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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! ♡

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.