

Happy Holidays!


Una Historia de Navidad (E-book, Memory Game and A Lot of Fun!)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

This is a simple and fun story that provides a lot repetition. It engages young learners easily and soon they will start reciting the story with you. This simple activity will get everyone participating in class!

This set includes an e-book, coloring book, simple craft, idea for short play and a memory game!

 Buy Here

Happy Holidays!

Libros Para Pueblos - in Oaxaca, Mexico

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The following is a guest post by Suzi Leonard,  Libros Para Pueblos.

Libros Para Pueblos has established over 60 children's lending libraries in the state of Oaxaca.  This is one of the Mexico's poorest regions, but one of its most colorful, indigenous, and creative, set in the dramatic Sierra Madres of southern Mexico.  We are beginning a program for volunteers to help us in our remote, isolated libraries, to work with the librarians, children, and communities toward encouraging greater involvement through crafts, music, puppetry, readings, etc.  We are a seriously nonprofit organization.  Any expenses incurred by us are assumed by us personally.  There are no paid employees of the NGO. 

We are launching a pilot volunteer project March 23-31, 2013, that would bring elementary teachers or librarians to Oaxaca.  The cost ($1500) will include a contribution to the organization to be used for art supplies to the libraries, expanding our non-profit status into Mexico (it is in order in the US and Canada, now) plus cover all expenses of hotel, transportation in the state of Oaxaca, breakfasts, dinners, and sightseeing during your stay.  We are looking for 6 motivated, bilingual professionals who can not only enhance our project today, but can offer advice for the growth of our programs.

We are opening 3 new libraries prior to the end of 2012, and planning on 12 more in 2013, so we have plenty of work for anyone who wants to help.  Please contact with any questions. 

Suzi Leonard
Libros Para Pueblos

A Fun Christmas Story and Audio in Spanish

Friday, November 16, 2012
Papá Noel has lost his hat! Do you think he would be able to find it before Navidad? Who could have taken his hat? This book is perfect to introduce vocabulary related to Christmas in Spanish. It's short, fun andhas a lot of repetition. This set includes:
1. E-Book

2. A fun read aloud audio (Mp3) - Listen to sample here!

3. Simple craft

4. A lot of fun!

Buy it here!

Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving Bingo in Spanish

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Thanksgiving is around the corner! If you are still looking for fun activities to bring to your class,  look no further! This pack includes a lot of great activities for Thanksgiving!

1. Game: Yo tengo... Quién Tiene..

2. 12 BINGO Cards
3. Puzzle
4. Coloring Page
5. Vocabulary Cards
6. A lot of fun!

Buy HERE on Teachers Pay Teachers

¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

Thanksgiving Fun in Spanish Class

Thursday, November 8, 2012
All you need to celebrate Thanksgiving in Spanish Class!

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And a FREEBIE for your Calendar

Download Your Freebie Here

Happy Thanksgiving!

Giveaway: 42 Songs for Spanish Class!

10 lucky readers will get codes to download 42 songs for Spanish class!
Click HERE to listen to the 42 songs on iTunes
This giveaway ends on 11/16/2012

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Thanksgiving Activity Set: Guessing Book, Flashcards and Coloring Book

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

This activity set is simple and will bring a lot of fun to your Spanish class!The activity includes your students guessing the colors of each graphic. Through this book, children can learn vocabulary related to Thanksgiving and review numbers from 1 to 10 in Spanish. 

This set includes:
E-book: Adivina, adivina, ¿cuántos hay?
Number Flashcards
Coloring Book


Cinco Pavos Gordos - A Thanksgiving Poem

Sunday, November 4, 2012
This is a fun poem that you and your students will enjoy reciting in class. This set includes:
1. Poem: "Cinco Pavos Gordos"
2. Props for poem
3. Memory Games: Numbers from 1 to 10
4. E-Book

5. Coloring page
6. A lot of fun!

Find it on TpT! 

Have fun teaching!

Contando Dulces con Señor Montruo

Saturday, November 3, 2012
After Halloween my students were excited about candy. All they wanted to talk was about how many pieces of candy they collected. It was a great opportunity to practice numbers in Spanish.
I used this activity with my younger students and it was a hit!


Have fun playing the game!

Thanksgiving Song & Activity Bundle!

Friday, November 2, 2012
Are you looking for fun activities in Spanish for your class? Look no further! This bundle includes a lot of great activities for Thanksgiving, from singing to putting together a simple craft. A total of 15 colorful pages that you and your students will love!

1. Mp3Song: ¡Yo Soy Un Pavo! (Yes, the audio is included!)
2. Lyrics 
3. E-book: Yo Soy Un Pavo
4. Simple Craft
5. Coloring page
6. Teaching tips
7. A lot of fun!

Happy Thanksgiving!

2 Years = Giveaway: 42 Songs for Spanish Class!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

20 lucky readers will get codes to download 42 songs for Spanish class! 
Click HERE to listen to the 42 tracks on iTunes

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A Happy Birthday Sale!

Monday, October 29, 2012
A Happy Birthday Sale! Get 42 songs for your Spanish class for $10!

I am celebrating with this set of songs that will help you teach Spanish to young children. This collection includes "Cinco Calabazas", "Yo Soy Un Pavo", "Hoy es Halloween", "El Conejito", "Doce Meses", "La Empanada de Mi Abuela", "El Alfabeto" and many more!!!!

The album is available on CD Baby  and iTunes!

Buy Album HERE!

Happy Singing!

Spanish Piece of Cake Celebration!

Sunday, October 28, 2012
Yes, that's right! It has been two years already! November 1st is the official date, but I want the celebration to start a little bit earlier. 

Be sure to download this freebie. A "Feliz Cumpleaños" sign and cards for your students!
Click HERE to download

A Happy Birthday Sale! Get 42 songs for your Spanish class for $10!
I am celebrating with this set of songs that will help you teach Spanish to young children. This collection includes "Cinco Calabazas", "Yo Soy Un Pavo", "Hoy es Halloween", "El Conejito", "Doce Meses", "La Empanada de Mi Abuela", "El Alfabeto" and many more!!!!

Click HERE to buy!

Stay tuned for more freebies and Happy Birthday sales during November!


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